Documentary Film Premiere – “Lake Leelanau, Spirit of the Lake”


Save the Date: September 15th, 2024 at The Bay Theatre (More details to come)

The Leelanau Historical Society proudly presents the premiere of “Lake Leelanau, Spirit of the Lake,” a captivating documentary that dives into the history and nostalgia of Lake Leelanau – a cherished body of water in Leelanau County, MI. Produced by the Leelanau Historical Society and directed by Keith Patterson of Manitou Films, this film is a heartfelt tribute to the lake’s enduring legacy.

Join us for an evening exploring the lake’s formation, the indigenous peoples who first called it home, and the diverse communities and industries that have since thrived around its pristine waters. Through vintage footage, expert interviews, and breathtaking cinematography, Lake Leelanau, Spirit of the Lakepaints a vivid picture of the lake’s significance to the region and its enduring charm. 

Secure your tickets today to be amongst the first to witness the story of the community’s long standing connection to the water.

*More showing dates to be announced

Date: July 5, 2024
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Join us at 6:00pm to toast the film. Show starts at 6:30pm. Program duration: 1 hour (Introduction by staff, Documentary 23 minutes, followed by a Q&A with the director).
Location: Old Art Building (111 Main St, Leland, MI 49654)
Ticket Price: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. TICKETS SOLD OUT

Keith Patterson
Director and Executive Producer
Manitou Films

Keith Patterson lived and worked in Los Angeles for over 15 years as a producer and post-production supervisor on television series for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, the CW, USA, Lifetime, E!, ABC Family, Nat Geo, and Disney XD. He currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Bethany and daughter Gabriella where he owns an international award-winning creative advertising agency called Cre8gency. He founded Manitou Films in 2022 with the purpose of producing world-class documentary series like Spirit of the National ParksBeer City, USA, and Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, and his latest, Lake Leelanau, Spirit of the Lake.

Summer 2023 Production – Keith Patterson and his film crew.