The Redford Theatre in Detroit.
Young Hemingway film tour of classic theaters begins April 21 in Detroit
Boyne City finale takes place on Ernie's birthday, July 21
Historian and filmmaker George A. Colburn, president and executive producer of Starbright Media Corporation of Petoskey, Michigan, has announced that his feature documentary on young Ernest Hemingway in Michigan will begin a tour of classic movie theaters in Michigan on April 21 at the Redford Theatre in northwest Detroit.

The Boyne Heritage Center, a nonprofit museum based in Boyne City Hall, is the tour sponsor. The funder is the Sonja and Jon Perkins Foundation of San Francisco.

"Young Hemingway - The Path to Paris" is a 90-minute film that explores young Ernest Hemingway's 20 summers spent in the northwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula in the early 20th century. The Oak Park, Illinois, native and World War I veteran was married in Horton Bay, Michigan on Sept. 3, 1921. A few months later he and his first wife, Hadley, moved to Paris, France, where he worked as a journalist and began his quest to become a "serious writer."

The film features the commentaries of Hemingway family members, leading Hemingway scholars, community members who keep the Hemingway spirit alive locally, and best-selling authors Paula McLain and Paul Hendrickson, whose recent books have enlivened the story of young Ernie "up north" in Michigan.

The film also features Hemingway's comments about his Michigan experiences from publications recently released by the Hemingway Letters Project at Penn State University.

The tour will conclude in Boyne City, Michigan on July 21, Hemingway's birthday, with an afternoon exhibit at the Boyne Heritage Center and an evening screening of Young Hemingway at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center.
Producer George Colburn, at right, interviews Ernie Mainland, Hemingway's nephew, on the porch of Windemere Cottage on Walloon Lake.
Filming the documentary in Horton Bay, Michigan, a favorite location for young Hemingway as he became more independent of his family.
George Colburn with Hemingway author Paula McLain.
> More information is available at or by contacting Dr. Colburn via email, [email protected].
George Colburn and Kecia Freed sign an agreement on behalf of their organizations as Boyne Heritage Center board members look on. They are working together to promote the Young Hemingway documentary and the Northwest Michigan region in major downstate markets. Colburn is president and executive producer of Contemporary Learning Systems, Inc. of Walloon Lake, and Freed is president of the Boyne Heritage Center, a regional organization based in Boyne City.
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Free copies available to Northern Michigan schools and libraries

Copies of the Young Hemingway documentary are available free-of-charge to all school media centers and public libraries in Charlevoix and Emmet counties.
Email Dr. Colburn, [email protected], for further information, or to order your copies.
Dr. George A. Colburn
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Walloon Lake, MI 49796
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