MARQUETTE - Former and current Upper Peninsula residents are making entertainment news:
David Jaicks of Marquette has come out with his fourth book, "Horses In The Fog."
Escanaba resident Robert Gregg, center, has received accolades for his film, “Jack London’s Love of Life.”
It's the first in a series of five stories. The story is about two people who meet on a train and find themselves trapped by life ... but eventually emerge from their emotional captivity.
Jaicks has been a resident of Marquette and of the Berkshires in Massachusetts on and off for three decades. A Midwest native, he has worked in construction and as a lifeguard.
Published in literary journals like Fence, Open City and Passages North, Jaicks last year was runner-up in the Tom Hruska non-fiction writing contest with Passages North.
"Horses in the Fog" and his last book, "Dog Park," are available at Snowbound Books in Marquette or from the author's website, davidjaicks.com.
Film wins acclaim
Escanaba resident Robert Gregg's film "Jack London's Love of Life" continues to win awards.
The film won three international film festivals in 2012 and on Jan. 18 was named the Judge's Choice Best Feature Film at the Snowdance International Film Festival in Spokane, Wash.
"This is a great honor. We were up against some really outstanding selections," Gregg said in a news release.
Other honors the film has earned include: Louisville International Film Festival as Best Feature Film in the On the Edge category; Best of Festival Award in the Great Lakes International Film Festival; and was a Finalist for the Atlantis Award at the Moondance Film Festival.
"The outstanding performance of Peter Ammel, and the expert direction of Kevin Swigert, are driving our success," said Gregg, who is the screenwriter and producer.
"Love of Life" is Gregg's adaptation of a short story by Jack London.
"The secret to the attraction of 'Love of Life' is how it brings you quickly into the middle of the story," Gregg said. "You feel the cold and starvation of the man in the story. You see his determination to make it back to the woman he loves."
Gregg said the motion picture will continue on the film festival circuit until autumn, when it will be released for general distribution.
"We are currently completing the final edit," Gregg said. "It's still a work in progress."
More than 20 minutes has been removed since the film premiered last May at the Island Resort and Casino, west of Escanaba.
"We've also added some key dialogue," Gregg said.
The film was directed by Kevin Swigert of Sun Valley, Idaho, and filmed entirely in Alaska.
Executive producers include Ken Meshigaud for the Hannahville Potawatomie Indian Community; Jeff and Rosalie Naser of Powers; and Robert Schellenberg of Grand Rapids.
Return of Kaivama
The Finnish-American musical duo Kaivama is returning to the Upper Peninsula next month.
Ishpeming native Jonathan Rundman and Hibbing, Minn., native Sara Pajunen are the Nordic-folk duo. Last fall, they released a new album "Arto Jrvel & Kaivama," in collaboration with Jrvel who is considered Finland's greatest fiddler.
Kaivama has made several appearances in the U.P. since forming in 2010.
The upcoming concert schedule is:
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal. net.