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The Traverse City Festival is celebrating it's 14th year in 2018.
Dan Wanschura

Students will be able to watch films for free at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival. The festival recently announced the launch of it’s TCFF Student U program, which offers 10 tickets to each accepted high school and college students.

Michigan born-and-raised actors may wind up working in New York or Hollywood, but they make sure the world knows they’re from the mitten.

Toni Trucks has been in a host of movies and TV shows, including her current roles as Lisa Davis in “SEAL Team” on CBS. Trucks began her performing career here in Manistee, and now she’s giving back to her hometown by loaning it her voice.

Manistee’s Vogue Theatre celebrates milestone

Mar 30, 2018
The Vogue Theatre

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year.

The theater reopened to the public in 2013 after a fundraising effort to refurbish the historic building.

Theaters like the Vogue are being restored across the state and country in an effort to capture the nostalgia people hold for neighborhood theaters. 

David Mix, the vice president of the nonprofit that restored the theater, spoke with Caroline MacGregor about the anniversary. 


The 1968 Mustang Fastback used in the film "Bullitt" is on display at the Hagerty Insurance building in Traverse City.
Dan Wanschura

The Ford Mustang from the 1968 film “Bullitt” is currently on display at the Hagerty Insurance in Traverse City.


President Trump and his supporters say they want to "make America great again," but just what that means and what part of America's past they refer to as "the greatest" is unclear.

Given our nation's turbulent history when it comes to the treatment of people of color and women, there are some who feel that slogan is not meant to include them.

Take a presidential campaign. Mix in a large serving of old-fashioned musicals, and top it off with two women realizing they are in love, and you've got the new film Liberty's Secret.

Andy Kirshner is the writer, composer, director, producer and he has a role in the film, which is having its premiere this Thursday at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor. Kirshner is also an associate professor of both music and art & design at the University of Michigan.

The film, which the website describes as "the all-American lesbian movie-musical," tells the story of a struggling presidential campaign fronted by moderate Republican Kenny Weston, who recruits the charismatic Liberty Smith to be his running mate. This singing and dancing preacher's daughter is just what the campaign needs to get back into the race to the White House. That is, until she falls in love with one of the campaign's political consultants, who is a woman.

The Traverse City Festival is celebrating it's 14th year in 2018.
Dan Wanschura

The 12th Annual Traverse City Film Festival gets underway next Tuesday.

This year, the 32 officially selected films are all directed by women. Meg Weichman is the Creative Director for the film festival. She says it was founder Michael Moore who had the idea making all the official selections, films that were directed by women. 

"We did try to look for more films by female filmmakers this year, and we were shooting for maybe just having fifty percent," explains Weichman. She says what they found was staggering. "Michael loved so many great movies by women, he wanted to make all of our official selections in competition just directed by women."


When you ask anyone about women’s professional baseball, the majority of people will make some reference to director Penny Marshall’s 1992 film A League of Their Own. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna and tells the story of the real-life Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday evening.
Davidlohr Bueso / flickr

Meg Weichman doesn’t get to vote in the Oscars. But the creative director for the Traverse City Film Fest still has plenty of hot takes on the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.

This year, eight films were nominated for Best Picture. Out of those eight, Meg says three really separate themselves from he rest of the group: The Revenant, Spotlight and The Big Short.

 


The new indie film Superior is set in the summer of 1969, as two lifelong friends grab their bicycles and set out on a 1,300-mile journey around Lake Superior.

Filmstrip festival a nod to a simpler time

Jul 29, 2015
Rosie Flickinger started the so-called filmstrip festival 10 years ago.
Tom Carr

Thousands will line up this week with their tickets in hand for the Traverse City Film Festival. But a few miles to the south, the Traverse City Filmstrip Festival at East Bay Branch Library will celebrate a less glamorous medium.

Before YouTube and before videotapes, school kids saw a lot of filmstrips, like the one Rosie Flickinger shows. It’s a story told and sung by the late Pete Seeger.

 She clicks the filmstrip ahead every time she hears the beep on the audio cassette.

Flickinger, a librarian, started the so-called filmstrip festival 10 years ago, when the Traverse City Film Festival was young. The event is really just a couple showings of filmstrips.


Manistee's Vogue Theater Opens

Dec 6, 2013
The Vogue Theater

Manistee’s newly restored Vogue Theater in Manistee opens to the public Saturday – with free screenings through the weekend.

“It’s been a long three years for lots of volunteers and it felt like maybe this day wasn’t going to happen. So I think that there’s some that are sort-of in shock and don’t believe it’s really coming together. But for the most part, people are really excited,” says Beth Wallace, the fund development coordinator for the Vogue Theater.

Among this weekend’s films are “Nebraska,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

And The Winner Is ... The Cherry Bowl

Sep 12, 2013

It’s good news for the theater because starting next year – only digital theaters will have access to Hollywood’s new releases. Theaters that can’t afford the digital conversion may eventually go out of business. Honda sponsored the contest. It awards new digital equipment to the drive-ins to get the most votes in a poll. Movie-goers were able to vote online and by texting on their phones. 

At The Drive-In

Sep 9, 2013

Across the country – hometown drive-in theater owners wonder whether the transformation to digital technology will sink their businesses. Many drive-ins face having to raise upwards of 80,000-dollars to install digital projectors… or they’ll be cut off from the world of modern cinema and lucrative new releases.

The Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor is no exception.

But many are hoping community spirit over the drive-in will be enough to save the day.

Interlochen Public Radio went on the air 50 years ago. A lot of big ideas have shaped northern Michigan since then. We’ve highlighted a few in our summer series, 50 Years of Big Ideas, but by far the most recent idea is the refurbishing of the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City.

Community Chips In After Tragedy

Mar 30, 2012

Dozens of volunteers helped get a northern Michigan landmark ready for spring this week. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor will begin its 59th season next month. Its owner, Harry Clark, was seriously injured earlier this month in a tree-cutting accident. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. So, friends and neighbors gathered at the drive-in to help out - including Mike Ryan and his daughter Jenn. The Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor is scheduled to open on April 27th.