Traverse City Film Festival

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After a run of 11 years at the State Theatre in Traverse City, broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera performances will no longer be streamed live at the theatre.


At the conclusion of the 2019 Traverse City Film Festival, filmmakers confront the question, "Can Cinema Save the World?"


 

Some of the Traverse City Film Festival's visiting documentary filmmakers share their stories from out in the field.


Michael Moore and special guests discuss the future of film in the age of streaming.


Controversy surrounding the Traverse City Film Festival continues.  

In an email sent to the public Sunday night, founder Michael Moore alleges that an unnamed employee misused more than $250,000.

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

The drive from Traverse City to Ann Arbor takes about four hours, and that’s without stopping for food or gas.

However, the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities just finished a study that looks at three different trains that would operate between Traverse City and Ann Arbor. Each one runs at a different speed and has its own budget.

 

 

Update 8/3/18, 6:30 p.m.: In a written response provided to IPR, the Traverse City Film Festival writes, "In December 2017, after a unanimous vote by the Traverse City Film Festival Board of Directors, the executive committee of the board met with Deb Lake in-person to inform her that her employment was terminated."

The former executive director of the Traverse City Film Festival says Michael Moore is lying regarding her termination last year. 

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

Update 8/3/18, 6:30 p.m.: In a written response provided to IPR, the Traverse City Film Festival writes, "In December 2017, after a unanimous vote by the Traverse City Film Festival Board of Directors, the executive committee of the board met with Deb Lake in-person to inform her that her employment was terminated."

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.

Newly hired Joe Beyer resigned as executive director of the Traverse City Film Festival this week.
Dan Wanschura

After less than a month on the job, the new executive director of the Traverse City Film Festival is stepping down.

Joe Beyer (right) and Michael Moore in the Traverse City Film Festival offices in downtown Traverse City.
Dan Wanschura

Michael Moore has hired Joe Beyer as the new executive director for his Traverse City Film Festival. Joe replaces Deb Lake, who resigned last December.

“It’s like we found our long-lost soul brother here for Traverse City in the being of Joe Beyer,” says Michael.

Joe Beyer returns home to Michigan after working for the Sundance Institute for over 14 years.

The comedy panel from the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival includes include Samm Levine, Sean Jordan, Bob Byington, Jack Robbins, and Zefrey Throwell. The panel is moderated by Doug Benson.

Please be advised this panel discussion does include profanity and other language listeners might find offensive.


Filmmakers talk about documentary film during the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival.
Linnaea Melcarek

The documentary panel from the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival features Anniken Hoel and Andrew Grant (director and producer of "Cause of Death: Unknown"), Neil Berkeley (director of "Gilbert"), Amir Bar-Lev (director of "Long Strange Trip"), Jonathan Olshefski (director of "Quest"), and Anna Chai and Nari Kye (directors of "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"). Moderated by Thom Powers, documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Fest.

 


Leonard Maltin is a renowned film reviewer and critic. He's a featured guest at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival.
Becky Sapp

Leonard Maltin is one of the most recognized film critics out there. Why do his reviews resonate with so many people?

“I love movies," he says. "And I love what I do. People tell me that comes through...it’s honest, it’s genuine.”

Filmmakers talk about the ways their films have changed them and their audiences. 

The panel is comprised of Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis, Pau Faus, and Zaradasht Ahmed.

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Hollywood this Sunday evening.
Ivan Bandura

If you’re using Oscar nominations as a reference, La La Land is one of the best films in history, with 14 nominations.

Only two other films— All About Eve and Titanic— have been nominated 14 times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Women make up a small fraction of directors producing movies today. This Traverse City Film Festival panel discussion features women directors. They talk about their work and what has to change so more women can direct movies.

TCFF 2016 Panel: Men Make Movies

Jul 29, 2016

Traverse City Film Festival began its conversation about gender inequality in the film industry with the men. The two percent female figure mentioned at the opening of the show could have come from this New York Times article.

TCFF 2016 Panel: Come to the Doc Side

Jul 28, 2016

The festival kicked off the first full day with a stage full of documentary filmmakers talking about the issues they have followed and the craft of filmmaking.

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."


Traverse City jumped 10 spots in the second annual Arts Vibrancy Index, released by Southern Methodist University.
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Traverse City is once again ranked among the country’s most vibrant arts communities.

The second annual Arts Vibrancy Index released by Southern Methodist University, puts the northern Michigan city at number 10 on the list among small to mid-sized communities.

That’s a 10 spot jump in ranking. The same study ranked Traverse City 20th on the last year’s list.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday evening.
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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 2015 Traverse City Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday and wraps up on Sunday.
Daniel Wanschura

The 11th annual Traverse City Film Festival has turned northwest lower Michigan into everything cinematic.

While it’s smaller than say, Sundance or Cannes, the Traverse City Film Festival has it’s own unique flavor. 

TCFF Film Panel: Robert Altman, American Maverick

Jul 31, 2015

A tribute to the spiritual father of American indie filmmaking. Panel features his wife Kathryn Altman, “Altman” director Ron Mann, and actors Michael Murphy and Geraldine Chaplin.

Aaron Selbig

Documentary filmmaker Rick Prelinger makes films that are carefully pieced together from his collection of more than 14,000 home movies.

Two of them are playing this week at the Traverse City Film Festival. One film takes a look at the American road trip. The other is sort of a time capsule of the city of Detroit.

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