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We are thrilled to have you here for the sixth annual Traverse City Film Festival! With an astounding 96,000-plus admissions in 2009, and even higher numbers projected for this year, the Traverse City Film Festival has in a short time become one of the most talked about events on the festival circuit. Based on the concept of presenting ―Just Great Movies,‖ the Traverse City Film Festival is committed to presenting a diverse selection of the highest quality new, independent and foreign films and documentaries available. For that reason alone, our ―small‖ festival is already well on its way to becoming one of the premiere film events in the nation. And new to the festival this year, the University of Michigan has teamed up with TCFF to teach filmmaking and prepare students for jobs in the film industry. U of M faculty members will serve as moderators, panelists and jurors in the first step toward a broader participation in the festival. PANELS – The week before the festival, we will announce the line up for one of the most popular festival offerings: the free daily film industry panels at the City Opera House. This is where our visiting filmmakers tell stories and offer opinions, mixing it up with each other and the audience. These sessions range from the hilarious to the moving. They begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday-Sunday, so that you won‘t miss lunch or your first movie at noon. FILM SCHOOL – The film school returns for its second year with double the number of classes. Hosted by visiting filmmakers and focusing on the art of filmmaking, session will be held Wednesday through Saturday, July 28 to July 31, at noon and 3:00 p.m. at Northern Michigan College‘s Scholar‘s Hall. The schedule for classes will be available the week before the festival. FILM FORUM – Nine afternoon festival screenings will be a part of the new Film Forum series. Film Forum brings festival goers together to chat at the free after-movie community discussions in the outdoor Film Lounge located in Lay Park on Union Street. The film lounge will also feature live music from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. In all, festivalgoers will be able to choose from 80 features and 40 short films representing more than 25 countries. More than 70 film industry guests from around the world will present these films in person and take questions from the audience: audiences will get perspectives from places as diverse as Cuba, th Ireland, Australia and Germany. This year‘s highlights include a tribute to The Beatles in honor of the 40 anniversary of their breakup, a salute to Cuban film, 3D coming to TC and two U.S. premieres from past favorites Sabina Guzzanti (―Draquila – Italy Trembles‖) and Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda (―Czech Dream‖). The festival will honor Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classic, for their 30 years of work as leaders of the independent movie industry with lifetime achievement awards. Press credentials offer you an exclusive inside view of the Traverse City Film Festival. If you have any questions or need more information during the festival, please don‘t hesitate to contact us. Our friendly volunteers are also stationed at every venue and can provide you with immediate assistance. Enjoy the festival!
Media Guidelines & Information
MEDIA CREDENTIALS Your press credentials will provide you with access to free morning discussion panels, film introductions, Q&A sessions following film screenings, and all festival parties. Beyond that, if you wish to attend any films for review or other purposes, or wish to attend any of the Traverse City Film School classes being held daily, you will need tickets. Your press credentials are not all access passes to films or the film school. Please submit requests for any tickets asap to email@example.com or contact a member of the PR team. CREDENTIAL PICK UP Credentials are available for pick-up on Tuesday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the City Opera House. After that time, please arrange to pick up credentials by emailing or calling a member of the PR team. GUEST FILMMAKER INTERVIEWS Members of the media wishing to schedule interviews with specific festival guests and visiting filmmakers should submit those requests to the public relations staff in person, by phone or via email. Please submit an Interview Request form. A hard copy will be included in your physical press kit and can also be found on the website (traversecityfilmfest.org) under the Press tab. Availability is entirely up to the filmmakers themselves and will be limited by time constraints. A good time to get quotes or video and possibly catch filmmakers for short impromptu interviews is often following the morning panels, when time allows. MOVIE TICKETS Due to capacity limitations, credentials do not grant access to films themselves. However, we can often accommodate requests for movie tickets. Please submit all requests for movie tickets to as early as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org. TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL FILM SCHOOL Members of the press are permitted to attend sessions of the Traverse City Film Festival Film school, held Wednesday through Saturday at 12 and 3 p.m., but must obtain tickets for any sessions they wish to attend. Filming may be permitted with the approval of the instructors, and in that event, with accompaniment by a member of the PR team. PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY GUIDELINES Still photography is permitted at TCFF venues before and after screenings, but never while films are being shown. No video cameras or recorders are allowed inside any venues except for during pre-arranged and TCFF PR team approved guest interviews. Otherwise, members of the media wishing to film inside any venue including morning panels must make arrangements with and be accompanied by a member of the public relations team. The festival will produce photos and video clips of various festival events that are available daily to the media at no cost. For photos, visit the web site, www.traversecityfilmfest.org. For video clips, please contact Videography Manager Susan McQuaid at 231-633-0023 or via email at email@example.com. TRUTH IN CREDENTIALING In granting credentials, the Traverse City Film Festival understands that those applying have accurately represented themselves and their organizations. Submitting false information to obtain credentials will be grounds for having credentials revoked. CONTACT Submit requests for movie and film school tickets as early as possible to: firstname.lastname@example.org To arrange for credentials pick up outside of scheduled hours, or to submit requests for interviews, contact: Melissa Grant, PR Manager, 213-220-5500, email@example.com Katy Gwizdala, PR Assistant, 231-883-1185, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mission & About
MISSION The Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) is committed to showing ―Just Great Movies‖ and helping to save one of America‘s few indigenous art forms- the cinema. We are committed to showing great movies that both entertain and enlighten the audience. We need movies that seek to enrich the human spirit and the art of filmmaking, not the bottom line. Our goal is for people to leave the theater with the feeling that they just watched something special. ABOUT The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing ―Just Great Movies‖ and helping to save one of America‘s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August, and also owns and operates a year-round, community-based, mission-driven art house movie theater, the State Theatre. The Traverse City Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest, and one of the most respected in the country. Last year, there were over 96,000 admissions to over 120 screenings. A special emphasis is given to foreign films, American independents, documentaries, and films which have been overlooked but deserve the attention of a public starved to see a good movie. The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, who runs the festival and serves as the President of the Board of Directors. The other board members are photographer John Robert Williams and New York Times best-selling author Doug Stanton, both Traverse Citians, and filmmakers Larry Charles (director, ―Borat‖), Terry George (director, ―Hotel Rwanda‖), Sabina Guzzanti (director, ―Viva Zapatero!‖), and Christine Lahti (actor, ―Running on Empty‖). The seventh annual festival will be held July 26-31, 2011.
Board of Directors
Festival founder Michael Moore serves on the board of directors of the Traverse City Film Festival along with Doug Stanton, John Robert Williams, Larry Charles, Terry George, Christine Lahti and Sabina Guzzanti. Founder Michael Moore, winner of an Oscar (―Bowling for Columbine‖), an Emmy (―TV Nation‖), a Palme d‘Or at Cannes (―Fahrenheit 9/11″), and the British Book of the Year award (―Stupid White Men‖), was the first 18-year-old elected to public office in Michigan. He operated the art-house film series East Village Cinema in his native Flint, Michigan, for eight years. Christine Lahti is a Michigan-born Emmy Award- and two-time Golden Globe Award-winning actress, and the Academy Award-winning film director of ―Lieberman in Love.‖ She starred in the TCFF fave ―Yonkers Joe‖ and many other films including ―Running on Empty,‖ and is the recipient of the 2007 TCFF Michigan Filmmakers Award. She joined the board in 2008. Doug Stanton is a lifelong resident of Traverse City. Stanton has worked as a teacher and has traveled extensively as a journalist. His New York Times bestselling book ―In Harm‘s Way‖ is required reading for United States Navy officers and is under development at Warner Brothers. His upcoming book ―The Horse Soldiers‖ is an account of twelve U.S. soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan immediately following 9/11. It is in development at Sony Pictures. John Robert Williams is also a lifelong resident of Traverse City. A full-time commercial photographer for over 26 years, his studio is in the center of downtown Traverse City. He has served Traverse City since he was appointed to the City Planning Commission at age 17. A long-time member of Rotary Charities, he has been instrumental in founding the Dennos Museum, TART Trails, radio station WNMC, and Cross-Town Properties‘ affordable housing. Larry Charles, a Brooklyn-born writer, director, and producer, directed the largest grossing comedy of 2006, ―Borat,‖ which had its North American premiere in Traverse City at the second annual film festival. ―Borat‖ was named by the American Film Institute as one of the ten best films of 2007. Charles was also one of the original writers of ―Seinfeld,‖ a director of ―Curb Your Enthusiasm‖ and a writer/producer of HBO‘s ―Entourage.‖ The acclaimed Italian satirist, actor, and director Sabina Guzzanti joined the TCFF board in 2008. She wrote, directed, and produced two documentaries that have been favorites at the TCFF and festivals around the world, ―Viva Zapatero!‖ and ―Le ragioni dell‘aragosta,‖ winner of the Brian Award at the Venice Film Festival. Terry George, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing ―In the Name of the Father.‖ His ―Hotel Rwanda‖ received three Oscar nominations. Much of his film work (―The Boxer,‖ ―Some Mother‘s Son,‖ and ―In the Name of the Father‖) involves Northern Ireland. His storied career as a playwright, screenwriter, director, curator, draftsman, journalist, and magazine researcher has led him to his current place among the upper echelons of dramatic filmmakers.
TCFF 2010 Filmmaker Panels
"Film Literacy: How to Be Smart by Going to the Movies in a Dumbed Down Society" Film Professors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, visiting filmmakers and Michael Moore will talk about the state of movies in America -- a country that has lost sight of the beautiful, engaging art that is the cinema after being bombarded with sequels, remakes and 3D gimmickry. This panel is for true movie lovers who will enjoy a lively discussion about what makes a great movie a great movie, and how we can get more of them made.
"An Intimate Interview with America's Premiere Indie Film Moguls" It's not every day we get movie studio heads in Traverse City, so you won't want to miss this once-in-a-festivallifetime one-on-one with the founders and current studio co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. For over 30 years, first at Orion Classics and then at Sony, these two men have been responsible for bringing some of the very best foreign and indie fare to American audiences, including eight of the last eighteen Foreign Language Oscar winners. Now, right here on our stage, they will discuss and reveal all the behind the scenes workings of directors like Pedro Almodovar and Errol Morris. And to show our appreciation to them, the TCFF will hand them our Lifetime Achievement Award. Don't miss this event!
"We Live in Cuba and We Make Movies" In an embargo-busting move, we have brought four Cuban filmmakers from Havana to the Caribbean-blue waters of northern Michigan. Can we do that? Is it legal? Are they bringing us all cigars? Cuba has been our sworn enemy for the past 50 years, yet they simply love our three biggest contributions to the planet: baseball, jazz and Hollywood. On this panel we will hear for the first time what it's like to make a movie in a country that is poor and cut off from much of the world. This will no doubt be an explosive panel, one that will be talked about long after the festival is over.
"Here Comes Trouble: Eight Documentary Filmmakers Tell Us How They Did It and Lived to Tell" It's our annual documentary smack down, during which Michael Moore will get some of TCFF10¹s great nonfiction filmmakers to tell stories that will make the local NPR station wish they hadn't agreed to broadcast the panels! This year's doc-makers will discuss how they make their films happen "by any means necessary," bringing in stories from the field that will delight, amuse, shock and inspire. Panelists may include Jeff Deutchman (³11/4/08²), Neil Diamond (³Reel Injun²), Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen (³Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage²), Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith (³The Most Dangerous Man in America²), Josh Fox (³GasLand²), Mark Lewis (³Cane Toads: The Conquest²), Nicolas Rossier (³American Radical²), Lee Storey (³Smile ŒTil It Hurts: The Up with People Story²) and Michael Webber (³The Elephant in the Living Room²).
"The Comedy Panel" There's never an empty seat for this panel, and once again you won't want to miss the forbidden stories of TCFF regulars Jeff Garlin, Sabina Guzzanti and Michael Moore. A rollicking laugh-fest for those who can¹t wait till our comedy festival in hilarious northern Michigan February!
TCFF 2010 Film School
Wednesday, 12 noon
Sound is More Important Than Picture Good sound can make a good film great, and bad sound can ruin an otherwise great picture. In this fast paced class taught by David Missal and Damien Lange of Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, learn about getting the best sound for your film, with the right microphone, at the right time. Topics to be covered include: microphone basics, pickup patterns, booming technique, shotgun microphones, when to use a lapel microphone, best interview microphone, wireless microphone applications, tips and tricks for eliminating unwanted noise during production, and much more. Great sound design for any film starts with the dialog and microphone placement.
Wednesday, 3 pm
Screenwriting 101 Jim Burnstein ("Ruffian," "Renaissance Man," "D3: The Mighty Ducks"), one of the few working Hollywood screenwriters living in Michigan, heads the Screenwriting Program at the University of Michigan Department of Screen Arts & Cultures. He will share his tories about working in the loneliest area of the filmmaking business.
Thursday, 12 noon
How To Make a Short Film The 6th Traverse City Film Festival includes a record 40 short official film selections. Many of the directors and producers behind this year's shorts will be in attendance at this class to talk about their films including Sharon Shattuck ("Parasites: A User's Guide"), S. Vollie Osborn ("Monsters Down the Hall") and Mark Mazur and Trent Hilborn ("Surface"). They will tell you about their films, how they made them, why they made them, what distribution has been like and what they plan to do from here.
Thursday, 3 pm
Bill Plympton: Animation Master Class Screenings of Short Films, Lecture, Drawing Demonstration Oscar-nominated independent animator and filmmaker Bill Plympton ("The Tune," "I Married a Strange Person," "The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger" TCFF10) will treat TCFF film school attendees to an instructional animation master class, a condensed version of the intensive 14-week course he has offered at his own School of Animation in New York. Using live drawing as well as clips from his films, Plympton will use a multi-media format to talk about the creative and business aspects of his work as an independent animator. Every attendee of the Master Class will get a free Bill Plympton drawing!
Friday, 12 noon
Acting for the Camera Robert DeNiro, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Nick Nolte, Gena Rowlands, Barbra Streisand, Elia Kazan, John Cassavetes, David Lynch, Paul Schrader and teachers Uta Hagen, Sandra Seacat and Lee Strasberg -- these are just a few of the people our two instructors have worked with. Come watch acting in front of the camera under the expert guidance of Robert Rayher, noted experimental filmmaker and Senior Film Production Lecturer at the University of Michigan, and Pamela Guest, U of M graduate and one of the few Hollywood casting directors who also performs.
TCFF 2010 Film School continued…
Friday, 3 pm
Making and Financing Your Film in Michigan The incredible incentive package the State of Michigan has put together for filmmakers has the industry abuzz from coast to coast. This class will address the first question of filmmaking: how do I get the money to do it? From the nuts and bolts side, Lisa Pick and Lisa Berden of Miller Canfield will talk about contracts, agreements and film financing. Carrie Jones, the new head of the Michigan Film Office, along with the MFO's Workforce Development Manager Richard D. Jewell, will talk about how the tax credits work. And we'll hear from filmmakers who have recently completed projects in Michigan, including Lee Storey who shot parts of "Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up with People Story" on Mackinac Island, and Mike and Jeff Farah ("Answer This!"), brothers who became the first people ever to shoot a film in Michigan Stadium -- and during a game, no less!
Saturday, 12 noon
Situational Ethics in Documentary Filmmaking Acclaimed filmmaker Jon Alpert ("China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province") has shot documentaries all over the world. And like all documentary filmmakers, his art regularly takes him into situations where he must make split second ethical decisions that affect not just the filmmaker, the subjects, and the subjects' community, but sometimes millions of other people as well. Alpert will talk about the good choices he has made, and the bad ones, the ones that led to tragic consequences, in this unique and urgently important session.
Saturday, 3 pm
Storytelling Through Documentary Documentary films offer unique opportunities to understand our world in new ways. Weaving a story out of the stuff of real life is a rigorous discipline, and the talented nonfiction filmmakers from around the world whose work is on display in this year's festival have created cinematic gems. Michael Webber ("The Elephant in the Living Room") and Jeff Deutchman ("11/4/08") have created two very different films using very different methods, and both masters of storytelling in this challenging form will share some of what they have learned on their path to creating great nonfiction film.
TCFF 2010 Film Forum
Lay Park on Union Street is the best festival destination to enjoy great live music and great film talk, and it‘s free. The Film Forum series is new this year: Wednesday through Saturday after specially designated noon and 3:00 p.m. movies (listed below). Fellow movie lovers will discuss films just seen and heard in an informal community in the round format. And stay for great sets from volunteer musicians.
Budrus: after noon movie 12th & Delaware: after 3 pm movie
Waiting for “Superman”: after noon movie Restrepo: after 3 pm movie
American Radical: after noon movie 8: The Mormon Proposition: after 3 pm movie
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers: after noon movie GasLand: after 3 pm movie Strawberry and Chocolate: after 6 pm movie
Traverse City Film Festival expects a “BUMPER” crop of entries for its 2010 Short Film Contest
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Do you think Traverse City is great? Of course you do! Do you want to make a short film that shows why? You know it! It could make you and a whole bunch of local folks feel great … and it could land you some cold, hard cash. FIM Group, in conjunction with the Traverse City Film Festival, is sponsoring a 2010 Bumper Contest. (Bumpers are short films that play before feature films.) Here‘s an opportunity for filmmakers of all ages do strut their movie-making mojo by creating a short that illustrates ―Why Traverse City.‖ Top prizes are $1,000, $500 and $250 (with several $100 runner-up awards). Plus, all winning bumpers will be shown before feature films during the 2010 Traverse City Film Festival. So for all you aspiring filmmakers who love Traverse City, here‘s your chance to shine. Dust off the steady cam, oil up the boom stands and get that casting couch ready … because the deadline for submissions is June 20, 2010. ###
WELCOME TO THE 6TH ANNUAL TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL!
This year‘s fest is a brazen, incendiary celebration of art — specifically, the art of cinema, cinema that is not afraid to take risks, to challenge the conventional wisdom, to move an audience so profoundly that everyone will feel transported to a place where it‘s safe to think and explore and rebel.
We remain dedicated to finding only the best films from around the world and bringing them to you here in the beautiful north country. We have more films than ever before, including some very special surprises: A Tribute to The Beatles — We‘ve lined up rare prints of ―A Hard Day‘s Night‖ and ―Help!‖ plus a brand new feature based on The Beatles‘ formative years as we remember the band on the 40th anniversary of their breakup. A Salute to Cuban Film — We‘re flying in movies and their makers from Cuba for this special spotlight on a country with a vibrant and mostly unknown (as least in America) film industry. 3D Comes to TC — But only for really great movies like the unconventionally hilarious ―Cane Toads: The Conquest‖ and the mind-blowing concert doc ―U2 3D.‖ Short Films Get Their Due — This year we‘re redoubling our efforts on the short film front to bring you seven diverse programs, including two special appearances by the most acclaimed, prominent filmmakers of the genre, Jon Alpert and Academy Award nominee Rory Kennedy. Our Favorite Filmmakers Return — As part of a sizeable group of returning filmmakers, we will have two U.S. Premieres of foreign documentaries with the directors present: ―Draquila – Italy Trembles‖ by our own TCFF board member Sabina Guzzanti and ―Czech Peace‖ by the Eastern European mischief makers who were the hit of our first fest with ―Czech Dream.‖ New and Improved Film School — We‘re doubling the number of Film School classes offered this year and relocating to a great venue, Northwestern Michigan College‘s Scholars Hall. We‘re even planning a master class with famed animator Bill Plympton, one of America‘s all-time great artists, who has a short in this year‘s festival.
2010 TCFF Welcome- ADD 1 TCFF Film Forum Series — You know how it is when you leave an awesome movie that has just rocked your socks and you say, ―Man, I‘d sure like to go somewhere and talk to others about what we just saw?‖ Well, now you can! Eight festival screenings this year will be part of a new Film Forum series. Chat with fellow festivalgoers at our free after-the-movie community discussions in our outdoor Film Lounge in Lay Park on Union St. New Ticket System and Vouchers — We have a new ticketing system, and even though this is a transition year, we hope to vastly improve the ticketing experience. And we‘re adding a voucher system, so if you don‘t know what you want to see, or if you want to get into sold out shows in the standby line, buy a voucher at the regular ticket price, good for any regular film. Lifetime Achievement Award — We will honor two of the most important leaders of the independent movie industry for the last 30 years, the co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, the men who brought us ―Waiting for Guffman,‖ ―The Fog of War‖ and ―Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,‖ among many others. They‘ll be here in person. As you can see, we‘ve really upped the ante this year and I‘m convinced you are going to love this festival. There‘s no doubt you will be frustrated by the inability to see everything. You‘ve got some hard choices to make — but not really, because every film on this year‘s schedule is truly fantastic. You could literally throw ten darts at the schedule to pick ten random films, and you couldn‘t go wrong. So pack in as many movies as you can and enjoy this year‘s festival.
Yours, Michael Moore President and Founder, Traverse City Film Festival
Michael Moore Announces 2010 Traverse City Film Festival Schedule
Traverse City Film Festival, to be held July 27 – August 1, 2010 Two Big Opening Night Films — Focus Features‘ ―The Kids Are All Right‖ and The Weinstein Co.‘s ―Nowhere Boy‖ to Kick Off Festival
Over 100 Films and Filmmakers Slotted from Countries as Diverse as Iran, Cuba and Vietnam TRAVERSE CITY, MI July 9, 2010 – Traverse City Film Festival founder Michael Moore has announced the line-up for the 2010 edition of the festival, now in its 6th record-breaking year. Moore, the Academy Award-winning director of ―Bowling for Columbine‖ and‖ ―Capitalism: A Love Story,‖ launched the Traverse City Film Festival in 2005 in an aim to bring often-undistributed national and international films to the public in this remote area of Michigan.
The festival will be held from July 27 to August 1. ―You might call this year‘s fest a brazen, incendiary celebration of art, and specifically, the art of cinema,‖ said Moore. ―Cinema that is not afraid to take risks, to challenge the conventional wisdom, to move an audience so profoundly that everyone will feel transported to a place where one can think and explore and rebel.‖ Held in downtown Traverse City, Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan‘s Grand Traverse Bay, the Traverse City Film Festival is quickly becoming one of the most renowned independent film festivals in the country. It has gained a reputation for attracting the best in independent world cinema. Along with an assortment of over 100 films, this year‘s festival boasts favorites such as an expanded film school schedule, daily free panel discussions, an array of parties and other special events including a series of free films, on a huge outdoor screen set against the beautiful Traverse City waterfront, which has been expanded and will take place Tuesday through Sunday nights.
New to the festival this year, the University of Michigan is teaming up with the Traverse City Film Festival to teach filmmaking and prepare students for jobs in the film industry. In addition, U of M faculty members will serve as moderators, panelists and jurors in the first step toward a broader participation in the film festival. ―Along with realizing our goal of becoming a major international film festival, we now can draw on the educational support of the University of Michigan to lend its expertise to our educational initiatives,‖ said Moore. ―We celebrate great filmmaking, aim to help budding filmmakers on their paths, and also want to offer opportunities for the general public to deepen its appreciation of film.‖ -more-
2010 TCFF Schedule – ADD 1
Early tickets will go on sale to the 3,000-strong Friends of the Traverse City Film Festival this Sunday, July 11, and then to the general public on Saturday, July 17.
2010 Festival Highlights: - The festival kicks-off opening night for the first time with TWO brand new films: Focus Features‘ ―The Kids Are All Right‖ starring Annette Benning and Julianne Moore, and the Weinstein Co.‘s John Lennon biopic, ―Nowhere Boy.‖ ―We are doing two opening night movies this year,‖ said festival executive director Deb Lake, ―to accommodate the overwhelming demand for tickets for what we expect to be our fifth straight year of record-breaking sales.‖
- Luminaries of the Indie Film Industry: Two of the most important leaders of independent movies for the last 30 years, the co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard — the men who brought us this year‘s ―The Secret in Their Eyes‖ and ―Please Give‖ — will be in attendance and accept an award for their work.
- Newly Expanded TCFF Film School: The number of film school classes offered this year will be doubled and relocated to NMC‘s Scholars Hall. New to this year¹s festival will be a master class with animator and one of America‘s great all time artists, Bill Plympton. Plympton also has a short in this year‘s festival. - A Tribute to The Beatles: Rare prints of ―A Hard Days Night‖ and ―Help!‖ will be screened in addition to the aforementioned new feature based on John Lennon and The Beatles‘ formative years. This year is the 40th anniversary of the breakup of The Beatles.
- Music, Music, Music: In addition to the Beatles celebration, a documentary on the group Rush will be screened. For classical music lovers, don¹t miss ―The Concert.‖ And once again the festival will present a newly restored silent film classic, ―The Last Command,‖ with a LIVE orchestra — in this case the acclaimed Alloy Orchestra from New York City.
- Our Favorite Filmmakers Return: As part of a sizeable group of films by returning filmmakers, two U.S. Premieres of foreign documentaries with the directors present will take place: ―Draquila – Italy Trembles‖ by Traverse City Film Festival board member Sabina Guzzanti and ―Czech Peace‖ by the Eastern European mischief-makers who were the hit of the first festival in 2005 with ―Czech Dream.‖
- A Salute to Cuban Film: Cuban filmmakers and their films are coming to the festival as part of a special spotlight on a country with a vibrant and highly undiscovered film industry.
2010 TCFF Schedule – ADD 2
- 3D Comes to TC: 3D comes to the festival for the first time, but not to sell inane action films or rip the public off with outrageous ticket prices. The unconventionally hilarious ―Cane Toads: The Conquest‖ and the mind-blowing concert doc ―U2 3D‖ will be presented.
- Short Films Get Their Due: This year two of the most acclaimed and prominent filmmakers of the short film genre will come to Traverse City –Jon Alpert and Academy Award nominee Rory Kennedy. – TCFF Outdoor Film Forums: 10 festival screenings will be part of a new Film Forum series. After the movie, festival-goers can participate in free after-the-movie community discussions in the round at the festival¹s outdoor Film Lounge in Lay Park on Union Street. - Free Outdoor Films on the Bay in Open Space Park: ―Twister,‖ ―Finding Nemo,‖ ―Help!,‖ ―Raising Arizona,‖ ―Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade‖ and ―Mary Poppins‖ will all be shown on the giant screen in Open Space on the Bay, expanding the popular family film series by a night.
Admission prices to regular movies are $9.50. Opening and closing night films are $25, with opening and closing night parties ticketed separately at $50. Friends of the Traverse City Film Festival receive half off opening and closing night party tickets.
The entire festival schedule can be viewed at www.traversecityfilmfestival.org.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing ―Just Great Movies‖ and helping to save one of America‘s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August.
It was instrumental in renovating a shuttered historical downtown movie house, the State Theatre, which it continues to own and operate as a year-round, community-based, mission-driven and volunteer-staffed art house movie theater.
The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning Director Michael Moore (who makes his home here),who runs the festival and serves as president of the board of directors. Other board members are filmmakers Larry Charles (director, ―Borat‖), Terry George (director, ―Hotel Rwanda‖), Sabina Guzzanti (director, ―Viva Zapatero!‖), and Christine Lahti (actor, ―Running on Empty‖), as well as photographer John Robert Williams and New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton, both Traverse City residents. ###
TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW FILM FORUM SERIES, SCHEDULES FOR FILM INDUSTRY PANELS AND FILM SCHOOL
TRAVERSE CITY, MI (July 21, 2010) ¬ Now in its sixth year, the Traverse City Film Festival announces a new Film Forum Series and schedules for the popular TCFF Film Industry Panels and Film School. FILM FORUM The Film Forum series unites fellow movie lovers to discuss films in an informal community in the round format and takes place at Lay Park on Union Street, Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31 after specially designated noon and 3:00 p.m. films. The series is free and includes performances from live musicians following the discussions. The schedule for the series is as follows: Wednesday, July 28 Budrus: after noon movie 12th & Delaware: after 3 pm movie Thursday, July 29 Waiting for ―Superman‘‖: after noon movie Restrepo: after 3 pm movie Friday, July 30 American Radical: after noon movie 8: The Mormon Proposition: after 3 pm movie Saturday, July 31 The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers: after noon movie GasLand: after 3 pm movie Strawberry and Chocolate: after 6 pm movie FILM INDUSTRY PANELS The Film Industry Panels at the City Opera House are one of most popular festival offerings returning this year. Visiting filmmakers tell stories, express opinions and interact with each other and the audience. The sessions range from the hilarious to the moving. They begin at 9:30 a.m. and are free daily. The panel schedule and topics are: WEDNESDAY: Film Literacy: How to Be Smart by Going to the Movies in a Dumbed-Down Society Film professors from the University of Michigan, visiting filmmakers, and Michael Moore will talk about the state of movies in America - a country that has lost sight of the beautiful, engaging art that is the cinema after being bombarded with sequels, remakes and 3D gimmickry. This panel is for true movielovers who will enjoy a lively discussion about what makes a great movie a great movie, and how we can get more of them made. THURSDAY: An Intimate Interview with America¹s Premier Indie Film Moguls It‘s not every day we get movie studio heads in Traverse City, so you won‘t want to miss this once-in-a-festival lifetime one-on-one with the founders and current studio co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. For over 30 years, first at Orion Classics and then at Sony, these two men have been responsible for bringing some of the very best foreign and indie fare to American audiences, including eight of the last eighteen Foreign Language Oscar winners. Now, right here on our stage, they will discuss and reveal all the behind the scenes workings of directors like Pedro Almodovar and Errol Morris. And to show our appreciation to them, the TCFF will hand them our Lifetime Achievement Award. Don‘t miss this event! -more-
2010 TCFF Film Series, Panel, and School – ADD 1 FRIDAY: We Live in Cuba and We Make Movies In an embargo-busting move, we have brought four Cuban filmmakers from Havana to the Caribbean-blue waters of northern Michigan. Can we do that? Is it legal? Are they bringing us all cigars? Cuba has been our sworn enemy for the past 50 years, yet they simply love our three biggest contributions to the planet: baseball, jazz and Hollywood. On this panel we will hear for the first time what it‘s like to make a movie in a country that is cut off from much of the world. This will no doubt be an explosive panel, one that will be talked about long after the festival is over. SATURDAY: Here Comes Trouble: Eight Documentary Filmmakers Tell Us How They Did It, and Lived to Tell It‘s our annual documentary smackdown, during which Michael Moore will get some of TCFF‘s great nonfiction filmmakers to tell stories that will make the local NPR station wish they hadn‘t agreed to broadcast the panels! This year‘s doc-makers will discuss how they make their films happen ‗by any means necessary,‘ bringing in stories from the field that will delight, amuse, shock and inspire. Panelists may include Jeff Deutchman (―11/4/08‖), Neil Diamond (―Reel Injun‖), Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn (―Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage‖), Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith (―The Most Dangerous Man in America‖), Josh Fox (―GasLand‖), Mark Lewis (―Cane Toads: The Conquest‖), Nicolas Rossier (―American Radical‖), Lee Storey (―Smile ŒTil It Hurts: The Up With People Story‖) and Michael Webber (―The Elephant in the Living Room‖). SUNDAY: The Comedy Panel There‘s never an empty seat for this panel, and once again you won‘t want to miss the forbidden stories of Jeff Garlin, Sabina Guzzanti, Michael Moore and this year‘s new guests. A rollicking laugh-fest for those who can‘t wait till our hilarious comedy festival in frozen February! Free tickets will be handed out beginning at 8:30 a.m. to guarantee seating for the Traverse City Film Festival Industry Panels. Ticketed patrons may leave and return to line up following the numbers on the panel tickets. A maximum of two tickets per person will be distributed. FILM SCHOOL The Film School returns for its second year with double the number of classes. Hosted by visiting filmmakers and focusing on the art of filmmaking, session will be held Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31, at noon and 3:00 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College‘s Scholars Hall. No application is needed for the Traverse City Film Festival Film School. Beginning at noon on July 21, interested participants can purchase tickets for $5 online (www.traversecityfilmfest.org), by phone (231-922-8903) or at the box office and merchandise store on the main floor of Radio Centre on East Front Street near Park in downtown Traverse City. Sales will be limited to four tickets per person. Wednesday at Noon Sound is More Important Than Picture Good sound can make a good film great, and bad sound can ruin an otherwise great picture. In this fast-paced class taught by David Missal and Damien Lange of Sennheiser Electronic Corp., learn how to get the best sound, with the right microphone, at the right time. Topics include pickup patterns, booming technique, shotgun mics, and tips for eliminating unwanted noise during production. Wednesday at 3pm Screenwriting Jim Burnstein (―Ruffian,‖ ―Renaissance Man‖), one of the few working Hollywood screenwriters who lives in Michigan, heads the Screenwriting Program at the University of Michigan Department of Screen Arts & Cultures. He will share his stories about working in the loneliest area of the filmmaking business, and teach the art of the screenplay. -more-
2010 TCFF Film Series, Panel, and School – ADD 2 Thursday at Noon How To Make a Short Film TCFF 2010 features a record 40 shorts. Directors of many of these films, including Sharon Shattuck (―Parasites: A User¹s Guide‖), S. Vollie Osborn (―Monsters Down the Hall‖) and Mark Mazur & Trent Hilborn (―Surface‖), will talk about how they made their films, why they made them, how they¹ve found audiences, and what they plan to do next. Thursday at 3pm Bill Plympton: Animation Master Class Oscar-nominated independent animator and filmmaker Bill Plympton (―The Tune,‖ ―The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger‖) presents a condensed version of the intensive 14-week course he has offered at his New York School of Animation. Using live drawing and clips from his films, Plympton will talk about the creative and business aspects of his work as an independent animator. Every attendee of the Master Class will get a free Bill Plympton drawing! Friday at Noon Acting for the Camera Robert DeNiro, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Nick Nolte, Gena Rowlands, Elia Kazan, John Cassavetes, Paul Schrader and teachers Uta Hagen and Lee Strasberg ‹ these are just a few of the people our instructors have worked with. Come watch acting in front of the camera under the expert guidance of Robert Rayher, noted experimental filmmaker and Senior Film Production Lecturer at the University of Michigan, and Pamela Guest, a U-M graduate and one of the few Hollywood casting directors who also performs. Friday at 3pm Making (and Financing) Your Film in Michigan The State of Michigan‘s film incentive package has the industry abuzz from coast to coast. This class will address a question every filmmaker faces: how do I get money to make my film? Lisa Pick and Lisa Berden of Miller Canfield will talk financing nuts and bolts. Carrie Jones and Richard Jewell of the Michigan Film Office will talk about the tax credits. And we‘ll hear from Lee Storey, who shot parts of ―Smile ‗Til It Hurts‖ on Mackinac Island, and Mike and Jeff Farah (―Answer This!‖), the first people ever to shoot a film in Michigan Stadium ‹ and during a game, no less! Saturday at Noon Situational Ethics in Documentary Filmmaking Acclaimed filmmaker Jon Alpert (―China‘s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province‖) has shot documentaries all over the world. Like all doc filmmakers, his art regularly takes him into situations where he must makesplit-second ethical decisions that effect not just the filmmaker, the subjects, and the subjects‘ community, but sometimes millions of other people as well. Alpert will talk about good choices and bad, and the sometimes tragic consequences. Saturday at 3pm Storytelling Through Docs Documentary films offer unique opportunities to understand our world in new ways. Weaving a story out of the stuff of real life is a rigorous discipline, and the talented nonfiction filmmakers from around the world whose work is on display in this year‘s festival have created cinematic gems. Michael Webber (―The Elephant in the Living Room‖) and Jeff Deutchman (―11/4/08‖), masters of storytelling in this challenging form, will share what they have learned. The Traverse City Film Festival will take place July 27 to August 1. A full schedule of film forums, panels and classes can also be viewed at www.traversecityfilmfest.org. ###
TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL PARTIES FEATURE WORLD BAZAAR AND MICHIGAN STARRY NIGHT
TRAVERSE CITY, MI (July 20, 2010) – The sixth year of Michael Moore‘s Traverse City Film Festival kicks off July 27 featuring events and parties the likes of which Traverse City has never seen. The festival will open by transforming Front Street into a world bazaar featuring music from around the world and international ethnic cuisine provided by local restaurants. This Front Street bazaar will be held on Tuesday, July 27 from 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Front Street between Park and Cass. There will also a drawing for a cruise courtesy of Passageways Travel and Royal Caribbean International. The Opening Night Party is sponsored by H. Cox and Son. ―We are welcoming the world of film,‖ stated Nancy Belton, TCFF Events Manager. ―We will have different musical acts lining the street and fantastic ethnic cuisine donated by local restaurants, all in celebration of our featured international films and guests from around the globe.‖ At the Filmmaker Party, visiting filmmakers, the board of the TCFF and fellow film lovers will mingle while enjoying local food and live music during this flower-filled, rooftop garden party event. The event will be held in the Wade Trim parking lot on the corner of State and Park on Friday, July 30 from 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The Filmmaker Party is sponsored by Kathleen Glynn, Blue Lake Entertainment. The Costume 5K Race is back with a beautiful course beginning at Northwestern Michigan College. Participants are encouraged to dress as a movie star or character and race to a red carpet finish in front of the State Theatre. The event begins on Saturday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and best times. The race is sponsored by Patient Care Services and EXCEL Rehabilitation Services. Doug Petersen, Director of the Costume 5K Race, likes to think of the race as a 3.1 mile party. ―If last year‘s inventive costumes are any indication of things to come, I can‘t wait to see some of the crazy things people come up with,‖ said Petersen. ―It‘s going to be a riot!‖ The Closing Night Party is always the most celebratory party of the festival for filmmakers and visitors from far and wide, and this year, it‘s something no local is going to want to miss. The film festival will transform the Park Place Dome into a northern Michigan starry night complete with outstanding music, wine, beer and phenomenal food from local restaurants. The week‘s highlights and surprises will be recapped with festival award winners and filmmakers on Sunday, August 1 from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The Friends of the Film Festival Grand Prize Drawing will also be held during this party. The Closing Night Party is sponsored by Kathleen Glynn, Blue Lake Entertainment. ―We took some inspiration from the stars on the ceiling in the State Theatre,‖ stated Belton. ―What‘s great about Michigan? The outdoors, the starry nights, great local food. Boston Light and Sound did a great job eliminating the infamous echo in the beautiful Dome. It‘s really exciting. And we‘re very grateful to the Park Place Hotel for the outstanding support they give the festival. They are a great partner and their location could not be more ideal.‖ Festival volunteers are invited to celebrate their hard work with an American picnic on Monday, August 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Clinch Park. Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Baker gives a lot of credit to the many festival volunteers. ―Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Traverse City Film Festival. As we all know, the movies are fabulous and the viewers are awesome, but without the volunteers, we could never bring such a spectacular event together.‖ The picnic festivities will include a BBQ, hot dogs, coleslaw, corn, chips and more classic picnic fare. The Volunteer Party is sponsored by Northwestern Bank. Those interested in volunteering can visit the film festival web site to sign up. -more-
2010 TCFF Parties – ADD 1 The film festival runs from July 27 through August 1. Tickets to the Opening Night Party are $50; Friends of the Festival can purchase at 50% off. Filmmaker Party tickets are $25. Tickets to the Closing Night Party are $50; Friends of the Festival can purchase at 50% off. Tickets to films and parties can be purchased online or at the Box Office at 300 E. Front Street. For more information regarding festival activities, please visit the website at www.traversecityfilmfest.org or call the main office at 231-3921134. The food and beverages at the Traverse City Film Festival events are donated by many generous local vendors and donors, listed below. The Traverse City Film Festival has worked with the City of Traverse City to implement all of these events. Food and Beverage donors include: 9 Bean Row, Apache Trout Grille, Bay Bread Company, Big Boy, Brownwood Farms, Bubba‘s, Catch Island Grille, Catering by Kelly‘s, Centre Street Café, Chef Perez, Cherry Republic, Chocolate Exotica, Ciccone Vineyard, Cold Stone, Creamery, Cook‘s House/ Wellington, Ethnic Garden Catering, Farm Boy Tortilla Chips, FireFly, Folgarelli‘s, Food For Thought, Fresia Granados, Fu Hua, Fustini‘s , Grand View Catering, Great Lakes Tea & Spice, Grocer‘s Daughter, GT Pie Company, Hanna, Higher Ground, House of Doggs, Jaques Torres, JP‘s Hard Luck Diner, Leelanaue Cheese, Light of Day Tea, Lil‘ Bo‘s, Lil‘ Terror Hot Products, Mackinaw Brewing Co., Marthas Leelanau Table Café, Modes Bum Steer, Moomers, Morsels, Natures Treat LLC, NMC Catering by Sodexo, Norconk Farms, Old Mission Multigrain, Olesons Foods, Opa, Oryana, Outback Steakhouse, Pangea, Phil‘s On Front, Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery, Poppycocks, Qdoba Mexican Grille, Scheldes, Scott‘s Harbor Grille, Shetler, Slab Town Burger, Sleeping Bear Farms, TC Reds Barbeque, The Dish, The Pie Biz, The Riverside, The Soul Hole, Tuscan Bistro, Underground Cheesecake, Warehouse, Way North Foods, Zakeys. ###
Map of Festival Shuttle Loop
The festival offers a free shuttle to all of our venues Wednesday-Sunday from 8 am until the last filmgoers and volunteers are returned to their cars. Please park at NMC‘s Cherry Lot, near Milliken Auditorium, where buses will stop every 5 to 15 minutes to pick you up and take you around the Festival Loop. Parking at NMC‘s Cherry Lot near Milliken Auditorium is easy. From there, you can take the Free Festival Loop Shuttle while you park all day and night without worry or cost. The Loop stops at each movie theater, the free festival parking lot and the Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck downtown. It‘s free, green and easy!
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