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EPISODE 2: Kid’s Fest, Open Space & Movies on a Boat!
EPISODE 1: Founders Party & Opening Night
119,000 People Experience “Movies That Can Change You”
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. (August 5, 2013) — After six incredible days of “Just Great Movies,” the ninth annual Traverse City Film Festival has wrapped its biggest and best festival yet, smashing previous records with more admissions, more screenings, more sold out shows and several groundbreaking additions.
The six-day cinema celebration founded, programmed and run by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore welcomed over 119,000 admissions this year, an increase of 28,000 over last year. Festival wide, over 85 percent of available tickets were sold to 188 screenings, of which 123 were sold out!
Across 10 different venues, the festival presented 102 feature films, 52 shorts in seven programs, 10 film school sessions, 10 cinema salon outdoor movie discussions, seven free industry panels, seven parties and a podcast with comedian Doug Benson. TCFF brought 90 filmmakers from four continents to Northern Michigan to accompany their films.
“This year,” said Moore, “we worked harder than ever to provide a fun and affordable festival for everyone, no matter their budget. We want everyone to be able to enjoy just great movies in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.” Read More →
Here’s 500+ photos from the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival. We hope you had as much fun as we did and can’t wait to do it all over again next year!
Here are photos from the final day of the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival by our amazing team of photographers!
I was proud to join my student Colin Campbell for the festival premiere of his film Flash Point in the Student Shorts at the Bijou by the Bay. His work stands up very strong in story and image against the series of university film school shorts. Colin will be attending NYU in the fall after four years at Interlochen Arts Academy in our Motion Picture Arts Division.
Friday morning – Perverts Guide to Ideology at Milliken (somehow felt it was an academic companion to Martinov’s Propaganda). Directed by Sophie Fiennes starring philosopher Slavoj Zizek. Zizek travels throughout time and cinema to explain his philosophies on the formation, support, and acceptance of world ideology. It’s dense philosophy supported by both B-Movies like They Live (starring former WWF legend Rowdy Roddy Piper) and staples in film history – The Sound of Music and Taxi Driver. Read More →
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In prep for moderating Saturday’s run Propaganda was early on my sched. The film was an experience that left me conflicted and uneasy, both of which were acknowledged as intentional results during the Q/A with Slavko Martinov, director, and Michael Moore. I say conflicted, because it was a rail on Western culture that highlighted all its bleakest parts, crammed with an overwhelming number of shameful facts to support them. It was powerfully visualized by a mix of crushing images, generally casualties of the most vulnerable: children. Manipulative montage. Not a criticism, Martinov might agree that it makes his point. If you’re ever in need for examples of the strength of the Kuleshov effect – Martinov and his editor – masters. The reaction of the audience was mixed, a divide between those who felt they “got it” those who felt that the barrage of brutal images were unexpected or too much or both. Whatever your opinion, it is a new twist on cinema. Read More →