We have a new Executive Director of the Traverse City Film Festival! His name is Joseph Beyer and he comes to us after working with Robert Redford for 14 years helping to run the most prestigious American film festival, the Sundance Film Festival. Joe went on to work for The Redford Center in 2016 as their fourth staffer ever. Joe also worked earlier stints at Warner Bros. and various other Hollywood endeavors.
But it’s his long list of accomplishments at the Sundance Institute that have endeared him to hundreds of independent filmmakers over the years. I cannot overstate how lucky we are and how blessed we are that he has accepted our offer to move to Traverse City and work with me in building on this great festival we all created here.
At Sundance Joe was responsible in part for so many of its remarkable achievements, including discovering and programing independent movies, building Sundance.org, and creating Sundance Institute’s Artist Services to help filmmakers find audiences for their films. He is highly-regarded in the filmmaking community and will, with me, be an important connective force with the filmmakers and their films that we bring to TC.
Joe is also a native Michigander! Born in Grand Haven and raised in Holland, MI, he knows Traverse City well, having spent summers in Leland. He has now moved back here to take on this endeavor with me, and I have to say, I haven’t been this thrilled about the future of this festival in some time. We are in good hands and I think you’re going to be excited about what we’ve got cooked up.
I’d like to invite you to come meet Joe this Sunday at a special State Theatre fundraising event at 6 pm. Joe is bringing a hit film from this year’s Sundance Film Festival to share with Traverse City before the rest of the country gets to see it. He and I will have a conversation about movies on stage and you can ask questions and tell him how it will be 82 and sunny by next week! And there will be cake! You can get tickets for Sunday’s event here. Please join us for the kick-off of a whole new era of the Traverse City Film Festival.
Thanks everyone! See you Sunday.