Here it is. The official schedule for this summer’s 11th annual Traverse City Film Festival.
Here are a few of the highlights you won’t want to miss:
- Most important: The kick-off to the State Theatre Centennial Year! One Hundred Years on Front Street! And joining us to celebrate this special event will be none other than the great actress and daughter of Charlie Chaplin, GERALDINE CHAPLIN! She will dedicate our new cornerstone and flip the switch on a year’s worth of amazing cinema at the State. She will also introduce and take questions at two of her father’s films that are celebrating their centennial: “The Tramp” and “Kid Auto Races at Venice.” And she will present Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” on its 75th anniversary in the Open Space on Wednesday night.
In addition to recreating the experience of going to the movies back in 1916, we’re also toasting some of Hollywood’s greatest including:
- The 100th Birthday of Orson Welles.
- The 50th Anniversary of “Doctor Zhivago.”
- The 40th Anniversary of Robert Altman’s “Nashville” with Robert Altman‘s wife Kathryn and members of the original cast in attendance.
- The 30th Anniversary of “The Breakfast Club” — this year’s winner of the Open Space People’s Choice vote!
- And finally, in honor of this morning’s historic Supreme Court’s ruling on LGBTQ rights, we will mark this momentous occasion at the festival
with a celebration of films that tell the stories and perspectives of a heretofore shunned community. Some of the greatest movies of all time were made by LGBTQ filmmakers who lived in fear of being “discovered.” Showing their films here in Traverse City is us continuing to do our part
in putting an end to that kind of hate and intolerance. This art form would not be what it is without the contributions made gays and lesbians
who work in this industry, and this festival is all the richer thanks to our volunteers who are part of Michigan’s LGBTQ community.