The Festival Poster is Here!

What motivates 500 people to spend their Friday night sitting around in the State Theatre, getting their picture taken, and learning how to dab? Probably only their deep love and burgeoning excitement for the 13th Traverse City Film Festival (although we’re sure the free popcorn didn’t hurt!).

We are thrilled to announce the release of this year’s amazing poster, which focuses on both our appreciation for the dedicated movie lovers who bring so much life and joy to the festival and for the brave filmmakers who put their heart and soul onto the big screen, including those unable to join us in person to share their art.

We can’t wait to fill the State again in just a few short weeks—and we hope to see you there.

Click the poster to view it in high-res!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Moore’s Festival Picks

FREE Buzz Movies & Events!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s The Buzz! And it’s everywhere. Even though The Buzz–our all free, all day venue–won’t be buzzing this summer, its spirit lives on in specially designated FREE experiences offered in every time slot and across venues.

Each event and movie is completely free and gives everyone the opportunity to experience all the festival has to offer.

Buzz Movie tickets will be available when tickets go on sale to Friends of the Film Festival on July 9 and to the public on July 15. If the movie or experience you want to attend is sold out, don’t worry! A standby line will form for each event.

Click here to see the Buzz schedule and find a list of Buzz Offerings below:

Wednesday, July 26
9:30 am: PANEL: One Great Movielover – Kirkbride at the Commons
12 noon: MSU Presents: Stay With Me – Old Town Playhouse
3 pm: Machines – Dutmers Theater
6 pm: Julieta – Kirkbride at the Commons
9:45pm: La La Land -Open Space

Thursday, July 27
9:30 am: PANEL: The Doc Panel – Kirkbride at the Commons
12 noon: Shorts by U-M Students – Old Town Playhouse
3 pm: AfterImage – Kirkbride at the Commons
6 pm: INAATE/SE/ – Dutmers Theater
9:45pm: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -Open Space

Friday, July 28
9 am: Fishing Without Nets – Kirkbride at the Commons
12 noon: CMU Presents: Ithaca: The Climb – Old Town Playhouse
3 pm: Shorts by MSU Students – Kirkbride at the Commons
6 pm: PANEL: Comedy Panel – Old Town Playhouse
9:45pm: What About Bob? -Open Space

Saturday, July 29
9 am: Machines – Dutmers Theater
12 noon: PANEL: Who Controls the Water? – Milliken
12 noon: INAATE/SE/– Dutmers Theater
3 pm: Julieta – Bijou by the Bay
6 pm: Beats of Antonov – Kirkbride at the Commons
9:45pm: Star Wars: The Force Awakens -Open Space

Sunday, July 30
9:30 am: PANEL: Maltin on Movies – Old Town Playhouse
12 noon: Cool Hand Luke – Kirkbride at the Commons
3 pm: INAATE/SE/– Dutmers Theater
6 pm: Machines – Dutmers Theater
9:45pm: Moana Sing-Along -Open Space

Check out more of our free offerings throughout the festival here.

Top 6 Reasons to Volunteer at the TCFF and Have the Best Week of the Summer!

Get to Know Our New Venues

New this year: exciting additions to the festival’s lineup of venues that provide incredible acoustic and visual experiences as well as insights into Traverse City’s modern day and historically significant landmarks.

With Lars Hockstad Auditorium and The Buzz off the table this summer due to the temporary closure of Central Grade School, we’re temporarily expanding the festival’s locales and creating new can’t miss festival experiences. The spacious and easily-accessible Central High School Auditorium and the lovely Kirkbride Hall at the Grand Traverse Commons will be transformed by our team of technical geniuses into state-of-the-art movie houses. The new venues are both on the shuttle route and will both be perfect places for watching Just Great Movies. The Buzz movies this year will be spread throughout the venues, so everyone has a chance to experience free films in beautiful locations, and Kids Fest has been relocated to the lovely and scenic Clinch Park behind the Bijou.

While the locations may be new, you can still count on the same world-class presentation the TCFF is famous for. Read more about these new venues and all they have to offer below.

Central High School Auditorium

is newly renovated to seat 450 moviegoers in air-conditioned, spacious comfort! Home of the Trojans, it’s the place where the youth of Traverse City celebrate the arts, and now it can be the place where you see some of your favorite films.  Central High is right next to Northwestern Michigan College, allowing for easy walking between the Auditorium and both Milliken and the Film School. Plus, there is ample parking out front. And it probably wins the award for best restrooms at the fest—they’re that great!

Kirkbride Hall

may be Traverse City’s oldest place to gather, but we’re bringing new life to its lofty ceilings and ornate façade with films worthy of the Hall’s grandeur. Seating 150, the beautifully renovated chapel of the old State Hospital is truly a sight to see and the Grand Traverse Commons is a must do! The Commons are host to a myriad of wonderful ways to pass the time between movies. Browse around the unique collection of local boutiques and shops or grab a cup of coffee at Higher Grounds Coffee, one of Traverse City’s favorite fair trade, sustainable coffee shops.

If you have a film-free afternoon, get lost in the beauty of 140 acres of hiking and biking trails in the Commons Natural Area. The Commons are also a perfect place to do a movie and a meal, with plenty of restaurants to choose from—Pleasanton Bakery, Northern Michigan’s only wood-fired brick oven bakery for bread, sweet treats, and delicious pizza;  Spanglish for traditional Mexican food with an American twist; Red Spire Brunch House for, you guessed it, brunch foods; or if you’re feeling fancy, spend an evening enjoying the Italian fare of Trattoria Stella or PepeNero. You can grab a drink with friends at the Earthen Ales Brewery or Left Foot Charley. There’s so much to do that you won’t ever need to leave—but if you do, just hop on a shuttle or grab a bike from the Norte! Bike Share and you can be at any of the other venues in minutes.

Kids Fest

is getting new digs at Clinch Park, with its scenic views, shady trees, and the always exciting waterscape! An easy walk easy from the main downtown hub of the festival and the Kids Fest movie screenings, this year’s Kids Fest will take advantage of the spacious lawns in the Bijou’s backyard. Kids can play dress-up, make crafts, and have exciting new adventures with our daily fun and educational activities. Learn more about Kids Fest activities here. Afterwards, grab an ice cream and spend some time at the Clinch Park beach, or have a picnic on the Open Space lawn before the free outdoor film of the night!

Find maps and check  out the other oldie but goodie venues here!

 

WATCH! Why Our Volunteer Managers Do What They Do

With less than a month until the 13th Traverse City Film Festival, our office is buzzing with activity as our volunteer managers and interns prep for this year’s exciting festivities. Ever thought about joining our crew? Want to be a part of one of the coolest festivals in the country? Join our coveted crew of volunteer managers, and become an essential part of this year’s 2017 Traverse City Film Festival!

Join us for our Volunteer Manager Open House, Wednesday, July 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Old Town Playhouse. Assistant manager positions are available in a variety of areas, and this is your chance to meet and chat with current venue managers, and get the answers to your most burning questions!

But don’t take our word for it, just ask these volunteer veterans:

We hope to see your friendly faces at the Open House!

TCFF 2017 Trailer

Thirteen may be an unlucky number, but the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival will be the exception to the rule. TCFF’s thirteenth year will bring you countless stories of movements, magic, and mystery with a lineup unlike anything else. One great movie can change you, and one great movie can change the world. Check out our brand new festival trailer to get a taste of what we have in store, and you’ll see what we mean when we say that this is going to be your lucky year.

TCFF 2017 from Traverse City Film Festival on Vimeo.

Meet the 2017 Interns!

Every year a phenomenal flock of college students takes over the Film Festival office for the months of June and July. From aspiring ornithologists to lobster bisque enthusiasts and film prep interns who really, really love Pulp Fiction, this year’s group is one for the books.

Sydney Rosen

“Yikes.”

School: Michigan State University
Internship position: Volunteer Coordinator/Internal Communications
Favorite movie quote: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” – Elle Woods, Legally Blonde
Dream job: Astronaut
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Memes,  bagels, memes.
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
My own Snapchat story.
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
Genovia from The Princess Diaries
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
I was a fashion icon from day one.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
I’d want a picture of an ear with Danny Devito whispering into it.

 

Sam Prue

“Sorry.”

School: St. Michael’s College
Internship position: Communications/Media
Favorite movie quote: “Into the garbage, fly boy.” – Princess Leia, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Dream job: Ornithologist
3 things you can’t live without: My skis, origami paper, my mom.
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
Say Yes to the Dress
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
Themyscira from Wonder Woman
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
I’m an RA at my school, and when I was studying abroad all of my residents signed a card and sent it to me.
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
My bowl cut. It was not my fault.

 

“Doctor” Mary Kate Kemp

“Are you so excited?”

School: University of Michigan
Internship position: Kids Fest
Favorite movie quote: “A queen is never late, everyone else is simply early.”—Queen Clarisse Renaldi, The Princess Diaries
Dream job: Private Eye
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Water, guacamole, my dog.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
When I was in first grade I had a really huge crush on this guy and he was over at my house with my brother playing video games, and my version of flirting with him was putting Kraft Singles cheese on top of my head.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
13 Going on 30
Describe yourself as a dessert.
Sweet but a little nutty.

 

Matt Lehman

“I am a man of the people.”

School: Michigan State University
Internship position: Box Office
Favorite movie quote: “The duck may swim on the lake, but my daddy owns the lake.” – Trout Walker, Holes
Dream job: Either Oceanographer or Paleontologist
What is your greatest fear?
Fear itself. Or clowns.
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
500 Days of Summer
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
Jurassic Park. Because dinosaurs.
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
Short shorts and long socks
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Steve Buscemi. Probably like a full back tattoo. What a beautiful man.

 

Merek Alam

“Don’t worry about it.”

School: Alma College
Internship position: Post Production
Favorite movie quote: “Sing for me, Paolo.” – Isabella Parigi, The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Dream job: Working at Blockbuster Video or Filmmaker
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Oxygen, food, and my internal organs.
What is your greatest fear?
Alligators, crocodiles, brain hemorrhages.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
In an attempt to do parkour when I was 13, I shattered both my knees on the ground and I had to walk it off like it didn’t hurt.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
Lobster bisque
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
Fedoras

 

Maks Muno

“Kachow.”

School/year: University of Michigan, senior
Internship position: Post Production
Favorite movie quote: “The name’s Mater, like ta-mater, but without the ta.” –Mater, Cars.
Dream job: Race Car Driver
What is your greatest fear?
That they’ll stop making sequels to the Cars movies.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
When I didn’t go to the midnight premiere of Cars 2.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
Whipped cream.
Describe yourself as a dessert.
Whipped cream.
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
When my girlfriend studied abroad, she gave me a box of letters that I could open periodically throughout the semester.

 

Megan Birleson

“This is a mess.”

School: University of Michigan
Internship position: Office Intern
Favorite movie quote: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind
Dream job: Biographer
What is your greatest fear?
Being stranded on a desert island without my glasses.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I convinced everyone in my second grade class that I could speak Salamander. That was weird.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
“Gold Digger” by Kanye West
Describe yourself as a dessert.
Ice cream ‘cause I’m really cool. Probably mint chocolate chip.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Lil’ Sebastian from Parks and Rec.

 

Aleah Price

“Maybe?”

School: DePaul
Internship position: Assistant Office Manager
Favorite movie quote: “Ah, hon, ya got Arby’s all over me.” – Marge Gunderson, Fargo
Dream job: Museum Curator
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I shaved off half of my eyebrow and it took a year to grow back. My friend drew it back on for me though!
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
Golden Girls
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
Any Wes Anderson film.
Describe yourself as a dessert.
Half melted ice cream because I never feel like I’m that put together.
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
Jeans with dresses.

 

Adrienne Wolff

“Never not thinking about my next meal.”

School: Brown University
Internship position: Communications/Media
Favorite movie quote: “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”— Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz
Dream job: Editor in Chief of the New Yorker
What is your greatest fear?
Pigeons.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
Sushi
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
My mom gave me life. Thank you Diane.

 

Chloe Alberta

“Do it for the novel.”

School: University of Michigan
Internship position: Communications/Media
Favorite movie quote:  “I want you to hit me as hard as you can.” – Tyler Durden, Fight Club    
Dream job: Movie Star
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My cat, my Converse, my Fight Club movie poster.
What is your greatest fear?
Being mauled by a sloth.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
“Fergalicious” by Fergie
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
When I was younger a boy at writing camp wrote this really sweet poem about me and read it to everyone around the campfire.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Steve Carell on my bicep saying “I understand nothing.”

 

McKenna Cartwright

“I know, right?”

School: University of Michigan
Internship position: Meg’s Girl Friday
Favorite movie quote: “That’ll do, Donkey, that’ll do.” – Shrek
Dream job: Casting Director
What is your greatest fear?
That I will be stuck living with my parents for the rest of my life.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
“I’m Gonna Be” by The Proclaimers
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
Australian Bachelor/Bachelorette
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
Gauchos
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

 

Alexanna McKessy

“…oh god.”

School: Ferris State
Internship position: Music Management
Favorite movie quote: “Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” – Stitch, Lilo and Stitch
Dream job: Owning a music venue
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My dog Burt, chocolate, and mac ‘n cheese with bread crumbles on top.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
“1985” by Bowling for Soup
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
Thor
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
Taking 70 percent of my hair and parting it to one side.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Nikki Sixx

 

Brooke Windsor

*Tina Belcher groan*

School: Ferris State
Internship position: Music Management
Favorite movie quote: “Brothers don’t shake hands. Brothers gotta hug.” – Tommy, Tommy Boy
Dream job: Music Festival Production
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My dog Stella, the Game Show Network, and HGTV.
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
The Lorax 
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
My laundry was still in the dryer when I left for school and my roommate’s mom came to move him in, and when I came home she had folded it and left it in my room for me.
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
Pink corduroy overalls that matched my stuffed bunny.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Dave Grohl

 

Leandra Gill

“I’m no angel, but I’ve been winging it from the start.”

School: Ferris State
Internship position: Graphic Design
Favorite movie quote: “You know, there’s a million fine lookin’ women in the world dude. But they don’t all bring you lasagna at work. Most of them just cheat on you.” – Silent Bob, Clerks
Dream job: Wedding Planner
What is your greatest fear?
Answering questions on the spot.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
Sweet Potatoes
Describe yourself as a dessert.
Saucy
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Christian Bale

 

Hannah Jo Maier

“A picture is worth a thousand words but I’ll leave you speechless.”

School: University of Michigan
Internship position: Event Planning    
Dream job: Documentary Filmmaker
Favorite movie quote: “Sometimes dead is better.” – Daddy, Pet Sematary
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Bandanas, hot tubs, books.
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
Rick & Morty
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
Singing in the Rain
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
In-N-Out French Fries
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
54-year-old Johnny Depp

 

Kate Schnepf

“More problems than Johnny Depp’s Yacht wifi.”

School: Boston University
Internship position: Film Prep
Favorite movie quote:  “There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. ‘The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.’ Now I been sayin’ that for years. And if you ever heard it … You’d be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a mother before I popped a cap in his behind. But I saw something this mornin’ made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here… he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous behind in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.” – Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction
Dream job: Photographer
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Doc Martens, scrunchies, and PB & J.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
“Country Roads” by John Denver
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
Pawnstars
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
Nachos
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
John Heder

 

Maggie Foley

“Yeah, I’ve seen some stuff.”

School: Columbia University
Internship position: Film Prep
Favorite movie quote:  “Nice marmot.” – The Dude, The Big Lebowski
Dream job: Film Archivist
What are 3 things you can’t live without?  
The movie Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, eyeliner, and John Waters movies.
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
Pride and Prejudice
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
Tacos
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
My glitter phase.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Janeane Garofalo

 

Alicia Hartz

“You do you.”

School: NYU
Internship position: Videography
Favorite movie quote: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Brody, Jaws
Dream job: Actress
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Food, entertainment, an audience.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I misspelled the word color for way too long.
If you could live in the world of any film, which would you choose?
The Avengers
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
I wore these blue glasses that changed into sunglasses when they got into the sun but they changed blue, so I was just wearing these blue glasses that turned into blue sunglasses until like second grade. Like aqua transition lenses.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Beyoncé, always.

 

Abbey Hull

“Whoops.”

School: Michigan Tech
Internship position: Office and Festival Runner
Favorite movie quote: “There’s no place like home” – Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz
Dream job: Working at NASA
What is your greatest fear?
Bees
What is your most embarrassing moment?
When my dad told David Pointsett that I called him a fluffy white chicken.
What is your guilty pleasure movie/TV show?
Dirty Dancing
What childhood fashion choice do you wish you could take back?
I used to draw on my hair with Sharpie and it would get on my face.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
All the Beatles.

 

Nikole Davtyan

“I’m screaming.”

School: University of Michigan
Internship Position: VideographyDream job: Screenwriter/film director
Favorite movie quote: “Was he slow?” — Doc, Baby Driver
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I think every day is an embarrassment.
What is your go-to song for karaoke?
I’d rather just jump off a cliff. I don’t sing. At all.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
Hot Cheetos
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
One time on my birthday we were out at a restaurant celebrating and this random woman came up to me and gave me twenty dollars.
What celebrity’s face would you get tattooed on your body?
Harry Styles

Our Favorite Lars Kelto Shorts and Bumpers

We’ve talked about the tragic and unexpected passing of our dear festival friend and colleague, Lars Kelto. Lars was an essential part of our festival, State, and Bijou community, someone whose joy, laughter, genius, and talent played an immeasurable role in making the festival what it is today.

But even if you didn’t have the immense pleasure of knowing him personally, if you’ve ever been to the festival you’re no doubt familiar with some of his incredible work.

Among the many, many hats Lars wore at the festival was making the official TCFF-produced short films that run before festival films, known as bumpers. Lars’ brilliant filmmaking, writing, and editing skills also extended to  directing our annual bumper contest. He loved looking at the submissions each year and working with the winners to get their films on screen during the festival.

We hope this year’s crop of bumper submissions is the best and most entertaining yet. We’re looking for creative shorts that capture the spirit of the festival and Traverse City. So if you’re thinking about submitting and want to learn from the best, find examples of the humor, wit, and creativity Lars brought to the festival below. 

Please also consider kindly helping his family by donating to the Kelto Fund here.

Respect
2016

Acceptance
TCFF 2015

TCFF and You
TCFF 2007

State Theatre: An Inconvenient Trailer
State Theatre 2008

You Can’t See Everything
TCFF 2008

Fives
TCFF 2009

History
TCFF 2009

Addiction
TCFF 2009

Menzel Mendz It
2016 Rotary Show

Record-Eagle Parody Ad
2017 Rotary Show

Record Eagle Parody Ad 2
2017 Rotary Show

Date with Festiny
2017 Rotary Show – But Very Film Fest Appropriate!

 

2017 Volunteer Manager Open House

Want to be an essential part of one of the coolest film festivals in the country? Have a passion for working with people? Look good in a brightly-colored polo shirt? Join our elite crew of volunteer managers and get an inside look at the behind-the-scenes of the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival!

If you want to find out more, check out our Volunteer Manager Open Houses on Wednesday, June 21, or Wednesday, July 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Old Town Playhouse. These Open Houses are geared toward assistant management positions, with opportunities available in hospitality, sales, house, venue, and line management. More information on each position can be found HERE. You’ll have the chance to meet and chat with our venue managers and get any questions answered so that you can figure out where you’ll be the best fit in our festival family.

 

Requirements for an assistant manager include availability to work 4-6 hours a day during festival week (July 25-30) , a love for fun work environments, new friends, and free SWAG, and the desire to impact your community in a positive and meaningful way. Can you imagine a better way to spend the hottest week of the summer that to be at the center of all the action? Let us know you’re interested by sending us an email at volunteer@tcff.org, or give the main office a call at (231) 392-1134.

So grab some friends, we’ll bring the food and refreshments, and come hang out with us at our Open House! We can’t wait to meet you.