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The fun starts at 7 PM and includes:
- Our Princess Bride Costume Contest – dress up as your favorite character from the film. Pwizes & tweasure for the best dressed. We’re excited to announce that National Cherry Queen Sonya Saylor will be joining us as a celebrity judge and be on hand for photos!
- Music on the Mainstage featuring Billy Strings & Don Julin and K. Jones & the Benzie Playboys
- Dessert Tent featuring $1 desserts from Euro Stop Euro Stop, Pleasanton Bakery, Cakes by Lori, Chocolate Exotica
- Movie Games!
- Obstacle Course!
- Fencing & Fighting from the Traverse City Fencing Club
Come on down and view one of the best movies ever!
Here are some more great photos from our Festival Photogs!
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 →
Day four of the 9th Annual Traverse City Film Festival was all about Elaine Stritch, the octogenarian Broadway legend who received a standing ovation when she appeared for a Q&A after the screening of the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.”
The doc is an all-access look into the life of this feisty, no-holds barred superstar who is not afraid to tell anyone anything at any time. The film follows the 89-year-old Stritch as she dominates the stage in her one woman cabaret act, tortures Alec Baldwin on “30 Rock,” offers her blunt take on aging, and takes us into her struggles with alcohol and diabetes.
In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, reflections on her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends like Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones and John Turturro, and photos from her personal collection.chiemi karasawa, elaine stritch, elaine stritch shoot me
Here’s a slew of photos from Day 3 of the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival!
Sometimes you know right away when a film will do well during awards season. Opening night’s “Blue Jasmine” is one of those films. So is “Fruitvale Station.”
‘Fruitvale’ isn’t even what you’d call an explosive film – at least, not until you get to the end. It’s a quiet, thoughtful film about people just living their lives, doing what people do – getting together for family gatherings, eating good food, praying together, struggling to keep the rent paid, trying to be better people. And yet somehow, all of that leads to tragedy in this particular case.
“Fruitvale Station” is based on the real-life story of Oscar Grant (a terrific Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 determined to make a better life for himself and his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and 4-year-old daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal).
As the day progresses, we learn there’s more to Oscar than his recent prison stint and loss of his job at a grocery store. He’s kind to strangers and animals, makes a bold decision not to sell drugs (even though he needs the cash), and celebrates his mom’s (Octavia Spencer) birthday. But his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station, shake the Bay Area – and the nation – to its core.
“Fruitvale Station” isn’t a movie that yells at you. It’s a movie that takes you on a pensive journey of one person who’s at the mercy of his past, the color of his skin, and the unfortunate circumstances of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s such a well made film and, again, I expect it to do well during the upcoming awards season. Read More →brit marling, fruitvale station, propaganda, the east
Father Fred and TCFF want to send you to Sedona!
One lucky winner will be enjoying a seven-day, six-night getaway for two with VIP access to the 2014 Sedona International Film Festival next February – the grand prize of a raffle drawing to benefit The Father Fred Foundation.
The Sedona Film Festival has been recognized as one of the top film festivals in the nation and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine.
The complete prize includes:
-Two “Platinum” access passes to the 2014 Sedona Film Festival (February 22- March 2, 2014)
-Round-trip airfare for two from Traverse City (or voucher)
-Six nights of lodging
-Dinner for two
-Two spa treatments
-Prize is transferable
Tickets are $500 and can be purchased here at Traverse City Film Festival Box Office at 128 S. Union St. in downtown Traverse City, above 7 Monks Taproom. Only 200 tickers will be sold. (If 50 tickets are not sold, the prize will revert to a $5,000 cash prize.)
Tickets will be on sale through 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 30, 2013, or until 200 tickets are sold (whichever comes first).
Saturday, November 30 at 101. N Park St. in Traverse City. Need not be present to win.
All proceeds from the raffle will go to The Father Fred Foundation to help families in need within the five-county community.
Good luck, TCFF filmgoers!
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