Second Chance Screenings

A few of our movies sold out quickly this past weekend. But fear not! Most of those movies have a second screening with tickets still available. Plus, please stay tuned for our upcoming announcement of encore screenings to some our most in demand films. Check the list out below!

Pick Your Category!

With public ticketing around the corner this Saturday, July 18, if you’re still looking over our schedule and getting overwhelmed by all the choices, we’ve got you covered. We’ve expanded on our Perfect Schedule blog post and created some more movie groupings for different interests. Plus! Plenty of tickets remain for all of these great films.


Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you love scenes that make your heart beat out of your chest with excitement? If you thought “Mad Max” or “Jurassic World” were this summer’s best movies then this list of films is for you!
The Benson Movie Interruption: Speed
The Benson Movie Interruption: Top Gun


22caec799a5e14caae6b94f486817820Are you the friend everyone turns to during election season for information? Are you involved with different groups that are active in changing and bettering the community? This category is perfect for people who are committed to making a difference and raising awareness.

2015 Ticket Swap

Need to swap a ticket? No worries! Use the comments section at the bottom of this blog post as a forum to talk with other moviegoers about swapping tickets. This forum is meant for communication between individuals only and has no association with the official TCFF box office.

Please do not call the box office or the TCFF office regarding ticket swapping.

All you need to do is post tickets that you want/have and a telephone number or email where you can be reached.

See you at the movies!

Spotlight on Michigan

If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you. If you seek a state in the union with a special spot in the world of cinema (from “Anatomy of a Murder” in Marquette to the gritty “8 Mile” in Detroit,) you need look no further. Michigan is home to great stories and great artists and the selection of Michigan-made films at this year’s festival are no exception. We have a wonderful curation of films made in, set in, and about Michigan that will feature some very special guests. And we will also be featuring some selections from our State’s next generation of great filmmakers. Check out the Michigan-based films at this year’s festival.

Michigan Movies

20 Years of Madness

2015 | USA | NR | 90 min.20 Years of Madness_WEB_LowRez

In mid-90s Detroit, a motley crew of young skaters, goths, punks, and other self-described “weirdos” created an anarchic sketch show that aired on public access television called “30 Minutes of Madness.” A local cult hit, everyone involved was sure this real life “Wayne’s World” was their entree to a big time career on MTV or Comedy Central—but then, reality got in the way. Now, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the gang returns to their Michigan hometown in an attempt to rediscover the creative mojo that once provided such an exhilarating outlet. In Person: Director Jeremy Royce, producer and subject Jerry White Jr., and “30 Minutes of Madness” cast members. 

A Courtship

A Courtship_GUIDE_HiRez2015 | USA | NR | 71 min.

Today’s singles are inundated with all the newfangled ways to meet mates: online sites; speed dating; panels of experts on reality TV. But 33-year-old Kelly has chosen to put her faith in God and Christian Courtship, a practice where couples give over control of their dating lives to their family, and save even their first kiss for marriage. It’s a challenge for devout Kelly, since her own parents don’t agree with the plan, and she has already pursued conventional dating. Undeterred, she finds spiritual parents in Grand Rapids who agree to take her in and keep her as long as they need to, until they find her the right match. In her first feature, Amy Kohn tackles a sensitive subject and a deeply interesting personal story with openness and tact, creating a poignant portrait of a woman who, like everyone else, just wants to be loved. In Person: Director Amy Kohn.

From This Day Forward

2015 | USA | NR | 74 min.From This Day Forward_WEB_LowRez

When she was a little girl, Petoskey native Sharon Shattuck’s dad told her that when she got married, he hoped he could wear a dress to walk her down the aisle. Not long after that, while his children were in middle school, Sharon’s father came out as transgender and changed his name to Trisha. His transition was difficult for Sharon’s straight-identified mother to accept, but Sharon’s parents stayed together. When Sharon’s family reunites years later to plan her wedding, she takes up her camera to explore the unorthodox relationships of her family and flesh out the conversations she spent so many years avoiding. Juxtaposing candid home videos from her father’s pre-transition years with present day footage, Shattuck has created an intimate and touching portrait of a modern American family. In Person: Director Sharron Shattuck, Marcia and Trisha Shattuck.


2015 | Canada | NR | 87 min.T-Rex_WEB_LowRez

Hailing from our very own Flint, MI, scrappy 17-year-old boxing phenom Claressa “T-Rex” Shields has her sights set on earning gold at the 2012 Beijing Olympics—the first time the games have featured women’s boxing. Tough as nails from life on the mean streets of Flint, she’s got the grit, determination, and ferocity to train and compete at the highest levels. Not even her family’s crazy daily drama can derail her from pursuit of Olympic glory—for boxing may well be her only shot at lifting her family out of poverty. Don’t miss one of our favorite films of the festival, an inspiring, feel-good documentary from first-time filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari about triumphing over adversity and fighting for your dream. In Person: Director Zackary Canepari and subject Claressa Shields. Read more

A Perfect TCFF Schedule for the ________ Person

The 2015 Traverse City Film Festival is almost here! We have movies that will make you laugh, cry, and feel just about every other emotion out there. With such a large selection of movies, some people don’t know where to start planning their schedule. This year we have taken the liberty to create planned sample schedules for different types of people attending the festival that not only take in to account all the great movies you can see, but all the great restaurants and activities that make Traverse City such a spectacular place. Check them out!

A Perfect Week for the Art & Music Lover 

Are you an art museum fanatic? Does a new exhibit give you butterflies in your stomach? Are your nights out at the bar more about listening to music than drinking? If any of these apply to you this TCFF 11 schedule would be a perfect fit for you!

Wednesday July 29

Thursday July 30

Friday July 31

Saturday August 1

Sunday August 2Party-Closing

A Perfect Long Weekend for the Cerebral Person

Are you analytical? Do you like a movie that will make you think deeper about the world and/or yourself? If puzzles and reading appeal to you then this TCFF 11 schedule is for you! Read more

Hollywood Rebel: An Interview with Roger Corman

We’re pleased to announce Roger Corman as the recipient of the TCFF Michigan Filmmaker Award.

1380647641000-AP-YOUTUBE-PAY-CHANNELS-55797979A Detroit native, B-movie legend Roger Corman is one of Hollywood’s most prolific talents, with well over 400 credits to his name as a writer, actor, producer, and director. He is the winner of the Honorary Academy Award for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers.

You can check out all the film’s in our Roger Corman section here, and he’ll sit down with another Hollywood rebel, Michael Moore, on Sunday, August 2.

Our own Katy Gwizdala was able to speak with Mr. Corman about how he got his start, growing up in Michigan, and mentoring today’s film industry giants.

First of all, congratulations on adding the Michigan Filmmaker Award to your long list of accolades.

Thank you!

Why choose cult classics and B-movies as the genre you’ve worked the most with? Is it your passion, or did you find out you’re very, very good at it and stick with it?

I started making low-budget films simply because that’s all the money I had. I had written a screenplay and sold it, and I took that money and made a very low-budget picture “Monster from the Ocean Floor” for $12,000. I primarily finance my pictures myself and since I don’t have that much money, I’m not about to make “Jurassic World” or anything like that.  So I stay in the area in which I’m comfortable financing my own films.

rogercorman-neilyoungheartofgoldWhen you think about all of the incredible talent you’ve worked with, like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Robert DeNiro – what’s your secret for discovering them? How do you look at Jack Nicholson and see that eventually, he’s going to become the Jack Nicholson we know today?

…There are three things I look for. One is intelligence. I’ve never met anybody, and I’m thinking more as writer, producer, director, who’s had a long successful career that hasn’t had intelligence. There have been a few who’ve had one or two winners but haven’t maintained it that haven’t been so intelligent. But I look for that particularly.

The second is the ability to work long, hard hours. Making films is to a certain extent glamorous, but it’s also a very hard job.

And the third is the intangible, and that’s creativity. One of the ways that you can judge it a little bit is just by talking to a person, and how their mind works — what they say and how they analyze certain things. And to a large extent, I try to work with people who start – such as Francis Coppola, started as my assistant and did second unit directing, editing, one thing or another. He even did carpentry on building some racks for storage equipment on a Volkswagen MiniBus we used for locations shooting. So I’m able to judge the creativity that way, with Francis or with other people like Jim Cameron or Jonathan Demme, or whoever who started with us that way. Other times, somebody like Marty Scorsese, I resisted talking to him and saw an underground black & white film he did in New York. Just judging from that, I thought Marty had the required creativity.

Another widely known fact about you is your cameo career – do you have a favorite story from a film you’ve acted in?

Yes, as a matter of fact. One of the first times I did, in “Godfather Part II,” Francis Coppola had me play one of the Senators on the Senate Crime Investigating Committee and I remember there were so many lights — I’d always been behind the camera, and of course this is a big-budget film, and… I couldn’t see anything at all out there. And when the assistant director said “roll ‘em” and the camera was running, but before Francis could say “action,” somebody yelled out of the dark “don’t get nervous Rog, but your entire career in Hollywood depends on how you say these lines!” It was Jack Nicholson, who by prearrangement with Francis had come over from another sound stage where he was working to throw me off. And make me triple nervous on the first take. Read more

Get To Know TCFF’s Summer Interns!

TCFF is proud to welcome its ninth full-time intern class! Each year, the festival gathers a group of excited and energetic young professionals to work in a collaborative environment as interns. They perform a variety of tasks critical to running the festival, gain valuable career experience, and spend their summer in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Seriously, we couldn’t do it without them! Here’s a look at this summer’s 17 full-time interns:

Ally Telgenhof

Department: Film Prep
College/Year: Michigan State University / Alumna
Favorite Movie/Director: Wizard of Oz / Quentin Tarantino
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Anything by Led Zeppelin
Who would star as you in a movie: Amanda Bynes

Andrea Thompson

Department: Public Relations & Media
College/Year: Michigan State University / Senior
Favorite Movie/Director: The Prestige / Christopher Nolan
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne
Who would star as you in a movie: Blake Lively

Breanna Randolph

Department: Event Planning
College/Year: Bowling Green State University / Senior
Favorite Movie/Director: The Princess Bride / The Coen Brothers
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Hold On by Wilson Phillips
Who would star as you in a movie: Kate Winslet


Daniel Choppa

Department: Music
College/Year: Northeastern University / Junior
Favorite Movie/Director: Secondhand Lions / Christopher Nolan
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Anything 80s
Who would star as you in a movie: Dave Franco


Emma Winowiecki

Department: Post-Production
College/Year: University of Michigan / Junior
Favorite Movie/Director: When Harry Met Sally / Wes Anderson
What would you sing at Karaoke night: American Pie by Don McLean
Who would star as you in a movie: Emma Watson

Jake Wallach

Department: Video Post / Graphic Design
College/Year: University of Missouri / Alumnus
Favorite Movie/Director: The Departed / Martin Charles Scorsese
What would you sing at Karaoke night: In Too Deep by Sum 41
Who would star as you in a movie: A better looking Leonardo DiCaprio

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John MacLellan

Department: Music
College/Year: Concordia University (Canada) / Senior
Favorite Movie/Director: Interstellar / Quentin Tarantino
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Just a Friend
Who would star as you in a movie: Will Smith


Kelsey Rammelkamp

Department: Box Office
College/Year: Carthage College / Senior
Favorite Movie/Director: Midnight in Paris / Woody Allen
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Anything by Taylor Swift
Who would star as you in a movie: Keira Knightley


Kirk Ostojic

Department: Film Prep
College/Year: Central Michigan University / Alumnus
Favorite Movie/Director: Lord of the Rings Trilogy / Christopher Nolan
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Who would star as you in a movie: Michael Fassbender


Maggie Marshall

Department: Office
College/Year: University of Michigan / Senior
Favorite Movie/Director: Pan’s Labyrinth / Lars von Trier
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Smells like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Who would star as you in a movie: Emma Stone

Moriah Angott

Department: Office/Volunteer Management
College/Year: Bowling Green State University / Senior
Favorite Movie/Director: Slumdog Millionaire / Tim Burton
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
Who would star as you in a movie: Zooey Deschanel


Nina Capuzzi

Department: Public Relations & Media
College/Year: Michigan State University / Sophomore
Favorite Movie/Director: Boyhood / Alfonso Cuaron
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Who would star as you in a movie: Betty White


Samantha Rohrs

Department: Office
College/Year: Kent State University / Alumna
Favorite Movie/Director: There Will Be Blood / Martin Scorsese
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Say My Name by Destiny’s Child
Who would star as you in a movie: Meryl Streep

Savannah Smith

Department: Video Post
College/Year: Michigan State University / Senior
Favorite Movie/Director: Beginners / Celine Sciamma
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Everytime by Britney Spears
Who would star as you in a movie: Quvenzhané Wallis


Shennelle Anthony

Department: Graphic Design
College/Year: Michigan State University / Alumna
Favorite Movie/Director: The Man in the Moon / Tim Burton
What would you sing at Karaoke night: BBHM by Rihanna
Who would star as you in a movie: Rihanna

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Gina Bollini

Department: Music & Parties Liaison
College/Year: Oakland University / Senior
Favorite Movie/Director: Blue is the Warmest Color / Abdellatif Kechiche
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Grease Soundtrack
Who would star as you in a movie: Miley Cyrus


Katelyn Catino

Department: Kids Fest
College/Year: Northern Michigan College / Sophomore
Favorite Movie/Director: The Graduate / John Hughes
What would you sing at Karaoke night: Anything by Aretha Franklin
Who would star as you in a movie: Emma Stone

Hidden Gems

MillionNight-4 (1)As you prepare to enjoy the arrival of the moveable feast of film that is the Traverse City Film Festival, let me highlight a few wonderful, hidden gems you’ll find within the guide. Very often it’s the films you’ve never heard of, the films you don’t think you’ll enjoy while you are being dragged into them, that make the most lasting impressions. I hope you will leave your comfort zone and take the risk to see a brillant movie at this year’s festival. Here are a few of my special picks– but there are many, many more! Check them all inside the guide. And I’ll see you at the movies!

still summer of bloodBREAKING A MONSTER — An amazing doc about a group of African American kids from Brooklyn who form a heavy metal band–and what happens when the music industry gets its hands on them.
still manuscripts20 YEARS OF MADNESS — A charming look at some Oakland County boys who had their own cable access show in the 1990s. Now they’re grown up, hoping lightning will strike twice. Yes it’s pure Michigan.
still stil lifeTHE ARMOR OF LIGHT — The story of an anti-abortion preacher who is devastated by the murder of an abortion doctor and decides to focus on the NRA and preventing easy access to guns.
still bending the lightTHE STATE-MAFIA PACT — Sabina Guzzanti’s latest comes to TC: a scathing look at the connection between the Mafia and the Italian government.
still newburgh stingTHE TRIALS OF SPRING— Gini Reticker has created THE definitive film on the Arab Spring Revolution in Egypt. An amazing record of what happened as seen through the eyes of three different women.
still stations crossFEAR NOT THE PATH OF TRUTH — One of the most uncomfortable films you will see at this year’s fest: a veteran of the Iraq War picks up a movie camera and decides to go see what Americans know about the war he fought in. You won’t be able to take your eyes off of it. “Thank you for your service!” Yeah, right.
still al helmTHE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD — The filmmaker’s dad was a Kennedy Democrat until one day, he turned on AM radio, and, um, he “changed.” It’s the universal story about a white guy in everyone’s family who has something he wants to get off his chest at Thanksgiving dinner.
still fishing without(T)ERROR — Homeland Security has to stay in business, so here’s a powerful film about how they need to create “terrorists” so they’ll have someone to arrest. Whoa.
still dont leaveTHE CHINESE MAYOR — Imagine somebody says, let’s build a US-31 bypass around TC, or build a high-speed rail line between TC and Detroit. If this was China, and the star of this film was our mayor, both jobs would be done by December. Double whoa!
still the one i loveTHE DIPLOMAT An intense and beautiful look at one of the most important US diplomats in modern times, Richard Holbrooke. Filmmaker David Holbrooke, his son, will be in attendance.
still rubberCHALLAT OF TUNIS — A fiction film shot in documentary style about a (supposed) assailant who targets Tunisian women who don’t dress in religious clothing. One of the best foreign films I’ve seen this year. 
still i wont come backHOLBROOK/TWAIN — Hal Holbrook travels the country in his 90s as Mark Twain, bringing Twain’s scathing, hilarious turths to the American public– all of them still so relevant, 120 years later. Don’t miss this one! 
still blindTANGERINE  A compelling indie shot entirely on an iPhone, and it’s every bit as good as one shot for $100 million bucks.
still the huntTANGERINES  (plural) Nominated for a Best Foreign Film Academy Award this year, and a favorite of mine!
stills jackieHOT TYPE: 150 YEARS OF THE NATION — The great Barbara Kopple returns to Traverse City with her engaging film about The Nation magazine and the people who made it the top journal of the left. Staff members of The Nation will be in attendance for a lively discussion afterward.
still the huntROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT  A great, funny film by Eric Weinrib (the first State Theatre manager when we reopened it in 2007!). Given unprecedented access to Roseanne Barr, you will see a side of this remarkable artist never seen before anywhere. And that’s saying a lot.
still manuscriptsLISTEN TO ME MARLON — There’s nothing like this in the festival. Marlon Brando kept an audio diary throughout his life, so he himself narrates this fascinating documentary. It’s on my shortlist for best doc of the year.
still manuscriptsPOVERTY, INC — Once you see it, you won’t look at poverty or the Third World the same way again.
—Michael Moore

Begin Your 2015 Traverse City Film Festival Adventure Now!


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.

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TCFF 2015 Interns Go to the Movies

Are you curious what movies will be at the Traverse City Film Festival this year when the schedule is announced on Friday, June 26? Well, so are our interns. Because of their hard work we rewarded them with a sneak preview of a potential TCFF movie. Watch the video below to meet this year’s intern class and see their reactions.