In less than a week, the 10th annual Traverse City Film Festival will kick off! And if that isn’t exciting enough, I come bearing good news: Just when you thought the lineup couldn’t possibly get any better, that we couldn’t possibly fit any more movies into an already jam-packed schedule, we’ve just added a bunch of new screenings to the movies you couldn’t grab tickets to — and added some absolutely great new films you’d be crazy to miss!
Join us at the State on Saturday night for director Richard Linklater’s (“Dazed and Confused,” “Bernie” TCFF ’12) 12-years-in-the-making masterpiece, “Boyhood.”
We’re also excited to present a special sneak preview of the feel-good charmer “One Chance” from the director of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Marley & Me.” It’s the inspirational true underdog story of a guy who won “Britain’s Got Talent” and the hearts of a nation. See it here in TC before anywhere else!
Tickets are on sale now for a second screening of the sold out “1971” — but this is no ordinary screening. On Friday at 3 pm, we’ll show the film here in TC with the director and the real-life stars, and theaters around the world will join us in watching this great doc about how some things never change. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind international cinematic experience.
By popular demand, we’ve also added encore screenings of John Turturro and Woody Allen in “Fading Gigolo,” the beautifully poignant “Still Life,” and the real-life romantic comedy “Meet the Patels” — and with all four of the Patels in attendance, this is a screening you absolutely won’t want to miss! (See the complete list of added screenings below.)
Speaking of guests, I’m proud to announce that over 100 filmmakers and industry guests and will join us here in Traverse City starting Tuesday for a week of moviegoing euphoria.
Filmmakers and guests in attendance include: TCFF Board Members Tom Morello and Larry Charles; Chaz Ebert, “Life Itself;” Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple, “Running from Crazy;” “Life of Crime” director Daniel Schechter; the raging grannies from “Two Raging Grannies;” director and actor Fisher Stevens of “Mission Blue;” director David Lascher and star Grace Kaufman of “Sister;” “Bronx Obama” himself, Louis Ortiz, and director Ryan Murdock; joining us from Amsterdam, “Don’t Leave Me” directors Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden; Michael Apted returns with his latest, “Bending the Light;” “Land Ho!” star Paul Eenhoorn; “Virunga” subject Emmanuel de Merode and director Orlando von Einsiedel; and the director and subjects at the heart of “Rich Hill.”
Keep in mind that this list is only a small sampling. Most screenings will feature filmmakers in attendance, and I can’t wait till they get to meet you, the incomparable TC audiences.
You can catch our filmmaking visitors not only at their screenings, but also at our panels, film school, and—how’s this for small town charm—even at the filmmaker vs. volunteer softball game at the Civic Center on Friday, August 1 at 10 am.
The lineup for our free daily panels starting at 9:30 am at the City Opera House has been set (you may notice a few changes!):
TUESDAY – Michigan Film Commission Public Meeting
WEDNESDAY – Nixon/Obama: Some Things Never Change
THURSDAY – Foreign Thursday: Not in America
FRIDAY – Music & Movies: The Revolution in Ones and Zeroes—A One on One Conversation with Michael Moore and Tom Morello
SATURDAY – The Comedy Panel
SUNDAY – Meet TCFF Visionary Award Winner Rick Prelinger (and get a peek at the sold out “Yesterday and Tomorrow in Detroit”)
And new to the film school, TCFF Board member and Academy Award-nominee Tia Lessin will teach a producing workshop, and “Dinosaur 13” director Todd Douglas Miller will present an inside look at his film that is one of my absolute favorite documentaries of the year.
So take a look at your schedule and see what else you can fit in. There’s always room for one more…or two…or three! You definitely won’t regret it.
Tickets for these new screenings are on sale now.
Complete List of Added Screenings (Buy Tickets Here):
Wednesday 9 am Dutmers – “Walking Under Water“
Sunday 3 pm Milliken – “Still Life“