Traverse City Film Festival 2013

This is the second year I have had the opportunity to be part of the team documenting this year’s Traverse City film festival. My experience last year was so positive that I was quite happy to hear I was able to return.

Since last year, I feel I have grown as both a filmmaker as well as a reviewer.
In terms of my own films, I have gained a greater confidence in the basics which have allowed me to challenge myself in new ways, and to focus more on style and story telling. I completed two short films. I also have watched a considerable quantity of movies, some of which I reviewed on this site. I am convinced that the time I spend involved with the Traverse City Film Festival will expand my knowledge yet again.

Larry J. Lubell

Now I wanted to post a message from Michael Moore, the founder of the festival and a person whose passion for film is both inspiring and contagious.


Today we announce 150+ films that will appear at this summer’s 9th annual Traverse City Film Festival. It’s an incredible list of new American and foreign movies plus the best documentaries of the coming year. And we’ve got great classics and tributes and lots of surprises. There’s something for everyone here in Traverse City, with one guaranteed promise: we’re the people who show just great movies! I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve found from our cinematic travels around the world.

This year you’ll find a range of movies that will take you from a hilarious romantic comedy in Spain and a harrowing World War II drama in Amsterdam to a woman who wants to be the Madonna of Korea and a man who wants to play OJ in a musical. And we have an abundance of documentaries that will turn your head, make it spin, drive you crazy and then inspire you to get up and dance.

Joining us in person will be the great British filmmaker Michael Apted, the Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and the groundbreaking director Rob Epstein. Other surprise guests and films will be announced in the next two weeks.

Most importantly, we will have the opening of our second brand new indie theater here in Traverse City, operated year-round by the TCFF. It’s called the Bijou by the Bay and it sits behind the State (on the Bay!). I encourage you to catch a film in this beautifully-restored Traverse City landmark that was originally built in the 1930s as part of the Roosevelt Administration’s New Deal.

You’ll notice other new additions to the Traverse City Film Festival this year: select FREE Compliments of the Festival screenings at the Bijou and at Dutmers Theater, evening panels at the Cinema Salon in Clinch Park and a newbie program for first-time festival attendees.

So go online now (or pick up today’s Traverse City Record-Eagle for a full-color printed guide) and see the amazing line up we have for you this year. Ticketing starts next Sunday, July 14 for Friends of the Film Festival (public sales begin Saturday, July 20), so take the week to make your list, and try to see as many of these great movies as you can.

Looking forward to seeing all of you here in Traverse City!

Michael Moore
President and Founder
Traverse City Film Festival

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