The Traverse City Film Festival

“The Traverse City Film Festival is committed to showing ‘Just Great Movies’ and helping to save one of America’s few indigenous art forms- the cinema. We are committed to showing great movies that both entertain and enlighten the audience. We need movies that seek to enrich the human spirit and the art of filmmaking, not the bottom line. Our goal is for people to leave the theater with the feeling that they just watched something special.”
-Michael Moore, President and Founder of the Traverse City Film Festival

An annual celebration of cinema that just recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary, the Traverse City Film Festival occurs every late July through early August. Founded by Academy Award-winning director and Michigan native Michael Moore, the festival is committed to playing “Just Great Movies.” Beginning as a modest film festival with 50,000 admissions in 2005, the Traverse City Film Festival is today a world-renown film festival, with last year’s admissions at 130,000. The festival is run by Michael Moore, who serves as president of the board of directors, but the board is also filled with other famous members, such as Larry Charles, Jeff Daniels, and Tom Morello. The Traverse City Film Festival attracts award-winning filmmakers and films every year, and tickets are always in high demand, with 170 of the 250 screenings last year being sold out. The festival is also a non-profit organization and is managed and run completely by volunteers, and every the films from the festival are donated to area libraries so they can be viewed for free.

A grand time is to be had at the Traverse City Film Festival; there are screenings and events for both families and the hardcore cinephile. One can attend panel discussions and film classes, or go see the free movies on the outdoor screen (or both, of course). Just make sure to buy tickets early, for the demand is high.