Entries by TCFF

Bijou by the Bay Grand Opening: A Spectacular Affair

The Bijou by the Bay Grand Opening was held tonight, and it was definitely what you’d call a spectacular affair – not only because “The Spectacular Now” was the film that screened, but also because it’s just so cool to see the historical Con Foster Museum transformed into a hidden gem of a movie theater, […]

Kon-Tiki: Six Guys in a Raft, Scary Sharks and a Whole Lot of Faith

I had the opportunity and great privilege to see “Kon-Tiki” at the State Theatre today. It screened for the Traverse City Film Festival founders, and prior to the movie, Michael Moore noted that the audience was probably familiar with the story because we’d no doubt read the book … “if you’re old…” That got a […]

Ten Tips for Surviving a Film Festival

Sure, participating in a film festival is a glorious celebration of the cinema, but seeing a ton of films within a few short days can also be challenging! Whether this year’s 9th Annual Traverse City Film Festival is your first or your ninth, it’s good to remind ourselves of a few basic tips to help […]

The Alloy Orchestra and a History of Silent Film Music

If you’ve never watched a classic silent film accompanied by live music, it’s an experience like no other. It’s like going back in time and heading into the future all at the same time. And it brings those great films to a whole new generation. During the 9th Annual Traverse City Film Festival, you have […]

Bijou by the Bay: Be a Part of History!

You’ve no doubt heard about the Traverse City Film Festival‘s efforts to transform the Con Foster Museum, located in Clinch Park next to West Grand Traverse Bay, into a second year-round movie theater in downtown Traverse City. That’s awesome. It’s not only an awesome addition to the area in terms of movies, but it pays […]

Classic Films Fete 100th Anniversary of State Theatre

In 2016, the Traverse City Film Festival‘s anchor venue and movie palace, the gorgeous State Theatre, will celebrate 100 years of showing movies in downtown Traverse City. To mark the anniversary, we’re continuing our five-year pre-party with great films from the early days of cinema. I was born in Traverse City (to cherry farmers, no less) […]

9th Annual Traverse City Film Festival Officially in a Go Mode!

With ticket sales now underway, the 9th Annual Traverse City Film Festival is officially in a go mode! I’ll be your host and humble blogger here for the duration, and I look forward to chatting with you here on the blog, as well as out and about in the fest. I’m excited! So let’s start […]

DISCOVER the Bijou by the Bay

We at the Traverse City Film Festival are going to open a SECOND year-round movie theater in downtown Traverse City! And we need your help. The City Commission has granted us permission to renovate and bring back to life the 80-year-old (and long-vacant) Con Foster Museum, which sits behind the State Theatre on the beach […]