I’ll make it brief.
30% of screenings at this year’s festival are sold out! Woo hoo!
That means 70% of all screenings still have tickets available. Lots of ’em. Right now!
My personal event, “Mike’s Surprise,” is pretty much sold out for its Sunday show at Lars, so I’m adding a SECOND “Mike’s Surprise” on Saturday at noon at the State Theatre. You won’t regret it if you attend either show. How do I know this? I control the surprise! Bwahahahahaa!
We’ve also added new screenings to some of our most popular shows — and tickets for all of the new screenings are on sale right now for Friends! They are:
- The critically-acclaimed Amy Winehouse doc, “Amy”
- A film that seems to have resonated particularly well here in TC, “The Brainwashing of My Dad“
- The insider’s look at legendary actor Hal Holbrook’s portrayal of Mark Twain in “ Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey“
- Rick Prelinger’s “Yesterday and Tomorrow in Detroit 5,” and others at our avant garde venue (“Speculation Nation,” “Shorts: Off the Grid“)
Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, July 18, all tickets go on sale to the public beginning at 11 am in person at the box office, and then at 6 pm online at tcff.org.
I’m also honored to announce some of the exciting guests who will be with us live in Traverse City during the festival!
We’ve got the tween metal band sensations (seriously, check them out), Unlocking the Truth, appearing in person with their film “Breaking a Monster;” the director and stars of the show behind the Michigan-made “20 Years of Madness;” the cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Bob Mankoff, coming to present “Very Semi-Serious;” Petoskey-native Sharon Shattuck and her parents from the timely film “From This Day Forward;” Marlon Brando’s son Miko with “Listen to Marlon;” Flint-native Olympic gold medalist boxer Claressa Shields and “T-Rex;” and anti-bullying activist and all around inspiration Lizzie Velasquez in “A Brave Heart” (check out her powerful TED talk here and you’ll know immediately why you need to bring everyone you know to this screening!).
This is all on top of Hollywood Royalty like Roger Corman, Geraldine Chaplin, Robert Altman‘s wife Kathryn Altman, and his collaborator Michael Murphy, that we have already announced. Seeing these great works with these people in attendance is an experience no film lover should miss!
And this is just an abbreviated list. Most of this year’s screenings will have filmmakers in attendance, and I can’t wait for the filmmakers to see your reaction to their work. Check out the trailers for the films online and our helpful hints at finding the best movies for you. Fill your movie card, and I’ll see you downtown in 11 days!