Ninth Annual Traverse City Film Festival Brings Hollywood to Northern Michigan

Michael Moore to Host a Special Screening of “The Spectacular Now” at the Grand Opening of Bijou by the Bay

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (July 22, 2013) — The ninth annual Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), founded by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, will welcome over 100 filmmakers and industry professionals as guests of the film festival this coming week, July 30 through August 4.

Paul Feig will be bringing his latest film “The Heat,” while accepting the TCFF Michigan Filmmaker Award. Elaine Stritch will be in person at the TCFF Centerpiece screening of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” and host an exclusive reception to follow. Michael Stuhlbarg, Brit Marling, Rob Epstein and Michael Apted will join TCFF in person to introduce special screenings of festival favorites. Liana Liberato will be in person to accept the TCFF Discovery Award and introduce TCFF films “Trust” and “Erased.”

According to Michael Moore, “Our final screening has been announced! I’m very excited to be showing ‘The Spectacular Now.’ It’s the best romantic coming-of-age movie I’ve seen in years, and will easily go down as the “Say Anything” (John Cusak’s 1989 breakout hit) of this decade. Yes, it’s that good, and I’m so proud that we’ve been given the chance to host this premiere at OUR premiere!”

Moore will host the special screening of the film, starring Shailene Woodley and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, at the opening of TCFF’s new year-round movie theater, Bijou by the Bay. Directly following the screening Moore and sponsor, Chef Mario Batali, will host the fundraiser of the year with food, drinks and special guests, right on Grand Traverse Bay. Tickets to this event are still available. Announced this morning, a lottery drawing of 50 tickets at just $25 apiece will take place tomorrow. To sign up for the drawing, patrons can email bijougranddebut@traversecityfilmfest.org.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning Broadway legend, actress and comedienne Elaine Stritch, will be presenting TCFF’s Centerpiece screening, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” alongside the film’s director, Chiemi Karasawa. The documentary follows the brash and brassy Stritch as she prepares for her latest club tour.

“I’m so excited to welcome the prolific and talented Elaine Stritch to Traverse City. She has had a truly remarkable life and, as you’ll see in the film, has been everywhere and done just about everything. It will be an honor to welcome her back to her home state of Michigan,” says Moore.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the TCFF Centerpiece Film, TCFF has added a reception to honor Ms. Stritch. Stritch, accompanied by her personal piano player, will entertain special invited guests and 80 lucky TCFF patrons into the night. Gourmet cuisine and drinks will be provided by premiere Asian restaurant Red Ginger. Tickets to this event are still available.

This year’s Michigan Filmmaker Award will be presented to Director of hit films “Bridesmaids,” and cult series “Freaks and Geeks,” Mount Clemens-native Paul Feig, who will be in person to accept and introduce a special screening of summer hit “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

Actor Michael Stuhlbarg, whose credits include “Boardwalk Empire,” “Lincoln,” and the Cohen brothers’ “A Serious Man,” will be introducing both the dark comedy “Seven Psychopaths,” and the Opening Night film, Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” Additional screenings of both films have been announced due to overwhelming popularity.

Stuhlbarg joins a long list of talented and renowned filmmakers including Rob Epstein, who will be bringing both “Lovelace,” and “Battle for Amfar,” up-and-coming actress Liana Liberato, starring in two TCFF films and accepting the TCFF Discovery Award, Director Zal Batmangli and star Brit Marling (who recently appeared in “The Company You Keep,” currently playing at the number one rated State Theatre) to introduce their hit thriller “The East.”

Renowned British director Michael Aped will be in person with his groundbreaking “Up” documentary series. Beginning with “Seven Up!” each of the films will be screened for free at the Dutmers theatre. The latest installment, “56 Up,” will screen at the festival’s anchor venue, the State Theatre.

“We’ve never had a better list of filmmakers,” said Michael Moore, “So many filmmakers are eager to join us here in beautiful Northern Michigan, whether it’s because they’ve heard about our festival, our number one rated movie theater or the amazing audience of film lovers – everyone wants to come to TCFF!”

With more hidden gems this year than any before, TCFF is proud to host a number of World and North American premieres, as well as share smaller, unknown films that will surely go one to be this year’s “Waiting for Sugarman.”

Filmmaker Thomas Morgan’s film “Waiting for Mamu,” about 2102 CNN Hero of the Year award-winner Pushpa Basnet, who will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening, and Ky Dicken’s film, “Sole Survivors,” about the survivors of horrific plane crashes, recently acquired by CNN Films, will both have World Premieres at TCFF.

The smuggled North Korean film “Propaganda” will have its North American premiere at TCFF, with the Director in person to discuss this shocking and mesmerizing look at the impact the West on the rest of the world.

Many filmmakers will be returning to the festival for a second or third year. Rebecca Reynolds and Jim Carpenter will be returning with their film, “Girl on the Train,” Carl Deal and Tia Lessin will be showing their latest film “Citizen Koch,” and Bryn Mooser will be bringing his latest short “Rider and the Storm.” Filmmakers Bob Byington and Mark Cousins will join industry professionals Ira Deutchman and Thom Powers as Moderators of Panels, Q&As and Cinema Salons. Cousins will also be introducing two of his own films to the eager TCFF audience.

Also returning are Traverse City Film Festival board members Terry George, John Robert Williams and Rod Birleson. Founders Michael Moore and John Robert Williams join filmmaker Rod Birleson and Academy Award-winner Terry George in welcoming the local, state-wide, national and international audience of film lovers to this years TCFF.

The continuing list of filmmakers includes:

Mark Covino, Jeffrey Howlett and (“A Band Called Death”);
Patxo Telleria (“Bypass”);
Carl Deal, Brian Cunningham and Tia Lessin (“Citizen Koch”);
Rick Rowley and Jeremy Scahil (“Dirty Wars”);
Doug Benson and Graham Elwood (“Doug Loves Movies Podcast”);
Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling (“The East”);
Chiemi Karasawa and Robert Bowman (“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”);
John Gianvito (“Far From Afghanistan”);
Dawn Porter (“Gideon’s Army”);
Jim Carpenter, Larry Brand and Rebecca Reynolds (“The Girl on the Train”);
Roger Ross Williams (“God Loves Uganda”);
Shosh Shlam (“Good Garbage”);
Nicholas Wrathall (“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”);
Robert Reich and Jacob Kornbluth (“Inequality for All”);
Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“Lovelace”);
Michel Poulette and Roseanne Supernault (“Maina”);
Tom Berninger, Craig Charland and Carin Besser (“Mistaken for Strangers”);
Markus Imhoof (“More Than Honey”);
Jordan Kenneth Kamp, Larisa Oleynik, Jeffrey Rosenberg and Spencer Houc (“Orenthal: The Musical”);
Robert Stone (“Pandora’s Promise”);
Terence Donahue, Roger Miller and Kenneth Winokur (“Phantom of the Opera”);
Slavko Martinov (“Propaganda”);
Stan Brock, Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert (“Remote Area Medical”);
David Darg and Bryn Mooser (“The Rider and the Storm”);
Ky Dickens, Alexis Jaworski, Kristen Kaza, Amy McIntyre and George Lamson (“Sole Survivor”);
Jane Gillooly (“Suitcase of Love and Shame”);
Laurie Collyer (“Sunlight Jr.”);
Cullen Hoback (“Terms and Conditions May Apply”);
Bill Siegel (“The Trials of Muhammad Ali”);
Kristina Borjesson and David Jakubovic (“TWA Flight 800”);
Patrick Moote (“UnHung Hero”);
Angela Bernhard Thomas, Thomas Morgan, Pushpa Basnet and Ali Sandler (“Waiting for Mamu”);
Robert Greenwald (“War on Whistleblowers”);
Steve Kochones and Joe Russo (“Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film”);
Arvin Chen (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”);
Lynne Sachs (“Your Day is My Night”).

TCFF will take place July 30 to August 4. For a full schedule please visit traversecityfilmfest.org.

Tickets for newly announced films and events are on sale at traversecityfilmfest.org, 231-929-FILM and at the TCFF Box Office at 128 Union St. above 7 Monks Taproom in downtown Traverse City, MI.

Social: https://www.facebook.com/TCFilmFest or https://twitter.com/TCFF.

The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable and educational non-profit organization founded by Academy Award-winning director and local resident Michael Moore, committed to showing “Just Great Movies” and to helping save one of America’s few indigenous art forms – the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August. The festival has grown to become one of the biggest film festivals in the Midwest and one of the most respected in the country. The Festival operates the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay, as year-round, community-based, mission-driven and volunteer-staffed art house movie theaters. For more information, visit traversecityfilmfest.org.