New Screenings and a Film Added!

We promised to fill the blank TBA slots on the 13th annual Traverse City Film Festival schedule with movies you’ll love, and the day has finally come. We’ve added screenings of SOLD OUT festival favorites, plus we’re announcing the addition of a brand new film, an important documentary you won’t want to miss.

When public ticketing arrives Saturday (tomorrow), with the addition of the these new screenings tickets will now be available to nearly every TCFF XIII Official Selection. Check out more about availability here, and read on for the new details.


KING OF PEKING” – Saturday 7/22 9 am State
Our Friends asked for it, and they get it. The State is smaller than Lars Hockstad, so we’ve added a fifth Friends-Only screening to accommodate demand. Meet Big Wong and Little Wong in this endearing father and son story that’s also a love letter to cinema.

ELIAN” – Thursday 9 pm Kirkbride Hall at Grand Traverse Commons
The first screening of this film sold out in a flash, so we’ve added a second chance to hear a grown Elián Gonzales tell his own story about being torn between relatives in Miami and Cuba, years after he was rescued from the ocean at age five, clinging to an inner tube.

CITY OF GHOSTS” – Friday 12 noon State Theatre
After selling out two screenings, the definitive documentary about Syria, the one film you really must see about this great tragedy, is getting an additional screening at the State, with the director and subjects in person. A sure bet to be on the Best Documentary Oscar shortlist, “City of Ghosts” is a phenomenally powerful film not to be missed.

NOWHERE TO HIDE” – Saturday 12 noon Old Town Playhouse
Director Zaradasht Ahmed has endured an incredible travel ordeal in order to join us in person at his amazing film that has drawn critical raves. It gives us a rare opportunity to witness life in Iraq from the first-person perspective of Nori Sharif, a father and nurse caught in the crossfire of what is commonly referred to as the “triangle of death” in central Iraq’s Diyala Province.

12TH AND CLAIRMOUNT” – Sunday 9 pm Central High School Auditorium
The filmmaking team from Detroit will present their film about the complex causes and effects of the 1967 Uprising in Detroit, constructed from over 400 reels of donated home movies. It’s the perfect companion piece to our closing night film, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” capturing the full spectrum of life in Detroit and the explosive tension still felt today.

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE” – Sunday 9 am Central High School Auditorium
This debut documentary from TV news veteran Fred Peabody, which also features an appearance from TCFF’s very own Michael Moore, is an invigorating reminder about the vital importance of calling out the powerful, and giving voice to the powerless. It comes as no surprise that this is one of the hottest tickets at the festival, with both original screenings quickly selling out.

INAATE/SE/” – Saturday 12 noon Dutmers Theater
The Sundance Film Festival is bringing brother directors Adam and Zack Khalil to Traverse City for screenings of their experimental film that explores what it means to be a modern Ojibway. Focusing on their hometown of Sault Ste Marie in the Upper Peninsula, this imaginative, sensational investigation into the importance of tradition and the price of assimilation is beautiful and wholly original.

“King of Peking” – Friends Only Screening, Sat 7/22 9 am State
“Stranger Fruit” – Wed 6 pm State and Sun 6 pm Bijou by the Bay
“Elian” – Thu 9 pm Kirkbride Hall
“City of Ghosts” – Fri 12 noon State
“Nowhere to Hide” – Sat 12 noon Old Town Playhouse
“Inaate/Se/” – Sat 12 noon Dutmers
“All Governments Lie” – Sun 9 am Central High School Auditorium
“12th and Clairmount” – Sun 9 pm Central High School Auditorium

Tickets for these screenings and more are on sale now for Friends of the Festivalat or at the Main Box Office (121 E Front Street).

Public ticketing begins on Saturday, July 15 at 10 am at the Main Box Office, and 6 pm online. Plus, Around the Bay tickets are available now for everyone!