Meg Weichman
Traverse City Film Festival





Traverse City, MI — June 15, 2015 — The Traverse City Film Festival’s annual People’s Choice Night returns to Open Space Park on the Bay this summer in the free movie series offered nightly at our magical outdoor movie theater under the stars. Voting is open through Thursday, June 18.


Movie lovers will choose the film that will be shown on Friday night during the festival in our free Open Space venue. This year’s choices include: “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “The Breakfast Club,” “The Hunger Games,” “Poltergeist,” “Say Anything…,” and “Zoolander.” Voters can also write in their own pick.


Voting is done online only, here.


The winning film will be shown on the festival’s giant 65-foot inflatable screen set against the beautiful Traverse City bayfront, and will be a highlight of our Open Space line-up.


The festival’s gift to the community, Open Space free family films show nightly during the festival, Tuesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 2, at dusk (approx. 9:30 pm). Music, entertainment, and fun begins at 7 pm. Also this year, the free community-wide Closing Night Bash will return to the Open Space on Sunday, August 2.


The People’s Choice movie, along with all films to be shown at this year’s festival, will be announced on Friday, June 26. Open Space Park, on the corner of Union St. and Grandview Parkway, is one of Traverse City’s most beautiful and treasured public gathering spaces — an ideal venue to enjoy an outdoor movie as well as the very best summertime fun northern Michigan has to offer.


The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to the idea that “One Great Movie Can Change You: 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. It was instrumental in renovating a shuttered historic downtown movie house, the State Theatre, which it continues to own and operate as a year-round, community-based, and volunteer-staffed art house movie theater. Just this past year, the festival renovated the historic Con Foster Museum building in Clinch Park and turned it into a sister screen for the State Theatre, the Bijou by the Bay.

The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore who makes his home here, runs the festival, and serves as president of the board of directors. Other board members are filmmakers Rod Birleson (producer, “Capitalism: A Love Story”), Larry Charles (director, “Borat”), Terry George (director, “Hotel Rwanda”), Jeff Daniels (actor, ” he Newsroom”), Tom Morello (musician, Rage Against the Machine), Christine Lahti (actor, “Running on Empty”), Mark Cousins (director, “The Story of Film: An Odyssey”), Tia Lessin (director, “Trouble the Water”), as well as Traverse City residents photographer John Robert Williams and former Walt Disney Co. marketing executive Penny Milliken.