Deb Lake
Traverse City Film Festival



TRAVERSE CITY, MI (June 27, 2014)— The Traverse City Film Festival has announced 230 screenings of 200+ films that make up its 10th Anniversary celebration of Just Great Movies. From July 29-August 3, 2014, the best in American, foreign, documentary, midnight, classic, experimental, hidden gems, and short films from all over the world will hit the big screen in 10 venues — one of which is not on land.

“Yes, our newest theater will be right in the middle of Grand Traverse Bay — Movies on a Boat!” said Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, the founder, president, and programmer of the festival. “We’ll take your ticket at the dock, you’ll board the boat, and you and the rest of the audience will head out onto the water to watch a great movie under the stars.”

The festival will open with “La gran familia espanola,” a Spanish comedy set at a wedding party held the day Spain beat the Netherlands to take the last World Cup. Brendan Gleeson in John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” will screen in theFriday Centerpiece Gala spot, and wrapping up this year’s festival will be the latest film from renowned filmmaker Woody Allen, “Magic in the Moonlight.”

Other film highlights include:

* The US premiere of “Life of Crime,” TCFF alum Daniel Schechter’s Detroit-set adaptation of an Elmore Leonard classic starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Mos Def, Isla Fisher, and Tim Robbins.

* An outstanding collection of the very best in new documentary films ranging from hilarious to curious to life changing, including “Rich Hill,” “Dinosaur 13,” and “Meet the Patels.”

* The top prize winner from this year’s Berlin Film Festival, “Black Coal, Thin Ice.”

* Doug Benson (“Last Comic Standing,” “Super High Me”) live in person with one of his famous “Movie Interruptions,” and a “Doug Loves Movies” podcast, too.

* TCFF Board Member, the Emmy Award-winning writer and director Larry Charles, with an exclusive sneak peek at his latest projects.

Other filmmaker guests will be announced in upcoming weeks.

As a part of the Traverse City Film Festival’s commitment to celebrating and preserving the art of cinema, a new venue called The Buzz — named after beloved festival friend the late Buzz Wilson — will bring movie lovers the most inspiring, interesting, and intelligent movies completely FREE of charge all day, every festival day, in InsideOut Gallery. The Buzz will also host a special look back at some of the most memorable films from the past nine years.

Other new additions to the festival this year include:

* Early festivities with Movies Around the Bay: six screenings the week before the festival in theaters from Petoskey to Manistee.

* The best Open Space films from the past nine years, shown for free outdoors on a giant screen right on the waterfront: “Jaws” on Tuesday, “Jurassic Park” on Wednesday, “Casablanca” on Thursday, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” on Friday, “The Goonies” on Saturday, and “The Wizard of Oz” on Sunday following the FREE community Closing Night Bash.

* Traverse City Film Festival Around the World, with movie lovers on seven continents watching the same movie at the same time.

* A star-studded auction to raise money for a Walk of Fame in front of the State Theatre, set in a heated sidewalk, with handprints from filmmakers including John Waters, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Donen, Wim Wenders, Paul Feig, Roseanne Barr, Matthew Modine, Phil Donahue, Rosie O’Donnell, and Brit Marling.

The festival is held in downtown Traverse City, continually recognized as one of the best and most beautiful vacation destinations in the world.

Early tickets will be available to the Friends of the Traverse City Film Festival starting Sunday, July 13. There is still time to become a Friend by going to Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 19. Tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at the TCFF Box Office located at 201 E. Front Street, on the corner of Front and Cass Streets.


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, “The 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 Walt Disney Co. marketing executive Penny Milliken.