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21st Century Technology Joins One of the 20th Century’s Greatest Inventions to Bring People Together for an Altogether Unique Cinematic Experience

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (July 31, 2014): Academy-Award winning director Michael Moore (“Roger & Me,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Bowling for Columbine”) promised something special months ago that he would do for the 10th anniversary of the film festival he founded and presides over by selecting the documentary “1971” to screen simultaneously in theaters all around the world on Friday, August 1.

Moore, who started the festival in 2005 to bring great movies to movie lovers and to make a film festival by a filmmaker for filmmakers, conceived of the idea to bring a great movie to multiple continents at the same time in order to, in his word, “take the TC Film Fest beyond its borders and see what kind of a global village we can create around watching a great, thought-provoking and discussion-stimulating movie. And the movie I chose to do it with has powerful resonance given today’s headlines about whistleblowers like Assange, Manning, and Snowden.”

Directed by Johanna Hamilton (“Pray The Devil Back to Hell”) and executive produced by Academy-Award nominee Laura Poitras (“My Country, My Country”), “1971” is the true story of a brave group of ordinary citizens who risked their lives to expose the massive, unlawful surveillance program by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI at the height of the Vietnam War.

Told like a great heist movie and employing compelling reenactments and archival footage, “1971‘s” participants — known as “The Citizen’s Committee to Investigate the FBI” — confess on camera for the first time ever to breaking into an FBI field office, confiscating thousands of secret files, and leaking them to the press, which ultimately revealed a large-scale FBI spying operation of political activists and civil rights leaders known as COINTELPRO. Despite the largest manhunt in FBI history, these courageous activists who changed the course of history were never caught and remained anonymous until coming forward for this film.

Moore enlisted the help of his fans through Facebook and Twitter to find venues around the world to participate in the screening at ridiculous times of day. The TCFF Around the World screening is scheduled to take place at PictureHouse UK in England, the Sun Theatre Yarraville in Australia, and the Cinemateket USF in Norway, as well as in Beijing City, China; Runway Bay, Australia; and Blantyre, Malawi.

Before the screening, audiences worldwide will be able to see and hear one other as they settle in to watch the movie. Following the screening, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a live discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers and subjects of the film. Audiences overseas will be able to ask questions via Twitter.

For more information:

Deb Lake, Traverse City Film Festival

Dan Cantagallo, Cargo Film & Releasing

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