What makes the TCFF such an incredible experience for moviegoers is the infusion of filmmakers and guests who join us from the world over to present their films. Nothing beats watching a movie and then getting to hear directly from the people who made it and/or lived it! Well, maybe the only thing better than that is then running into them on Front Street and insisting they try some cherry pie before they leave town. That’s the vibe of the TCFF for ya!

And TCFF 2019 promises to bring another extraordinary group of individuals who will share their perspectives and experiences with us right here in Traverse City. You’ll want to be a part of this conversation.

Check back for updated info as it comes in. We are still very much in the process of confirming even more filmmakers and special guests who will be appearing in person and via Skype. And as always, appearances are subject to change. 

2019 Filmmaker and Guest Appearances

16 Shots: Director Rick Rowley and Producer Jacqueline Soohen

17 Blocks: Director Davy Rothbart and the Sanford Family

3 Days 2 Nights: Director John Breen and subjects Mark and Andy Godfrey

After Parkland: Directors Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi; Diego Pfeiffer (Via Skype, Friday)

After So Many Days: Director/Subjects Jim Hanft and Sam Yonack (performing after the screening!)

Almost Home: With an acoustic performance by The Accidentals

American Factory: Directors Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar

Benson Movie Interruption – Teen Wolf: Doug Benson, Joe DeRosa, Samm Levine

Blinded by the Light: Writer/Subject (the real life Javed) Safraz Manzoor

Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine: Director Scott Crawford and producer J.J. Kramer, son of CREEM Founder Barry Kramer

Brittany Runs a Marathon: Director Paul Downs Colaizzo

Circus of Books: Director Rachel Mason and subjects Karen and Barry Mason

Come As You Are: Director Richard Wong and actor Grant Rosenmeyer

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code: Director Judith Helfand

David Crosby: Remember My Name: Producers Jill Mazursky and Kathy Daum

Driveways: Director Andrew Ahn

Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World: Director Cynthia Biestek and editor Ian Padron

Eminent Monsters: Director Stephen Bennett and subject Mark Fallon

Ernie & Joe: Director Jenifer McShane and subjects Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro

For Sama: Director/subject Waad Al-Khateab, co-director Edward Watts, and producer/subject Dr. Hamza al-Kateab

Framing John DeLorean: Producer Tamir Ardon, screenwriter Dan Greeney, and subject Bill Collins, former chief engineer and designer of the DeLorean Motor Company

Frances Ferguson: Director Bob Byington

The General: With a live score by the acclaimed Alloy Orchestra

The Great Hack: Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim

Greener Grass: Director Jocelyn DeBoer

Growing Up Female: Director Julia Reichert

Guest Artist: Producer Melissa Gilbert and actor Thomas Macias

The Infiltrators: Director Cristina Ibarra and producer Darren Dean

The Kill Team: Director Dan Krauss

Lily Tomlin: Lily Tomlin and director Joan Churchill

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear: Director Jeffery Palmer and producer Youngsun Palmer

Official Secrets: Director Gavin Hood (via Skype)

One Child Nation: Director Nanfu Wang

The Peanut Butter Falcon: Producer Lije Sarki

Photograph: Director Ritesh Batra (Wed)

Planet of the Humans: Director Jeff Gibbs and producer Ozzie Zehner

Rewind: Director/Subject Sasha Joseph Neulinger

Rolling Thunder Revue: Producer David Tedeschi

Run This Town: Director Ricky Tollman and producer Randy Manis

Safe Spaces: Director Dan Schechter and producer Courtenay Johnson

Saint Frances: Director Alex Thompson and actor/screenwriter Kelly O’Sullivan

Seeing Red: Director Julia Reichert

Slay the Dragon: Directors Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance and subject Katie Fahey

We are the Radical Monarchs: Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton; Subjects Anayvette Martinez Lupita Martinez

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation: Directors Barak Goodman and Jamila Ephron

The Wretched: Directors Brett and Drew Pierce; actor Piper Curda.