The 2019 Traverse City Film Festival will be held July 30 – August 4, 2019.
The Traverse City Film Festival was founded by Oscar winning filmmaker Michael Moore as a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing “Just Great Movies” and helping to 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, and also owns and operates a year-round, community-based, mission-driven art house movie theater, the State Theatre.
Last week was supposed to have been our week! The 2020 Traverse City Film Festival! Our 16th year in a row of bringing “Just Great Movies” to Northern Michigan.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you how utterly sad I was that we were not watching amazing films at The Kubrick in the historic Central Grade School, attending exciting and hilarious panels at the Old Town Playhouse, and lying out under the stars watching “Casablanca” with loved ones (and 5,000 strangers) in the Open Space by the bay. I know you’re with me on this. It’s a bummer, pure and simple. And if anything, it steels my resolve to not let this festival die. No way.
It has now been five long months since the Governor rightly closed all movie theaters and cancelled all festivals in Michigan. This shutdown of our theaters has been a disaster for TCFF. It has cost us a whopping $500,000 in lost revenue. And by not having our festival, that’s another $500,000 of lost funds we normally raise to help run the theaters year-round. This is a blow we won’t recover from without your help, without the government’s help, without our vendors and partners giving us a generous break.
So let me try to offer some hope. Most important for all of us is to remember that this is not a forever pandemic. It WILL end. It could end (or be contained) within the year — as it seems to have in nearly every other developed nation in the world. Or it will take us three to four years. That’s entirely up to us and our friends who are partying out on the Torch Lake sandbar.
This is not our first encounter with adversity. Powerful forces tried to stop the Traverse City Film Festival before we even unspooled our first film back in 2005. The State Theatre has twice had big fires in the past 97 years, but that didn’t stop the movies from being shown. World Wars, the Great Depression, the Flu of 1918 — none of that stopped us. Only Covid-19 did. In just five months it has left us at the festival and at the State and Bijou broke, in debt, and our entire staff without a job.
Friends of mine have died in New York City. Everyone I work with in the film industry has lost their job. And across the country, another 50 million Americans have also lost their jobs. As of midnight last Friday, their federal unemployment benefits vaporized. Now massive foreclosures and evictions will begin. We are in a nationwide panic of epic proportions.
The only silver lining in all of this has been you. 309 of you responded to our crowdfunding campaign in June. You saved us from totally going under in June and July. Even in lockdown, we still have significant monthly bills to pay: fire, theft, liability and building insurance, security systems, warehouse rental, utilities — the list goes on. We currently have five sump pumps that run continuously, 24/7, to shove the Boardman River out of the basement of the State Theatre.
We had hoped we could reopen by now, but the Hollywood studios are shut down and are not making movies. They have decided not to release any major new films for perhaps the rest of the year. And the spread of the virus in our area just got worse. There is no way we’re risking anyone’s life in order to show a movie.
Here’s what I’m doing with my time. First off, I’m well. And I’m alive! I meet daily on the phone and on Zoom with the festival board’s exec committee members and with our task force which has been charged with getting us through this and creating our post-pandemic relaunch. We are putting together a great and sensible plan for our return.
I’m also working hard on many other initiatives to help end this pandemic and to stem the forces that are only making it worse. I’m also writing my next film and I’ve started a podcast where each week I interview, among others, brilliant scientists and provocative thinkers to help us sort ourselves through the mess we’re in. There are some things you and I simply have no control over. But saving this festival and its theaters and making sure they re-open? THAT is something that WILL happen because you and I will accept no other alternative.
Your contributions have resulted in us getting through these first five months. Thank you for that!
But now we desperately need to get through the next five to ten months, keeping our theaters maintained and safe and our infrastructure intact.
Thank you for your support over the years. None of this exists without you. Please stay safe and stay kind. And don’t despair. The virus may mess with us, but it can’t kill art. It can’t kill the movies. Here’s to turning our marquee on once again and to lighting up the silver screen!
(If you would like to share with me any ideas or ask any questions, please write me at my private email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I read all my own email and only I have access to it. I’d love to hear from you!)
Your love and dedication to film is an inspiration, and the festival is a gift to all of us that crave storytelling at its best.
What is this “The Kubrick at central grade school” of which you speak? Was there a ‘re-name’ which Lars (Hockstad) and I missed?
Doesn't Michael Moore have an estimated net worth of over $50,000,000? I'm sure he can handle it himself....
Look its like this. If your not interested. Just shut up and scroll on by. So sick of seeing nothing but negative comments on damn near every single post on social media anymore. Hes asking for help. If you dont want to help then don't. But shut your traps. Remember This is your town your help taking care of. And if it's not your town? Then you really dont need to be here spewing your negativity because its none of your business.
TCFF is proud to be a part of the team that brought this incredible @upnorthpride streetscape to life last night. Special shoutout to our fest designer @mikeerwaydesign for his colorful vision! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍💗 ... See MoreSee Less
Traverse City Film Festival – Photos From Instagram
Here are the latest photos of the Traverse City Film Festival via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your visit to the Traverse City Film Festival, choose “Traverse City Film Festival” as your location and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.
This annual art fair takes place at the beautiful Suttons Bay Marina Park on the first weekend of August (August 3 & 4th, 2019, Sat. 10am – 6pm, Sun. 10am – 5pm). One hundred artists along with community groups, a community library book sale, food vendors and a children’s area make this the perfect place to spend an art-filled weekend at the beach. Join us on Sunday morning for a pancake breakfast in the park (free to exhibiting artists). This is the second year Blackbird Arts has hosted the breakfast.
A committee of volunteers oversees the selection of visiting artists and the distribution of funds generated by the event. Thousands of dollars have been contributed to local arts-related education projects. These include music and dance performances, artist in residence programs and scholarships for local art students.
Come to Suttons Bay in August, participate – as an artist, as a shopper or as a volunteer. Join in the fun!
The SBAF would like to send a big shout out to Plamondon Oil Company for these sign stands that the Art Fest and M-22 Art2Art will be able to use with our own signage for future events. ... See MoreSee Less
The Suttons Bay Art Festival committee, with great disappointment to ourselves, the artists and attendees, has decided to postpone the 41st annual Suttons Bay Art Festival to August 7th and 8th, 2021.
The committee was making plans and arrangements up until now; however, it was concluded that we couldn't have the event and assure that it would be the joyful and stress free experience for the artists and attendees as it has been for the past 40 years.
With artists and attendees, some participants coming from distant locations, the ability to logistically have the flawless experience for all involved as in the past was beyond our control. ... See MoreSee Less
We've been keeping a close eye on Michigan.
This is the right call.
THANK YOU for making it now.
We are in complete support.
Keeping your beautiful little community safe now will go a long way to insure that 2021 will happen.❤️❤️
I'm sure this is a very difficult decision. Looking forward to next year.
Thanks for keeping our health first in mind. I hope to be back in 2021.
thanx for keeping everyone safe! respect and support your decision and will be there for sure in 2021!!
The right call. Charlevoix Waterfront, the following weekend, canceled last week.
A difficult decision, I’m sure, but the right one.
Well as you might imagine the Suttons Bay Art Festival also had to cancel the Eliza Gilkyson concert at the Bay Theater on May 7th. We are disappointed that our first year concert series will not happen this year. Thank you all for your interest and stay safe. ... See MoreSee Less
Join us on August 9 & 10 for the 2019 Port Oneida Fair!
Each year near the beginning of August, you can take a step back in time at the Port Oneida Fair and experience life as it was in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Imagine the life of the pioneers as you help bale hay or watch a broom-maker at work. Learn about spinning, basket weaving, soap making, butter making, candle dipping, and fur trapping. Listen as park rangers and local history experts share the area’s history. Watch as teams of oxen and horses cut, load, and haul hay and artists and craftsmen demonstrate their skills.
The fair is held at 6 of the historic farmsteads in Port Oneida. Each farm has a variety of artists, crafts, food, and activities for visitors. Click on the farm names below to see what’s happening at each farm. A shuttle bus runs between the farms on a regular schedule during the fair, so you can park your car and easily get around to the different venues.
Sky gazing will close out the two-day fair on Saturday, August 10 at the Thoreson Farm. We will be looking at the sun from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and at the night sky from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) to experience a form of recreation that has been enjoyed by many generations and continues today. GTAS members share their telescopes and knowledge while viewing Mars, Saturn, and the Perseid meteor shower. Learn about astronomy as it was in the 1900s. Remember to bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car.
The Port Oneida Fair is presented by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in partnership with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. To learn more about how you can help support the park, visit www.phsb.org.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Registration starts at 10:30 AM and Parade starts at 12 PM NOON
Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Northport Dog Parade – the cutest parade of the north! The theme for this year’s parade is: Tail House Rock! Parade will begin at noon.
You can register your dog from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM at the Northport Public Works garage (121 W. 3rd St.), across the Mill Pond in Northport. Registration is $10 on the day of the event. You can pre-register your pooch for $5 by NOON on Friday, August 9th at either the Pennington Collection, Dog Ear Books, or Tucker’s of Northport. Or you can register online for $6!
The Northport Dog Parade is Saturday, August 8, 2020 and we are begging for a THEME! Do you have a terrific idea for one? Please email Grand Marshall Sarah Eggert (email@example.com) or DM us here with a theme idea (colorful and fun with a pun, please!). Interested in helping out with the parade this year? We would love that too - email or DM to let us know if you want to get involved 🐾🐾🐾🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday was fun, wasn't it?! Thanks to all those who walked and watched this year's Northport Dog Parade! If you have any pics or posts, please tag us Northport Dog Parade and we will share! ... See MoreSee Less
This year's Northport Dog Parade Grand Marshal is Deb Van Pelt. We want to thank her for years of service to Leelanau Township as Township Clerk. Happy retirement and best wishes! And as Elvis would say “Thank you very much!” ... See MoreSee Less