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Traverse City Film Festival – July 30 – August 4, 2019

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.

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4 months ago

Traverse City Film Festival

From Michael Moore:

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.

www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=693BXFMTDR3TG&source=url

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: mike@michaelmoore.com. I read all my own email and only I have access to it. I’d love to hear from you!)

www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=693BXFMTDR3TG&source=url
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From Michael Moore:

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. 

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=693BXFMTDR3TG&source=url

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: mike@michaelmoore.com. I read all my own email and only I have access to it. I’d love to hear from you!)

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=693BXFMTDR3TG&source=url

Comment on Facebook

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.

Last night we helped spread the love to the 100 block of Front Street. 🌈 ... See MoreSee Less

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If it is made permanent, something overhead to give it a cozier feel. like strung lights or a colorful canopy or both? Like downtown Las Vegas? Just a thought.

Absolutely love it!

Brava

👏👏👏

Can’t stop won’t stop posting photos of this beautiful street! 🌈 @upnorthpride #roofview #pridemonth #downtowntc ... See MoreSee Less

Can’t stop won’t stop posting photos of this beautiful street! 🌈  @upnorthpride #roofview #pridemonth #downtowntc

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Love the new look on Front Street in TC!

Awww the little hearts! I didn't even realize that's what they were from ground level.

Such a lovely view on the street. #Pride

They did a beautiful job 💕

Beautiful - thank-you for sharing.

Beautiful shot!

Beautiful!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈❤❤❤

Keep em coming!!

Love this angle 🤩

Lol just gentrify the blm murals everywhere

Beautiful!

It really is gorgeous! 🏳️‍🌈

Love it!! 🙂

Way to erase black people tc fuck y’all

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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

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! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍💗

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Awesome job Mike!

Pretties up a formerly colorless street...kudos to the #TCFF crew!

We’re proud of our “up north” sweet little city!

Kudos to @mikeerway!

I can’t either!

Looks great!

Beautiful! 🙂

Designs or words? Can't tell from the pic.

Love this!!!

Great job👍💖

Terrific job!

Possible to get a drone view?

Wow, way cool!!!

When do we find out about our films?

Looks gorgeous!! Happy pride! Stay safe! 🏳️‍🌈

Beth Gilbreath Sharon Kuttler Jdiff2021 Main Street.

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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.

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