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Traverse City Film Festival

July 29 – August 3, 2014
Michigan, USA

What’s It All About?

The Traverse City Film Festival presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space at dusk. Free panel discussions with directors, writers, actors and other members of the film industry are offered daily. And an affordable film school runs throughout the festival, offering twice-daily classes for film students and film lovers.

The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore, well known for his anti-establishment films and documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling For Columbine and Roger & Me, along with author Doug Stanton and photographer John Robert Williams.

The mission of the festival is to show movies representing excellence in filmmaking, particularly rare independent films and documentaries by both noted and new filmmakers that do not receive mainstream distribution.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film:

La Gran Familia Española (The Great Spanish Family)

Directed by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, the film is a comedy about a wedding that takes place during the final of the World Cup in South Africa. On that day of collective catharsis, as the country is paralysed, a family of five children also will face the biggest game of their lives.

Centrepiece Screenings


An Irish drama, the film is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. It stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Aidan Gillen.

The American films which will be screened at the festival this year include:

5 To 7

• Blue Ruin

• Coherence

• Cold In July

• Fading Gigolo

• Hellion

• Land Ho!

• Life Of Crime

• Love Is Strange

• Rubber Soul

• Palo Alto

• The One I Love

• Sister

• Summer Of Blood

• Wild Canaries

A whole list of foreign films will be showcased at the festival too. The list is as follows:

• The Bachelor Weekend

• Black Coal, Thin Ice

• A Coffee In Berlin

• Blue Is The Warmest Colour

• Blind Dates

• Chinese Puzzle

• Fishing Without Nets

• The German Doctor

• The Hunt

• The Volcano

• Snowpiercer

• Omar

• The Lunchbox

Closing Film:

Magic In The Moonlight

Directed by Woody Allen, the film is about a well-known debunker of psychic phenomena who is sent to the Côte d'Azur mansion of a wealthy family, where a delightfully charming and convincing psychic is creating a stir.


Among the several parties hosted, the festival will also be toasting one of its founders, Michael Moore, on his 60th birthday with an evening to remember. It’s also the 25th anniversary of Moore’s first film, Roger & Me, this year.

Panel Discussions

There will be five major panel discussions ranging from topics as quirky as 10 Things We Want To Say If You Promise Not To Record This Panel, The Class Of ’89, We Choose Not To Make You Cry and more.


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