Traverse City Film Festival
For several days at the end of August every year, Hollywood comes to Traverse City, Michigan. The Traverse City Film Festival, created in 2005, was founded in part by explosive documentary maker Michael Moore. Moore, known for films such as Roger & Me, Sicko, Fahrenheit 911 and Bowling for Columbine, teamed up with photographer John Robert Williams to bring the festival to Moore’s home state of Michigan.
This non-profit festival seeks to showcase excellent independent films and documentaries that do not have large-scale distribution. In addition to new, thought-provoking films, you also can take in a classic film outdoors near a scenic lake during Open Space, a free movie event. In addition to the wonderful films, the Traverse City Film Festival has delicious food, snacks and discussion panels featuring experienced writers, directors and actors.
See All the Movies at This Year’s Traverse City Film Festival
Film buffs of all types flock to the Traverse City Film Festival. If you’re staying in Traverse City vacation rentals between July 26th and July31st, 2011, you can easily enjoy a slew of new movies. On July 26th, 2011, enjoy films such as Made in Dagenham, a film about the women in a Ford plant in England who rise up against their bosses in response to unfair wages. On the 28th, take in Rid of Me, which follows the character Meris as she finds herself a social outcast in a new town.
Not sure about watching a movie you’ve never heard of? Rest assured that mainstream films are also showcased at the Traverse City Film Festival. On July 30th at dusk, families can sit down together outside and take in the Disney film Tangled. Looking for a bit more action? On Friday, the 29th, The Dark Knight can inject your movie list with a jolt of excitement. If you are in need of a laugh, look no further than Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams, which plays on the 28th at dusk.
The Traverse City Film Festival Offers More than Movies
Had a wonderful time watching flicks, and want to keep the fun going? You'll be pleased to find that there is more to the festival than just screenings. At 8:30 pm on the 26th, an eco-friendly opening party will be held on Front Street. Amazing local food, tantalizing drinks, live music and contests are just a few of the surprises in store for those who attend. You can also mingle with movie insiders at the Filmmaker’s Party, which will be held on the 29th at 8:30 pm at the Century 21 Northland Parking Lot.
Getting Around at the Traverse City Film Festival
Worried about how you will get from place to place? Have no fear, shuttle buses are here! Since the film festival takes place at a variety of theaters, parks, parking lots and other venues, a shuttle system is in place to take guests from location to location. Shuttles leave each stop every five to 15 minutes, so you’ll never be without a ride.
The Traverse City Film Festival is a great way to familiarize oneself with upcoming feature films. If you are less of a film buff, there is still plenty to enjoy with mainstream films, delicious food, fun parties and the exciting atmosphere of the event. With so much going on, there is something of interest for every member of your travel party! Book your Traverse City vacation condo and start planning your time at the film festival.