Archive for the 'TCFF' Category

TCFF Dailies for Wednesday from the Traverse City Film Festival

Here’s the first of the TCFF Dailies we’re producing for the Film Festival. See it out bigger on YouTube.


Free Movies Every Night at the Open Space

Finding Nemo...Film Festival 2010 TC

While Traverse City may not have the most creatively named waterfront park in Michigan, it is very cool to have a broad, grassy park right on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay in downtown TC.

Every year for the Traverse City Film Festival they show free movies on the biiiig screen. Still to come: Raising Arizona, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Mary Poppins!

Photo Credit: Finding Nemo…Film Festival 2010 TC by Pamela Ann Photography

Michigan movie trivia featuring Anatomy of a Murder

Over on Absolute Michigan, we have a great list of Michigan movie trivia. It includes the trailer to Anatomy of a Murder.

Best. Trailer. Ever.

Greening the Traverse City Film Festival

In Traverse City Film Festival Goes Green, Jacque writes about something many of the festivals we cover grapple with, how to make their event greener. He begins:

I had an opportunity to sit down with Jessica Abfalter, 2010 TCFF Water Manager, and learned how she is helping Traverse City Film Festival reach their green goals. It was a chance meeting, in a local coffee shop, where Jessica was on the phone trying to secure compostable drinking cups for this years events (just one part of her plan). The issue was not finding the cups, but making sure that they arrive safely during one of the hottest summers that this Northern Michigan city has seen in while. The cups that the Traverse City Film Festival will be using begin to decompose, according to the suppliers website, at 110 degrees.

In an effort to put less waste in landfills, the Traverse City Film Festival will go green by ditching bottled water for filtered water with two choices for containers: Compostable cups & reusable sports bottles. The four venues for this green project include: The Traverse City State Theatre, Old Town Playhouse, City Opera House , and Lars Hockstad Auditorium.

Read on for a breakdown of the Traverse City Film Festival’s green effort! Also check out the nonprofit that will take all that recycling and keep the materials working for us, Bay Area Recycling for Charities.

Photo: Jessica Abfalter, TCFF Water Manager & Abbie Phillips, Co-Manager, show off this year’s green ideas.

Film Forum Series @ Traverse City Film Festival

Crowd at Open Space Film, Beth PriceThe Traverse City Film Festival will have a new Film Forum Series in 2010. The forums are designed to provide an opportunity for movie lovers to discuss films in an informal community in the round format and takes place at Lay Park on Union Street, Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31 after specially designated noon and 3:00 p.m. films. The series is free and includes performances from live musicians following the discussions. The schedule for the series is as follows:

Wednesday, July 28
Budrus: after noon movie
12th & Delaware: after 3 pm movie

Thursday, July 29
Waiting for “Superman’”: after noon movie
Restrepo: after 3 pm movie

Friday, July 30
American Radical: after noon movie
8: The Mormon Proposition: after 3 pm movie

Saturday, July 31
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers: after noon movie
GasLand: after 3 pm movie
Strawberry and Chocolate: after 6 pm movie

Photo: Crowd at Open Space Film, Beth Price

On Location at the 2010 Traverse City Film Festival

kascott_20090801_3408_cbAll next week Absolute Michigan will be on location at the Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. The festival takes place Tuesday, July 27 through Sunday, August 1. Check their site for tickets and also the times of free panels and free movies on the BIG screen at the Open Space

We’re a sponsor of the festival so we may have a little biased, but we have to say that this is one of the coolest weeks we get a chance to be a part of. In 2010, we’re going to be working with a great group of folks including the University of Michigan Film School to produce daily online video – stay tuned!

Here’s a great video produced by Scott Allman that will help get you in the mood.

Photo: Traverse City Film Festival by Ken Scott

That’s a Wrap: Day Three of the Comedy Festival

Dan Sultana from Motor City Blog made the trip up to the Traverse City Comedy Festival and got some great photos including the one above. Check out lots more in his Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival slideshow!

Festival blogger Beth Milligan has a nice wrapup of the Comedy Festival, where she notes:

When I was interviewing Jeff (Garlin) on Saturday, he dropped maybe the most exciting news about next year’s festival possible: “We’re going to start on Thursday and end on Saturday,” he announced. At the time, I didn’t actually realize this was exciting news, but by the end of yesterday, I was overjoyed at the prospect.

We’ve got all the blog posts, tweets and photos archived over at the 2010 Traverse City Comedy Festival page on Absolute Michigan. When they post some video, we’ll add that too!

Speaking of video, here’s the winner of the Comedy Shorts Competition, Wolverine’s Claws Suck by Lou & Greg (which beat out Wheelchair Werewolf). It’s rated gory for Wolverine claws and has some swearing (again, Wolverine claws):