Yesterday’s panel was 40 Years of Documentary Filmmaking and featured engaging discussion with some of the leading lights in documentary production. Up North Media captured the whole thing and we’ll feature it when it’s done!
The Traverse City Record-Eagle’s 2009 Traverse City Film Festival coverage includes an article about TCFF’s new film school that opened yesterday with the head of the screenwriting program at the University of Michigan, Jim Burnstein, discussing the mechanics and style of screenwriting.
New to the festival this year, the film school explores filmmaking on a variety of subjects each day. The rest of the week’s lineup starting today, Thursday, goes: Documentary 101, Women in Film, Making Shorts, and ending on Sunday with Very American Comedy. All the sessions are held at the CenterPointe Office Suites located on M-22 towards Suttons Bay from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.
If you have the opportunity, tickets are sold at the door and are only $3.
Check the release on the TCFF Film School for details.
Today’s session features Waterlife director Kevin McMahon. McMahon’s film Waterlife played yesterday and was flat out amazing. Blending rich cinematography and CGI with a compelling story told by people around lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario, Waterlife is a must-watch for anyone who loves these lakes. They have two more screenings available. You can visit ourwaterlife.org to learn much more, read an interview with Kevin in the official TCFF Blog and watch the trailer below.
The festival also provides after-hour jam sessions for those of us not yet ready to turn in after a full day of movies. Tonight’s jam session, 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m., takes place at the Loading Dock located at 205 Lake Street (off of Cass Street and across from the Firefly Cafe), and will feature performances by Luke Winslow King and Egon. In honor of tonight’s free film “Hair”. at the Open Space Outdoor Cinema (featuring a performance by Rootstand singer-songwriter Luke Winslow King) we give you a rare “double YouTube” and take you back to the 1970s and the Hair song…
The festival would also like to ask YOU to share your experience of the Traverse City Film Festival and help them tell the story!