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The TCFF: Celebrating 10 Years of Just Great Movies

Over the past decade, the Traverse City Film Festival has become inexorably linked to the magic and beauty of summertime in T.C. Watching classic movies outdoors under the stars, clinking drinks with Hollywood luminaries at festival parties, attending premieres and being treated to some of the best indie, foreign and documentary flicks of the year—it just wouldn’t be summer without these delights. This year, the TCFF celebrates its 10th anniversary—and, while its original mission of “Just Great Movies” remains the same, this year’s festival promises to be the best yet. To commemorate this major milestone, the TCFF staff, supporters and volunteers are rolling out some extra-special events in addition to the movies, live music and festival parties that have always been staples of the festival experience. For starters, there’s “TCFF Around the Bay,” a cinematic tour of six films shown at six different theaters in villages around the North, from Manistee to Petoskey (see page F3 for details). There’s also a brand-new venue—The Buzz—showing free movies all day long throughout the festival (page F3). Oscar-winning

filmmaker and festival founder Michael Moore will be celebrating his own personal milestone (his not-so-secret 60th birthday) at a special bash—and you’re invited (page F7). The Open Space will bring back its most popular classic movies from the past nine years, and to top that, there’ll be movies shown on a boat in the middle of the bay (page F3). Of course, all of this will be happening in one of the most lovely settings imaginable, in a city home to both pristine beaches and hip boutiques, plus a lauded local food scene that just won’t quit. Be sure to immerse yourself in all of what’s happening here during TCFF week, using this guide to navigate everything from the live music performances (page F7) to the best spots to grab a craft brew before the next flick (page F11). Soak up the beauty and the magic—and, of course, all those great movies. We’ll see you out there.—Emily Bingham For more information on the 2014 TCFF: > Events > Traverse City Film Festival; COURTESY OF TRAVERSE, NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S MAGAZINE

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TCFF Around The Bay

Northwest Michigan’s coastal towns are home to some of the most charming small-town movies houses left in this country—and Michael Moore and the Traverse City Film Festival want you to enjoy them. So, beginning July 20th at the newly renovated Vogue Theatre in Manistee, a TCFF film will be shown in six different harbor-town movie palaces on six consecutive nights the week prior to the TCFF. Take in all the movies in one epic tour of the northeast Lake Michigan coast, or choose the dates and locations that fit your schedule. Here’s a rundown of TCFF Around The Bay: Sunday, July 20 @ 7 pm, Historic Vogue Theatre, Manistee, plays The Bachelor Weekend.

Thursday, July 24 @ 7 pm, Elk Rapids Cinema, Elk Rapids, plays Sister.

Monday, July 21 @ 7 pm, Petoskey Cinema, Petoskey, plays Dinosaur 13.

Friday, July 25 @ 7 pm, The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay, plays Playing Dead.

Tuesday, July 22 @ 7 pm, Charlevoix Cinema III, Charlevoix, plays 112 Weddings.

To find fabulous dining destinations in these towns, go to > Food & Drink > Restaurant Guide.

Wednesday, July 23 @ 7 pm, Garden Theater, Frankfort, plays The German Doctor.

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VENUES ROUND-UP State Theatre: This TC landmark marries Art Deco cinema styling with modern touches like state-of-the-art sound and projection systems and super cushy seats. Ground Zero for the Traverse City Film Festival. 233 E. FRONT. The Open Space Outdoor Cinema: Showing free classic movies outdoors under the stars, on a monstrous inflatable screen right on West Bay. At the corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.


Bijou by the Bay: A gem of a theater (“bijou” means “jewel” in French) with 160 seats, situated on the West Bay waterfront. 181 E. GRANDVIEW PKWY.

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City Opera House: This 1891-built Front Street icon was the first commercial building in the area to use the electric light. Gloriously restored in the late 20th century, with a grand staircase, balcony seating and ornate touches throughout. 106 E. FRONT. Old Town Playhouse: A three-story, century-old former church that’s home to the amateur theater group, the Traverse City Civic Players. The Main Stage auditorium has 358 seats. 148 E. EIGHTH. Lars Hockstad Auditorium: Housed in Traverse City’s historic Central Grade School, this 1922-built auditorium recently benefited from installation of comfy new seats. 301 W. SEVENTH. Milliken Auditorium and Dutmers Theater at the Dennos Museum Center: The acoustically superior Milliken Auditorium has 367 seats; Dutmers Theater, with just 35 seats, provides space for documentary and experimental screenings. 1701 E. FRONT ST. NEW

The Buzz: New this year and modeled after Telluride Film Festival’s intimate “Backlot” screening room, The Buzz (housed in InsideOut Gallery) will show free movies all day, with seating for 150. 229 GARLAND. NEW

The Nauti-Cat, Grand Traverse Bay: The largest commercial sailing catamaran on the Great Lakes becomes one of two new Traverse City Film Festival venues this year. Come aboard and enjoy movies on two, mast-high screens—and under the stars. This boat-theater seats 35 people. 615 E FRONT ST., (West Bay Beach Resort). For the Nauti-Cat movie schedule go to and Search: Movies on a Boat


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PARTIES The full TCFF experience is not just about the movies—it’s the parties, too, where you can get to know the vibrant community that, for a decade, has helped make this festival such a success. The Opening Night Party (July 29, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., on Front between Park and Cass) kicks things off in style, with a red carpet, twinkling lights and a glam “vintage Hollywood” theme. Mark a big birthday milestone for festival founder Michael Moore at Michael’s Super Sweet 60th (Aug. 1, 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., at 201 E. Front), where there’ll be cocktails, a food truck and, of course, birthday cake. The star-studded Filmmaker Party (Aug. 2, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., at the corner of State and Park) has been a big draw since the festival’s inception; new as of last year, the TCFF Closing Night Bash (Aug. 3, 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., at the Open Space Park) is a family-friendly, free event open to all. The three other parties—the Friends Only Screening Party (July 26), Founders Party (July 27), and Volunteer Party (Aug. 4)—are exclusively open to folks involved with the festival, but it’s not too late to participate! For ticket information and details on how to become a TCFF “friend,” sponsor or volunteer, stop in at the main office (160 E FRONT ST) or visit


Sounds of the TCFF

Movies may be the main attraction here, but since the very first TCFF a decade ago, live music has been an integral part of the festival experience. “In terms of the number of acts and performances, it’s the largest music festival in the Midwest,” says Deb Lake, TCFF’s executive director. In keeping with the fest’s musical traditions, there’ll be performances before every single movie, by local favorites as well as acts from outside the region (previous years have seen musicians from as far away as Israel and Buenos Aires), ranging from folk to classical to pop. A few of this year’s most anticipated artists include the beloved local songstress Claudia Schmidt; the up-and-coming chamber group Asylum Quartet; indie folk-rock duo The Bergamot; and award-winning Detroit-based blues artist Carl Henry. You can also catch great tunes each night 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Open Space, all day long at the Clinch Park Music Stage, and at all the Film Fest parties.


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Drinks on Decks The Franklin: Custom-made draught wines and ciders, house-infused spirits you can order by the flask, plus a second-story patio from which you can imbibe and gaze down at the vibrant street life below. 160 E. FRONT. Firefly: A sophisticated spot with a patio overlooking the Boardman River. Creative cocktails, small plates. 310 CASS. The Shed: Enjoy local beers on tap at this seasonal rooftop beer garden, tucked away in TC’s Old Town district. 423 UNION. The Little Fleet: Brilliant. This food-truck court has an adjoining bar so patrons can sip craft brews and cocktails while picnicking on grub from eight different food trucks. 448 E. FRONT. Towne Plaza: Little lanterns dangle from the trees in the courtyard; the wine list includes bubbly and Northern Michigan varieties. 202 E. CASS.


Slabtown Burgers: Heaven is a strawberry shake, double cheeseburger and paper sack full of fresh-cut fries enjoyed on the patio at this West End burger joint. 826 W. FRONT. Blue Heron 2: Locally sourced ingredients, homemade bread and other super-fresh touches make breakfast and lunch shine at this cozy cafe. 408 UNION. Georgina’s: A pint-sized Asian-Latin fusion taqueria where the outstanding dishes reflect the chef-owner’s rich cultural heritage, ranging from Cuban to Chinese. 439 E. FRONT. (GEORGINA’S MAY BE AT THEIR NEW LOCATION 236 E. FRONT ST.)

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West Bay Beach: On summer evenings, the patio at this Holiday Inn resort is the place to be for the post-beach set. 615 E. FRONT. Apache Trout Grill: The outdoor deck at this eatery opens up onto an expansive view over West Bay. 13671 WEST BAY SHORE DR. Left Foot Charley: White wines, hard ciders, and a beautiful patio on the historic grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons. 806 RED DR. Boathouse: The deck of this upscale-casual restaurant on Old Mission Peninsula is the place to be for stunning sunsets. Bar menu offers small plates, cheeses, charcuterie. 14039 PENINSULA DR. Amical: Indulge in premium people-watching from this Euro-bistro’s Front Street patio. Wines, aged Scotch and Cognac, house-infused liquors. 229 E. FRONT.

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Bistro Fou Fou: Unpretentious Frenchcountry cooking, hand-crafted cocktails and off-the-beaten-path wines served up in the city’s historic former firehouse. 118 CASS


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Wine Country Day Trips Old Mission Peninsula, a 22-mile-long finger of land that divides East and West Grand Traverse Bays, is home to eight wineries that range from ultra-modern to Old World–inspired. There’s even one in a historic schoolhouse. Plus, the peninsula is home to miles of cherry orchards, beachy coastline and breathtaking views in every direction. Wine country info: With 25 wineries set against a backdrop of rolling hills and Great Lakes shore, Leelanau Peninsula is every bit a rival to the world’s best-



Need some suds to wash down all that popcorn? Traverse City’s hoppin’ microbrewery scene has you covered. Here’s our quick guide: Brewery Terra Firma: The entire beer lifecycle—from hop harvest to first pour—happens on this historic 10-acre farm. Expect inventive recipes from brewer John Niedermaier. 2959 HARTMAN.

Mackinaw Brewing Co.: Full line of craft beers and huge menu offering some of the best burgers and smoked meats in town. (On-site smokehouse.) 161 E. FRONT. Workshop: A zero-waste brewery with a mix of classic brews and creative seasonals made with organic grains. Fresh sandwiches, snacks, kids menu. 221 GARLAND.

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West End Beach: A quiet spot just west of downtown for a swim or quick snooze on your beach towel. On Grandview Parkway at Division Street.

Traverse City’s cross-town trails and bike-friendly streets make getting around a breeze. For a sweet, scenic cruise, take a spin along the TART Trail, a 10.5-mile corridor winding through historic downtown neighborhoods and along scenic West Bay. On the way, you’ll pass beaches, shops, nature preserves, a state park and other attractions. Find a trailhead at West End Beach, located at Grandview Parkway and Division. Bonus: The TART Trail connects to the 17-mile Leelanau Trail, a paved, non-motorized path that heads north to Suttons Bay on an easy and pretty pastoral pedal. Find maps online (traversetrails. org); rent wheels at the following shops:

Clinch Park: TC’s most popular beach has 1,500 sandy feet of frontage on West Grand Traverse Bay. Picnic tables, lifeguards and a brand-new splash pad for kids. Get there via the pedestrian tunnel at the foot of Cass Street.

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