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JULY 30–AUGUST 4, 2013

Parties, Music, What’s New! 2013 TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL


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Nine amazing years and counting. BY ARIANA HENDRIX Now in its ninth year, the Traverse City Film Festival has become one of the most anticipated annual festivals in the country, in one of the most beautiful places in the world. With hundreds of film screenings that range from new foreign cinema to provocative documentaries to sneak peeks of Hollywood blockbusters, TCFF is proud to maintain the integrity of its original mission—to bring “just great movies” to the people of Northern Michigan. TCFF enlightens and entertains through its captivating films hand-selected by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. As a volunteerrun festival within walking distance of all the best dining,

shopping, and sun-soaked beaches that Traverse City has to offer, TCFF is a fully immersive experience. Share a glass of local wine with a visiting filmmaker at a festival party, join a stimulating discussion at the Cinema Salon on West Bay, or just wander Front Street between screenings, absorbing the energy and creativity buzzing in the summer air. It’s the magic of movies with all the enchantment of Traverse City, Michigan—and it’s yours to be shared. And as you enjoy this year’s festival, look for announcements about next year’s 10th anniversary, which promises to be the biggest and most exciting festival yet.



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The main shopping district of Traverse City is located on Front Street, a charming beachside stretch of shops that includes art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and local artisan-made products, all within walking distance of TCFF venues. Between films, get lost browsing the shelves of Brilliant Books, neighbor to the City Opera House, or Horizon Books, located next to the State Theatre. For local establishments that serve products made with Traverse City’s famous cherries, stop into Cherry Republic, American Spoon Foods, and Cherry Stop, and don’t miss the tasting room at Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars for fresh-flavored oils. Becky Thatcher Designs and Miner’s North Jewelers sparkle with one-of-a-kind jewelry creations, and for the latest in women’s fashion, try Haystacks, Cali’s, or Ella’s boutiques. For the home, check out Green Island, Nest, or Wilson’s Antiques, a landmark of downtown Traverse City. Also don’t miss the Grand Traverse Commons, a collection of intriguing shops and galleries located inside the historic Grand Traverse Commons, west of the downtown.

This year, the Traverse City Film Festival has added an exciting new venue that will become the second year-round screen of the acclaimed State Theatre, recently voted as the No. 1 movie theater in the world by the Motion Picture Association of America. The new Bijou by the Bay, a historic Rooseveltera building, is now a converted state-ofthe-art theater that seats 184 and is located in the newly renovated Clinch Park along West Grand Traverse Bay. Mere steps from the Front Street district, the Bijou will bring the excitement of cinema to the sandy, wave-lapped shores of Traverse City’s most popular beach. Also in Clinch Park is the return of the Cinema Salon, a gathering where filmgoers can discuss provocative films following their screenings, furthering the film-going experience. Nearby is the Music Stage, where a wide diversity of performances by TCFF musicians can be heard while enjoying panoramic views of West Bay. As a center of music, movies, passionate dialogs, and free films shown nightly on the giant inflatable screen at the Open Space, Traverse City’s magnificent bay front is one of the hottest spots to experience the best of TCFF.



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Schedule 2013


Parties, Showtimes, Open Space Movies, Special Screenings, Restaurant Guide and More!

A film festival is a dynamic event, and the Traverse City Film Festival organizers are changing, tweaking and modifying the program right up to the launch. The information in this schedule is current as of our press time in mid-July and has been reviewed by TCFF.

Film Index A Band Called Death.........................................................FS14 A Hijacking............................................................................ FS12 A Royal Affair....................................................................... FS13 Across the Universe............................................................ FS4 The Act of Killing.................................................................FS14 Apollo 13..................................................................... FS4 & FS9 Austenland.............................................................................. FS6 The Battle of amfAR........................................................... FS8 Before Snowfall.................................................................... FS12 Big Easy Express.................................................................FS14 Blackfish.................................................................................FS14 Blue Jasmine.......................................................................... FS6 The Broken Circle Breakdown........................................ FS12 Bypass..................................................................................... FS12 The Central Park Five........................................................ FS15 Citizen Koch.......................................................................... FS15 Cockneys vs Zombies........................................................FS19 Dancing Queen.................................................................... FS12 Dirty Wars.............................................................................. FS15 Documentary Secret Screening.................................... FS15 Doug Loves Movies............................................................. FS8 Dragon..................................................................................... FS12 The East..................................................................................FS10 Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.................................................... FS6 Erased......................................................................................FS10 The Expedition to the End of the World.................... FS15 Fanie Fourie’s Lobola........................................................ FS12 Far From Afghanistan....................................................... FS15 The First Movie..................................................................... FS15 Gideon’s Army......................................................................FS16 The Girl on the Train...........................................................FS10 God Loves Uganda............................................................. FS15 Gold Diggers of 1933.......................................................... FS9 Good Garbage......................................................................FS16 Gore Vidal: The United States of Manesia.................FS16 The History of Future Folk...............................................FS19 The Human Scale................................................................FS16 Independence Day............................................................... FS4 Inequality for All..................................................................FS16 Into the White...................................................................... FS12 Journey to the West..........................................................FS19 Killing Them Softly.............................................................FS10 Kon-Tiki................................................................................... FS13 The Last Days....................................................................... FS13 The Last Days of Pompeii................................................. FS9 Lovelace..................................................................................FS10 Mark Cousins Secret Screening.....................................FS16 Mike’s Surprise...................................................................... FS8 Mistaken for Strangers...................................................... FS17 Moon Man.............................................................................. FS22 More Than Honey................................................................FS16

Much Ado About Nothing...............................................FS10 Native American Matinee: Maïna.................................... FS8 No.............................................................................................. FS13 Orenthal: The Musical......................................................... FS11 Our Nixon...............................................................................FS16 The Painting......................................................................... FS22 Pandora’s Promise.............................................................. FS17 The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology................................... FS17 The Phantom of the Opera............................................... FS9 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl....FS4 The Pretty One...................................................................... FS11 The Princess Bride............................................................... FS4 Propaganda........................................................................... FS17 Red Obsession..................................................................... FS17 Remote Area Medical........................................................ FS17 Room 237............................................................................... FS17 Seven Psychopaths............................................................ FS13 She Done Him Wrong......................................................... FS9 The Shining............................................................................FS19 Short Documentaries 1.....................................................FS20 Short Documentaries 2....................................................FS20 Short Narratives..................................................................FS20 Shorts by Students............................................................. FS21 Shorts by U of M Students.............................................. FS21 Shorts for Kids.................................................................... FS22 Shorts for Midnight............................................................FS19 Sole Survivor...........................................................................FS7 Some Like It Hot................................................................... FS4 Starbuck................................................................................. FS13 Suitcase of Love and Shame..........................................FS18 Sunlight Jr............................................................................... FS11 Superstar................................................................................FS14 Süskind.................................................................................... FS13 Teenage................................................................................... FS17 Terms and Conditions May Apply.................................FS18 The Trials of Muhammad Ali...........................................FS18 Trust.......................................................................................... FS11 Trust Me................................................................................... FS11 TWA Flight 800...................................................................FS18 Unhung Hero.........................................................................FS19 Victor and the Secret of Crocodile Mansion............ FS22 Wadjda.................................................................................... FS13 Waiting for Mamu................................................................ FS8 War on Whistleblowers.....................................................FS18 We Are Wisconsin................................................................ FS8 Will You Still Love Me Tmorrow?...................................FS14 The World Is Ours.................................................................FS7 Your Day Is My Night.........................................................FS18 56 Up.........................................................................................FS7 7 Up Series...............................................................................FS7





City Opera House


7:30 pm: Blue Jasmine


9 am: Gold Diggers of 1933


9 am: The English Teacher



6 pm: Blue Jasmine

*CS: Cinema Salon, by Clinch Marina

Noon: Red Obsession CS* 3 pm: Propaganda 6 pm: Superstar 9 pm: The Broken Circle Breakdown Midnight: UnHung Hero

Noon: Trust 3 pm: Kon-Tiki 6 pm: Mistaken for Strangers 9:15 pm: The East Midnight: Cockneys vs. Zombies

9 am: A Royal Affair Noon: Trust Me 3 pm: Inequality for All 6 pm: Centerpiece: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 9 pm: Sunlight Jr.



Midnight: The Shining


9 am: Dancing Queen Noon: Citizen Koch CS 3 pm: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? 6 pm: 56 Up 9 pm: (9:30 pm TBA) Midnight: Journey to the West

9 am: Maïna Noon: Bypass 3 pm: (3:30 pm) The Phantom of the Opera 6 pm: Closing Night: Austenland 9 pm: Much Ado About Nothing


9 am: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Noon: Waiting for Mamu 3 pm: TBA 6 pm: War on Whistleblowers 9 pm: Dirty Wars

9:30 am: Panel: Big Brother on Film

9 am: The Girl on the Train

Noon: No

Noon: TBA

3 pm: Terms and Conditions May Apply

3 pm: The Central Park Five

6 pm: Gore Vidal: They United States

6 pm: Big Easy Express

of Amnesia

9 pm: Doug Loves Movies Podcast

9 pm: Seven Psychopaths

9 am: Good Garbage 9 am: Shorts by Students

9:30 am: Panel: What’s So Funny?

Noon: This Is What Winning

Noon: Pandora’s Promise CS

Noon: Shorts by U of M Students

Looks Like

3 pm: The Human Scale

3 pm: Our Nixon

3 pm: God Loves Uganda

6 pm: Mark Cousins Secret Screening

6 pm: Before Snowfall

6 pm: Propaganda

9 pm: A Hijacking

9 pm: A Band Called Death

9 pm: Orenthal: The Musical Midnight: Dragon

9 am: The Battle of amfAR Noon: The Central Park Five 3 pm: Documentary Secret Screening CS 6 pm: The East 9 pm: Killing Them Softly

9 am: Your Day Is My Night Noon: Good Garbage 3 pm: The Expedition to the End of the World 6 pm: Dragon 9 pm: Süskind

9 am: Terms and Conditions 9:30 am: Panel: Only 21 Hours to Get to TC Noon: Into the White 3 pm: The Trials of Muhammad Ali 6 pm: Fanie Fourie’s Lobola 9 pm: Big Easy Express

May Apply Noon: TWA Flight 800 CS 3 pm: Short Documentaries 2 6 pm: The Act of Killing 9 pm: Room 237 Midnight: Shorts for Midnight

9:30 am: Panel: 1 on 1 with Robert Reich Noon: Shorts Narratives 3 pm: Inequality for All CS 6 pm: Pandora’s Promise 9 pm: Wadjda

9 am: Much Ado About Nothing Noon: Teenage 3 pm: The Trials of Muhammad Ali 6 pm: The Last Days 9 pm: UnHung Hero Midnight: The History of Future Folk

9 am: Teenage

9:30 am: Panel: Inside the Oscars

9 am: The First Movie

Noon: This Is What Winning

Noon: Orenthal: The Musical

Noon: More Than Honey CS

Looks Like

3 pm: Remote Area Medical CS

3 pm: Gideon’s Army

3 pm: Trust

6 pm: The Broken Circle

6 pm: Citizen Koch

6 pm: Before Snowfall


9 pm: The Expedition to the

9 pm: Erased

9 pm: Starbuck

End of the World






At Dusk: Across the Universe

9:30 am: Victor and the Secret

9 am: The Human Scale

of Crocodile Mansion

Noon: Into the White

Noon: Dancing Queen

3 pm: Short Documentaries 1

3 pm: Blackfish CS

6 pm: A Hijacking

6 pm: The Pretty One

9 pm: Erased

At Dusk: Pirates of Noon: The Last Days of Pompeii

the Caribbean: The

3 pm: Far From Afghanistan

Curse of the Black

6 pm: TBA


9 pm: TBA

Lobola 6 pm: Bypass 9 pm: Lovelace

9:30 am: Moon Man Noon: Starbuck 3 pm: Much Ado About Nothing 6 pm: TBA 9 pm: Will You Still

Filmmakers 3 pm: Mistaken for Filmmakers Workshop: Day 1

9:30 am: Shorts for Kids 3 pm: Fanie Fourie’s

87 Dos & Don’ts for Doc

3 pm: Young Filmmakers

9 pm: The Last Days

Noon: Superstar

Noon: Michael Moore’s

9 am: TBA

Noon: She Done Him Wrong

Noon: Süskind

3 pm: TBA

3 pm: Gideon’s Army CS

6 pm: Suitcase of Love

6 pm: Red Obsession

and Shame

9 pm: Wadjda

9 pm: TBA

9 am: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Noon: God Loves Uganda 3 pm: The First Movie 6 pm: More Than Honey 9 pm: Blackfish

Noon: Your Day Is My Night 3 pm: Seven Up! With 7 Plus

At Dusk: Some

Noon: The Production

Like It Hot

Class 3 pm: Film School Confession 3 pm: Young Filmmakers Workshop: Day 2

At Dusk:

Noon: More Than Money:

Independence Day

Secrets of a Hollywood Producer


3 pm: Screenwriting

6 pm: 21 Up 9 pm: 28 Up

Love Me Tomorrow? Noon: Acting for the

9:30 am: The Painting

9 am: Gore Vidal: The United

9 am: 35 Up

Noon: Sunlight Jr.

States of Amnesia

Noon: 42 Up


3 pm: Trust Me

Noon: Kon-Tiki

3 pm: 49 Up

3 pm: Filmmaker

6 pm: Mistaken

3 pm: Far From Afghanistan

6 pm: Suitcase of Love


for Strangers

6 pm: Remote Area Medical

and Shame

9 pm: TBA

9 pm: The Act of Killing

9 pm: TBA

9 am: TBA

9 am: Our Nixon

Noon: Gold Diggers of 1933

Noon: Mike’s Surprise

Noon: TBA

3 pm: Your Day Is My Night

3 pm: A Royal Affair

3 pm: Dirty Wars

6 pm: Suitcase of Love

6 pm: The English Teacher

6 pm: A Band Called Death

and Shame

9 pm: The Pretty One

9 pm: No

9 pm: TBA

At Dusk: Apollo 13

At Dusk: The Princess Bride

Cinema Salon Part of our outdoor discussion series




in Open Space

Some Like It Hot 1959 | USA | 120 min Nobody’s perfect, but this film might very well be. After accidentally witnessing a murder, two Chicago musicians (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) go on the run from the mob disguised as members of an all-girl band headed to Florida. With gangsters hot on their trail, mayhem ensues as the men try to keep up their gender-bending ruses while growing close to the oh-so-lovely Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) and a millionaire who can’t seem to take a hint. A true treasure of American cinema and one of the greatest comedies of all-time, “Some Like It Hot” proves that director Billy Wilder’s biting wit and cheery cynicism has only gotten better with age. Thurs 9 pm Open Space Outdoor Cinema

Independence Day 1996 | USA | PG-13 | 145 min.

Across the Universe 2007 | USA | PG-13 | 133 min.

The music of the Beatles tells the story of a romance between an upper crust American girl and a penniless Liverpudlian artist in director Julie Taymor’s breathtaking musical set amid the helter-skelter days of anti-war protests and the civil rights movement. Our star-crossed lovers are torn from each other’s lives by the tumult, but with a little help from their friends, they just may find their way back to together. The film’s deft incorporation and imaginative interpretations of the Beatles songbook are at once a stunningly nostalgic and fresh experience. If all you need is love, let’s come together at the Open Space for a celebration of song. Tue 9 pm Open Space Outdoor Cinema

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 | USA | PG-13 | 143 min. If a pirate’s life is for you, then don’t miss our special waterfront screening of Disney’s swashbuckling epic brimming with humor, action, adventure and romance. Johnny Depp plays the world’s most eccentric pirate, the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow, on a mission to reclaim his old ship, the Black Pearl. Sparrow becomes unlikely allies with a virtuous blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) trying to save the woman he loves (Keira Knightley) from the clutches of Sparrow’s former crew—now cursed members of the undead. So come aboard, mateys, for a rollicking thrill ride on the high sea at the Open Space. Wed 9 pm Open Space Outdoor Cinema



This sci-fi extravaganza from the master of the disaster Roland Emmerich has everything you could possibly want from a spectacular summer blockbuster: slick special effects, explosive action sequences, romantic subplots, an adorable child— and Will Smith. Aliens have arrived on earth, and—shockingly enough—they do not come in peace. Following the invasion, a disparate group of intrepid survivors, including a washed-up MIT graduate, the president, a local nutcase, an Air Force captain and an exotic dancer, band together to launch a counterattack that proves superior technology is simply no match for good ol’ American ingenuity. Fri 9 pm Open Space Outdoor Cinema

Apollo 13 1995 | USA | PG | 140 min. Traverse City, we have a problem … if you don’t come out for the winner of this year’s People’s Choice vote. Based on the gripping true story of NASA’s ill-fated mission to the moon, “Apollo 13” stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Pullman as a trio of astronauts caught in a desperate struggle to survive after an explosion cripples their spacecraft. With little more than duct tape and cardboard to fix the ship, Mission Control races against time to bring the crew safely home. A thrilling example of humanity’s extraordinary achievements, we invite you and your family to dare to dream among the stars with us. Sat 9 pm Open Space Outdoor Cinema

The Princess Bride 1987 | USA | 98 min. It would be inconceivable to miss director Rob Reiner’s beloved (and highly-quotable) bedtime story that proves even death cannot stop true love. This enchanting fairy tale, complete with pirates, magic, swordplay, fire swamps, rodents (of unusual size), revenge, miracles, escapes and yes, even its fair share of kissing, will delight the entire family with wit and wonder. So if you are looking for an evening filled with thrills and laughs—well, as you wish. We also invite you to join us starting at 7pm for a bash to close the festival, with live music, games, prizes, and desserts. Sun 9 pm Open Space Outdoor Cinema



The Founders Party for festival sponsors features a sneak preview of one of the festival’s best films, “Kon-Tiki.” Sponsors attend a pre-party screening at the State Theatre downtown, followed by a party hosted by Ciccone and Grandview Catering in one of the most beautiful spots in our area, Ciccone Vineyards and Winery. Featuring live music from The Bergamot.

Celebrate with visiting filmmakers in the magically transformed parking lot on the corner of State and Park streets. Be one of the few to see the Founders present this year’s festival awards a group of incredibly talented filmmakers. Featuring a smorgasbord of food, libations and entertainment, this star-studded party is sure to be a blast. Featuring live music from George Cole and Eurocana, Tamar and Rona, and AOK. Cost: $50

The State Theatre/Ciccone Vineyards Sunday, 7/28, 3:30 PM

Century 21 Northland Lot Saturday, 8/3 8:30 PM

BIJOU GRAND DEBUT Bijou by the Bay Monday, 7/29 8:00 PM


Be among the first select few to experience a film in Traverse City’s new “gem” of a theater, the Bijou by the Bay. The event begins with a sneak preview of a Hollywood hit with special guests in attendance, followed by an after-party on the beach featuring music, drinks and gourmet edibles. Tickets for this fundraising event are partially tax deductible. Email to reserve your tickets.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY Front Street Tuesday, 7/30 8:30 PM

Open Space Outdoor Cinema Sunday, 8/4 7:00 PM End the festival on a high note by joining us for our free community party in the Open Space and stay for a special Sunday night screening of everyone’s favorite fractured fairy tale, “The Princess Bride.” There will be live music, games, prizes and a variety of delectable confections and sweets available for purchase. You might even catch a glimpse of yourself on the big screen. Free!


Kick off the festival with a celebration of how “one great movie can change you” on Tuesday night. Front Street becomes a scene featuring local cuisine, libations and entertainment. Enjoy an evening of festivities under the sparkling lights of the State Theatre as we welcome visiting filmmakers from around the world to experience the magic of Traverse City. Featuring live music from Steven MacNeil, Jennifer Westwood and the Waycross Georgia Farmboys, Detour, and The Wild Sullys with Spicy McHaggis. Cost: $50

Clinch Park Tuesday, 8/6 6:00 PM

We celebrate our hard-working, amazing, generous and talented volunteers at this post-festival homespun picnic. Share stories with friends about your festival experiences and celebrate the week’s success. Featuring some of the top food and beverages from our area, this party is the best way to end a magical week. Be sure to bring your SWAG Coupons to trade in for some awesome festival gear! Free for volunteers!



Opening, Centerpiece & Closing Galas OPENING NIGHT

Blue Jasmine

2013 | USA | PG-13 | 98 min. Woody Allen’s latest film finds America’s greatest, most beloved and neurotic comic auteur back on home soil after a stretch of films on European turf. “Blue Jasmine” follows New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), who moves to San Francisco to escape her faltering marriage to a wealthy Wall Street exec (Alec Baldwin). On the West Coast, she settles into a modest apartment with her bohemian sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) to get a fresh start on life, thinking that a change of coast, class and social status will help put her past aside and help pull herself back together again. Featuring a typically outstanding cast, including Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, and Bobby Cannavale, this new comedy from Woody Allen offers a starstudded kickoff to this year’s festival. Tue 6 pm State Theatre | Tue 7:30 City Opera House CENTERPIECE SCREENING

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 2013 | USA | NR | 80 min.

One of America’s greatest Broadway legends is coming to Traverse City to attend a special screening of a documentary that vibrantly captures her backstage life. Follow the inimitable Elaine Stritch as she prepares for her latest club tour, “Singin’ Sondheim… One Song at a Time,” and sets out to prove that at age 87, she can still put on quite the show. Director Chiemi Karasawa crafts a candid portrait of the brash and brassy grand dame as she follows Stritch from rehearsals and a side gig playing Alec Baldwin’s mother on “30 Rock” to reveal the complex, wise and witty woman behind the legend. Intimate verité footage is paired with interviews with Stritch’s friends and admirers (including Nathan Lane, Tina Fey and Hal Prince) to capture the struggles and triumphs in the life of an Emmy and Tony-winning performer, resulting in a documentary that is hilarious, poignant and inspiring. In Person: Elaine Stritch, Director Chiemi Karasawa. Fri 6 pm State Theatre CLOSING NIGHT


2013 | USA | PG-13 | 97 min. Thirty-something and single Jane (Keri Russell) has something of an unhealthy obsession with all things Jane Austen. Lucky for her, she’s not alone. Welcome to Austenland, the ultimate getaway for literary devotees, where visitors indulge in Regency-era fantasies provided by the British theme park. Jane sells her car and blows her savings so she can afford a trip to immerse herself in Austen’s world and fulfill her dream of meeting Mr. Darcy (or at least a reasonable approximation). The directorial debut from “Napoleon Dynamite” screenwriter Jerusha Hess is a rollicking rom-com that plays up America’s fascination with British culture, featuring a supporting cast including Bret Mackenzie (“Flight of the Concords”) and Jennifer Coolidge (“Legally Blonde”) delivering big laughs. Sun 6 pm State Theatre FS6



Sole Survivor

The World Is Ours

In the history of commercial airline travel, there have only been 14 major plane crashes with a sole survivor. This stirring documentary follows the journey of George Lamson, the sole survivor of a the 1985 Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 crash that claimed the lives of 73 others near Reno, Nevada. More than a quarter century later, George is still coping with the emotional and mental trauma brought on by the accident, and reaches out to the 13 other sole survivors to find support, including Cecelia Cichan, who survived the Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crash near Detroit in 1987. Together, the survivors open up to the camera and tell their miraculous stories. In Person: Filmmakers and Sole Survivors. Sat 12 noon Lars Hockstad Auditorium | Sat 6 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium

You may sense something is different about this laugh-outloud Spanish caper comedy: maybe it’s the spot-on satire of the economic situation in Spain, or perhaps it’s how fresh and goofy the characters are; but the main difference is that this film doesn’t have that cookie-cutter, sequel/remake/retread quality of American comedies that get a few cheap laughs at the expense of your intelligence. This silly and over-the-top comedy follows two bumbling hoodlums trapped at the bank they meant to rob when an unemployed man arrives with explosives, looking to make a political statement by blowing himself up—along with everyone inside the bank. A great look at the collapse of Spanish society, this is a comedy not to miss. Sat 3pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium | Sat 9 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium

2012 | USA | NR | 118 min.

2012 | Spain | NR | 87 min.

Michael Apted & Under the Radar 56 Up

2012 | UK | NR | 144 min. The latest installment of Michael Apted’s acclaimed “Up” series revisits its 14 British subjects in their middle age, nearly 50 years after Michael Apted began filming them at age seven in one of documentary filmmaking’s crowning achievements. As they enter their autumn years, Apted’s subjects reflect on the paths their lives have taken, and what choices and turns of chance have determined who they are today. Whether you’re new to the series or you’ve been following it all your life, you will be captivated by this portrait of raw humanity elegantly put to the screen. In Person: Director Michael Apted. Sat 6 pm State Theatre

7 Up Series Featuring: Seven Up!, 7 plus Seven, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, and 49 Up

Since its inception in 1964, Michael Apted’s groundbreaking “Up” series has followed the trails and tribulations of a group of British children from across the country and a variety of backgrounds, taking a snapshot of their lives every seven years. This awe-inspiring series of films captures the evolution of the human spirit like installment of the “Up” series at the Dutmers Theater from Friday at 3 pm to Saturday at 3 pm, culminating with a screening of the latest film in the series, “56 Up.” Seven Up! with 7 Plus Seven: Fri 3 pm Dutmers Theatre 21 Up: Fri 6 pm Dutmers Theatre 28 Up: Fri 9 pm Dutmers Theatre 35 Up: Sat 9 am Dutmers Theatre 42 Up: Sat 12 noon Dutmers Theatre 49 Up: Sat 3 pm Dutmers Theatre COURTESY OF TRAVERSE, NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S MAGAZINE



Mike’s Surprise

Join Doug Benson (“Last Comic Standing,” “Super High Me”), our own Michael Moore and other special guests as they record a podcast all about movies, live from the Old Town Playhouse. We welcome Benson, a stand-up sellout at this year’s Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival, back to the less frozen north for an evening of hilarity. Be sure to save time for this special chance to experience a laugh-out-loud conversation about one of the greatest things in life: the movies. Tickets for this special live event are $15. In Person: Doug Benson, Michael Moore. Wed 9 pm Old Town Playhouse

What surprise does Mike have in store for us this year? Festival founder, president and programmer Michael Moore will show up with ... a sneak preview of a big Hollywood movie? A buried treasure that the public hasn’t seen in years? A home movie? Nobody knows until the show begins, sometimes not even Mike. Whatever the surprise is this year, only the curious and the brave should attend. Sun 12 noon Lars Hockstad Auditorium

2013 | USA | R | 90 min.

The Battle of amfAR

2013 | USA | NR | 40 min. This documentary from Academy Award-winning director Rob Epstein and his filmmaking partner Jeffrey Friedman tells the story of the extraordinary moment when research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim and Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor joined forces in the fight against AIDS. In the early 1980s, the country was in the darkest days of the AIDS pandemic, and two women decided to do something about it by forming America’s first AIDS research foundation, thereby changing the course of history. The screening will be followed by an extended Q&A with director Rob Epstein. Free Screening! Fri 9 am Bijou by the Bay

Native American Matinee: Maïna 2013 | CANADA | NR | 102 min.

Six centuries ago, a girl named Maïna—daughter of the clan leader of the Presque Loups—embarked on a mission that would change her life. After a violent confrontation between her clan and the “Men from the Land of Ice,” the young son of Maïna’s fellow tribesman is captured and taken to the frozen north. She sets out on the trail of her enemies to recover him, until she is taken prisoner herself by the Inuit clan leader Natak, and is taken on a perilous journey to her captor’s homeland where she must discover her inner strength in order to survive. Sun 9 am State Theatre FS8


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Waiting for Mamu

2013 | USA | NR | 43 min. + Q & A In some parts of the world, children whose parents are sent to prison and who lack other guardians are locked away along with their parents. This eye-opening documentary tells the story of what it means for a child to grow up in prison and what hope exists for a better life. “Waiting for Mamu” follows internationally lauded social worker and 2012 CNN Hero of the Year award-winner Pushpa Basnet, founder of a development center for children who would otherwise grow up behind bars in her native Nepal. This screening will be followed by an extended Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Morgan and Pushpa Basnet. Wed 12 noon Bijou by the Bay

We Are Wisconsin

2012 | USA | NR | 90 min. After Republican Governor Scott Walker cut benefits and collective bargaining rights for most public workers, public outcry turned into a transformative movement that successfully placed a gubernatorial recall on the ballot for only the third time in US history. Following a social worker, high school teacher, college student, retired nurse, electrician, and police officer as they fight to maintain their livelihoods, it is hard not to see yourself, your friends, or your neighbors in these faces of social activism. In this shocking condemnation and vital record of this era of greed, director Amie Williams takes us into the historic 18 days of protests on the steps of Wisconsin’s State Capital that served as a rallying cry to people to the world over to join together and let their voices be heard. Thu 9 am Old Town Playhouse


Centennial Celebration Gold Diggers of 1933

1933| USA | NR | 97 min. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the final hurrah before Hollywood began to censor itself. This era, known as pre-Code, is filled with moments so outrageous for their time that you will wonder, “How the heck did they ever get away with that?!” No film better embodies the anything-goes spirit of pre-Code than this lavish backstage musical about a trio showgirls looking for their big break who will stop at nothing to keep their show going—and to find rich husbands. This sharp, funny and cynical treat is a visual and auditory feast replete with coin-wearing, scantily-clad showgirls and songs extolling the virtues of alfresco lovemaking, starring Ginger Rogers, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell, and featuring the inimitable magic of Busby Berkeley’s choreography. Thu 9 am State Theatre | Sun 12 noon Dutmers Theatre

The Last Days of Pompeii 1913 | Italy | NR | 88 min. The epically awesome, big-budget disaster film with a love triangle subplot is by no means a recent Hollywood development. It goes back 100 years to the earliest days of feature films—1913, to be exact. This sweeping Italian saga chronicles the final hours in the lives of a prominent statesman, a gorgeous woman, a pagan priest, a jealous witch and a blind beggar before Mount Vesuvius unleashed her wrath on the unsuspecting people below. With thrilling chariot races, brutal sword-and-sandal gladiatorial duels, and one heck of a spectacular volcanic eruption, you won’t believe the opulence and intrigue that awaits in this last of the great tableaux films. Free Screening! Wed 12 non Dutmers Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera (with Alloy Orchestra) 1959 | USA | 120 min Roger Ebert called them “the best in the world at accompanying silent films,” and we call them festival regulars we love to welcome back to

Traverse City every year. In 2013, the incomparable musical stylings of the Alloy Orchestra will accompany Rupert Julian’s silent classic starring the man of 1,000 faces, Lon Chaney. An early classic of the horror genre, “The Phantom of the Opera” has been horrifying and fascinating audiences for almost 90 years. We are happy to present “Phantom” on a lovingly restored and hand-tinted 35mm print. Sun 3:30 pm State Theatre

She Done Him Wrong

1933| USA | NR | 66 min. In another pre-Code wonder from 1933, the matchless Mae West plays Lady Lou, a saucy saloon singer who never met a man—or a double entendre— she didn’t like. This raunchy comedy follows Lou’s efforts to dismantle a former paramour’s prostitution ring, and the catand-mouse game that ensues when Lou sets her eyes on a stalwart undercover cop, played by an utterly dashing, young Cary Grant, who is out to reform her wanton ways. But sexually liberated Lou won’t change for any man, and audiences get to enjoy a film oozing with West’s one-of-a-kind wit and eroticism that couldn’t have been made in Hollywood even a year later. Free Screening! Thu 12 noon Dutmers Theatre

Apollo 13

1995 | USA | PG | 140 min. Traverse City, we have a problem … if you don’t come out for the winner of this year’s People’s Choice vote. Based on the gripping true story of NASA’s ill-fated mission to the moon, “Apollo 13” stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Pullman as a trio of astronauts caught in a desperate struggle to survive after an explosion cripples their spacecraft. With little more than duct tape and cardboard to fix the ship, Mission Control races against time to bring the crew safely home. A thrilling example of humanity’s extraordinary achievements, we invite you and your family to dare to dream among the stars with us. Sat 9 pm Open Space Outdoor Cinema




latest project. But a chance encounter with a mysterious young woman leads him on a journey of a very different sort. Within the blink of an eye, his life of complacency is left behind for a world in which the line between fiction and fantasy is blurred – a world of intrigue, danger and the possibility of blood. Produced by Leland residents Rebecca Reynolds and Jim Carpenter and directed by TCFF regular Larry Brand, this neo-noir mystery stars Henry Ian Cusick, Nicki Aycox and Stephen Lang. In Person: Director Brand; Producers Reynolds and Carpenter. Wed 9 am Old Town Playhouse

Killing Them Softly 2012 | USA | R | 97 min.

The East

2012 | USA | PG-13 | 116 min. Captivating from the onset, this high-stakes espionage thriller follows Sarah Moss (Brit Marling), a brilliant young ex-FBI agent who is hired by an elite private intelligence firm to infiltrate The East, a mysterious and elusive collective of radical anarchists with an eye-for-an-eye approach to taking down corporate criminal scum. But after Sarah succeeds in working her way into their inner circle, she finds herself torn between her responsibility to her employers and the lure of The East’s dangerous brand of justice and its charismatic leadership. Director Zal Batmanglij once again proves himself to be a master of twists in this zeitgeist catching hit, featuring Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård and Patricia Clarkson. Thu 9:15 pm State Theatre | Fri 6 pm Bijou by the Bay


2012 | USA | R | 104 min. Aaron Eckhart stars as an ex-CIA agent on the lam in this taut international espionage thriller that’s equal parts “Taken” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” After leaving his government post in the US, Ben Logan (Eckhart) moves to Belgium with his teenage daughter Amy (Liana Liberato, “Trust”) to take a job with a high-level security firm. Just a few weeks into his new gig, his office is mysteriously shut down. Smelling foul play, Ben and Amy are forced to flee for their lives as the two must learn to trust each other in order to survive. With a deftly written script full of twists that take Ben and Amy on the lam across Europe, this intelligent action film is one of the year’s best. Wed 9 pm Milliken Auditorium | Sun 9 pm Bijou by the Bay

The Girl on the Train 2013 | USA | NR | 80 min.

When documentary filmmaker Danny Hart boards a train at Grand Central Station, he has no reason to expect anything more than a pleasant ride to upstate New York to interview the subjects for his



A mid-level gangster hires two bumbling ex-cons to knock over a card game run by hustler Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta), but when mob higher-ups catch wind of the heist, they know they need to protect their investments. Enter cool-headed Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), a professional hit man hired to restore order in the criminal underworld. Directed by Andrew Dominik (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”), this stylish, hard-boiled modern noir favors richly developed characters over action sequences and features a top-notch Alist cast, including Richard Jenkins and the late James Gandolfini in one of his last film roles. Fri 9 pm Bijou by the Bay


2013 | USA | R | 93 min. In 1972, “Deep Throat” took the world by storm as the first porn feature to make it big in the mainstream—produced for under $50,000, the film went on to earn hundreds of millions internationally. The unlikely star behind it all was Linda Lovelace, an unknown actress who fled her strict religious family into the arms of lowly hustler Chuck Traynor, the man responsible for launching Lovelace into the limelight for a brief and fraught stint as the world’s first porn star. Starring Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard, the film charts Lovelace’s public successes and private hardships through her transformation from girl-next-door porn star to feminist advocate. In Person: director Rob Epstein. Thu 9 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium

Much Ado About Nothing 2012 | USA | PG-13 | 107 min.

On a short break from shooting “The Avengers,” director Joss Whedon brought together some of his famous friends in his home in Santa Monica for a 12-day stint to shoot a slick black-and-white adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s enduring classics. The result of their efforts is a sexy and stylish modern take on the Bard’s comedy, which keeps the original text and moves the story of quarreling lovers Beatrice and Benedick to contemporary southern California, as the comedy unfolds around a series of misconceptions and misdirections. Whedon proves his directorial skill and penchant for filming quick-witted dialog, keeping the film light and lively throughout while still packing an emotional punch in one of the best Shakespeare adaptations of the last decade. Fri 3 pm Lars Hockstad Theatre | Sat 9 am Old Town Playhouse | Sun 9 pm State Theatre

Collyer (“Sherrybaby,” TCFF ‘07) perfectly captures real-life challenges faced by working class Americans in this powerful social drama, vividly realized by skillful, layered performances from Watts and Dillon, as well as a spectacular supporting turn from Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) as Melissa’s abusive pill-pushing ex. In Person: Laurie Collyer. Fri 9 pm State Theatre | Sat 12 noon Lars Hockstad Auditorium


2010 | USA | R | 106 min.

Orenthal: The Musical 2013 | USA | NR | 90 min.

Eugene Olivier is a “fairly successful” New York theater artist (at least in his own mind). Struck with an inspiration for the next great American musical, Eugene heads to LA to enlist his childhood friends to help him stage his most ambitious creation yet: a musical reimagining of “Othello,” framed through the story of the OJ Simpson trial, that features songs like “If the Glove Don’t Fit (You Must Acquit).” This outlandish mockumentary follows the trials and tribulations of the cast as they approach their opening night. A rare bit of modern satire that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure. In Person: director Jeff Rosenberg and actor Jordan Kenneth Camp. Thu 9 pm Old Town Playhouse | Sun 12 noon City Opera House

Suburban teen Annie (Liana Liberato, “Erased”) lives a fairly sheltered life with her advertising executive father (Clive Owen) and loving mother (Catherine Keener). She thinks she’s found her first love in a boy she meets online, but when they meet in person, she discovers he’s not who he claimed to be. After he takes advantage of her in a motel tryst, her parents are left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. A chilling but fiercely honest drama dealing with the emotional aftermath of sexual abuse, this first feature from David Schwimmer (“Friends”) features a breakout performance by teen actress Liana Liberato. Thu 12 noon State Theatre | Sun 3 pm Bijou by the Bay

The Pretty One

2013 | USA | NR | 90 min. Zoe Kazan does double duty as identical twin sisters Audrey and Laurel in this charming fairy tale comedy from first-time director Jenée LaMarque. Shy and awkward Laurel has always played second fiddle to her confident, stylish sister Audrey, and when the two are reunited at their birthday party, their differences are brought into sharp relief. When tragedy strikes, Laurel rashly seizes the opportunity to step into her sister’s shoes, where she discovers Audrey’s life isn’t as perfect as it seemed. Kazan shines in her dual roles alongside a rakish Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) in this warm and quirky film about finding your identity. Wed 6 pm State Theatre | Fri 9 pm City Opera House

Sunlight Jr.

2013 | USA | NR | 90 min. Melissa (Naomi Watts) and her boyfriend Richie (Matt Dillon) are living in a motel room and just scraping by between her minimum wage job and his monthly disability check, but they haven’t let their living situation sour their loving relationship. The couple is initially overjoyed by the news that Melissa is pregnant, in spite of the obvious financial burden that comes with a child—but their happiness is short-lived, as circumstances conspire to push them further into poverty. Laurie

Trust Me

2013 | USA | NR | 90 min. Howard Holloway’s past as a child star should put him in the perfect position for a successful career as a child-actor agent, but life hasn’t gone as planned. In the twisted world of Hollywood’s elite and scheming agents, Holloway’s bumbling career has stalled, thanks in no small part to rival agent Aldo Shocklee poaching his most promising clients. He finally catches a break when he signs Lydia, a troubled young teen with a big role coming up in a “Twilight”-esque franchise, but it turns out there’s more to Lydia than meets the eye... Directed by and starring actor Clark Gregg, and featuring a fantastic cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney and Felicity Huffman, this dark dramedy offers an acerbic skewering of the seedy side of Hollywood and the price of chasing stardom. Fri 3 pm State Theatre | Sat 3 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium



Foreign The Broken Circle Breakdown 2012 | Belgium | NR | 111 min.

Dragon (Wu Xia)

2011 | Hong Kong, China | R | 115 min.

Each year we see a couple of films that touch us in a way that will never let us go. This year, a Belgian tale, the Berlin Film Festival audience award winner, won our hearts and minds – and it haunts us still. It’s the story of the glorious, intense, almost mythical love between Elise and Didier, two wild and passionate people who discover that they fit perfectly together, until circumstances beyond their control change everything. Framed around a remarkable bluegrass soundtrack and several performances by Didier’s band, “The Broken Circle Breakdown” will make you laugh, and cry, and will wash you in the power of grand love. Wed 9 pm State Theatre | Sun 6 pm City Opera House

When a quiet, hard-working father of two stumbles upon a robbery taking place in his small town and summarily disposes of the bad guys with what appears to be a combination of dumb luck and fast reflexes, a local detective decides there is more to this unassuming villager than meets the eye. The ensuing investigation turns deadly after it catches the attention of a secret society of assassins, who descend on the once-sleepy town with a vengeance. Superstar Donnie Yen has never been better than in this blockbuster martial arts epic, which features a series of escalating showdowns on some of the best action set pieces ever committed to film Thu 12 midnight Old Town Playhouse | Sat 6 pm Bijou by the Bay

Before Snowfall

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

Generally speaking, films from Norway are so great that we scarcely need to watch them first, but we’re very glad we saw this one, and we won’t soon forget it. “Before Snowfall” follows the dangerous journey of a 16-year-old Kurdish boy across Europe from Kurdistan and Turkey to Germany and Norway, as he attempts to restore his family’s honor while moving between neighboring countries that are as different from one another as night and day. On his journey, he is smuggled across the borders with the help of a network of Kurdish immigrants, falls in love, and comes of age in a foreign land. All the while, we watch the subplot of the way two peaceful countries, Norway and Germany, deal with immigrants who are unable to leave their violent pasts behind. Don’t miss this truly incredible film that will stay with you long after you leave the theater. Thu 6 pm City Opera House | Sun 6 pm Bijou by the Bay

This crowd-pleasing South African rom-com follows Fanie (a young white Afrikaner), who on a dare asks Dinky (a beautiful Zulu woman) to accompany him to his pop-star brother’s wedding. She reluctantly agrees on the condition that he pose as her boyfriend so her traditional father will stop pressuring her into an arranged marriage. What begins as a ruse turns into romance, and sparks fly between the unlikely couple. They decide to find out if their newfound love can survive their cultural differences, and if they can successfully navigate the tricky tradition of lobola, a South African dowry. This audience award-winning film is a contemporary fairy tale about finding love where you least expect to. Thu 3 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium | Fri 6 pm City Opera House

2013 | Norway | NR | 105 min.


2012 | Spain | NR | 94 min. In this smartly-written romantic comedy, old college buddies Xabi, Lukas and Jone reunite in Bilbao after learning that their friend Maria is terminally ill with a congenital heart defect. Lukas and Jone confide in Xabi that Maria has been secretly in love with him for years, so he decides to make her last days a bit brighter by pretending to be in love with her as well. But when Maria makes a miraculous recovery thanks to his affections, Xabi has to juggle between keeping up appearances in his new relationship and keeping his pregnant girlfriend in Barcelona out of the loop. We like this movie so much, we chose it for the special screening we do for our valued volunteers. Thu 6 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium | Sun 12 noon State Theatre

Dancing Queen

2012 | South Korea | NR | 124 min. A box office mega-hit in its native country, this bubbly South Korean romantic comedy follows housewife Jung-hwa, who put her lifelong fantasy of becoming a pop star on hold to raise her child while her husband got his career as a lawyer started. Fate is on her side, however, and a chance encounter gives her an opportunity to revive her childhood dream late in life by auditioning for an American Idol-style show. But when her husband accidentally becomes a public hero and is catapulted into the political spotlight, FS12

Jung-hwa has to decide between her husband’s dreams and her own. Starring two of Korea’s most popular actors, this charming comedy is the definition of a feel-good crowd pleaser. Wed 12 noon Lars Hockstad Auditorium | Sat 9 am State Theatre


2013 | South Africa | NR | 96 min.

A Hijacking (Kapringen)

2012 | Denmark | R | 99 min. The Danish cargo freighter MV Rozen is on a course for Mumbai when a band of Somali pirates appear and commandeer the vessel, holding the crew and ship hostage for a ransom of $25 million. News of the ship’s capture reaches the shipping company’s CEO, who rashly decides that his business acumen makes him the best candidate to take the lead in the negotiations. As the ransom talks wear on for months on end, with the crew’s lives and millions of dollars hanging in the balance, who will be the first to break under pressure? Without resorting to action set pieces, this gritty and meticulously authentic modern thriller is an intense and absorbing drama that will keep you riveted until the very end. Wed 9 pm Milliken Theatre | Thu 9 pm Bijou by the Bay

Into the White

2012 | Norway | R | 101 min. Inspired by real events, this WWII-era drama follows two groups of sworn enemies who must put their differences aside in order to survive. When two aircraft—one British, one German—are shot down over a snow covered expanse of wilderness in a remote area of Norway, the crews of both planes take refuge together in an abandoned cabin. Tensions rise as their confinement and a continual struggle for power rages on in the cramped quarters of the cabin, but with a brutally harsh winter showing no sign of ending, the group must band together to stay alive. Rupert Grint and Florian Lukas star in this

Seven Psychopaths

beautifully shot Norwegian drama, a stirring tale of survival and unexpected friendship. Thu 6 pm Lars Holkstad Auditorium

2012 | UK | R | 110 min.


2012 | Norway | PG-13 | 118 min. In 1947, Norwegian scientist and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl set out to make history by crossing the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft called the Kon-Tiki with an inexperienced fiveman crew. His mission on the voyage was to prove a theory that South American natives in pre-Columbus times could have migrated over 4,000 miles by sea from Peru to Polynesia, but doing so would mean a harrowing journey with the whole world waiting to hear of his fate. Based on the amazing true story of Heyerdahl’s voyage, this Academy Award-nominated drama is the ultimate man-vs-nature adventure. Thu 3 pm State Theatre | Sat 12 Noon Milliken Theatre

The Last Days (Los Últimos Días)

In this dark and absurdly funny comedy from director Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”), Colin Farrell stars as Marty, an Irish screenwriter toiling away in Los Angeles with a drinking problem and an epic case of writer’s block. He’s got a title for his serial killer script, “Seven Psychopaths,” but can’t commit a word to the page. His free-wheeling actor buddy Billy (Sam Rockwell) and his dognapping cohort Hans (Christopher Walken) inadvertently provide a source of inspiration for Marty’s script after running afoul of a dog-loving gangster (Woody Harrelson), who lets loose the unhinged criminal underworld of L.A. to track down the thieves. It looks like Marty will get all the fodder he needs for a good crime story, so long as he survives long enough to get the story on paper... Wed 9 pm City Opera House


2011 | Canada | R | 109 min.

2010 | USA | R | 106 min.

A mysterious pandemic has spread across the planet, causing the world’s population to be stricken with a strange affliction that causes instant death as soon as anyone steps outside. Young computer programmer Marc was in his office in Barcelona when the epidemic struck; three months later, he and his colleagues are still trapped in the building, and supplies are running low. With nothing left to lose, he sets off on a mission to find his girlfriend on the other side of town, but to get there, he must navigate the lawless catacombs that have developed in the subway. Superb special effects transform Barcelona into a dystopian wasteland in this action-filled postapocalyptic thriller. Wed 9 pm Lars Hockstad | Sat 6 pm Old Town Playhouse


In this charming French Canadian comedy, middle-aged deliveryman David Wozniak is shocked to learn that he unwittingly fathered over five hundred offspring thanks to a mix-up at the sperm bank that he frequented in the late 80s under the codename “Starbuck.” Now, a group of 142 of his progeny have banded together to find their biological father by suing the fertility clinic to reveal David’s identity. Equally panicked by the prospect of suddenly being the father of enough children to start a small village, and also curious about what his now twenty-something offspring are like, David finds a way to act as an anonymous guardian angel and learns what it means to be a father in the process. Fri 12 noon Lars Hockstad Auditorium | Sun 9 pm City Opera House


2012 | Netherlands | NR | 118 min.

2012 | Chile | R | 110 min. It’s 1988 in Chile, and after 15 years of dictatorship, Augusto Pinochet knows he has to allow a vote or face revolt. He decides to allow the people to vote Yes or No on a referendum to keep himself in power, planning that it would be a meaningless election. But the opposition party seizes the rare opportunity and decides to run a 15-minute anti-Pinochet ad on public TV. Led by a commercial-savvy adman (Gael García Bernal), they devise an unorthodox campaign to sell the Chilean people on freedom and democracy. This smart and sly look at the marriage of politics and advertising was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards. Wed 12 noon City Opera House | Sun 9 pm Milliken Auditorium

A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affaere)

Set in Amsterdam in 1942, this gripping WWII-era drama follows the true story of Walter Süskind, a Jewish industrialist who saved thousands of Dutch children from being deported and sent to concentration camps. After escaping Germany, Süskind considers himself lucky to have found a job with the Jewish Council that offers protection from deportation – even though it means collaborating with German soldiers. But after discovering what terrible fate awaits those being sent away to Germany, he develops a cunning plan to double-cross German officers and save countless children from certain death. Thu 12 noon Milliken Theatre | Sat 9 pm Bijou by the Bay


2012 | Saudi Arabia | PG | 97 min.

2012 | Denmark | R | 137 min.

This Oscar-nominated costume drama tells the lavish true story of the forbidden romance that changed a nation. With the Age of Enlightenment just dawning in Denmark in the 18th century, the country is under the rule of a mad king and his new teenage bride from the British Isles. The young queen falls passionately for German philosopher and physician Johann Struensee, who was called to the king’s court to see to his mental illnesses. The queen and the doctor share a passionate romance and a bond over their commonly held progressive ideals, as they defy the throne to push Denmark into modernity and change the country for the better. Fri 9 am State Theatre | Sun 3 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium

The first feature film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi filmmaker, this sparkling movie tells the story of a free-spirited 10-year-old girl named Wadjda, who lives in the suburbs of Riyadh. She has her heart set on buying a beautiful green bicycle so she can race her friend Abdullah, but her mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that says women can’t ride bicycles. In an effort to raise the money herself, Wadjda enters a Koran recitation competition at her school, where she must pose as a pious model student to achieve her goal. This groundbreaking film offers a fascinating window into a closed society and a story of hope and progress. Thu 9 pm Milliken Theatre | Sat 9 pm City Opera House



Foreign cont’d Superstar

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Humble, middle-aged bachelor Martin Kazinski is nothing if not ordinary—he’s the personification of the everyman. That all changes one morning on his commute to work, when he suddenly and inexplicably finds himself being mobbed on the subway by throngs of adoring fans. The more he tries to escape his stardom, or even find the reason behind his sudden celebrity, the more famous he becomes, and the more the media tries to profit from his situation. He finds a sympathetic ear in ambitious television producer Fleur Arnaud, who knows just what to do with Martin’s newfound success. This delightful high-concept French satire offers a hilariously spot-on parable of our celebrity culture, where people are famous just for being famous. Wed 6 pm State Theatre | Thu 12 noon Lars Hockstad Auditorium

Who doesn’t love a great rom-com? We certainly do, and this delightfully charming film from Taiwan also includes the best karaoke scene we’ve ever seen in any film, ever. Feng and Weichung are married with a child, and stuck in a rut. Feng thinks another child will give her life purpose, but Weichung’s mind is elsewhere: mainly on an old friend Stephen, who offers a tempting entrée back into his old gay lifestyle. Meanwhile, Weichung’s sister dumps her fiancé and holes herself up in her apartment, watching TV and eating Ramen noodles. Infused with flights of fancy that represent the daydreams we all share, it’s impossible not to root for the happiness of all of the characters in this upbeat, light and fun movie about meeting love where you find it. In person: Director Arvin Chen. Fri 9 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium | Sat 3 pm State Theatre

2012 | France | NR | 115 min.

2013 | Taiwan | NR | 100 min.

Documentaries The Act of Killing

2012 | Denmark | NR | 115 min. Following the Indonesian military coup in the 1960s, leaders of paramilitary death squads were responsible for killing more than a million alleged Communists and others who threatened those in power. Nearly 50 years later, these crimes have gone unpunished, and the perpetrators maintain a heroic view of the atrocities they committed. This groundbreaking doc puts the cameras in the hands of some of the most notorious of these gangsters, who delight in the opportunity to glorify their past deeds by staging dramatic reenactments of their crimes on film in surreal, B-movie fashion. The result is an astonishing history lesson and a chilling view into the minds of mass murderers who only begin to feel repentant after being confronted with the filmed record of their crimes. The Audience Award winner at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, “The Act of Killing” is a testament to the power of filmmaking. Fri 6 pm Old Town Playhouse | Sat 9 pm Milliken Auditorium

A Band Called Death

2012 | USA | NR | 98 min. Before the Sex Pistols and the Ramones defined punk for a generation, there was Death. Formed by three teenage brothers in a spare bedroom of their family home in a working class black neighborhood in Detroit, the pioneering proto-punk band had dreams of making it big, and pressed their own record in order to pitch to the big labels. But in the era when Motown and disco reigned supreme, Death was doomed to obscurity – until their dusty demo recording was discovered in an attic 30 years later. A captivating and moving tale of family and redemption, this epic rockumentary follows the band’s decades-long journey to being recognized as pioneers of punk by a new generation. Thu 9 pm City Opera House | Sun 6 pm Milliken Auditorium



Big Easy Express

2012 | USA | NR | 67 min. The next wave of American folk music is out in full force in this exuberant road movie/concert film from veteran music doc director Emmett Malloy. The rollicking doc follows indie folk bands Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford & Sons on their cross-country Railroad Revival Tour as they traverse six cities from Oakland, California to New Orleans on a vintage train. The picturesque landscape across the American Southwest and the rhythmic clack of the train wheels provides the perfect backdrop for the bands to jam together and swap stories en route to jubilant, jam-packed concerts. Wed 6 pm Old Town Playhouse | Fri 9 pm City Opera House


2012 | USA | PG-13 | 82 min. In 2010, a SeaWorld trainer was killed while performing with notorious orca whale Tilikum, who was already responsible for two other human deaths since being captured nearly three

decades earlier. In this searing documentary, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite takes Tilikum’s tragic story as a case study in a larger examination of the practice of keeping killer whales in captivity, using testimony from animal behaviorists and numerous ex-SeaWorld trainers to launch an attack against the practice of keeping these creatures for entertainment. As suspenseful as any thriller, this mesmerizing film offers a harrowing but necessary look into the lives of uncommonly intelligent animals in captivity which challenges us to reconsider our relationship with nature. Wed 3 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium| Milliken Auditorium

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This year, you have the chance to see a truly special documentary before anyone else in America gets to see it. This documentary is a riveting murder mystery/detective story about a chilling case of corruption that took a nation by storm – a gripping stranger-than-fiction crime drama that is not to be missed. Fri 3 pm Bijou by the Bay

The Expedition to the End of the World 2013 | Denmark | NR | 90 min.

The Central Park Five 2012 | USA | NR | 119 min.

On a spring night in 1989, a young white woman from New York’s Upper East Side was assaulted and raped in Central Park. With the city’s residents and media demanding swift justice, the NYPD was quick to round up a group of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem, and after grueling interrogations, coerce confessions out of each of them – in spite of scant evidence to link the group to the crime. Masterfully directed by Ken Burns, along with his daughter Sarah and her husband David McMahon, this riveting documentary chronicles the Central Park Jogger case through archival footage and interviews with the Five following their eventual exoneration after years in prison, and offers a hard look at our system of justice in a city divided on race and class lines. Wed 3 pm Old Town Playhouse | Fri 12 noon Bijou by the Bay

Citizen Koch

2012 | USA | NR | 87 min. In 2010, the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Citizens United v. FEC lifted a century-long restriction on corporate election spending, marking a new era in the ability of the wealthy – and immensely wealthy in particular – to cast their influence over the American political sphere, threatening democracy as we know it. Filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (“Trouble the Water,” TCFF ‘08) shine a light on the aftermath of the ruling by following the standoff between Wisconsin state employees and Republican Governor Scott Walker, who was bankrolled by billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch. This politically charged doc recently had its funding cut by PBS, who feared that by showing the film they would upset David Koch – one of PBS affiliate WNET’s largest contributors. In Person: Directors Carl Deal & Tia Lessin. Sat 12 noon State Theatre | Sun 6 pm Old Town Playhouse

Dirty Wars

2012 | USA | NR | 86 min. Equal parts political thriller and high-stakes investigation, this powerhouse documentary follows reporter Jeremy Scahill as he ventures into uncharted territory to uncover the rise of the JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), a powerful wing of the US military engaged in operations in hidden corners of the globe. Scahill first caught wind of the JSOC while reporting on a night raid gone tragically wrong in a remote area of Afghanistan, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. As he digs deeper, a portrait of a far-reaching covert battle with a “kill list” that stretches over 45 countries emerges. This fearless and uncompromising exposé brings to light the chilling realities of modern war and its profound consequences for citizens around the world. Wed 9 pm Bijou by the Bay | Sun 3 pm Milliken Auditorium

In this gorgeously filmed travelogue, a motley group of seafaring scientists, artists and philosophers set sail in a threemasted schooner for one of the most remote corners of the globe: the fjords of northeastern Greenland, which have only recently become accessible thanks to global warming. On this exploratory mission to a land untouched by modern man, the sailors are confronted by polar bears and melting glaciers, but at the heart of their journey lies less tangible ponderings about man’s origins and our place in nature. The film is a rollicking, anarchical adventure full of hijinks and high science on the high seas. Fri 3 pm Bijou by the Bay

Far From Afghanistan 2012 | USA | NR | 129 min.

TCFF regular John Gianvito returns with his latest documentary, a collaborative work that takes a big-picture look at the decade-long US war in Afghanistan. Gianvito uses a mosaic of poetic approaches to weave together his material with compelling on-the-ground footage shot by Afghan filmmakers, presenting both an incisive examination of the nature of war imagery and a forum to generate awareness and discussion about how US foreign policy affects people around the globe. In Person: Director John Gianvito. Wed 3 pm Dutmers Theatre | Sap 3 pm Milliken Auditorium

The First Movie

2009 | UK | NR | 76 min. In a remote Kurdish village in Iraq that had been devastated by Saddam Hussein’s regime, filmmaker Mark Cousins (“The Story of Film,” TCFF ‘12) set up an impromptu cinema to screen classics for villagers who had never experienced the magic of film. Taking his experiment one step further, he gave cameras to the children and let them film. The images that came back weren’t those of war and suffering, but rather movies filled with children’s fantasies and boundless sense of wonder. This inventive magic realist documentary shows the power of cinema to inspire and is a testament to the imaginations and resiliency of children. Fri 3 pm Milliken Auditorium | Sun 9 am Old Town Playhouse

God Loves Uganda

2009 | UK | NR | 76 min. In a remote Kurdish village in Iraq that had been devastated by Saddam Hussein’s regime, filmmaker Mark Cousins (“The Story of Film,” TCFF ‘12) set up an impromptu cinema to screen classics for villagers who had never experienced the magic of film. Taking his experiment one step further, he gave



Documentaries cont’d cameras to the children and let them film. The images that came back weren’t those of war and suffering, but rather movies filled with children’s fantasies and boundless sense of wonder. This inventive magic realist documentary shows the power of cinema to inspire and is a testament to the imaginations and resiliency of children. Thu 3 pm Old Town Playhouse | Fri 12 noon Milliken Auditorium

Good Garbage

2012 | Israel | NR | 91 min. Each day, garbage trucks take loads of trash from neighboring Israeli settlements to the landfill on Mount Hebron, where groups of Palestinian men and boys pick through it in search of scrap metal and other recyclables. Two hundred families in the Palestinian village of Yatta unite in this daily struggle to survive off of their neighbors’ garbage. Avoiding an overtly political message in favor of intimate character study, this documentary charts the cycle of poverty brought on by the occupation, and shows the humanity of those who toil against it in hopes of a brighter future. Thu 9 am Old Town Playhouse | Sat 12 noon Bijou by the Bay

Gideon’s Army

2012 | USA | NR | 96 min. Fifty years ago, the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Gideon v Wainwright mandated that state courts were required to provide counsel for those unable to afford representation. With millions of Americans facing trial each year, the criminal justice system is still struggling to keep up. This documentary confronts the issue head on by following the daily battles of three young public defenders in the Deep South as they take on staggering caseloads and work long hours for low pay to uphold the notion of “Justice for All.” An intimate and inspiring portrait of some of our country’s unsung heroes, this Sundance award winner offers a sobering reminder of the hard work that goes into maintaining the ideals of the US justice system. In Person: Director Dawn Porter.. Thu 3 pm Milliken | Sun 3 pm Old Town Playhouse

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Inequality For All

2013 | USA | NR | 100 min. Aiming to do for the economy what “An Inconvenient Truth” did for the environment, this engrossing documentary offers an engaging and playful examination into the causes and consequences of the widening income gap in America. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich acts as an affable tour guide through the current US economy, showing how the 400 wealthiest individuals came to own half of country’s total assets, and the risks of continuing down the path we’re currently on. With a deft and humorous touch, he breaks down the complex issues our country faces to show what’s happening to the disappearing middle class, and what we can do about it. In Person: Robert Reich. Fri 3 pm State Theatre | Sat 3 pm City Opera House

More than Honey

2013 | Switzerland | NR | 91 min. Einstein once proclaimed that if bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would soon follow. As the unexplained phenomenon of colony collapse disorder threatens to push honeybees to extinction, the global ecosystem may hang in the balance. This captivating documentary delves into the fascinating world of honeybees by launching an investigation into the mystery surrounding their recent decline. With dazzling cinematography bringing the complexities of honeybee colonies into focus, “More Than Honey” takes us on a worldwide tour with stops in California, China, Switzerland and Australia to examine the possible causes of the species’ decline and ask broader questions about mankind’s place in the environment. In Person: Director Markus Imhoof. Fri 6 pm Milliken Auditorium | Sun 12 noon Old Town Playhouse

Our Nixon

2013 | USA | NR | 85 min.

The life of fiery provocateur and ferocious thinker Gore Vidal is celebrated in this fascinating documentary, which pays timely tribute to a man who was a thorn in the side of the establishment and a major voice in our national debate. A multi-talented writer whose work spans fiction, film, theater, philosophy and politics, Vidal never shied away from voicing his opinion on the state of our democracy in typically sharp-witted fashion. Centered around one-on-one interviews that catch Vidal at his best, this spirited documentary shows us why Vidal loomed so large over our cultural landscape. Wed 6 pm City Opera House | Sat 9 am Milliken Theatre

In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, the FBI seized a cache of over five hundred reels of Super-8 home movies of Nixon’s years as President as filmed by his top aides. Contained within the films were many historical events: the administration’s first trip to China, the moon landing, the RNC, and more; but they also captured a candid record of daily life in the Oval Office. In this mesmerizing all-archival documentary, filmmaker Penny Lane combines these home movies with the audio from the White House tapes and other rare footage from the time to create an intimate portrait of the Nixon presidency and add a new dimension to America’s most scandalized President. Thu 3 pm City Opera House | Sun 9 am Milliken Auditorium

The Human Scale

Mark Cousins Secret Screening

In a world where half of the population lives in cities – a figure that some estimate will increase to 80% in the next 40 years – how should our urban areas be structured? Following the work of Danish architect Jan Gehl, who has studied human behavior in

Documentarian, film historian, cinema aficionado and all-around nice guy Mark Cousins (director of the TCFF ‘12 Kubrick Prize winner “The Story of Film”) is back at the festival this year with both his heartwarming documentary, “The First Movie,” and with this

2013 | USA | NR | 89 min.

2012 | Denmark | NR | 83 min.


cities for the past 40 years, this thought-provoking documentary examines life in some of the fastest-growing cities around the globe to make a case for urban planning that prioritizes people over cars. “The Human Scale” is a beautiful and haunting look at the impending issue of overpopulation, offering an alternative to a future of corporate-backed megacities. Wed 9 am Milliken Auditorium | Thu 3 pm Bijou by the Bay


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top secret screening. We have sworn to keep its contents under wraps, but we can tell you that it is a masterful, poetic film that will be loved by everyone with a passion for global cinema. In Person: Director Mark Cousins. Thu 6 pm Bijou by the Bay

a fascinating look at the changing global economy and is a must-see for any wine lover. Wed 12 noon State Theatre | Thu 6 pm Milliken Auditorium


2012 | New Zealand | NR | 95 min.

Mistaken For Strangers 2013 | USA | NR | 80 min.

A film about making a film; a documentary about the complex dynamics of sibling relationships; a behind the scenes look at the indie rock band The National: “Mistaken for Strangers” is all of these things, but most of all, it’s a hilarious, compulsively watchable and ultimately triumphant story about you, me and everyone in the form of the Tom Berninger, the younger brother of The National’s famous frontman, Matt. In person: Director Tom Berninger, producer Carin Besser, producer Craig Charland. Thu 6 pm State Theatre | Sat 6 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium

Pandora’s Promise

2013 | USA | NR | 87 min. In this provocative film, Oscar-nominated director Robert Stone makes a compelling argument in favor of nuclear energy as a solution to the current climate crisis, and a possible means to lift billions of people in developing nations out of poverty. Stone approaches his investigation into nuclear power from the perspective of an environmentalist, launching a persuasive argument for nuclear as a carbon-neutral alternative energy with the help of some of the world’s top energy gurus. Whatever your current stance on the energy debate, this film is sure to challenge your assumptions. In Person: Director Robert Stone (Sat). Thu 12 noon Bijou by the Bay | Sat 6 pm City Opera House

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology 2012 | UK | NR | 136 min.

This year’s doc for the thinking person finds filmmaker Sophie Fiennes matched with renowned philosopher and cinema connoisseur Slavoj Žižek for an exhilarating and off-beat crash-course in the philosophy of film and the ideological implications hidden within. Žižek’s filmic analysis breathes new life into scenes from classic films (among them “The Sound of Music,” “Brazil,” “Full Metal Jacket” and “Jaws”), as Fiennes recreates sets and shooting locations from these movies to liven up Žižek’s hilarious and insightful thoughts on capitalism and our modern world. Wed 9 am Bijou by the Bay | Fri 9 am Milliken Auditorium

Red Obsession

2013 | Australia | NR | 76 min. In the world of red wines, Bordeaux has long reigned king, commanding respect and status around the globe. As a luxury good, each year’s wine ratings for the Bordeaux region – affected by factors like climate and soil conditions – have made for fluctuations in the price of wine, but nothing could have prepared the vineyards for a new force in the market: China. As the economic superpower’s vast new crop of millionaires looks for ways to flaunt their status by buying up Bordeaux wines by the crateful, prices skyrocket, with some wines fetching upwards of $80,000 a bottle. China starts up its own burgeoning wine industry to capitalize on the new market as well, but can they compete with established vineyards? Narrated by Russell Crowe, this insightful documentary offers

If the best way to gain insight into yourself is to look through the eyes of another, you’re not likely to get a more unique and shocking look at the West – and specifically the US – than by watching this jaw-dropping, mesmerizing and skull-crunching film that was purportedly smuggled out of North Korea by defectors. If you dare, listen to the North Korean equivalent of Noam Chomsky (his face blurred out to protect his identity) as he tells us Americans who we are and what our impact is on the rest of the world. The film works as propaganda on so many levels, it’s easy to imagine yourself in a brainwashing camp in a far off country, with “A Clockwork Orange”-style devices prying your eyes open. And for all that, it’s one of the best made and most interesting films in the festival. In person: Director Slavko Martinov. Wed 3 pm State Theatre | Thu 6 pm Old Town Place

Remote Area Medical 2013 | USA | NR | 83 min.

In a country where over 44 million people live without healthcare, who is looking out for America’s uninsured? This documentary follows the volunteer organization “Remote Area Medical” as they set up a popup clinic in Bristol, Tennessee for three days. During that time, the organization’s doctors, nurses and support workers provide care for hundreds of people who can’t afford routine medical checkups, and many other basic services like dental exams and prescription eyeglasses that so many of us take for granted. As the national debate over the future of healthcare rages on, this moving documentary takes a step back from the politics to give an emotional portrait of those affected by our broken healthcare system. In Person: Directors Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert. Sat 6 pm Milliken | Sun 3 pm City Opera House

Room 237

2012 | USA | NR | 102 min. Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film “The Shining” is considered crucial viewing for film lovers everywhere. Over 30 years later, its cult following is still growing. Director Rodney Ascher takes us into the warped world of some of the most ardent devotees of “The Shining” as they offer deconstructions of the film’s hidden messages, presenting evidence for theories – which range from the moon landing hoax to the mass killing of Native Americans – over a mind-bending collection of clips and freeze frames. This fascinating and immersive documentary is a true celebration of film fanaticism. What secret meaning lurks deep within the frames of this horror classic? Decide for yourself at a midnight screening at the State Theatre of “The Shining,” following “Room 237.” Fri 9 pm Old Town Playhouse


2013 | USA | NR | 80 min. In a society that puts its youth on a pedestal, it’s hard to imagine that the concept of the teenager didn’t exist until the turn of the 20th century, when changes in child labor laws carved out a new division between childhood and adulthood. Inspired by the highly acclaimed book by punk author Jon Savage, this hip and innovative film leaves the traditional talking heads documentary style behind, instead employing vintage archival footage and first-person accounts of life



Documentaries cont’d as a teenager in the Western world (narrated by actors Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer and Jessie Usher) to show how today’s youth culture came to be defined by rebellious pioneers. Sat 12 noon Old Town Play House | Sun 9 am Bijou by the Bay

The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2013 | USA | NR | 92 min.

In the 1960s, as the Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum, a young boxer named Cassius Clay powered his way onto the sports page. After aligning himself with the Nation of Islam and changing his name to Muhammad Ali, his status changed from boxing superstar to American legend. Along with his conversion to Islam came a choice to refuse to serve in the Vietnam War, a decision that would touch off a hard-fought legal battle with the US government. More than a boxing film, this rousing documentary confronts issues of race, faith, politics and identity at a time when Americans faced jail time for standing up for their beliefs. In Person: Director Bill Siegel. Thu 6 pm State Theatre | Sat 6 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium

Terms and Conditions May Apply 2013 | USA | NR | 79 min.

If you’ve ever used a service online or on your phone – be it Google, Facebook, iTunes or any of a number of increasingly ubiquitous digital products – chances are you’ve blindly agreed to pages and pages of legalese referred to as “terms and conditions.” Director Cullen Hoback peels back the jargon to reveal what exactly we’ve all been agreeing to and how much of our privacy is at stake. Hoback’s investigation takes a trip down the rabbit hole to uncover the vast amounts of personal data for sale to the highest bidder and show the real-life implications of government policies that have increased the surveillance on all of our online interactions. All the more relevant in light of recent revelations about the NSA’s data mining operations, this informative and alarming documentary is the perfect primer for anyone

concerned with their privacy in the internet age. Wed 3 pm City Opera House | Fri 9 am Old Town Playhouse

TWA Flight 800

2013 | USA | PG-13 | 86 min. On July 17, 1996, commercial airliner TWA Flight 800 departed from JFK Airport heading for Paris when it burst into flames just minutes after takeoff, claiming the lives of all 230 people on board. Years of speculation have followed as the cause of the tragic crash has remained shrouded in mystery – despite an official investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board declaring the crash was probably caused by an accidental fuel tank explosion. This investigative documentary delves into the mystery and presents compelling new evidence by interviewing witnesses to the tragedy, as six whistleblowers come forward with startling revelations suggesting a cover-up at the highest level. In Person: Director Kristina Borjesson. Fri 12 noon Old Town Playhouse

War on Whistleblowers 2013 | USA | NR | 53 min.

During President Obama’s time in office, the Department of Justice has indicted more people for violating secrecy under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. In a time when people like Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning have become household names as much for their persecution by the government as for their fight against wrongdoing, what safeguards are left against corruption? This timely doc takes a look at the consequences faced by four whistleblowers whose lives were forever changed after they exposed government misconduct, as well as interviewing many top journalists who covered the leaks, including the New York Times’ David Carr and the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer. Wed 6 pm Bijou by the Bay


Suitcase of Love and Shame 2013 | USA | NR | 70 min.

Imagine you purchase a cool-looking 1960s era suitcase on eBay. It arrives, you open it up, and inside are 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape. Finding the right player to listen, you are plunged into the tender, erotic, suspenseful and discomforting story of a Midwestern woman and her married lover, who used the new portable recording technology of the time to communicate, rather than expensive and risky phone calls. Fortunately for us, this happened to a filmmaker, and now we are all privy to her visionary reconstruction of this cautionary tale. Two guesses as to whether or not it has a happy ending. As mesmerizing and voyeuristic as cinema gets, this intimate documentary tells an absorbing story of forbidden love set during the American sexual revolution. Thu 6 pm Dutmers Theater | Sat 6 pm Dutmers Theater | Sun 6 pm Dutmers Theater



Your Day is My Night 2013 | USA | NR | 64 min.

Not many of us living in Northern Michigan can imagine sharing our beds for half of the day with roommates who work different hours than we do. But immigrants living in New York City’s Chinatown do this regularly, saving money by living with others in shift-bed apartments. In this hybrid documentary, director Lynne Sachs uses autobiographical accounts and improvised performances to recreate the realities of life in shift-bed apartments so we can experience the world through these immigrants’ eyes, and hear their stories about personal and political upheaval. Visit the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, cafes and mahjong parlors of Chinatown in this eye opening film about the creative ways people find to get by. In person: Director Lynne Sachs. Fri 12 noon Dutmers Theater | Sat 9 am Bijou by the Bay | Sun 3 pm Dutmers Theater


2013 | USA | NR | 84 min. When Patrick Moote’s girlfriend rejected his marriage proposal on a Jumbotron and footage of his humiliation went viral online, he thought he could sink no lower – until his (now ex-)girlfriend revealed the reason for her refusal was the inadequate size of his member. Bound and determined to put the embarrassment behind him once and for all, Patrick embarked on a global journey to consult experts about his size issue (with advice ranging from surgery to pumps and pills to, er, weight training). A hilarious, personal and humble film about a man’s quest to be comfortable in his own skin, “UnHung Hero” asks the question: does size really matter? Wed 12 midnight State Theatre | Sat 9 pm Old Town Playhouse



With local London police otherwise engaged in a little thing called the zombie invasion, a gang of bank robbers on a mission to save their grandfather’s home from redevelopment get more than they bargained for when they stumble upon ground zero of the zombie-apocalypse. Meanwhile, their grandfather mounts an army of fellow pensioners to defend against the undead and prove that elderly Eastenders are still tough as nails. This clever, classic zombie flick is a riotous and blood-spattered horror comedy. Thu 12 midnight State Theatre

Stanley Kubrick meets Stephen King in this bravura vision of a descent into madness that took the horror genre to new heights. Writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the caretaker in a resort hotel and moves his family high into the Colorado mountains. As the only residents of the hotel for the winter, what starts as a nice, quiet place to get some writing done takes a very sinister turn after his psychic son Danny begins to see gruesome images of the ghosts who inhabit the hotel, and a dark force gains influence over Jack. Required viewing for cinephiles, the film’s iconic imagery has inspired legions of impassioned fans to deconstruct the film, as explored in “Room 237.” Catch it before the show; you’ll never see “The Shining” the same way again. Fri 12 midnight State Theatre

2012 | UK | NR | 88 min.

1980 | UK | R | 142 min.


This lo-fi sci-fi film tells the (possibly exaggerated) true story of two aliens who are sent to Earth to exterminate the human race, only to abandon their missions after discovering Earth’s incredible invention of something called “music.” Future Folk comes in peace as the universe’s first Hondonian bluegrass duo, but their days of playing in a small Brooklyn bar come to a halt when their fellow Hondonians return. It’s up to our bumbling heroes to prevent an intergalactic takeover in this quirky and absurd tale with an outstanding soundtrack that will win you over with its warmth, charm, and outright hilarity. Sat 12 midnight Old Town Playhouse

JOURNEY TO THE WEST 2013 | China | NR | 110 min.

SHORTS FOR MIDNIGHT Brimming with twisted humor and tales of terror, this year’s collection of midnight shorts is worth staying up for. Nick Moran stars in “82” as a postman who’s been casing his neighborhood, but his suburb isn’t all it seems; a twisted history (and dystopian future) for the panda bear is envisioned in the animated “Pandas;” an elementary school class plays an April Fool’s joke that goes horribly, horribly wrong in “Fool’s Day;” and a quaint 1950s dentist hides a horrible secret from his patients in “The Root of the Problem” 82 2012 | UK | 6 min.

From the brilliantly warped mind of Hong Kong legend Stephen Chow (“Shaolin Soccer,” “Kung Fu Hustle”) comes an offbeat take on a timeless Chinese tale that fuses elements of classic monster movies with romantic comedy and martial arts. Hot on the trail of a series of mythical demons, the wisecracking Tang Sanzang—a wannabe demon hunter whose weapon of choice is singing nursery rhymes—undergoes a transformative journey chock full of jawdropping kung fu kick-assery. With gut-wrenching violence, plenty of laughs and elaborately constructed action set pieces that would make Rube Goldberg blush, this spectacular epic smashed Chinese box-office records on its way to Traverse City. Sat 12 midnight State Theatre

The Captain 2013 | Australia | 6 min Dance Till You Drop 2013 | USA | 4 min. Fool’s Day 2013 | USA | 19 min. Oh Sheep! 2012 | Germany | 7 min. Pandas (Pandy) 2012 | Czech Republic | 13 min. Root 2012 | USA | 12 min. The Root of the Problem 2013 | USA | 14 min. Yardbird 2012 | Australia | 13 min. Fri 12 midnight Old Town Playhouse



Short Films

Short Narratives Program Length: 100 min. Featuring a mix of live-action and animation, these eight festival favorite fiction shorts from around the globe skew towards the absurd and the hilarious. In “Setup, Punch.” Elijah Wood stars as a standup comic putting on the most daring act of his life alongside Alia Shawkat, and “RPG OKC” finds two 8-bit video game characters entering the weird world of online dating. Willy returns to his natrualist roots and goes on an epic pantsless journey of selfdiscovery in “Oh Willy...” and there’s nothing like a dip in “The River” on a hot summer day. The Arm Reach 2012 | South Korea | 15 min. Dotty 2012 | New Zealand | 11 min. Oh Willy 2012 | Belgium | 18 min. Peach Juice 2012 | Canada | 8 min. The River 2013 | USA | 12 min. RPG OKC 2013 | USA | 10 min. Setup, Punch. 2013 | USA | 19 min. Talking Dog for Sale, 10 Euros 2012 | France | 8 min. Sat 12 noon City Opera House FS20


Short Documentaries 1 Program Length: 81 min

Short Documentaries 2 Program Length: 94 min

These four short documentaries find intersecting themes between art, history, and politics. “A Story for the Modlins” uncovers the secret life of a background actor in “Rosemary’s Baby” through discarded family photos and letters; “Vladimir Putin in Deep Concentration” peels back the Russian leader’s manufactured mythology; “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” uses recently declassified White House audiotapes to create a fascinating portrait of President Johnson at work; and “Who Shot Rock & Roll” is a jaw-dropping history of music through the photographers who captured it over the last 40 years.

Featuring personal profiles and a captivating panorama of the world we live in, these eight mesmerizing documentaries include: “We Will Live Again,” a morbidly fascinating look at two men who run a cryogenics facility; “Primate Cinema,” a hybrid documentary that observes how some of man’s closest animal relatives interact with video recordings; and “The Rider and the Storm,” a moving film about a Freedom Tower ironworker who lost everything to a fire during Hurricane Sandy and who finds new hope in his community.

A Story for the Modlins Spain | 2012 | 26 min.

Irish Folk Furniture Ireland | 2012 | 8 min.

Vladimir Putin in Deep Concentration USA | 2013 | 10 min.

Jujitsu-ing Reality USA | 2012 | 17 min.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film USA | 2012 | 37 min.

Marcel King of Tervuren USA | 2012 | 6 min.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want UK | 2013 | 8 min.

Primate Cinema: Apes as Family USA, UK | 2012 | 12 min.

Wed 3 pm Milliken Auditorium

The Rider and The Storm USA | 2013 | 15 min.

Flutter Canada USA, Vietnam | 2013 | 9 min.

Unravel UK, India | 2012 | 14 min. We Will Live Again USA | 2013 | 13 min. Fri 3 pm Old Town Playhouse

Shorts By U of M Students Program Length: 53 min.

Shorts By Students Program Length: 88 min These seven student shorts—both documentary and narrative—may well represent the next generation of upand-coming filmmakers. “The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist” is a hilarious and offbeat profile of the director’s smooth jazz-loving father, and in “Stepsister,” a woman goes to great lengths to torment her stepbrother’s fiancée. “A World for Raul” finds two boys in a dangerous power struggle in Mexico; and the bittersweet “When the Song Dies” captures some of the last members in line in a long tradition of song and superstition in Scotland.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of another great Michigan film festival—one that has long been a haven for avant-garde and experimental masters from around the world—we are proud to present three recent winners of the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film: a city symphony on the crazed pace of modern China’s urbanization, a view onto a remote island off the Peruvian coast where workers harvest the droppings of thousands of birds once every 11 years, and a portrait of life in a region of northern Russia that is still contending with the debris from hydrogen bomb testing. Disorder (Xianshi Shi Guoqu De Weilai) Weikai Huang | 2009 | China | 58 min. Guañape Sur János Richter | 2010 | Italy, Peru | 24 min. On the Third Planet from the Sun Pavel Medvedev | 2006 | Russia | 32 min. Thu 3 pm Old Town Playhouse | Fri 6:30 pm Dutmers Theater

The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist USA, Fiji | 2012 | 8 min. Cultivation USA | 2013 | 10 min. Flash Point USA | 2013 | 9 min. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me Canada | 2012 | 13 min. Stepsister USA | 2013 | 18 min. When the Song Dies Scotland | 2012 | 15 min. A World for Raul Mexico, Switzerland, USA | 2012 | 15 min. Thu 9 am Bijou by the Bay

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Kids Fest The Painting (Le Tableau) 2012 | France | 78 min.

Victor and the Secret of Crocodile Mansion 2012 | Germany | PG | 91 min. When 11-year-old Victor and his family move into his great-uncle Gustav’s mansion, little could have prepared him for the world of mystery that awaited. Inside the cavernous house there are spooky stuffed crocodiles, African masks, and a dark secret waiting to be uncovered: 40 years ago, a long-lost relative died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 11. With his detective instincts kindled, Victor sets out on a mission to discover the mansion’s secrets which leads him to a world of secret passageways, one-way mirrors, and maybe even a long-lost treasure. A spine-tingling mystery, “Victor and the Secret of Crocodile Mansion” is a Hitchcockian thriller for young adults. Recommended Ages: 8-11 Wed 9:30am Lars Hockstad Auditorium

Moon Man 2012 | France, Germany, Ireland | NR | 95 min. This charming animated film tells the story of Moon Man, a lonely being in outer space who has no idea how much he is loved by children everywhere. One night, he decides to leave his boring homeland by grabbing onto the tail of a shooting star as it passes by. The comet sends him hurtling towards Earth, where his crash landing sets alarm bells ringing in the presidential headquarters. The President of the World, having just conquered everything there is to conquer on his planet, won’t tolerate this alien invasion from the moon. It’s up to an eccentric inventor and the children of the world to save our intrepid voyager from the clutches of the power-hungry president. Based on the beloved bestseller by Tomi Ungerer, this lovely hand-drawn animation is a magical illustrated marvel. In English. Recommended Ages: 6-9 Fri 9:30am Lars Hockstad Auditorium FS22


A film for anyone who likes to let their imagination run wild, this delightful and inventive animated film tells the story of three types of creatures who live in the medieval world of a painting: the fully colored Alldunns, the mostly-finished Halfies, and the Sketchies, left incomplete by their creator. Between these figures, a class system has emerged, with the Alldunns reigning as superior beings above all others. Three heroes from the different castes unite on a quest to find The Painter, who is the only one who can restore harmony to their world. Full of colorful wit and visual humor, this film is sure to inspire the artist in everyone. Dubbed in English. Recommended Ages: 8-11 Sat 9:30 am Lars Hockstad Auditorium

Shorts for Kids

A perennial favorite, our collection of 11 shorts for our youngest film lovers is sure to amaze and delight. “Peck Pocketed” follows a bird who devises a plan to get the luxury apartment of his dreams; a group of woodland animals learn capitalism and devise a plan to kick out the city folk from their territory in “Hedgehogs and the City;” and in “Mud Crab,” a little boy catches his first crab with his dad – but how will he get it out of its cage without getting pinched? These shorts and the rest of the collection are appropriate for all ages. In English.Dubbed in English. Cicada Princess USA | 2012 | 7 min. Dia de los Muertos | USA | 2013 | 3 min. Fear of Flying | Ireland | 2013 | 10 min. Hedgehogs and the City | Latvia | 2013 | 10 min. Josephine and the Roach | USA | 2012 | 15 min. The Little Bird and the Leaf | Switzerland | 2012 | 4 min. Mud Crab | Australia | 2012 | 5 min. Peck Pocketed | USA | 2013 | 2 min. Snap | UK, Belgium | 2012 | 7 min. Starfly | UK | 2012 | 4 min. The Window | Switzerland | 2012 | 5 min. Thu 9:30 am Lars Hockstad Auditorium

TCFF Film Schools & Panels

TCFF Panels

Join our visiting filmmakers as they tell stories far away from Hollywood, New York and abroad, mixing it up with each other and the audience. Panels begin at 9:30 am Wednesday-Sunday at the City Opera House, and this year we’re also adding 6 pm panels outdoors on Thursday and Friday in the Cinema Salon area of Clinch Park, weather permitting. Panel topics are subject to change and free and open to the public. They are not ticketed.


9:30 am - City Opera House Big Brother on Film: Censorship, Government Spying and How the Koch Brothers Can Kill Your Film


9:30 am - City Opera House What’s so Funny? The TCFF Comedy Panel

6 pm - Cinema Salon in Clinch Park Your Film Crossed the Line! Visiting Directors Who Made the Movies that Decent People Will Avoid


9:30 am - City Opera House Only 21 Hours to Get to Traverse City: Meet Our Foreign Filmmakers.

6 pm - Cinema Salon in Clinch Park

TCFF Film School

Returning to Scholars Hall, thanks to our generous sponsor Northwestern Michigan College, our Film School offers twice-daily seasons featuring visiting filmmakers and professionals sharing their insights and experience with an audience of students and lovers of film of all ages. Tickets are just $5 per class. Classes are subject to change.


12 Noon: The 87 Dos and Dont’s of Making a Documentary Film that 10 Million People Will Want to See! Oscar Winning Filmmaker Michael Moore and Special Guest


12 Noon: The Production class Details TBA


12 Noon: More Than Money: Secrets of a Hollywood Producer Jim Czarnecki (“Soundtrack for a Revolution,” “This is What Winning Looks Like”) 3 pm: Considering the Screenplay as Literature Lesley Alicia Tye, Instructor of Creative Writing and Motion Picture Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy


12 Noon: Acting for the Camera U of M Professor Robert Rayher and Special Guest

The Environmental Debate: Why Are We Still Debating?


9:30 am - City Opera House One on One with Robert Reich


9:30 am - City Opera House Inside the Oscars with Two Academy Governors: Michael Moore and Michael Apted

3 pm: Young Filmmakers Workshop: Lights, Camera, Action! Claymation Animations (Ages 8-11) Animate your own clay creations & make a short film that will be shown on Saturday before the kids film! Students will design and bring 3D claymation characters to life in this twoday workshop. Presented by Blackbird Arts, which is holding an off-site four-day Claymation Animation camp at Blackbird Arts for students ages 10-16.





2013 Filmgoer Navigator Tickets: Traverse City Film Festival Main Box Office, 128 S. UNION

Restrooms: Available at all festival venues and at Traverse


City Visitor Center (corner of W. Grandview Pkwy. and Union St.), Clinch Park (ON WEST BAY AT E. 161 GRANDVIEW PKWY.), Chamber of Commerce (202 E. GRANDVIEW PKWY. AT UNION ST.).


Transportation: The festival offers a free shuttle to all of venues Wednesday thru Sunday from 8 am until the last filmgoers and volunteers are returned to their cars. Find free parking on Traverse City’s east side at Northwestern Michigan College’s Dogwood and Elm lots, near Milliken Auditorium. On the west side of town, free parking is at Thirlby Field Lot (1009 S. OAK ST.). Buses stop every 10 to 15 minutes at both lots to shuttle you around the Festival Loop. The loop stops at each movie theater, the free festival parking lots and the Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck and Old Town Parking Deck downtown. While attending movies at Lars Hockstad Auditorium, exit quietly after nighttime shows, and please don’t park in the neighborhood. If you cannot use the Festival Loop or the accessible parking in the Lars Hockstad parking lot, please park in the city lots along Union St., or in business lots after hours.

Childcare: Childcare is available courtesy of KidzArt in downtown Traverse City. Children ages 3 and up are welcome with special requests of babysitters for children under 3. (Available sitters are paid directly by patrons). KidzArt charges $7/hour per child (family discounts available) and runs from 11 am to 8 pm. Reservations are required. 121 E. Front St. Ste. 102 (across from the City Opera House in the Front Row Center), KIDZARTMI.COM, 231.421.1222, INFO@KIDZARTMI.COM.

Accessibility: For information on accessibility, hearing assistance transmitters and more, contact the festival offices, 231.392.1134 or email Jim Moore at ACCESS@TRAVERSECITYFILMFESTIVAL.ORG. Purchase Merchandise: Main Box Office, 128 S. UNION ST. and any festival venue.



Restaurant Guide



Restaurant Guide BLD: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner BAR: Alcohol served. $: Entrées under $10 $$: $10–20 $$$: Above $20 Water view

Mackinaw City

Petoskey Northport Gaylord

Leland Empire

Glen Arbor Cedar


Suttons Bay Traverse City



Leelanau Leelanau County 45th Parallel Cafe Artsy spot with creative breakfast and lunch. BL • $-$$ 102 S. BROADWAY, SUTTONS BAY, 271.2233

Art’s Tavern Legendary watering hole serves up local color alongside burgers, whitefish, steaks, Mexican and pizza. Smelt year-round. BLD • BAR • $ 6487 W. WESTERN AVE., GLEN ARBOR, 334.3754 Bella Fortuna North Traditional Florentine cuisine and a guest chef dall’Italia each summer (previously Key to the County). LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 104 MAIN ST., LAKE LEELANAU, 994.2400

blu Exquisite regional cuisine from chef Randy Chamberlain in an intimate setting on Sleeping Bear Bay. D • BAR • $$-$$$ LAKE ST., GLEN ARBOR, 334.2530

The Bluebird A mainstay for locals and boaters since 1927. Specialties: cinnamon rolls, whitefish, seafood, steak, pasta, creative ethnic feasts during the off-season. Sun. brunch. LD • BAR $$ 102 E. RIVER ST., LELAND, 256.9081

Boone Dock’s Log lodge with roomy deck, shrimp, burgers, steaks. LD • BAR • $$ 5858 MANITOU, GLEN ARBOR, 334.6444 Boone’s Prime Time Pub Seafood, steaks and burgers in a cozy cabin with a fireplace and a lively, friendly wait staff. LD • BAR • $$ 102 ST. JOSEPH, SUTTONS BAY, 271.6688

Cedar Rustic Inn Cozy roadhouse setting with fresh-made comfort food like pot roast, perch, tamales and Southern-fried buttermilk chicken. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 8699 S. GOOD HARBOR TRAIL, CEDAR, 228.2282

Dick’s Pour House Homemade soups and pies, sandwiches, pizza. LD • BAR • $-$$ 103 W. PHILIP ST., LAKE LEELANAU, 256.9912 Double Eagle Restaurant Native American decor in a highceilinged dining room with wings, wraps, burgers, steaks, ribs. Buffets Tues. and Sun. brunch. BLD • BAR • $-$$ LEELANAU SANDS CASINO, 2521 N. WEST BAYSHORE DR., SUTTONS BAY, 271.4104

Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern Rustic family-style roadhouse known for burgers, soups and raspberry pie. LD • BAR • $ 7144 N. M-22, BETWEEN NORTHPORT AND LELAND, 386.9923

Funistrada Casual trattoria features Italian specialties such as veal saltimbocca and lasagna. D • BAR • $$ 4566 MACFARLANE, MAPLE CITY/BURDICKVILLE, 334.3900

Hang-On Express Thai and Chinese classics. LD • $ 316 ST. JOSEPH, SUTTONS BAY, 271.0202 Mackinaw City

The Homestead Nonna’s Restaurant—Classically inspired, contemporary Italian cuisine. D • BAR $$-$$$ Beppi’s Sports Bar—Hand-tossed pizzas, paninis and salads. D • BAR • $-$$ 1

BAR • $-$$ 423 UNION ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 922.9515

Brew Café and Bar Hip spot for a drink and light meal before or after performances at the Opera House. BLD • $ 108 E. FRONT



Joe’s Friendly Tavern A rustic, comfy spot with bar food: whitefish, burgers, sandwiches, chili and soup. BLD • BAR • $$


11015 FRONT ST., EMPIRE, 326.5506

Kerbys Bar and Grill Burgers, Mexican, soups. LD • BAR • $ 172


Old Mission Acme Traverse City Interlochen


Knot Just a Bar Fish and burgers in a modern, beachy pub perched over pretty Omena Bay. LD • BAR • $-$$ 5019 BAY SHORE


Bubba’s Happening Front Street spot with battered mahi and chips, burgers, chimis, salads, tacos. BLD • BAR • $ 428 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY. 995.0570

Chez Peres and Patisserie Amie French bakery and bistro. BAR Manistee


• LD • $-$$$ 237 LAKE AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 922.9645

DR. (M-22), OMENA, 386.7393

Grand Traverse

The Cooks’ House A sweet little dollhouse of a spot, home to sustainable local cuisine with a French sensibility. LD • $$-$$$ 115

La Bécasse Part the heavy velvet curtains and find a Provençal paradise. D • BAR $$-$$$ C-675 & C-616, BURDICKVILLE, 334.3944

Interlochen/Lake Ann


Dilbert’s Soups Sandwiches, omelets and other home cooking served in a homey atmosphere. BLD • $ 11303 U.S. 31,

Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties Homemade pasties. BLD • $


LD • $ 2515 M-137, INTERLOCHEN, 276.9105

CW’s Bluewater Bistro Flavorful American entrees such as almond crusted walleye with cherry butter, and old-fashioned carrot cake. BLD • BAR • $$ Wingers Sports Bar—views of the bay and 11 TVs. LD • BAR • $-$$ HOLIDAY INN WEST BAY RESORT, 615 FRONT

MAPLE CITY. 228.2560

Hofbrau Lively cedar-paneled former general store serves locals and Interlochen performers. Steak, seafood, bluegill and barbecue. Sun. brunch. LD • BAR • $-$$ 2784 M-137, INTERLOCHEN, 276.6979

The Dish Cafe Eclectic menu with creative salads, quesadillas, enormous wraps, sandwiches and smoothies. LD • $ 108 S. UNION,

The Manor on Glen Lake Fine family dining in a renovated lakeside inn. LD • BAR • $-$$ 7345 W. GLENMERE ROAD, GLEN LAKE AT

Maddy’s Tavern Burgers, pizza, pasta, sandwiches. Friday night specials. LD • BAR $-$$ 9205 U.S. 31, INTERLOCHEN, 276.6244

LeLu Café Fresh, slow food, small plates, tapas, smoothies, muffins and incredible tapas. BLD • $-$$ 109 NAGONABA ST., NORTHPORT, 386.1600

Little Traverse Inn Old World gastro pub highlights the food and beer of the British Isles. Find whelks, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, ale-battered fish and chips and a wide selection of beer from across the pond. L • D • BAR $$-$$$ 149 E. HARBOR HWY.,

THE NARROWS, 334.0150

Martha’s Leelanau Table Bistro fare made from scratch. BLD •

Earth and Hearth Local gathering spot with fresh baked goods, pasties, subs and daily specials. Indoor and outdoor seating.

Sunset Grill at Mistwood Golf Course Regional and ethnic cuisine. D • BAR • $-$$ 7568 OLE WHITE DR., LAKE ANN, 275-5500

BAR • $-$$$ 413 N. ST. JOSEPH ST., SUTTONS BAY, 271.2344

North Country Grill & Pub The Boone family keeps the classics (whitefish, prime rib, and yellow belly perch) while flirting with fondue, fried pickles, Phillys and Cubans. LD • BAR • $$ 420 ST. JOSEPH ST., SUTTONS BAY, 271.5000


North End Eatery Fun, creative, delicious burgers, salads, pizza, sandwiches, breakfasts. B L D • $-$$$ 215 MILL ST., NORTHPORT, 231.386.7536

Riverside Inn Creative dishes made with seasonal local ingredients in this handsome 100-year-old spot with a relaxing river vista. Award-winning Sun. brunch. D • BAR $$-$$$ 302 E. RIVER ST., LELAND, 256.9971

Sisson’s Main Street Specialties Fresh pastries, salads and soups. L • $ 203 N. MAIN ST., LELAND, 256.9201

Old Mission Peninsula Bad Dog Deli Eat shrimp pizza, pepperoni pesto rolls or flavorful Boar’s Head sandwiches in this peninsula outpost. L • $ 14091 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 223.9364

Boathouse Restaurant Casually elegant spot with great steaks, seafood, large local wine selection. Sunday brunch. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 14039 PENINSULA DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 223.4030

Jolly Pumpkin Wood-fired steaks, fresh fish, and artisan pizzas along with fresh ales crafted on-site. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 13512 OLD PENINSULA DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 223.4333

Mission Table Farm-to-table restaurant serving seasonal, locally sourced fare and craft cocktails. D THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 5PM-9PM• BAR • $-$$ 13512 PENINSULA

129 S. UNION ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 941.7821

ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 800.888.8020


Euro Stop European-inspired Deli Café featuring breakfast sandwiches, focaccia squares, wraps and the famous EuroDogs—locally made hot dog wrapped in a baguette. BL • $ 300 E. FRONT ST. 421.1168 Firefly A dazzling small-plate menu, sushi, steaks and burgs at a sophisticated hotspot on the river. LD • BAR • $-$$ 310 S. CASS ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 932.1310

Frenchies Famous Three tables and carryout, offers superb hot sandwiches and espresso drinks. LD • $ 619 RANDOLPH ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 944.1228


Georgina’s Asian and Latin taqueria. LD • $ 439 FRONT


The Green House Café Wally Green’s long list of fresh sandwiches, inventive soups and salads plus a friendly staff add up to packed premises at lunchtime—and the short wait’s worth it. BL • $ 115 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 929.7687

Grand Traverse Pie Co. Exceptional cream and fruit pies, coffee, baked goods, pot pies, chicken salad and quiche. BL • $ 525 W.

DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 223.4222


Stony Point Pub From hand-rolled tator tots to nachos drenched in a Bells Oberon cheddar sauce this is Pub food done better. $-$$

Old Mission Tavern Prime rib, fresh fish, pastas and ethnic specials—this lushly landscaped spot hosts two fine-art galleries: Bella Galleria and sculptor/owner Verna Bartnick’s studio.

House of Doggs Retro hot dog counter is a hit with families by day and bar crowd by night. LD • $ 120 UNION ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 922.1348

• LD • BAR SUTTONS BAY, 231.271.1007

LD • BAR • $$ 17015 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 223.7280

CITY, 946.6925

Sugarfoot Saloon Nachos, burritos, burgers. LD • BAR • $-$$

Peninsula Grill Roadhouse with cozy fireplace, wings, burgs, and regional Northern fare. LD • BAR • $$ 14091 CENTER RD. TRAVERSE

NEW The Little Fleet Grab your gourmet from a food truck—ribs? Asian? Kicked Up Grilled Cheese?—then belly on up to the onsite bar. LD • BAR $-$$ 448 E FRONT ST, 943.1116

Stone House Café Artisan bread fans can commune and savor fine edibles between the slices. BL • $ 407 S. MAIN, LELAND, 256.2577

3191 S.GOOD HARBOR TRL., 228.6166


The Soggy Dollar Great food and spirits in a beach town atmosphere. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 115 S. WAUKAZOO ST., NORTHPORT, 386.7611

The Village Inn Northwoods tavern plus restaurant with hearty breakfasts, fresh salads, Black Angus burgers, steaks, seafood and authentic Mexican. BLD • BAR • $–$$ 201 ST. JOSEPH, SUTTONS BAY, 271.3300

Western Avenue Grill Birch-bark-rustic motif with canoes hung from the rafters. Pasta, seafood, whitefish and burgers. LD • BAR • $$ 6680 WESTERN AVE. (M-109), GLEN ARBOR, 334.3362 FS28

Blue Tractor Cook Shop An Old Town favorite with from-scratch farmer food. Be sure to check out The Shed next door. The comfy burger bar boasts a list of over 25 Michigan-crafted beers. LD •


CITY, 223.7200

Traverse City—Downtown Amical Friendly French bistro with a bay view, fireplace and street patio. Sun. brunch. LD • BAR • $-$$ 229 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 941.8888 Bay Bread Company Bakery 43 artisanal breads, sandwiches, soups and salads. BLD • $ 601 RANDOLPH ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 922.8022 Bistro Fou Fou Chef Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux also of La Bécasse in Maple City brings his country French cooking downtown. LD • $$-$$$ 118 CASS ST., 231.421.6583

Little Bohemia Chili, burgers, and more. LD 540 W. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE

Mackinaw Brewing Co. Nautical-themed brewpub offers great house-smoked meats, several styles of beers, tasty char-burgers, fish and ribs. LD • BAR • $$ 161 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 933.1100 Minerva’s In the historic Park Place Hotel. Italian-American menu, elaborate Sun. brunch. BLD • BAR • $$ 300 E. STATE ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 946.5093

Mode’s Bum Steer Classic steakhouse serves tender, well-aged charbroiled Black Angus steaks, seafood, ribs, soup, sandwiches. LD • BAR • $$ 125 E. STATE ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 947.9832

Morsels Bite-sized baked goods, fabulous coffee bar, baked hot lunch, classic sandwiches. BL • $ 321 E FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 421.1353

BLD • $ 1103 S. GARFIELD, TRAVERSE CITY, 946.0789

Right Brain Brewery Traverse City’s beloved brew pub now at a new location. BAR • $ 225 E 16 ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 944.1239

North Peak Brewing Co. Loud and lively former candy factory with high ceilings, wood-fired pizzas, seafood, sandwiches, microbrewed beer and a jam-packed bar scene. LD • BAR • $$ 400

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Aerie—16th-floor panorama of East Bay and regional fine dining. Music on weekends. D • BAR • $$-$$$ Sweetwater American Bistro—BLD • $$ U.S. 31 N.,

The Soup Cup, a MicroSouperie Eight varieties of homemade soups daily, grilled cheese sandwiches, Belgian fries with dipping sauce in a friendly, quick-serve environment. L • $ 620 RAILROAD PL.


Randy’s Diner Soups, salads, sandwiches, all-you-can-eat cod.

ACME 534.6000


Om Café Haute vegetarian and vegan cuisine and fish. Upscale sandwiches, burgers, stir-fries, sushi rolls and more. 205 LAKE AVE., $-$$

La Señorita Bustling Mexican cantina with fajitas, jumbo margaritas.

Spaghetti Jim’s Grand Traverse Pasta Works Homemade pasta in a café market atmosphere. L AND EARLY D • $ 1133B SOUTH

Omelette Shoppe Vast array of omelets, homemade breads and pastries, soup and sandwiches. BLD • $ 124 CASS AND 1209 E.

Red Mesa Grill Colorful spot with a fireplace, flights of tequila and Latin American cuisine. LD • BAR • $-$$ 1544 U.S. 31, TRAVERSE

FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 946.0912 AND 946.0590

NEW Opa! Uptown Greek, Italian, Polish and French cuisine. Wine on tap. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 830 E. FRONT ST., 943.1344

Oryana’s Lake Street Café Fresh sandwiches, salads, baked goods made with organic, fair-trade ingredients. BL • $-$$ 260 E. TENTH ST., TRAVERSE CITY. 947.0191.

Paesano’s Charming spot with cozy booths puts pizza pie on a pedestal. LD • $ 447 E. FRONT ST. TRAVERSE CITY, 941.5740 Pangea’s Pizza Pub Cozy booths for sharing pies made with golden crusts and a world of inventive toppings (beets, chorizo, cilantro, prosciutto, pecans …) LD • BAR $-$$ 135 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 946.9800

Phil’s on Front Mosaic-tiled chocolate bar/lounge and bistro. D • BAR $-$$ 236 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 929.1710

Poppycock’s Hip, artsy restaurant offers New American inspired cuisine. Fresh seafood, pasta, unique sandwiches and salads, including vegetarian specialties and award-winning desserts. LD

LD • BAR • $ 1245 S. GARFIELD AND 2455 N. U.S. 31 S., TRAVERSE CITY, 947.8820


CITY, 938.2773

Willie’s Rear Full breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers. Counter and table seating. BL • $ 1315 W. S. AIRPORT RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 421.5506

Reflect Bistro and Lounge at Cambria Suites Hotel Breakfast, dinner and Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. daily.

Traverse City–West

BD • BAR • $-$$$ 255 MUNSON AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 778.9000

Schelde’s Grille & Spirits Casual family dining, bar area. Find mesquite-grilled steaks, seafood, soups and salads, Sun. brunch. LD • BAR • $$ 714 MUNSON, TRAVERSE CITY, 946.0981

Steven’s Place Casual and classy nightclub with uber-healthy gourmet cuisine, cocktails and dancing. LD • BAR • $$ 738 S. GARFIELD,

Apache Trout Grill Rough-hewn eatery affords a great bay view along with ribs, steak, pasta and salad. LD • BAR • $$ 13671 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 947.7079

Harbor 22 Waterside dining includes smoked pork shoulders and whitefish. L • D • BAR • $-$$$ 12719 BAY SHORE DR., 922.2114


Harrington’s By the Bay Sunday brunch, seafood, steaks, burgers, sandwiches—with a bay view. D BL • BAR • $-$$$ 13890

Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel Bourbons 72—The saucier at this chic spot makes its namesake sing in pork chops, Kobe beef, blueberry bread pudding and more. Also seafood and prime rib. D • BAR • $$-$$$- Level 3 Lounge—Nightclub with creative mixologist. Seasons Buffet—a glorious spread from homey to high-end. LD •

Mana Homemade soups, sammies and divine desserts. Dining in the hall primarily takeout. L AND EARLY D • $ 800 COTTAGEVIEW DR.,

BAR • $-$$ 7741 M-72, WILLIAMSBURG, 534.8888



Sleder’s Family Tavern Bar fare and entertainment under the original tin ceiling in one of Michigan’s oldest saloons. Kiss Randolph the moose before you leave. LD • BAR • $-$$ 717 RANDOLPH

• BAR • $-$$ 128. E. FRONT ST. TRAVERSE CITY 944-17632

Traverse City–South

ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 947.9213

Red Ginger Wrap yourself in fresh-sleek surroundings and the spicy-exotic flavors of Asia. LD • BAR • $-$$$ 237 E. FRONT

Agave Mexican Grill Authentic, freshly made Mex. LD • BAR •

Tastes of Black Star Farms Matterhorn Grill Dinner featuring Leelanau Cheese Company raclette and wine samples. D • BAR

ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 944.1733

Scalawags Whitefish and Chips A new location for ultra-fresh Great Lakes fish fry. LD • $ 303 E. STATE ST., 933.8700 Seven Monks Taproom Pair any of 46 beers on tap (including European Trappist ales) with your burger, thin crust gourmet pizza, salad or lively sides like sweet potato frites and Scotch egg. LD •

$-$$ 851 S. GARFIELD, TRAVERSE CITY, 929.4408

Boone’s Long Lake Inn Big portions play a starring role in this rambling log cabin. Steaks, prime rib, seafood, daily specials. D •


BAR • $$ 7208 SECOR RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 946.3991

The Underground Cheesecake Co. Housemade soups, sandwiches and a huge array of incredibly delish cheesecakes. L • $

Centre Street Café Fine and flavorful sammies, Saturday brunch. 10:30am-6pm Mon.-Fri. 10am-3pm. Closed Sunday. BL • $ 1125


1333 YELLOW DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 929.4418


Trattoria Stella Hip locally sourced fare with an Italian accent. LD • BAR • $$-$$$ 1200 W. ELEVENTH, TRAVERSE CITY, 929.8989

Sorellina Authentic Italian from Antipasta to pasta. D • BAR •

The Filling Station Microbrewery Thin-crusted wood-fired flatbreads and flavorful house brews revitalize the Depot. LD •

$$-$$ $ 120 S. PARK ST., 421.5912

BAR • $-$$ 642 RAILROAD PLACE, 946.8168

The Towne Plaza Eclectic American cuisine focusing on local ingredients with extensive outdoor seating and a casual atmosphere. BLD • BAR • $-$$$ 202 E. STATE STREET.

Full Moon Pizza Co. Gourmet pizzeria featuring artisan wood-fired cuisine. Dine in and carry out. LD • $-$$ 910E.8THST.,TRAVERSECITY,421.9404.

• BAR • $-$$ 12930 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 922.7795

Hunan Authentic Chinese eatery that’s hidden behind a Taco Bell.

Elk Rapids

BAR • $-$$ 128 S. UNION ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 929.4807


Union Cantina Great Mexican right downtown. BLD • BAR • $ • $$ 127 UNION ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 421.1663

Xylo Burgers, salads, sandwiches, specialty pizzas. BLD • $ 221

L (TUE-SUN) D (FRI-SUN) • $ 1425 S. AIRPORT RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 947.1388

The Kitchen Salads, wraps, tacos. All to go. BL AND EARLY D • $ 1254 WOODMERE AVE., 947.TOGO

Tuscan Bistro Great patio, marina delivery and Mickey Cannon’s fresh bistro eats with Cajun and Italian influences. BLD

Chef Charles’ Culinary Institute of America-trained Chef Charles Egeler makes gourmet pizzas, Ligurian-style takeout pesto, salads and sandwiches in a classic pizzeria. LD • $ 147 RIVER ST., ELK RAPIDS, 264.8901

The Metro Coney & Grill Greek food, international beer list (pending). Breakfast all day. Conveniently located near Wuerfel Park home of the Traverse City Beach Bums. BLD • $-$$ 753 US 31 S., 944.1930

Elk Rapids Wine Shop Mediterranean influenced wine (by the bottle), sandwiches, grilled ready entrees, baked goods. BL • $

Traverse City–East

Mulligan’s Pub and Grill Stuffed burgers, extravagant salads and sammies, ribs and whitefish at this year-round establishment at the Crown Golf Course. LD • BAR • $-$$ 2430 W. CROWN DR., AT THE

Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen Every day’s Mardi Gras at this festive spot, where Cajun, Creole, seafood, sandwiches and big brunches accompany lively sounds of Zydeco, jazz and blues. LD

Copper Falls Steakhouse Steaks, whitefish, roasted chicken.


• BAR • $-$$ 617 AMES, ELK RAPIDS, 264.0530

Opa! Fresh sandwiches, salads, baked goods made with organic, fair-trade ingredients. Check out the new line of international beers. BLD • BAR • $-$$ 1752 S. GARFIELD AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 947.6721

Siren Hall Sup on classics such as short ribs, steak frites, fresh-offthe-plane fruits de mer and homey sides like risotto “tots” and bleu cheese green beans. LD • BAR $-$$$ 151 RIVER ST., ELK RAPIDS, 264.6062

Don’s Drive In A ’50s-style diner and drive-in with booths, burgers, fries, shakes, nostalgic jukebox. LD • $ 2030 U.S. 31 N., TRAVERSE

Oryana’s Lake Street Café Classic Detroit-style coney and grill with mouthwatering Greek treats like crunchy falafel, rich spanakopita, gyros and lemon soup. BLD • $-$$ 260 E. TENTH ST.,

Sweet Mama’s Kitchen Sublime soul food including pulled pork (have it hoe cake-style on cornbread and topped with slaw!) crawfish salads and beer-braised pot roast. LD $-$$ 145 AMES ST.,

CITY, 938.1860


ELK RAPIDS, 498.2298

GARLAND ST., SUITE D, 421.9200

Zakey Middle Eastern cuisine such as hummus, baba ganoush and fatoush. LD • $ 149 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 421.5472


Cottage Café Comfortable food, coffee and tea press pots, friendly service, reasonable prices in a unique Traverse City experience. BLD • $-$$ 472 MUNSON, TRAVERSE CITY, 947.9261

100 RIVER ST., 264.9000



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TCFF PARTIES Traverse City Film Festival parties have quickly become some of most highly anticipated social events of the year, where one can kick back and rub elbows with some the festival’s biggest names. The Opening Night Party will launch the festival on Tuesday, July 30 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Front Street. One of the most popular TCFF events,

this stylish downtown celebration includes local libations and hors d’oeuvres. The Filmmaker Party, also located downtown, is on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and is one of the week’s liveliest and most star-studded events. Tickets to both parties are available through the TCFF box office. This year, a Sunday night closing celebration at the Open Space has been added, which will be free to the

community. Bring the family and enjoy the last night of the festival. For even more TCFF festivities, get involved! The Founders Party, hosted annually for sponsors at Ciccone Vineyards includes a sneak preview of one of the festival’s best films, and the Volunteer Party, a bay-front gathering with plenty of food, drinks, and dancing, is often described as the most enjoyable event of the entire festival.


Making Music at TCFF As one of the only film festivals that matches live music acts with individual film screenings, TCFF audiences are fully immersed in the complementary art forms of music and cinema. And with over 200 musical performances throughout the week, TCFF is in many ways as much a music festival as it is a celebration of film. Top bookings this year include The Bergamot, an Americana band that will be returning to TCFF after winning “Best Unsigned American Band” in the 2012 Bud Light Battle of the Bands. Courtney Kaiser-Stanler, instructor of songwriting at Interlochen Arts Academy will play, along with The Accidentals, a young local duo of harmonic

female voices. Milagros, a female soloist from Buenos Aires will be returning after her career skyrocketed thanks to the exposure she received from her first TCFF appearance. Other returning favorites include David Chown, Miriam Pico, Ann Peterson, and Ruby John. In addition to live performances before screenings, music can be heard at the Clinch Park Music Stage near the Bijou theater every day from noon to 7 p.m., in the Open Space before outdoor films, and at each of the festival parties. Also be sure to purchase a copy of the TCFF Music CD, or a flash drive that includes all of the tracks from past festivals, both available in the Festival Store.



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A FOODIE PARADISE Named by Bon Appétit as one of the Top Five Foodie Towns in America, and enjoying renown as the summer vacation spot of celebrity chef Mario Batali, Traverse City offers a delicious diversity of culinary wonders. Combining fresh ingredients and local traditions with international flavors, some of the area’s most delectable cuisine can be found within walking distance of TCFF venues. Next to the State Theatre, you’ll find Red Ginger, a favorite among locals who gather in its chic interior for sushi, cocktails, and eclectic pan-Asian cuisine. Amical, also neighboring the State, serves bistro-style French fare, offers an extensive wine list, and has one of the best patios in town. Across the street is Phil’s on Front, where you can experience fine dining and artisan desserts in an affordable and friendly atmosphere, and Poppycock’s, with its imaginative martini list, live music, and contemporary American menu that also includes several inspired vegetarian dishes. New to the scene are Georgina’s, a tiny Asian-Latin fusion taquería that has the whole town talking about its exotic flavors and The Little Fleet, Traverse City’s first food truck pavilion, which includes an adjoining bar. For a quick yet artisan-quality lunch between films, try the quintessential Grand Traverse Pie Company, Mary’s Kitchen Port (home of the famed

Turkey Gobbler sandwich), EuroStop, or Bay Bread. One only has to venture slightly beyond the Front Street district to experience Trattoria Stella, serving authentic Italian farm-to-table cuisine in the romantic Victorian architecture of the Grand Traverse Commons. For waterfront dining and a cocktail on the bay, try Apache Trout Grill, or for a rural setting, head a few miles out of town to Boone’s Long Lake Inn for its legendary seafood and prime rib. On Old Mission Peninsula, pull off the road to taste the sweet berries of local farms, many of which also sell homemade pies and other delights. For American fare paired with a handcrafted brew in a friendly rustic atmosphere, check out Jolly Pumpkin. For a more fine dining experience, try the locally and organically grown flavors of Mission Table or The Boathouse, located on Bower’s Harbor. In Leelanau County, have lunch at one of the many restaurants in Suttons Bay or Leland, and for one of the most beautiful waterfront meals you’ll ever have, have a bite at Knot Just a Bar in the cozy village of Omena. While in Glen Arbor, be sure to grab a burger and a beer on the patio of Boonedock’s, a summertime staple for locals. Find more about these and other great Traverse City restaurants at



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Much of the excitement of TCFF occurs after dark amid Traverse City’s lively nightlife, so don’t miss out on a post-screening drink with friends. Michigan has been getting national attention for its rich culture of microbreweries, and Traverse City is no exception. Right Brain Brewery stays open late and serves dozens of handcrafted brews in a warehouse-style bar showcasing local art. North Peak Brewing Company also brews its own exceptional beer, and the adjoining Kilkenny’s Irish Pub often features live music. At 7 Monks Taproom, you can taste beer from all over Michigan, including specialty brews from Short’s, Founder’s, and Bell’s. Check out Firefly, a stylish riverside lounge that is a favorite among festival staff, or sip a martini at the Beacon Lounge, located at the top of the Park Place Hotel, where city lights can be seen glimmering across the bay. U & I Lounge is a popular local hangout that serves exceptional “bar food” (including their renowned gyros), and also try House of Doggs, serving delicious Coneystyle hotdogs until the nearby bars close. For more information on these establishments please go to

If you haven’t yet experienced the viticulture of Northern Michigan, pair your TCFF visit with a taste of exquisite wines and breathtaking vineyards located mere miles from Traverse City. Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County have become internationally known for their award-winning wines. Winemakers here specialize in lightbodied whites, ice wines, and summery reds and rosés, so your palate will thank you as much as your eyes do as you take in the spectacular scenery of Northern Michigan wine country. Take a drive up M37 on Old Mission Peninsula, named this year by USA Today as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Coastal Drives in North America.” As you hug the curves of the many brilliant blues of the bay, crest over rows of cascading vineyards, and gaze at expansive vistas of water and sky, be sure to stop off at tasting rooms such as Chateau Chantal, Chateau Grand Traverse, and 2 Lads Winery for the full wine culture experience. The scenery of Leelanau Peninsula is equally breathtaking, with its rolling hills, historic farms, and Lake Michigan panoramas. Here, you can sample wine from some of the area’s best wineries, including L. Mawby, 45 North, Black Star Farms and Ciccone Vineyards. For downtown tastings between films, check out Left Foot Charley, located in the Grand Traverse Commons, or attend a TCFF party, where you can sip the best in local wines amid the excitement of TCFF. For more about Northern Michigan wine go to



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Northern Michigan’s laid-back, waterfront lifestyle is what makes the culture here so irresistible, and with miles of white sand beaches right in downtown Traverse City, no TCFF experience is complete without time spent on, and in, the water. Grand Traverse Bay is romantic yet playful, serene and yet constantly exciting. From swimming to boating to simply basking in the Michigan sun, there are endless ways to enjoy its crystal clear depths. Beaches that are within walking distance of TCFF venues and the Open Space include West End Beach, which is popular with locals for sunbathing, swimming, boating, and passing around a volleyball against the backdrop of shimmery turquoise H2O. Just east of the Open Space is Clinch Park Beach, which offers shallow waters that are perfect for families, along with amenities such as restrooms, snacks, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and more. The Traverse City State



Park Beach located on East Bay is also great for kids with its brand new playground, and is conveniently located near many of Traverse City’s premiere resorts. Head up Old Mission Peninsula to Haserot Beach for a quiet getaway, and be sure to stop into the historic Old Mission General Store on your way. Want to get out on the bay? Rent Stand Up Paddleboards or kayaks at The Wet Mitten (101 Park St., Traverse City) and The River (Clinch Park, Traverse City). Check out Traverse City Tall Ship Company on West Grand Traverse Bay for a majestic cruise on a 19th-century schooner—choose from daytime and sunset cruises. Or, set sail on the Nauti-Cat, a 47-foot catamaran that offers daily trips including a happy hour cruise—soak up the summer sun with a cocktail in hand—and a popular Champagne sunset cruise. Purchase your Nauti-Cat tickets at



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