Mike’s Letter


First things first…

If you haven’t renewed your Friends of the Film Festival membership, you only have 34 HOURS left to do so!

Don’t let this deadline pass. This is the only time of year you get to buy your membership at HALF OFF. After Wednesday, membership fees double. Remember, it’s your membership that gives you first crack at buying tickets to next year’s festival and it’s what allows us to continue to bring so many great films and filmmakers to TC. It’s no secret that by the time tickets go on sale to the general public, MANY screenings have sold out. Heck, even Members find some shows sold out (good news: we’re working on that — more to come!).

So, if you want to be among the first to experience the great movies we’re already cooking up for next year’s 11th annual Traverse City Film Festival, don’t forget to renew your Friends of the Film Festival membership by this Wednesday, October 15 at midnight, before rates double for the 2015 festival. Friends not only get to buy tickets a week in advance of the public, they also receive a whole bunch of other benefits including party discounts and FREE tickets to our exclusive Friends Only Movie Day!

As for the time between now and next year’s festival, July 28 – August 2, we’ve got another winter to love, embrace, and enjoy! What better way to spend that time than staying warm inside and watching a great movie at the State or Bijou? We have some fantastic films for you to enjoy right now:

The One I Love” (Final Week at the State): A one-of-a-kind movie! I loved it. It stars Elizabeth Moss from “Mad Men.”

The Skeleton Twins” (Final Week at the State): Brilliant, funny, and touching. Twins (SNL alums Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader) try to find themselves and each other in this wonderful indie drama.

Gone Girl” (Now Playing at the Bijou): A sure-fire Oscar contender starring Ben Affleck. This film has audiences talking about it before they even hit the lobby — it’s a suspenseful thriller that challenges assumptions of guilt and innocence and becomes a brilliant satire by the film’s end.

One Chance” (Opening at the State on Friday, October 17): The Audience Award winner at this summer’s TCFF returns to Traverse City. I loved this movie. A “Rocky” for opera and music lovers!

Fed Up” (Limited Engagement at the State Opening Friday, October 17): We’ve got a huge problem with food in this country. This film pulls no punches. You’ll leave the theater saying, “Every American should see this film.”

In addition to all of these fine films, we’re bringing you an unprecedented three weeks chock full of special events from Friday, October 17 through Thursday, November 6, including:

The Shot Felt ‘Round the World” presented by JoinTCRotary.org for World Polio Day; the MSU vs U of M Football showdown live on the State’s big screen; a community panel on homelessness with a screening of TCFF10′s “Storied Streets;” a special fundraising screening of “Divide in Concord” for a new TC City Parks Water Bottle Filling Station; and Democratic Party and Green Party Film and Candidate Nights at the State Theatre. (Sadly, the Republicans have not responded to our offer for them have their own night at the State. Even my additional offer to sit on a dunk tank to raise money for their favorite charity hasn’t worked.)

We’ll also be bringing National Theatre Live from London and Broadway with their presentations of “Frankenstein” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and “Of Mice and Men” starring James Franco; and a sneak preview of “Elsa & Fred” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. There will also be a few 25th anniversary screenings of “Roger & Me” as it makes its tour across the country.

Finally, most importantly — and our pièce de résistance for the fall cultural season here in TC — we are presenting the Internet Cat Video Festival! And we are going to have a very special in cat appearance by the web’s #1 celebrity feline, Lil BUB! Don’t miss this Feline Film Extravaganza on Wednesday, November 5.

That’s it for now!


P.S. I have even more awesome news for you! On November 7, we are bringing two of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year: Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” (to the Bijou) and Michael Keaton in “Birdman” (to the State). Head to our website for more details on all of the above, including a detailed list of upcoming special events.

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