Mike’s Letter

October 2, 2015


Well, you may have heard, today is a big day for me as a filmmaker — my new movie, “Where to Invade Next,” will have its US premiere tonight at Lincoln Center as part of the New York Film Festival. I can’t wait to tell you all about it, and to bring it to Traverse City. 

But it’s also a big night in Traverse City, because I’m opening a film at the State that is one of my favorite films of the year, the funniest film of the year, and the movie that won the top prize at the Traverse City Film Festival over a year ago — long before the world knew of this wonderful documentary. 

It’s “Meet the Patels,” a sweet and hilarious journey that follows the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Patel — immigrants from India — as they try to find a suitable spouse for their son Ravi. I mean, he’s OVER THIRTY! And he’s not married yet!! The horror! The shame! The comedy that ensues! And Ravi’s sister Geeta catches it all on film. 

If you were part of that film fest audience that saw “Meet the Patels,” you know what I’m talking about: non-stop laughter and a film filled with love and humanity and the universal desire to get your parents to calm down about your life — “Mom, Dad, I’m going to be ok!” Though they may seem like the original helicopter parents, the Patels are also so warm and sincere, you’ll want them to adopt you by movie’s end.

I can’t encourage you enough to come see this movie. This is the one to get out of the house for, to have a raucous, uplifting experience at the State Theatre. I can’t imagine this film not being nominated for an Oscar this year! Come see it this weekend at the State. It’s the kind of movie that would NEVER had made it to Northern Michigan if you hadn’t helped me build this wonderful movie palace. Come be part of the joy of “Meet the Patels” this week. 


Michael Moore

P.S. And over at the Bijou, how ’bout another treat: “The Martian,” one of the top three films I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, and my guess (so far) for this year’s Best Picture Oscar. Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Blade Runner,” “Thelma and Louise”) absolutely nails it with this harrowing — and funny — movie which tells the story of really smart people trying to figure out how to do the impossible and somehow remaining in good humor along the way. I love this movie. And the cast! The great Matt Damon, our own TCFF board member and all-around good guy Jeff Daniels, the incredible Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

There are few weekends every year that are as perfectly fabulous as this one for being at the movies — it’s a weekend that will take you to the depths of outer space and into the intricacies of the human heart. I hope you will make plans to come to see both of the films we’re opening today, here in what Con Foster once called “the best little city in the world.”

Wish me well tonight in the Big Apple! See you all soon!



Friday, October 2
Meet the Patels (Rated PG) 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm
Real Genius (Rated PG) 10:45 pm
The Martian (Rated PG-13) 3:00, 6:15*, 9:15 pm – Bijou

Saturday, October 3
Monkey Kingdom (Rated G) 10:00 am
Il Trovatore (Met Opera) 12:55 pm
Meet the Patels (Rated PG) 4:45, 7:00, 9:00 pm
The Martian (Rated PG-13) 12 noon, 3:00*, 6:15, 9:15* pm – Bijou

Sunday, October 4
Meet the Patels (Rated PG) 12:30, 5:30, 8:00 pm
An Adventure in Good Music (Not Rated) 3 pm – FREE! – With Reception and Live Performance – Presented by Building Bridges with Music
The Martian (Rated PG-13) 1:30*, 4:30, 7:30* pm – Bijou

Monday, October 5
Meet the Patels (Rated PG) 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:00 pm
The Martian (Rated PG-13) 2:30, 5:30*, 8:30 pm – Bijou

Tuesday, October 6
Meet the Patels (Rated PG) 1:00, 3:30, 6:30, 8:30 pm
The Martian (Rated PG-13) 12 noon, 3:00*, 6:00, 9:00* pm – Bijou

Wednesday, October 7
It Happened One Night (Not Rated) 10:30 am
Meet the Patels (Rated PG) 1:00, 3:30, 6:30, 8:30 pm
The Martian (Rated PG-13) 12 noon*, 3:00, 6:00*, 9:00 pm – Bijou

Thursday, October 8
Meet the Patels (Rated PG) 12 noon, 2:15, 6:30, 8:30 pm
Feeling Wanted (Not Rated) 4:30 pm - FREE!
The Martian (Rated PG-13) 12 noon, 3:00*, 6:00, 9:00* pm – Bijou

* Presented in Dolby Digital 3D