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Traverse City Film Festival

Just great movies. That’s the Traverse City Film Festival’s motto and mission. And for years, it’s been delivering on this promise…and then some. The festival was founded in 2005 by famed film director and writer, Michael Moore, national author and local resident, Doug Stanton and local photographer, John Williams. The festival thrives with the considerable help of thousands of dedicated volunteers. 

Today, the festival draws a great number of film buffs anxious to see rare, indie films and documentaries that often don’t make it to the popular “mega-plexes.” The festival screens over 100 movies at 10 different venues in and around downtown Traverse City. In addition to the movies, the festival offers free, family friendly movies at Traverse City’s Open Space. The festival also showcases local musicians and artists, who voluntarily display their talents. 

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