Traverse City Film Festival Kicks Off

The 14th Annual Traverse City Film Festival is now underway and there’s a lot on tap.

The annual event brings in dozens of films and documentaries.

Along with panels of actors, actresses, and directors.

A block on Front Street was shut down for opening night on Tuesday and what promises to be one sequel worthy kick-off.

The festival’s creative director Meg Weichman said, “We have over 150 different films people can check out. We have free events, we have things for families, and kid’s fest with dollar movies, and we have a free lawn party.”

The week long event draws in thousands of people from all over the world to celebrate the love of film.

“I think it’s the community that develops around the film festival this week. The fact that we bring in people from around the world as our filmmaker guests to share their stories and experiences and people travel from around the world to attend the festival,” said Weichman.

“I personally think film is my favorite form of art, and I think the more widespread it gets the more mainstream it is. It’s good when people get to see art in such a widespread thing. I enjoy it a lot,” said festival goer, Evan Curnow.

The festival kicked off with the first movie of the week, and in a packed theater, playing the movie RBG.

“It’s thrilling to be here at the Traverse City Film Festival and to be opening night in this beautiful state theater and to be introduced by Michael Moore, who is really such an icon in the documentary world, is very exciting,” said RBG director, Betsy West.

Throughout the week, movies will be showing at multiple areas including the Open Space, the Opera House and the Bijou By the Bay Theater.

To buy tickets and see the schedule of events, click here.