Excitement is filling the streets and theaters in Traverse City for the 2019 Traverse City Film Festival. Today is the first full day of the festival and there is plenty to see and do.
Meg Weichman, the Creative Director of the festival shares what’s new this year, “We’ve updated and moved the kid’s fest to before our family friendly open space movies. They are free and we have a big 60 foot screen. Tonight is one of my all time favorites, The Little Mermaid which just turned 30 years-old this year.
Something else that is new and exciting that is on tap for this year’s festival is a sold-out showing of “Planet of the humans”. There are three showings at the State Theater and it’s a hit this year because the gentleman that created the film is from Benzie.
Among the movie-goers are Interlochen Center for the Arts film students. They had the opportunity to have their own show where they featured a dozen short films that were written, produced, directed and edited by the students themselves.
Michael Mittelstaedt, Director of Motion Picture Arts at the Interlochen Arts Academy says, “We’ve had a really great relationship with the film festival for the last few years and this opportunity represents a showcase of what we do. For our students it is an opportunity for them to see films they may never see.”
These students are getting hands-on opportunities right here in their own backyards. Eve Robitschek, a recent graduate of the film program at Interlochen says, “It’s really fun and a new experience! There is lots of running around but it’s been cool getting to meet the different filmmakers and I’ve seen a lot of the behind the scenes.”
We will have continuing coverage on the film festival throughout the week.
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