On Sunday, Jan. 9, a team of American runners (most with northern Michigan roots) will leave the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on a 250-mile run. For 10 days they’ll jog through the ancient Rift Valley, sleep in highland villages and raise awareness with folks back home about rural poverty and lack of… Continue
Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 8, 2011 at 4:38pm —
In the end, I'm writing this story from a room I could never imagine, in a house I couldn’t visualize. And maybe it’s because we’ve been going so fast, so often, but it seems completely natural that this is my room. It seems as if it’s been my room all along.…
Added by Lisa Doublestein on December 8, 2010 at 11:23am —
The VASA has been groomed and the skiing is great!
The groomers worked for over ten hours yesterday (Monday December 6, 2010) and their work really paid off. They rolled the entire system in the morning, and by the… Continue
Added by John Heiam on December 7, 2010 at 10:00am —
They say that you learn something new every day. We move into our house in six days, so I offer up one bit of knowledge for each, pulled from those things I've learned in the recent days of remodeling:
1. Family is underrated, especially when it comes to remodeling houses and moving into them:…
Added by Lisa Doublestein on November 18, 2010 at 1:00pm —
Tick, tock, the princess clock.
This is a common phrase within my family, of unknown origin but most likely linked to our oldest daughter’s… Continue
Added by Lisa Doublestein on October 5, 2010 at 10:30pm —
It’s odd to sit in a dark movie theatre and cheer for a woman who set her father on fire and likes to terrorize and tie up people, and tattoo things like “sadistic pig” on their stomachs while they are unconscious.… Continue
Added by Mary Ellen Geist on August 2, 2010 at 3:00pm —
I had heard quite a bit about this film: interviews with the stars, Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet; discussions about a moment in the film when Keener’s character, Kate, tries to give a man she thinks is homeless her Continue
doggie bag from a New York restaurant, but it turns out he’s a customer waiting
in line. I had also heard about a controversial scene in which Keener’s
character and her husband buy
their daughter a pair of 230 dollar bluejeans. I was…
Added by Mary Ellen Geist on August 1, 2010 at 3:41pm —
The premise is so simple. The story seems so small: an unemployed, dirt-poor writer with no business experience decides to open an eco-friendly organic vegetarian food stand in a park in Austin and finds meaning, love and success in the process. But there is nothing small about this Continue
film at all. It was the first standing ovation I experienced at the Traverse City…
Added by Mary Ellen Geist on July 31, 2010 at 5:30pm —
Ever since Michael Moore launched the first Traverse City Film Festival six years ago, I have wondered: where do the filmmakers and film lovers from all over the world go to play late at night in Traverse City, after all the movies and interviews and obligatory social events are over? I found out tonight: for many of them, especially filmmakers from out of town, it's the Park Place Hotel, on the Tenth Floor.
When I boarded the elevator in the lobby, a filmmaker who looked… Continue
Added by Mary Ellen Geist on July 31, 2010 at 2:30am —
Headed from Lars Hockstad to the The Opera House for the 3:00 show of “The Tillman Story.” The mood of the crowd seemed to change as we entered the auditorium, which was more stately and formal than the previous theatre. Perhaps it was an instinctive sense of needing to switch from the frivolity of the first full day of the Traverse City Film Festival morning, and Continue
the lighter and more humorous films most of us had seen thus far, in…
Added by Mary Ellen Geist on July 29, 2010 at 3:30pm —
"Me and Orson Welles": I decided that I simply could not face…
Added by Mary Ellen Geist on July 29, 2010 at 1:00pm —
Added by Mary Ellen Geist on July 29, 2010 at 1:00pm —
Filmgoers in line to see Castaway on the Moon. Time to find out where they're from. There's Elk Rapids, Empire, Suttons… Continue
Added by Jim Carpenter on July 28, 2010 at 10:21pm —
Lissa, Larry and I enjoy a great meal at Amical, from our ring side seats, watching as the audience lines-up for The Kids Are All Right
at the State Theatre. 7PM Opening Night for TCFF 2010!
Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 27, 2010 at 8:23pm —
5PM, Judy tells us they're keeping it clear for fire trucks. Hot town in the old town tonight!
Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 27, 2010 at 8:18pm —
4PM. Larry Brand and I arrive in downtown TC. Linda and crew are getting the party started -- blocking off traffic setting up, loading in. The fun's about to begin.
We stop by the TCFF festival office for our official badges: for me, Fiction Jury; for Larry, Shorts Jury.
Headed down to the Box Office to get our…
Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 27, 2010 at 8:13pm —
....and I haven't even really started yet! Last night all the volunteers got together at Lars Hockstad Auditorium and had popcorn , a movie and lots of laughs with Michael- contagious energy to the power of 10! Free tickets to movies were had by all and guess what? Tonite, LARRY KING will be broadcasting live in the streets of TC! The 200 block will be closed to traffic so come on down! And---if you want to have fun with us the TCFF is still looking to fill in the gaps with more volunteer help… Continue
Added by Jill on July 27, 2010 at 9:00am —
Director Larry Brand flies back to TC to serve on the Short Fiction Jury. Came in a day early, b/c all the flights coming in to Cherry Capital are booked solid tomorrow!
Camera: "Rolling." Sound: "Speed." Director: "Action!" It's show time!…
Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 26, 2010 at 9:26pm —
We would be honored if you would join us for the premiere screening of XINGU, a locally produced short film featuring an all-star Traverse City Area cast and crew. The film stars: Brad Aspey, Sheryl Hayward, Kit Wiener, Jim Foley,… Continue
Added by Angeline Duran Piotrowski on July 26, 2010 at 10:00am —
Downtown stores display film-related fare. At the theatre Cecily manned the souvenir table -- customers few and far between. For now.
A few folks meandered up to read the list of films. Festival staffers hung around the perimeter, ready to roll. But the only real action today -- the PURE dance and music troupe bringing "change, beauty and awareness to the world," not to mention drum music and Middle Eastern-style dancing, as they sashayed up and down Front Street. But, not to worry,… Continue
Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 25, 2010 at 5:30pm —