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Traverse City Film Festival -- Rubbing Elbows with Elmo and Swapping Stories with Scout

Okay, I gotta admit -- yesterday was a big day for me.  Not only did I get to meet Sesame Street's Elmo and his puppet master Kevin Clash, I got to hang out in the State Theatre green room with "Scout," a.k.a actress Mary Badham from the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird.  Sure, I've been around lotsa big names on both coasts.  Heck, I've kissed Kevin Kline on stage, I've kidnapped Loretta Lynn on TV, and I've worked with everyone from the late James Coburn to the very now…

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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 28, 2011 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival -- Gwen, Sheila, and Vera -- The Real Women of Dagenham

In 1968 Gwen Davis, Sheila Douglass, and Vera Sime worked as machinists alongside one hundred and eighty-four other women at Ford Motor Company's Dagenham plant in East London, England.  Their job -- stitching car seat covers.  After Ford refused to change their grade classification from unskilled to skilled labor, all one hundred and eighty-seven women went out on strike.  All they wanted was equal recognition for the work they were doing.  They ended up getting a lot more than that.  They…

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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 26, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival -- Behind the Screens with the New Foreign Jury

It's almost noon on Sunday, two days before the start of the 7th Traverse City Film Festival.  The New Foreign Jury has just watched the French film Queen to Play.  Leave it to the French to make chess sexy.  Queen to Play makes my jury's eighth foreign film so far. We've been ensconced in the cozy 35-seat Dutmers Theatre at the Dennos Museum on the southwest edge of NMC's campus since Friday morning.  All in all we'll have seen eleven films by the end of tonight.  After a…

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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 24, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival -- Jury Duty vs. Wife Duty





Tomorrow (7/22) from 3-5PM, my husband Jim Carpenter will be signing his new book of short stories, Surviving My Happy Childhood, at Leelanau Books in Leland. However, tomorrow from 3-5PM, I will be in the Dutmers Theatre in Traverse City watching the French romantic…

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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 21, 2011 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

The Love Story of the Traverse City Film Festival 2011 is...? The Loving Story

The Loving Story is a love story.  A hit at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, this historic documentary tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, a young couple from rural Caroline County, Virginia.

Married June 1958 in Washington, D.C., the Lovings were arrested at their Virginia home a…

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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 20, 2011 at 1:39pm — 4 Comments

Traverse City Film Festival: Fiction Jury Deliberates. Verdict? TCFF 2010...Guilty of being best fest yet.

Final two films for Fiction Jury before deliberations. Caught the powerful When We Leave at Lars Hockstad where volunteer Judy Livingston manned the V.I.P. side door and greeted sponsors.

Tom, taking a break before emceeing and intro-ing the film.…

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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on August 2, 2010 at 9:09am — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival: Busy Backstage at Lars Hockstad -- Before 3PM Saturday Matinee

Noon show of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers ran over with Michael Moore Q&A-ing Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith and Mr. Ellsberg himself on Skype.


Backstage was a-buzz with Festival Director Deb Lake pulling together Mike's Surprise and an impromptu summit of doc filmmakers. Deb is the rainmaker for all things programming.…

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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 31, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival: Trotsky and Trois French Films -- Fiction Jury Invades Paris

Scheduling conflict, so I end up watching The Trotsky at Jim's office, eating yummy take-in lunch from Mary's Kitchen Port.
Then it's The Concert at Lars Hockstad with Cherry Pie in the Green Room, merci to Amy; then In the Beginning and The French Kissers at Milliken with un peu de vin served up by Sarah and Barb dans la chambre verte.
Between films, the Fiction Jury chats outside Milliken. Michigan Film Office's Richard Jewell talks to Jim and…
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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 31, 2010 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival: Back to Back to Back at the State and One at the City Opera House -- Thursday

Fiction Jury off to an early start with a stop at Crema, where I ran into Mary Lou Chlipala, UofM Program Coordinator in the Screen Arts and Cultures and a member of the Short Films Jury.




Noon screening of Michael Douglas in Solitary Man, then the State Green Room for some film talk and r&r with film composer Alexander Janko (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Erin Trahan from…
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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 30, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival: Fiction Jury from Lars Hockstad to the State to Lars Hockstad! Part III

6PM Show. The entire Fiction Jury is in da packed house for The Infidel. Me, Rich Brauer, Prasad, Tracy Kurtz and Michael Mittelstadt, plus friends & family. (Sorry, Michael, you didn't make this shot.)


I knew I loved Richard Schiff, but now I also love Omid Djalili, who plays the lead role of Mahmud, aka Solly Shimshillewitz, the title role -- The Infidel!…


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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 28, 2010 at 10:03pm — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival: Fiction Jury from Lars Hockstad to the State to Lars Hockstad! Part II

Stopped inside Horizon Books for a breather. Saw Margaret out the window helping keep the line in line! No one could be nicer at that job.


A failed suicide attempt. A young girl who hasn't left her room in three years. Misfits trying to fit somewhere. That'd be Castaway on the Moon the State's 3PM show, but first a snack with hubby Jim, Prasad, and Larry in the State's wonderful Green Room.…




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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 28, 2010 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival: Fiction Jury from Lars Hockstad to the State to Lars Hockstad!





11:45: Met Prasad, our newest Fiction Jury member and a screenwriting teacher at UofM, at Lars Hockstad for the noon L'Arnacoeur or Heartbreaker, this year's French romantic comedy.


Jenny, Jill, and Mike McFarlane wait in line and wave hello. L'Arnacoeur c'est tres, tres bon for Jill, a retired French teacher! (I'm sure she'll correct my French!…




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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 28, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival: Opening night 4-7 PM! Part III -- Dinner and a Movie!

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 — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival: Opening night 4-7 PM! Part II.


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 — No Comments

Traverse City Film Festival: Opening night 4-7 PM!

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…

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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 27, 2010 at 8:13pm — 1 Comment

Traverse City Film Festival: Monday, Monday...One More Day to Go!

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!…



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Added by Rebecca Reynolds on July 26, 2010 at 9:26pm — 2 Comments

Traverse City Film Festival: Sunday Calm Before the Film Fire Storm!

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 — 1 Comment

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