By Ray Pride

Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Fest Will Close With Detroit

TRAVERSE CITY, MI July 5, 2017 — The 13th annual Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) is proud to announce as its Closing Night Film “Detroit,” the highly anticipated new film by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, one of the greatest directors working today. Following the film’s July 25 premiere at the Fox Theater in Detroit, the Traverse City Film Festival (July 25-30, 2017) will screen the film in its historic movie palace, the State Theatre, at 6 pm on July 30.
“This captivating, vital film resonates strongly today, 50 years after the events took place,” said Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore, the festival’s founder, president and programmer. “We aim to bring great movies that can move, inspire, and change audiences. There could be no better way to close this year’s festival than with ‘Detroit.'”
The film focuses on the Algiers Motel killings, a brutal incident that has become synonymous with the systemic racism that helped spark the 1967 Detroit uprising. Piecing together the horrifying, true events of that evening, when a group of teenagers ducked into the Algiers to avoid the chaos outside, and police later stormed the building, Bigelow has delivered another riveting powerhouse of a film.
The new film from Bigelow and screenwriter and frequent collaborator Mark Boal stars John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Will Poulter (“The Revenant”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), Hannah Murray (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), John Krasinski (NBC’s “The Office”) and Anthony Mackie (“Captain American: Civil War”) and Detroit native Algee Smith.
Tickets for the Traverse City Film Festival go on sale for Friends of the Film Festival on Sunday, July 9 at the Main Box Office (121 E. Front St.) at 10 am and online at 6 pm at Public ticketing begins July 15.
The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed helping save one of America’s few indigenous art forms: the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July. The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore who makes his home in Traverse City, programs and runs the festival, and serves as president of the board of directors. Other board members are filmmakers Rod Birleson (producer, “Where to Invade Next”), Larry Charles (director, “Borat”), Mark Cousins (director, “The Story of Film: An Odyssey”), Jeff Daniels (actor, “The Newsroom”), Terry George (director, “Hotel Rwanda”), Christine Lahti (actor, “Running on Empty”), Tia Lessin (director, “Trouble the Water”), and former Walt Disney Co. marketing executive Penny Milliken, Tom Morello (musician, Rage Against the Machine), and photographer John Robert Williams.

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