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“Kids” and “Boy” to Open Michael Moore’s Traverse City Fest

"Kids" and "Boy" to Open Michael Moore's Traverse City Fest

Now in its sixth year, Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival unveiled its 2010 lineup. The festival, started by the “Capitalism: A Love Story” filmmaker in 2005, brings independent and international films to a Michigan population that rarely gets to see such work. Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” and Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Nowhere Boy” will open the fest. Along with a slate of over 100 films, daily panels and film classes, and parties, the fest also announced that it has partnered with the University of Michigan to provide filmmaking instruction and film career networking. The fest will run from July 27 to August 1.

“You might call this year’s fest a brazen, incendiary celebration of art – and specifically, the art of cinema,” Moore commented on this year’s offerings. “Cinema that is not afraid to take risks, to challenge the conventional wisdom, to move an audience so profoundly that everyone will feel transported to a place where one can think and explore and rebel. We celebrate great filmmaking, aim to help budding filmmakers on their paths, and also want to offer opportunities for the general public to deepen its appreciation of film.”

In addition to the lineup of new films, like Nicole Holofcener’s “Please Give” and Juan José Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” the fest will also feature screenings of “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ breakup. The fest will also screen U.S. premieres of the docs “Draquila – Italy Trembles” by Sabina Guzzanti and Vít Klusák & Filip Remunda’s “Czech Peace.” The fest will also feature a spotlight on Cuban films, with filmmakers present.

The complete lineup for this year’s Traverse City Film Festival can be found on the fest’s website here.

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