In 2005, Oscar-winning film director Michael Moore reached out to Outdoor Movies Inc. about an idea to bring a film festival to one of his favorite places from his childhood, Traverse City, MI. Utilizing indoor movie venues already in place, Moore sought out Outdoor Movies Inc. to spearhead an outdoor component at the Open Space, a park surrounded by water on three sides. Though at first a daunting task, with strong winds often blowing off the Traverse City Bay, it was no challenge to the solutions oriented team at Outdoor Movies.
Twelve years later, Outdoor Movies has gotten the installation and execution of this outdoor cinema down to a science. Using the enormous, 65’ wide AIRSCREEN® Classic, 4k digital cinema projection and top of the line sound equipment, the grandeur of the event is impressive even to high profile Hollywood directors, such as Michael Moore.
The 12th Annual Traverse City Film Festival ran from July 26-31, with attendance reaching 128,000, an increase from 2015, a major success.
Featured this year:
- Adam’s Rib
- Jurassic World
- Pitch Perfect
- Wayne’s World