The Complete Line-Up for Michael Moore's 2010 Traverse City Film Festival

Teenage Paparazzo
2009 | USA | NR | 94 min.

Under siege by the paparazzi, an actor famous for playing a famous actor turns his own camera on the photographers. How meta can you get? Adrian Grenier (HBO’s “Entourage”) directs this intelligent and personal exploration of America’s obsession with celebrity culture, teaming up with thirteen-year-old fledgling paparazzo Austin Visschedyk to infiltrate the ranks of Hollywood’s star-shooters. Making the most of Grenier’s ties to other major celebs and tabloid darlings, they’ve made one of the best films ever made about our twisted appetite for celebrity news.

Showtimes: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 9 pm, Milliken Auditorium and Sunday, August 1, 2010, 6 pm, Old Town Playhouse    Buy Tickets Now!

Restrepo
2009 | USA | R | 94 min.

This edge-of-your-seat doc transports you smack dab in the middle of one of the US Army’s most dangerous assignments: Outpost Restrepo in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, a Taliban stronghold. This harrowing film may leave everyone, regardless of political ideology, wondering just WTF is going on, as we watch soldiers whose only clear goal is to keep each other alive until their deployment ends. Winner of the Sundance Grand Prize, this mind blowing film adds a human face to daily news stories and will leave you unnerved for days afterward.

Showtimes: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3 pm, Old Town Playhouse and Saturday, July 31, 2010, 9 pm, Milliken Auditorium    Buy Tickets Now!

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
2009 | Canada | NR | 107 min.

Rush fans rejoice! This comprehensive look at one of rock’s greatest bands offers unprecedented access to the Canadian trio, recounting their history from the childhoods of founding members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, to the discoveryof drummer Neil Peart, and on through their catalog of top-sellers, which ranks third only behind the The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. A joyous doc that’s thorough enough to satisfy the most rabid fan while remaining accessible to the uninitiated. In Person: Directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen

Showtimes: Friday, July 30, 2010, 9 pm, Lars Hockstad and Saturday, July 31, 2010, midnight, State Theatre    Buy Tickets Now!

The Oath
2010 | USA | NR | 95 min.

Abu Jandal drives a taxi in Yemen, but once he was one of Osama bin Laden’s closest bodyguards. Meanwhile, Salim Hamdam — Jandal’s brother-in-law and former personal driver for bin Laden — is a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay on seemingly tenuous terrorism charges. This thoroughly gripping documentary, during which Hamdam faces a military tribunal at Gitmo and Jandal raises a son and recruits young Yemenis to radical Islam, is a deeply personal window into themindset of those who are directly affected by the war on terror. In Person: Director Laura Poitras

Showtime: Sunday, August 1, 2010, noon, Milliken Auditorium   Buy Tickets Now!

Smile ‘Til It Hurts
2009 | USA | NR | 82 min.

You may not believe the bizarre story of Up With People, a campy, cultish youth choir born of an ultra-conservative religious sect. Embraced by the Nixon administration and financed by corporate giants like GM and Halliburton, the thousands-strong ensemble of clean-cut good-niks (including a young Glenn Close) were popular for decades, performing at 4 Super Bowls. Featuring kitschy archival footage from the group’s heyday, this musical odyssey offers a rare window into our American culture. In Person: Director Lee Storey

Showtime: Friday, July 30, 2010, 12:30 pm, Milliken Auditorium    Buy Tickets Now!

Zonad
2009 | Ireland | NR | 78 min.

From a galaxy far, far away comes Zonad, an intrepid space traveler who crash lands in a sleepy Irish hamlet seemingly stuck in the 1950s. Only in a town this naïve could Zonad — who’s actually just a rehab escapee wearing a red vinyl speed suit and helmet — bamboozle his way into local celebrity by posing as an alien. Zonad enjoys his celebrity status by indulging his appetite for black beer and girls, enjoying a life that would otherwise be out of reach for a pudgy, balding alcoholic. Things go swimmingly until a fellow rehab escapee arrives, claiming to be Zonad’s superior, BONAD! This absurdist and outlandish sci-fi comedy from brothers Kieran and John Carney (“Once,” TCFF ‘08) screams cult classic.

Showtime: Friday, July 30, 2010, midnight, Old Town Playhouse    Buy Tickets Now!

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
2010 | USA | NR | 89 min.

Tucker (Alan Tudkyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are just a couple of country hicks on vacation in the woods, looking to get some R & R in their ramshackle cabin. Along comes a gang of preppy college kids, also on holiday, who mistake the harmless hicks for homicidal hillbillies after a member of their group goes missing. Comedy ensues as a horrified Tucker and Dale attempt to avoid the bloodshed while their accusers die off one by one in a series of freak accidents. With its knowing nods to slasher movie clichés, this killer comedy is a must-see for any fans of the genre.

Showtime: Friday, July 30, 2010, midnight, State Theatre    Buy Tickets Now!

Clash
2009 | Vietnam | NR | 90 min.

Virtually everyone in Vietnam saw this top-grossing blockbuster, so we had to see it, too. Martial arts giants Johnny Tri Nguyen and Ngo Thanh Van reunite in this story of a high-kicking heroine forced to complete a series of dangerous missions for a crime boss in exchange for the safe return of her kidnapped daughter. On what should have been the final mission, she recruits a team of murderous misfits, which leads her to the handsome and mysterious Quan. Trinh’s attraction to Quan may prove fatal as the pair take on the criminals of the Vietnamese underworld. Romantic tension and martial arts kick-assery abound in this popcorn movie indulgence that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, midnight, State Theatre    Buy Tickets Now!

A Salute to Cuban Film

Dreaming in Blue
2008 | NR | 65 min.

Baseball isn’t only America’s national past time — it’s also Cuba’s.In this fun and hotly controversial doc, we follow the Havana-based team Industriales (the New York Yankees of Cuban baseball) as “The Blues” play out their season with an unfiltered glimpse behind the scenes, in the dugout, on the road and in the streets of Havana. Independently produced and directed by Cuban filmmaker Ian Padron, who interviews former and current stars as well as rabid fans, you will see why it took him years to overcome the politics to finally get this unique film in Cuban theaters. This delightful film is not just for sports fans. In Person: Director Ian Padron

Showtime: Saturday, July 31, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse    Buy Tickets Now!

Horn of Plenty
2008 | NC-17 | 107 min.

A sexy romp with a large cast of zany characters, this madcap comedic satire from director Juan Carlos Tabio about the power and allure of money stars Cuba’s most popular actor, Jorge Perugorria, as an over-educated factory worker in Yamaguey. In a small town where everyone seems to be part of the extended family of Castineiras (a surname as common as Smith in the U.S.), news of an huge inheritance for members of the Castineiras family throws the community into chaos, illuminating the ways in which Cuba is plagued by isolation, bureaucracy, poverty and class discrepancies. Mature audiences only. In Person: Jorge Perugorria

Showtime: Friday, July 30, 2010, 3 pm, Milliken Auditorium    Buy Tickets Now!

Strawberry and Chocolate
1994 | R | 108 min.

The only Cuban film to be nominated for an Oscar tells the story of a chance meeting between a gay intellectual dissident and a naïve party-line student at an outdoor Havana ice cream café in 1979 and their evolving relationship. There’s spying, intrigue, a flaky, man-hungry neighbor, desire, spirituality and something quite extraordinary that emerges from their timetogether in the confined quarters of Diego’s decaying Havana apartment. You won’t be finished with this film when you leave the theater. In Person: Lead Actor Jorge Perugorria

Showtime: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 6 pm, City Opera House    Buy Tickets Now!

Viva Cuba!
2005 | NR | 80 min.

A delicious and refreshing film treat, this magical coming-of-age road film offers a rare peek inside a Cuba we really never see. Grade school classmates Malu and Jorgito are inseparable, in spite of their parents’ conflicting ideologies and social status. When Malu’s mother decides to leave Cuba, the duo travels from Havana to the other end of the island to find Malu’s father before he signs the exit papers. This memorable family-friendly film features beautiful scenes of Havana and the Cuban countryside as the runaways make their way across post-revolution Cuba. In Person: Director Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti

Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse    Buy Tickets Now!

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