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

Shorts of All Kinds

Shorts by Jon Alpert: July 31, 2010, 3 pm, Old Town Playhouse

The Life and Work of Jon Alpert
Alpert’s history of the world (or at least the history of video) takes you on a roller coaster ride from the Middle East to Michigan. He’s been black listed twice, shot at a hundred times, changed history now and then, and won more awards than there’s room to mention. Plus, he’s probably the only man in the world who has met Fidel, Saddam, and Michael Moore. 110 min. Showtime: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 3 pm, Old Town Playhouse  Buy Tickets Now!

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
A riveting look at the effects of an earthquake that evastated central China, this heartbreaking documentary interviews families who lost children because of the government’s shoddily constructed schools. 38 min. Showtime: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 3 pm, Old Town Playhouse  Buy Tickets Now!

Shorts by Rory Kennedy: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 9 pm, State Theatre

The Fence
This hard-hitting, morbidly funny and often infuriating doc calls into question the effectiveness and examines the unforeseen consequences of America’s 700-mile fence built along the Mexican border, an unfinished project that’s already consumed three years and over three billion dollars in taxpayer money. 35 min. Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 9 pm, State Theatre    Buy Tickets Now!

The Homestead Strike
Part of The History Channel’s series “10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America,” this important look at early labor activism chronicles the deadly showdown between striking workers and armed guards at Carnegie Steel in 1892 and its devastating effect on the US labor movement. 60 min. Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 9 pm, State Theatre    Buy Tickets Now!

Shorts by University of Michigan Students From the University of Michigan’s Film and Video Student Association: July 29, 2010, noon, City Opera House

Camp ChapelDirector: Bhanu Chandu, Writer: Michael Burke,Producer: James AlsobrooksAlex was just your standard teenage ladies man, ready for an epic Spring Break in Mexico, until a mix up lands him in his worst nightmare: church camp. Now he’s out to win the heart of a beautiful camper and redeem himself. Or maybe just survive.

Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, noon, City Opera House   Buy Tickets Now!

Margaret and IzzeyDirector: Ben Ellmann, Writer: Erin Whittemore,Producer: Mercedes HolguinMargaret Annenbeg, a pill-popping workaholic, grudgingly visits home and reunites with Izzey, the long-lost friend she thought had disappeared. Though Margaret fears he’s totally crazy, Izzey just might be her last best hope to turn her life around.

Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, noon, City Opera House   Buy Tickets Now!

Short Documentaries From Dubai to Harlem to right here in northern Michigan’s Petoskey: July 28, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse     Buy Tickets Now!

Blackwater’s Youngest VictimJeremy Scahill; USA | 2010 | 26 min.

Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse

Finding Mr. and Mrs. Right: Dubai StyleElham Sharaf, Hind Al Hammadi; United Arab Emirates | 2009 | 20 min.

Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse

A Harlem MotherIvana Todorovic; USA | 2010 | 14 min.

Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse

How to Save a Fish from DrowningKelly Neal; UK | 2007 | 13 min.

Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse

Parasites: A User’s Guide
Sharon Shattuck; USA | 2010 | 27 min.Jon Alpert and Rory Kennedy, Live in Person Two of the finest practitioners of the art and discipline of short filmmaking, winners of multiple awards, will attend this year’s festival with their most recent work to inaugurate the festival’s ongoing, serious commitment to showcasing great work in the short film form.

Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse

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