Traverse City Events: 2013 Traverse City Film Festival Line Up

Red Obsession

2013 | Australia | NR | 76 min.

In the world of red wines, Bordeaux has long reigned king, commanding respect and status around the globe. As a luxury good, each year’s wine ratings for the Bordeaux region – affected by factors like climate and soil conditions – have made for fluctuations in the price of wine, but nothing could have prepared the vineyards for a new force in the market: China. As the economic superpower’s vast new crop of millionaires looks for ways to flaunt their status by buying up Bordeaux wines by the crateful, prices skyrocket, with some wines fetching upwards of $80,000 a bottle. China starts up its own burgeoning wine industry to capitalize on the new market as well, but can they compete with established vineyards? Narrated by Russell Crowe, this insightful documentary offers a fascinating look at the changing global economy and is a must-see for any wine lover.

Wed 12 noon State Theatre | Thu 6 pm Milliken Auditorium

Propaganda 

2012 | New Zealand | NR | 95 min.

If the best way to gain insight into yourself is to look through the eyes of another, you’re not likely to get a more unique and shocking look at the West – and specifically the US – than by watching this jaw-dropping, mesmerizing and skull-crunching film that was purportedly smuggled out of North Korea by defectors. If you dare, listen to the North Korean equivalent of Noam Chomsky (his face blurred out to protect his identity) as he tells us Americans who we are and what our impact is on the rest of the world. The film works as propaganda on so many levels, it’s easy to imagine yourself in a brainwashing camp in a far off country, with “A Clockwork Orange”-style devices prying your eyes open. And for all that, it’s one of the best made and most interesting films in the festival. In person: Director Slavko Martinov.

Wed 3 pm State Theatre | Thu 6 pm Old Town Place 

Remote Area Medical

2013 | USA | NR | 83 min.

In a country where over 44 million people live without healthcare, who is looking out for America’s uninsured? This documentary follows the volunteer organization “Remote Area Medical” as they set up a popup clinic in Bristol, Tennessee for three days. During that time, the organization’s doctors, nurses and support workers provide care for hundreds of people who can’t afford routine medical checkups, and many other basic services like dental exams and prescription eyeglasses that so many of us take for granted. As the national debate over the future of healthcare rages on, this moving documentary takes a step back from the politics to give an emotional portrait of those affected by our broken healthcare system. In Person: Directors Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert.

Sat 6 pm Milliken | Sun 3 pm City Opera House

Room 237  

2012 | USA | NR | 102 min.

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film “The Shining” is considered crucial viewing for film lovers everywhere. Over 30 years later, its cult following is still growing. Director Rodney Ascher takes us into the warped world of some of the most ardent devotees of “The Shining” as they offer deconstructions of the film’s hidden messages, presenting evidence for theories – which range from the moon landing hoax to the mass killing of Native Americans – over a mind-bending collection of clips and freeze frames. This fascinating and immersive documentary is a true celebration of film fanaticism. What secret meaning lurks deep within the frames of this horror classic? Decide for yourself at a midnight screening at the State Theatre of “The Shining,” following “Room 237.”

Fri 9 pm Old Town Playhouse

Teenage

2013 | USA | NR | 80 min.

In a society that puts its youth on a pedestal, it’s hard to imagine that the concept of the teenager didn’t exist until the turn of the 20th century, when changes in child labor laws carved out a new division between childhood and adulthood. Inspired by the highly acclaimed book by punk author Jon Savage, this hip and innovative film leaves the traditional talking heads documentary style behind, instead employing vintage archival footage and first-person accounts of life as a teenager in the Western world (narrated by actors Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer and Jessie Usher) to show how today’s youth culture came to be defined by rebellious pioneers.

Sat 12 noon Old Town Play House | Sun 9 am Bijou by the Bay

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