Doug Loves Movies
2013 | USA | R | 90 min.
Join Doug Benson (“Last Comic Standing,” “Super High Me”), our own Michael Moore and other special guests as they record a podcast all about movies, live from the Old Town Playhouse. We welcome Benson, a stand-up sellout at this year’s Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival, back to the less frozen north for an evening of hilarity. Be sure to save time for this special chance to experience a laugh-out-loud conversation about one of the greatest things in life: the movies. Tickets for this special live event are $15. In Person: Doug Benson, Michael Moore.
Wed 9 pm Old Town Playhouse
The Battle of Amfar
2013 | USA | NR | 40 min.
This documentary from Academy Award-winning director Rob Epstein and his filmmaking partner Jeffrey Friedman tells the story of the extraordinary moment when research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim and Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor joined forces in the fight against AIDS. In the early 1980s, the country was in the darkest days of the AIDS pandemic, and two women decided to do something about it by forming America’s first AIDS research foundation, thereby changing the course of history. The screening will be followed by an extended Q&A with director Rob Epstein.
Fri 9 am Bijou by the Bay
Native American Matinee: Maïna
2013 | CANADA | NR | 102 min.
Six centuries ago, a girl named Maïna–daughter of the clan leader of the Presque Loups–embarked on a mission that would change her life. After a violent confrontation between her clan and the “Men from the Land of Ice,” the young son of Maïna’s fellow tribesman is captured and taken to the frozen north. She sets out on the trail of her enemies to recover him, until she is taken prisoner herself by the Inuit clan leader Natak, and is taken on a perilous journey to her captor’s homeland where she must discover her inner strength in order to survive.
Sun 9 am State Theatre
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What surprise does Mike have in store for us this year? Festival founder, president and programmer Michael Moore will show up with… a sneak preview of a big Hollywood movie? A buried treasure that the public hasn’t seen in years? A home movie? Nobody knows until the show begins, sometimes not even Mike. Whatever the surprise is this year, only the curious and the brave should attend.
Sun 12 noon Lars Hockstad Auditorium
Waiting for Mamu
2013 | USA | NR | 43 min. + Q & A
In some parts of the world, children whose parents are sent to prison and who lack other guardians are locked away along with their parents. This eye-opening documentary tells the story of what it means for a child to grow up in prison and what hope exists for a better life. “Waiting for Mamu” follows internationally-lauded social worker and 2012 CNN Hero of the Year award-winner Pushpa Basnet, founder of a development center for children who would otherwise grow up behind bars in her native Nepal. This screening will be followed by an extended Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Morgan and Pushpa Basnet.
Wed 12 noon Bijou by the Bay