Free Movies at Traverse City Film Festival 2017

Traverse City Film Festival 2017 will present a slate of free films at the Open Space in downtown Traverse City every evening from Tuesday, July 25 to Sunday, July 30—plus a bonus “test screening” on July 24! Projected onto a 65-foot inflatable screen, the featured films at the Northern Michigan festival include two beloved animated movies, a classic romantic comedy, and a nostalgic ’90s staple. So grease the joints on your lawn chairs and fluff out your outdoor blankets: it’s going to be a fun week!

P.S. Last summer’s Sunday night bounce house at the Open Space was such a success (talk about a way to stretch your legs between flicks!) that TCFF staff decreed nightly bouncing for 2017. Choose from the moonwalk, jousting and bungee running—or do them all!


Each screening will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.) but will be preceded by live music, entertainment and a large-scale photo booth replete with props and costumes. The featured movies are as follows:

  • Stop Making Sense, Monday, July 24: “The best dang concert movie of all time.” Special Monday night public test screening (no concessions)—an Open Space first—to pay tribute to the late director Jonathon Demme.
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Tuesday, July 25: Praise Lord Baby Jesus, NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby is taking on Jean Girard at the Open Space.
  • La La Land, Wednesday, July 26: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dance and sing their way through iconic LA locales in this six-time Oscar winner.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Thursday, July 27: This Walt Disney classic was the first full-length animated film made in the S! And it was hand drawn by 570 artists! Featuring an introduction by film historian Leonard Maltin.
  • What About Bob? Friday, July 28: The People’s Choice movie this year is a comedy cult classic. Bill Murray plays Bob, a well-meaning basket case with an egotistical new psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss).
  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Saturday, July 29: An epic space saga fitting for a Saturday night. Shown in memory of Lars Kelto.
  • Moana Sing-Along, Sunday, July 30: Closing out the festival is the animated musical that tells the story of a strong princess who sets out on her own path to save her people in true Maui style.

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For more details on Traverse City Film Festival 2017, visit traversecityfilmfest.org!


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