Traverse City Events: 2013 Traverse City Film Festival Line Up

The Human Scale 

2012 | Denmark | NR | 83 min.

In a world where half of the population lives in cities – a figure that some estimate will increase to 80% in the next 40 years – how should our urban areas be structured? Following the work of Danish architect Jan Gehl, who has studied human behavior in cities for the past 40 years, this thought-provoking documentary examines life in some of the fastest-growing cities around the globe to make a case for urban planning that prioritizes people over cars. "The Human Scale" is a beautiful and haunting look at the impending issue of overpopulation, offering an alternative to a future of corporate-backed megacities.

Wed 9 am Milliken Auditorium | Thu 3 pm Bijou by the Bay

Inequality For All

2013 | USA | NR | 100 min.

Aiming to do for the economy what “An Inconvenient Truth” did for the environment, this engrossing documentary offers an engaging and playful examination into the causes and consequences of the widening income gap in America. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich acts as an affable tour guide through the current US economy, showing how the 400 wealthiest individuals came to own half of country’s total assets, and the risks of continuing down the path we're currently on. With a deft and humorous touch, he breaks down the complex issues our country faces to show what’s happening to the disappearing middle class, and what we can do about it. In Person: Robert Reich.

Fri 3 pm State Theatre | Sat 3 pm City Opera House

More than Honey 

2013 | Switzerland | NR | 91 min.

Einstein once proclaimed that if bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would soon follow. As the unexplained phenomenon of colony collapse disorder threatens to push honeybees to extinction, the global ecosystem may hang in the balance. This captivating documentary delves into the fascinating world of honeybees by launching an investigation into the mystery surrounding their recent decline. With dazzling cinematography bringing the complexities of honeybee colonies into focus, "More Than Honey" takes us on a worldwide tour with stops in California, China, Switzerland and Australia to examine the possible causes of the species' decline and ask broader questions about mankind's place in the environment. In Person: Director Markus Imhoof.

Fri 6 pm Milliken Auditorium | Sun 12 noon Old Town Playhouse

Our Nixon

2013 | USA | NR | 85 min.

In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, the FBI seized a cache of over five hundred reels of Super-8 home movies of Nixon’s years as President as filmed by his top aides. Contained within the films were many historical events: the administration’s first trip to China, the moon landing, the RNC, and more; but they also captured a candid record of daily life in the Oval Office. In this mesmerizing all-archival documentary, filmmaker Penny Lane combines these home movies with the audio from the White House tapes and other rare footage from the time to create an intimate portrait of the Nixon presidency and add a new dimension to America’s most scandalized President.

Thu 3 pm City Opera House | Sun 9 am Milliken Auditorium

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