The Traverse City Film Festival will present a slate of free films at the Open Space in downtown Traverse City every evening from Tuesday, July 29th to Sunday, August 3rd.  Projected onto a 65-foot inflatable screen, the following films to feature at the Northern Michigan festival were selected by the public from a pool of previous Open Space movies screened during the Traverse City Film Festival’s nine-year history.  So grease those joints on your lawn chairs and fluff out your outdoor blankets: it’s going to be a good week of free Open Space movies and entertainment events.

Each screening will begin at sundown, 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:

  • Jaws on Tuesday, July 29th: The original summer blockbuster, and the first film to ever screen at the Traverse City Film Festival’s Open Space, way back in 2005. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  • Jurassic Park on Wednesday, July 30th: Rained out in 2006, the dinosaurs were mighty peeved, so they’re coming back with a vengeance this year.  Directed by Steven Spielberg.
  • Casablanca on Thursday, July 31st: Hollywood’s greatest romance, and an iconic film that still carries seven decades after its release.  Directed by Michael Curtiz.
  • Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope on Friday, August 1st: Receiving the most votes of any movie during the voting process, this film gets the prized Friday slot.  Directed by George Lucas.
  • The Goonies on Saturday, August 2nd: Hey you guys!  Don’t miss this mischievous action-comedy classic.  Directed by Richard Donner.
  • The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, August 3rd: Join Dorothy and the gang for this epic musical-comedy, which coincides with the festival’s Closing Night Bash. Directed by Victor Flemming.

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