Traverse City Film Festival

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Traverse City, Michigan (Pop. 14,674)
July 31 – August 5, 2012

Nestled at the tip of the mitten on the gorgeous Traverse City Bay, the quaint cherry-picking and vineyard landscape is reason enough to visit the Traverse City Film Festival. While only eight years old, the festival has made a big name for itself. Michael Moore founded it on a mission “to save one of America’s few indigenous art forms.” In 2011, Traverse ran 156 screenings of docs to a total audience of 128,000. The festival also presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking the bay at dusk.

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Emily Thomas is a Fall 2011 intern with POV Digital. She's interned at Esquire magazine and Vice magazine. Currently Emily is finishing her senior year at NYU, where she is double majoring in journalism and social & cultural analysis. She is also a freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker.Her top five documentaries are:1. Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders)2. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh)3. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)4. Dont Look Back (D A Pennebaker)5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)