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2008-08-29 18:00:28

By JOHN FLESHER TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - They make movies that deal with unpleasant topics such as war and racism, yet are entertaining and even humorous. They're passionate, mischievously creative, politically liberal. Does this sound like "Michael Moore The Next Generation"? If so, there's a good reason. These filmmakers once worked with Moore on pictures such as "Roger & Me" and "Fahrenheit 9/11." Now they're turning out documentaries of their own. "Michael's body of work has...

2008-08-04 00:00:14

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's cherry capital welcomed pop royalty.Madonna appeared Saturday night at the Traverse City Film Festival, which was founded by Michael Moore and takes place in a fruit-growing region of their native Michigan.She introduced her documentary, "I Am Because We Are," before a screening. The movie deals with the orphans of Malawi, the African nation where she and husband Guy Ritchie adopted a son.She did not make any other appearances. (c) 2008 Telegraph -...

2008-08-03 12:00:02

Madonna arrived in the resort town of Traverse City, Mich., Saturday as one of the headliners of a film festival founded by fellow Michigan native Michael Moore. Hundreds of fans cheered from behind barricades as Madonna, wearing a black dress, high heels and sunglasses, stepped out of a black sport utility vehicle that pulled up in front of the State Theatre downtown. She hugged a waiting Moore, who sported an orange baseball cap, and posed for photos with him. "Welcome home, Madonna!"...

2008-08-03 03:00:02

The Traverse City Film Festival in rural Michigan got some major Hollywood glitz Saturday when Madonna showed her documentary about Malawi orphans. In addition to showing I Am Because We Are, Madonna, a native of Michigan, held a question and answer session with the audience, The Detroit Free Press reported. The news media were barred from the session. The film festival in Traverse City was founded by Michael Moore, the Flint, Mich., native known for documentaries like Roger and Me and...

2008-08-02 21:00:13

By Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press Aug. 2--Michael Moore brought the funny to the Traverse City Film Festival this morning, hosting a panel discussion on comedy at the City Opera House. "I've got my Madonna shorts on today," said the festival's founder, who paired them with a black T-shirt. Tonight, Madonna is coming here to introduce her very serious, often moving documentary, "I Am Because We Are." But the mood was mostly irreverent at the comedy panel, with some thoughtful...

2008-08-01 18:00:22

By Gretchen Murray, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Aug. 1--TRAVERSE CITY -- Filmmakers whose movies captured life and war in Iraq shared their insights with a Traverse City audience. An eight-member panel of documentary filmmakers gathered Thursday during the Traverse City Film Festival to sound off on the topic "Who Are These Terrorists, and Why Do They Make Movies?" But a packed audience at the City Opera House gleaned more than just a look into the mind of Middle East...

2008-08-01 18:00:22

By Victor Skinner, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Aug. 1--TRAVERSE CITY -- The title pretty much says it all. "Movies from People who want to Kill Us." The new, tongue-in-cheek category at this year's Traverse City Film Festival may poke fun at the American perspective on Arab culture and its people, but five movies under the title are expected to give attendees something more to reflect on. "It is quite easy for someone who gets only certain information to think certain ways,"...

2008-07-30 18:00:37

By Margaret Parsons, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 30--TRAVERSE CITY -- The growth of the Traverse City Film Festival extends to its musical participation. Along with continuing musical performances before movies at the venues and at the Open Space, the festival added late-night "Jam Sessions" during festival week, each with its own theme. "Exciting things are happening," Film Festival Entertainment Coordinator Mike Sullivan said. The jam sessions start at 10 p.m. and...

2008-07-30 18:00:37

By Marta Hepler Drahos, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 30--TRAVERSE CITY -- Oscar-winning screenwriter Kurt Luedtke will be the first celebrity to leave his mark on the new Traverse City Film Festival Walk of Fame. Film festival founder Michael Moore made the announcement at Tuesday's opening ceremony for the 2008 film festival where Luedtke, screenwriter for "Absence of Malice" and "Out of Africa," was presented with the third Michigan Filmmaker Award. His handprints and...


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