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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Film Festival Panels

- July 27th, 2009
Film Festival Panels
Filmmakers share insights at City Opera House 7/27/09

How do you make a great movie? This week, daily panels of filmmakers,
documentarians, actors and participants will offer their insights into
what goes on behind the camera in the quest to make cinematic art.
Held free of charge at the City Opera House Wednesday through Sunday, July
29-Aug. 2, the panels offer firsthand stories and opinions from visiting
filmmakers as they mix it up with each other and the audience.
“These sessions range from the hilarious to the moving,” said Film
Festival founder and Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. “They’re
always spontaneous and lively -- so much so, in fact, that it’s typical
for the discussions to run over the time we have set aside and spill out
into the hallways and the streets because people just don’t want to stop
the conversation once it’s started.”
Free tickets are handed out beginning at 8:30 a.m. to guarantee seating
for the panels which start at 9:30. A maximum of two tickets per person
will be distributed.

The schedule includes:

Wednesday, July 29
“40 Years of Documentary Filmmaking”
It’s been 40 years since “Woodstock” and 20 years since Moore debuted his
documentary, “Roger & Me.” Meanwhile, great documentaries continue to be
made, with some of the best films in the 2009 festival being
documentaries. Some of the world’s top documentary filmmakers, in Traverse
City for the festival, will talk about the history of their craft and the
world and times in which they work. Joining Moore in the discussion will
be Aung Htun (“Burma VJ”), Joe Berlinger (“Crude”), Cathal Black
(“Learning Gravity”), Jim Czarnecki (“Soundtrack for a Revolution”),
Michelle Esrick (“Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie”), Emily
Kunstler (“William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe”) and Kevin McMahon
(“Waterlife”).

Thursday, July 30
“Palestine and Vine”:
This panel will explore what Moore describes as two of the best films on
this year’s schedule: “Rachel” and “Salt of This Sea.”
“Palestinian film had a watershed year in 2009, sending the world
cinematic voices we rarely get to hear in the U.S.,” Moore said.
Rachel Corrie’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, and Palestinian
filmmakers Annemarie Jacir and Ossama Bawardi (“Salt of This Sea”) will
talk about making great art out of hard material.

Friday, July 31
“Michigan Film Office Advisory Council Meeting”:
The bi-monthly meeting of the Governor’s Michigan Film Office Advisory
Council will give the panel audience a look at how the state government is
working to bring the film industry to Michigan.

Saturday, Aug. 1
“Comedy, American Style”:
Festival-goers can expect to enjoy an hour or two talking and laughing
with filmmakers Robert Byington (“Harmony and Me,” “Registered Sex
Offender”), Larry Charles (“Bruno”), Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”),
Ben Steinbauer (“Winnebago Man”) and Wavy Gravy (“Woodstock,” “Saint
Misbehavin’”).

Sunday, Aug. 2
“Paul Mazursky Talks”:
The festival is honoring filmmaking great Paul Mazursky this year with a
special tribute. Mazursky will talk with Jeff Garlin about his films and a
life in the movies.

The Traverse City Film Festival runs July 28-Aug. 2. For more information,
visit
www.traversecityfilmfestival.org.

 
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