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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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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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