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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Dave Poinsett manages to keep the State Theatre on Track

Rick Coates - July 29th, 2013  


If you attend the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) this week you will notice that things run pretty smoothly.

You can thank the hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours to make the TCFF one of the best film festivals in the world.

Dave Poinsett is the venue manager at the State Theatre during Film Fest week. He is one of those typical volunteers, a movie buff, community minded and a working professional who takes a week’s vacation to volunteer.

“I love every minute of it. This has been one of the most exciting adventures I have been on,” said Poinsett. “I consider it my civic duty to be involved. The TCFF and the State Theatre means so much to this community and the region.”

MAN OF MANY TALENTS

Poinsett has lived in the area since 1973. He is the research and development manager for the R.M. Young Company that produces precision weather instruments for a worldwide customer base. He designs the electronics that go into the instruments and writes the operating software for the electronics. In his spare time he is the lead guitarist for the Fresh Fossils an eclectic rock and blues band that performs in the area.

After attending the first TCFF in 2005 he was hooked.

“You would have thought they had been putting on film festivals for years -- everything went so smooth and seamless. I knew I wanted to get involved but other projects were in the way,” said Poinsett. “Finally my schedule cleared up and I started volunteering at the State Theatre when it was renovated in 2007 and then with the Film Festival in 2008.”

For Poinsett and the other volunteers, this is a labor of love and most have no idea how many hours they donate.

“I have no idea and don’t care. The other day we figured that there will be more than 2,000 volunteer hours put in during Film Fest week at the State Theatre alone,” said Poinsett. “During the Film Fest my shift is from 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm but I have no idea how many hours I put in leading up to the Festival as there are many weeks of preparation. Plus, there are things I do before and after my shift. For me -- and really for every volunteer -- this truly is a labor of love.”

DELAYED GRATIFICATION

So how many movies does Poinsett get to watch during the TCFF?

“As far as watching films, last year I was able to watch two. We try to set it up so that managers can see movies. My schedule this year is such that I may not get to see a movie, but some of these films will be back so I will get to seem them later.”

But Poinsett is not concerned about watching films. Like the hundreds who volunteer, the rewards of the TCFF come from the expressions and comments of the thousands who attend.

“We really work hard to make this a great experience for everyone involved, from the volunteers and filmgoers to our visiting filmmakers and celebrities and sponsors,” said Poinsett. “The thank you’s and positive comments all make every minute worth while. Our visiting filmmakers and celebrities all rave about the TCFF, Traverse City and how friendly it is, the great food. I have not visited many theaters, but these filmmakers, many who have traveled the world, say they have never seen anything like the State Theatre.”

Poinsett also knows that the work he and the other volunteers do is having a huge impact on the region.

“I am amazed that our small community has something of this level of cultural significance happening. It is really cool. The TCFF has an impact on everyone from the citizens to the business owners, it adds so much to the area.”

 
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