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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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