July 23, 2018


Don’t Miss This

The ultimate TCFF to-do list
By Ross Boissoneau | July 21, 2018

  So you know you want to “do” the Traverse City Film Festival, but you’re a first-timer (gasp!) and/or you just aren’t sure what — among the many films and events happening simultaneously — you absolutely must experience. Take it from the experts: There are certain aspects of this paean to celluloid that you don’t want to miss. Maybe it’s settling down to watch a movie with a thousand of your closest ... Read More >>

If You Only See One Film Next Week …

TCFF staffer picks the most unforgettable films of the 2018 TCFF
By Ross Boissoneau | July 21, 2018

The Traverse City Film Festival always brings a host of movies the general public knows virtually nothing about. So how to decide which ones to seek out? Which are good and which are really good? We’re here to help. OK, some of the staff at the Film Fest are here to help. After all, they’ve seen every single film showing at this year’s fest. We asked them to tell us which engaged, ... Read More >>


Ten years ago, Michigan called Hollywood, and Hollywood answered
By Patrick Sullivan | July 21, 2018

A decade ago, as the state reeled amid a national financial crisis, Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced a program to generate jobs and spur the economy: Michigan would offer the most generous film credits program in the country. The program started off looking like a success, and it peaked in 2010, Granholm’s final year in office, when $115 million in incentives were awarded. Then Gov. Rick Snyder came into office. He rolled back ... Read More >>

A Human Film About Hockey Players

Detroit’s Joshua Riehl brings The Russian Five story to the silver screen
By Ross Boissoneau | July 21, 2018

  When The Russian Five opens at the Traverse City Film Festival, there are sure to be loads of people in the audience familiar with the story: How a group of players from Russia helped the Detroit Red Wings win the club’s first Stanley Cup in 42 years. After all, this is Hockeytown North, where the Red Wings hold their training camp. But for those who don’t know a blue line from ... Read More >>

Michael Taillard, The Econozombist

He's forecasted the post-zombie-apocalypse economy, now he's running for state senate
By Ross Boissoneau | July 21, 2018

  Most people don’t consider the economic underpinnings of horror movies and the coming zombie apocalypse. Michael Taillard does. Of course, as The Econozombist, that should be expected. Taillard is a Beulah resident, husband, and father of four, and an economist and author by trade. He wrote the book on “Corporate Finance for Dummies”  — literally — and it’s considered a staple in college accounting and economics courses. Other titles he’s written ... Read More >>

Home Again

The case of a court-appointed guardian who took control of an 80-year-old woman’s life has taken a turn.
By Patrick Sullivan | July 14, 2018

Jennifer Rodgers walked into a courtroom July 3 and got something that seemed for months to be out of her reach: permission to spend time with her mom. The court ruling arrived just in time for Rodgers — and friends and family of her mom, 80-year-old Martha (pictured above, at right) — to get together for a Fourth of July cookout. The breakthrough occurred after Martha’s legal guardianship and conservatorship transferred from ... Read More >>

Mackinac Cottage Tours

Island cottage gawkers can get an insider’s glimpse
By Kristi Kates | July 14, 2018

Moira Croghan knows Mackinac Island right down to its roots. Her family has been there since the 1800s. Although she was raised in Washington, D.C. and later made her home in Richmond, Virginia, she’s spent most every summer of her life on Mackinac. Once she retired, she made the island her home, leaving only for a short time each winter to visit her kids, who still live in Virginia. But she said ... Read More >>

Chasing the Elusive Hole In One

The men, women, kids, and Up North courses who’ve had that single-stroke magic
By Al Parker | July 14, 2018

  Frank Sinatra, Justin Timberlake, and Smokey Robinson all did it. So did Gerald Ford, Dwight Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon, who was so excited by it that he called it “the greatest thrill of his life.” Yeah, nailing golf’s Holy Grail, a hole in one, is special and rare, right? Well, maybe not. After all, Manistee native Scott MacGregor has done it seven times. “It’s luck,” said MacGregor, 71, who now divides ... Read More >>

Come On, Get Happy (Hour) at Suttons Bay Wineries and Cidery

By Ross Boissoneau | July 14, 2018

In the Suttons Bay area, they’re taking the concept of Happy Hour to a whole new level — the hilltop level. Three wineries — Willow Vineyards, Ciccone Vineyard and Winery, and Chateau de Leelanau — and Suttons Bay Ciders are working together to promote Hilltop Happy Hour. The idea came from Jo Crampton, who owns and runs Willow Vineyards with her husband, John. “We figured out last year we weren’t getting much ... Read More >>

Two Guys and their Food Trucks

Birdhouse Bites Expanding Fast
By Kristi Kates | July 14, 2018

Entrepreneurs Ben Crow and Syker Nelles have been friends since junior high school, when a chance accident turned the pair of classmates into lifelong pals.          “Ben broke his leg at football practice, and I was the one who volunteered to get out of class early to push his wheelchair while he healed,” Nelles said. “We’ve been friends ever since.”          When Nelles got his first job, at Taco Bell, at age ... Read More >>

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