TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

aka State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay   |   Traverse City, MI   |  www.traversecityfilmfestival.org

Mission

The Traverse City Film Festival is committed to showing 'Just Great Movies' and helping to save one of America's few indigenous art forms- the cinema. We are committed to showing great movies that both entertain and enlighten the audience. We need movies that seek to enrich the human spirit and the art of filmmaking, not the bottom line. Our goal is for people to leave the theater with the feeling that they just watched something special.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Deb Lake

Main address

PO Box 4064

Traverse City, MI 49685 USA

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EIN

20-3100410

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Traverse City Film Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to the idea that “One Great Movie Can Change You: Just Great Movies” and to helping save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August.

The festival also presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space at dusk. Free panel discussions with directors, writers, actors, and other members of the film industry are offered daily. And an affordable film school runs throughout the festival, offering twice daily classes for film students and film lovers.

It was instrumental in renovating a shuttered historic downtown movie house, the State Theatre, which it continues to own and operate as a year-round, community-based, and volunteer-staffed art house movie theater. The festival also renovated the historic Con Foster Museum building in Clinch Park and turned it into a sister screen for the State Theatre, the Bijou by the Bay.

Population(s) Served

The State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay present the very best new movies, with world-class picture, screen, and sound — right downtown. Plus, we bring so many classic and special films to our big screens with 16,000 watt Dolby Digital sound that we end up showing over 400 different films annually! Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore is our volunteer programmer, selecting the best of cinema's present and past for you to watch in the most comfortable seats you can find anywhere — and they were made right here in Michigan!

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TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2017
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Board chair

Michael Moore

Tia Lessin

Rod Birleson

Penny Milliken

Larry Charles

Mark Cousins

Jeff Daniels

Terry George

Christine Lahti

Tom Morello

John Robert Williams

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes