TC Film Festival returns with a new director

By Beth Milligan | April 21, 2022

The Traverse City Film Festival will return this summer under a new director, founder Michael Moore announced Thursday.

According to Moore, the festival will take place from July 26 to 31 and will present more than 40 films in 4 to 5 theaters and at the Open Space. He said nearly two dozen filmmakers and stars will attend the event in person. “After being postponed for the past two summers due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now, after much discussion, planning and support from you over the past few months, I have some very good news for you today. today,” Moore said on the TCFF. website, announcing the return of the festival. “To you, our members and friends, our sponsors and donors, as well as our brilliant volunteers and all who make up our audience – you are the heart and soul of our beloved film festival. information about the exciting events we are planning and all the ways you can volunteer and have fun hosting a photo exhibit with us.”

Moore continued: “You all know how much I believe in the importance of cinema, especially in times like these. It’s, in part, the movies (especially the big ones) that are going to help us out of our isolation, loss and division that we have all experienced over the past 2+ years.These films, which I treat with as much care as if they were my own, help us remember the full range of human experience, imagination, wonder, empathy, adventure – which we desperately need right now.”

Moore said TCFF has hired Telluride Film Festival veteran Johanna Evans to be the festival’s new director. Evans served as head of film programming and operations for eight years at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, where she curated and managed a slate of more than 200 films a year, according to her LinkedIn profile. She also served as Executive Director of the American Resilience Project, a nonprofit organization that “harnesses the power of strategic narratives to address our greatest threats to human security and civilizational stability.” Evans attended Dartmouth College and holds an MA in English Literature from Lehigh University.


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