Traverse City Film Festival to feature works by Interlochen Arts Academy students, present on-campus screening

Interlochen Center for the Arts is partnering with the annual Traverse City Film Festival for two events: one in downtown Traverse City and the other on Interlochen’s campus.

A free and public screening will take place on July 22 at 7 p.m. at DeRoy Center for Film Studies on Interlochen’s campus. It will feature the 2018 film Tel Aviv on Fire by Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi. The film is not rated, but is recommended for audiences ages 13 and older.

Shorts by Interlochen Students will take place July 31 at 12 p.m. at Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City. The showcase features 12 short films that exemplify some of the best thesis films created by Motion Picture Arts students over the past 15 years. Each film is entirely written, directed, edited, performed, and scored by Interlochen Arts Academy students. A Q&A will follow with Director of Motion Picture Arts Michael Mittelstaedt and students. Graduates of Motion Picture Arts have gone on to work for companies like Apple, Dreamworks, and Ken Burns Florentine Films.

“This season, we are thrilled to put on a show at the festival dedicated to the work of our Academy Motion Picture Arts majors,” said Mittelstaedt.

This curated event features student works including: “BOX,” “Dreams that Transcend All Boundaries,” “Hero Club” (excerpt), “Why, God?,” “Monochrome,” “Number Duet,” “One O' Clock Sharp,” “Flash Point,” “Stalker,” “How to Make an Origami Paper Crane,” “Border Woods,” and “Grab him by the...?”

“Our involvement with the festival goes all the way back to the beginning. Every season we’ve had a single film showcased as an opener for a feature presentation,” said Mittelstaedt. “This year is the first season that has a show solely of Academy Motion Picture Arts films. Having the opportunity to extend that relationship into two screenings is an immeasurably important opportunity for these students.”

“Our meaningful participation with an internationally respected film festival like the TCFF has been a gift to our film program here at Interlochen,” Mittelstaedt said. “It’s our hope that this experience will bring more exposure to the sophisticated work done here by our incredibly talented students and will give perspective to young filmmakers as they attend events throughout the festival.”

More information and tickets to Tel Aviv on Fire can be found online.

The Traverse City Film Festival was founded in 2005 by Michael Moore, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Michigan native. The festival runs from July 30 to Aug. 4 this year.

Movies Around the Bay: “Tel Aviv on Fire”
July 22, 7:00 p.m.
DeRoy Center for Film Studies
Age 13 and older
$15, tickets required

Shorts by Interlochen Students
July 31, 12 p.m.
Old Town Playhouse
Age 13 and older
FREE, no tickets required