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Michael Moore launches Michigan film fest

Will feature free outdoor screenings of classic films
/ Source: The Associated Press

Director Michael Moore is bringing a film festival to this tourist town in his native Michigan that will feature free outdoor showings of classic movies on an inflatable screen.

Among the films being considered: “Jaws,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Casablanca.”

But no “Fahrenheit 9/11” — or any of the other opinionated movies the liberal activist has made, such as “Bowling for Columbine.”

The Traverse City Film Festival Committee, with Moore as chairman, received permission from city commissioners Monday to use a park on Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay for viewings, scheduled for July 28-31.

Moore assured the commissioners that the festival, consisting of about 30 movies, will be nonpartisan and dedicated solely to promoting art and culture.

G- and PG-rated films will be shown on a 49-foot-by 24-foot inflatable screen by the waterfront. Indoor selections around town, for which admission will be charged, will range from classics to independent and foreign productions.

Moore, a Flint native whose documentary “Roger and Me” chronicled his hometown’s economic collapse during auto industry downsizing in the 1980s, divides his time between New York City and rural Antrim County near Traverse City.

The festival’s $150,000 budget will be covered by ticket sales and donations.

Moore said he hopes it eventually will become a leading annual film festival and send a message that Americans crave well-made pictures.