Traverse City Record-Eagle

2012 Traverse City Film Festival

August 2, 2012

Film Fest Outtakes: 08/02/2012

TRAVERSE CITY — - "I never knew you guys had sand on your lakes," said Susan Sarandon, joking with a City Opera House audience during the film festival panel Wednesday morning.

- Sarandon's appearance at the Traverse City Film Festival wasn't the first time local residents warmly embraced her.

Decades ago, Sarandon chatted with Record-Eagle political columnist George Weeks and Traverse City resident Joyce Braithwaite-Brickley aboard a plane during the latter years of Gov. William Milliken's administration.

Braithwaite-Brickley recently recalled the meeting:

"In the late 1970s Governor Milliken, three state troopers, George Weeks and I went on a business trip (to) the Dominican Republic. When we boarded our plane home, I noticed actress Susan Sarandon sitting near us. She was a great favorite of mine so I said, 'Excuse me. I want you to know how much I enjoy your work so thanks so much,' and I kept moving. She answered, 'I'm writing a letter right now, but I will come to find you when I'm finished.'

"Surprise. She did. So she and I and George went to the upper deck on the plane and had a drink together. She was a very friendly and charming person. We still see all of her pictures and reminisce about our chance encounter."

- More people seem to be tweeting about this year's festival. Those who weren't able to attend the Opening Night Movie could follow along by tracking tweets such as these:

@womenable: Best #TCFF opening nightSusan Sarandon & Rodriguez himself at "Searching for Sugar Man." Wow!!!

@Mariobatali: Wow. Sugar Man!! Premiere @traversecityfilmfestival Go see it ASAP !!

- Sarandon recounted a prank she and "Thelma & Louise" co-star Geena Davis played on the filmmakers. While shooting a scene, the two recited their lines in a Scandinavian language. When the footage was reviewed, movie makers thought it was playing backwards.

-- Check out the Record-Eagle's Film Festival Dailies blog for up-to-date festival news, quips and tweets. It's online at

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