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July 31, 2013

Film Festival Outtakes: 08/01/2013

- "I heard Kate Hudson was supposed to be in town," a woman said to a man while sitting in a Front Street coffee shop Tuesday morning. The couple continued to speculate about other stars they've heard might wind up in town.

- Allan Collard, the State Theatre’s building manager and a festival volunteer for eight years is “In-Kind Donations Manager.” That means he solicits and arranges in-kind donations and tries to get discounts for the many things that make the festival flow smoothly – a fleet of 16 cars to ferry around filmmakers, guest actors, actresses and other VIPs from venue to venue, 20 porta-johns for the nightly free movies at the Open Space, donated Elmer’s cranes and labor to help set up and take down tents, tables and chairs at the festival’s several parties. He also hits up local businesses for items to fill gift bags to filmmakers. This year’s bags included everything from Grand Traverse Pie Co. pies and local wines to dried cherries and other cherry products.

- Overheard late Tuesday afternoon as festival volunteer Donna Moore carried a table top down East Front Street for the Opening Night Party: “There’s a decorating committee coming?” Moore asked a fellow volunteer incredulously. Was that a serious question, a passing Record-Eagle reporter asked. “Yes, there’s a committee for everything," she said, explaining that she was assigned to the Beverage Committee on Tuesday but got there early and helped set up for the opening night party. On Wednesday, she was scheduled to be "The Bubble Lady" at the Kids Fest outside Central Grade School. Her task? To walk across the school lawn blowing bubbles, a job that clearly delighted her. This is Moore’s third year volunteering. “I mix drinks and blow bubbles.”

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