TRAVERSE CITY — Movie-goers at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival will have another way to view the night sky besides looking up at the State Theatre's starry ceiling.
The 40-passenger Nauti-Cat catamaran will screen nightly movies while motoring around West Grand Traverse Bay.
“People will be able to mill around; if they want to watch the stars they can do that,” said Jack Nowland, co-owner and –captain of the 47-foot sailing vessel. “I think it’s just the experience of being able to go out on the bay and see a movie. It’s the novelty.”
The festival, July 29-Aug. 3, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with more than 200 films, including free films at the Open Space and at new venue "The Buzz," located at InsideOut Gallery. The theater space named after the late festival friend Buzz Wilson will show favorite movies from each of the last nine TC film fests, as well as critically acclaimed new films.
“These are truly great films — they’re not secondary films — and they’re free,” said Traverse City Film Festival executive director Deb Lake, adding that the venue is based on the Telluride Film Festival’s free-movie venue, Back Lot. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
Other new festival additions include "Movies Around the Bay," six screenings in theaters from Petoskey to Manistee the week before the festival; a joint 60th birthday-10th film fest anniversary celebration with festival founder and programmer Michael Moore; and a "Traverse City Film Festival Around the World event," in which audiences across the globe come "together.”
“It’s like a live video hookup of theaters on seven continents and they’ll all watch the same movie at the same time,” Lake said. “Some people will be watching it at 8 in the morning, some will be watching it at 8 p.m.”