- Sid Van Slyke III may be the Traverse City Film Festival's youngest volunteer. Sid, 5, is VIP of Flashlights at the City Opera House, where his dad, Sid Van Slyke, is emcee. Young Sid has been volunteering with his dad since he was 2 and wears a special Film Fest volunteer T-shirt his mom, Stephanie Van Slyke, tailor-made for him from one of dad's volunteer shirts.
- Think Film Fest attendees get enough popcorn while watching movies? Think again.
"On Film Fest days we give out tons of popcorn," said Emma Laird, an employee at downtown Traverse City's Pop-Kies Gourmet Popcorn, which offers free samples on the sidewalk in front of the store. "I think it's because we have lots of flavors and multiple sizes. And quite honestly, our popcorn is better for you because it's popped in coconut oil."
- Melissa Bullard of Traverse City and Amy Borgman of Muskegon came prepared for a 3 p.m. Wednesday screening of "Short Narratives 1." The friends shared a dish of quinoa salad made by Bullard's mom, Ruthann Leppala, while standing in line for the film — one of eight they'll see together at this year's Film Fest.
- Film Fest volunteer Lori Bloink was conducting an attendee survey outside the State Theatre Wednesday when she spotted an elderly man with a cane standing in line. Bloink helped seat the man early, then offered to fetch his wife from a nearby store.
"Whatever we see that somebody has a need for, we just step up," Bloink said.
- “Because Coach told us to … and because we want to help the community,” said a chorus of Kingsley High School football players on the decision to lift tables on Front Street instead of weights during practice time Tuesday.
- Traverse City Film Festival fan Brittny Hurst wore a 2012 festival hoodie Tuesday as she loaded up on the 2014 version at the Film Fest box office. The Toledo, Ohio, resident is visiting the festival for the third time, with friend Brigitte Biedenbach and boyfriend Chris Ryan.