TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Film Festival announced its first guest for the upcoming festival, and it’s a high-profile one.
Two-time Oscar-winning actress and activist Jane Fonda will visit the festival to accept its Lifetime Achievement Award and will appear at a screening of the new HBO documentary, "Jane Fonda in Five Acts," with director Susan Lacy.
Fonda — who also won four Golden Globe awards, two BAFTA awards and an Emmy Award — has appeared in more than 50 films including the recent "Book Club." Currently she stars in the Netflix sitcom “Grace and Frankie.”
She also is a leading advocate for environmental issues, human rights and the empowerment of women and girls.
"We're very excited," said Film Fest Acting Director Meg Weichman. "I'd heard about the new doc about her life and career at Sundance, and it seemed like a perfect match. She's such an incredible voice (whether acting or) taking a stand for women. 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' is probably the most devastating film I've ever seen."
The festival will present three of Fonda's films in a 40th anniversary screening of "Coming Home," a screening of "Julia," and a free Open Space screening of "Nine to Five."
The 14th annual festival runs July 31-August 5. A complete festival schedule, including details of Fonda's appearance, will go online June 29 at tcff.org.
Tickets for the festival will go on sale to Friends of the Film Festival July 15 and to the public July 21.