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Michael Moore helps Michigan go to the movies

Moore_boffo by Pat Saperstein

Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival has announced the program for its sixth year.

The fest takes place July 27 to Aug. 1 and kicks off with Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” and John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy.”

The fest has seen increasing ticket sales each year, with more than 96,000 tix sold last year. Sony Pictures Classics’ co-prexies Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are attending to accept a fest honor.

Spotlights include a Beatles tribute, a salute to Cuban film and 3D screenings of “Cane Toads: The Conquest” and “U2 3D.”

Founded by Moore to bring often-undistributed national and international films to the public in the lakeside Michigan area where he lives, the fest’s board members include Larry Charles, Terry George and Christine Lahti.

Also slated are U.S. Premieres of foreign docus with the directors present: “Draquila – Italy Trembles” by fest board member Sabina Guzzanti and “Czech Peace” by the Eastern European mischief-makers who were the hit of the first festival in 2005 with “Czech Dream.”

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