SPECIAL EVENTS-PALOOZA!

We've got two weeks worth of special events on the horizon starting today. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know:

PAPER TIGERS - FREE!
Monday, May 2 at 6:00 pm
- Presented by N. Michigan Resilience Coalition

Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, "Paper Tigers" is a powerful look into the lives of students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth and Trauma Informed Communities -- a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). Panel discussion to follow. NR, 102 min.

NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE OPIUM EPIDEMIC  - FREE!
Tuesday, May 3 at 6:00 pmPresented by Harm Reduction Michigan
Lieutenant Detective Patrick Glynn, a nationally-renowned leader in helping to reduce substance abuse, is coming to Traverse City to talk about the ways law enforcement and public health agencies can partner to disrupt the cycle of drug use, crime, and recidivism. The event with feature local and national experts in substance abuse prevention, treatment, policy, and policing.

BIKE NIGHT AT THE BIJOU - FREE!
Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 pmPresented by Norte! - Tickets $15
Filmed By Bike's carefully curated "Bike Love" short film program  features 11 biketastic films for all-ages ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious -- and thanks to Norte, they're coming to the Bijou! No bikes allowed, though -- jk jk jk jk, lolol, bikes are totally allowed at TC's own Bike Friendly Bijou! Tickets are $15 and include one free beer from The Workshop Brewing Co., bike valet service, and as many free high fives as you can handle! All Ages, 90 min. 

"INSIDE OUT" - FREE!
Thursday, May 5 at 4 pm
Presented by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health
Come see Pixar's Oscar-winning masterpiece, the movie that has "forever changed the way people think about the way people think," for FREE on Thursday afternoon. Presented in recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, we couldn't think of a more perfect film to show than this bold, brave, audacious, and loving piece of cinema about how our minds work. This film helps parents talk to their kids about emotions. It's making the world a better place. Come celebrate it with us. Rated PG, 95 min.

"MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS" - Tickets $12
Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 pm
Simulcast Q&A with Sharon Stone, Selma Blair, Mira Sorvino and more! This touching love letter to moms everywhere interweaves stories about what it means to be a mom, which are tied together via single gal Rigby Gray (Blair), a rock music photographer who is riding a career high when an unlikely and unexpected pregnancy forces her to turn her lens inward. Stick around afterwards for an exclusive simulcast Q&A featuring Selma Blair, Mira Sorvino, Sharon Stone, Ashanti, and director Paul Duddridge. Rated PG-13, 90 mins. 

"MAD HOT BALLROOM": A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES TO BENEFIT MICHAEL'S PLACE - Tickets $25
Friday, May 6 at 7 pm
Join Michael’s Place and friends for the 7th Annual "A Night at the Movies" benefit. Watch a great film, get your dance on, and support a worthy cause. Tickets for this special event are $25 and include popcorn and pop. "Mad Hot Ballroom" is an inspiring look inside the lives of 10 year old New York City kids who journey into the world of ballroom dancing. With the help of dedicated teachers, the kids are transformed from reluctant participants to determined competitors, as they contend for first place in the final citywide competition. This hilarious and at times nail-biting documentary will have you cheering on your favorite teams in a celebration of what it was like when anything was possible.

"BODY OF WAR" SCREENING AND BOOK SIGNING EVENT
Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 pm
A special presentation of the documentary "Body of War" with Mark Wilkerson, author of "Tomas Young's War." Wilkerson will be on hand following the screening to answer questions and sign copies of his new book. In this documentary, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young returns from duty with a severed spine and post-traumatic stress disorder. As Young reflects on his experiences in combat and the high price he paid for going to fight in the Middle East, he begins to question the validity of the war in Iraq and the value of war in general. 

UPNORTH TV HIGH SCHOOL FILM CONTEST - FREE!
Sunday, May 8 at 1 pm
We're excited to be hosting the UpNorthTV High School Film Contest! Up to eight films will be accepted from Northern Michigan high school students and showcased on the big screen at the State. Films will fit into one of two categories: Narrative Film or Documentary Film. Three judges will assess each film based on three criteria: Visuals, Sound Design and Story. The judges will provide brief feedback following each film, and the Best Film winners in each category will be announced at the end of the show. In addition, the audience at the State will select an Audience Choice winner. The two Best Film winners will receive a Production Assistant position on the set of a future Brauer Productions project! This is a great opportunity to work with a professional crew right here in Northern Michigan. The Audience Choice winner will receive a $200 cash prize.

"THE DANISH GIRL"
Tuesday, May 10 at 6 pm
Join us for this special screening in advance of author David Ebershoff ("The Danish Girl") appearance at the National Writers Series on Thursday, May 12.
The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) and Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”), directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

TEDxTRAVERSECITY - FREE!
Wednesday, May 11 at 9 am
TEDxTraverseCity will bring together the most innovative and inspiring minds. The inspirational day will honor innovators who have passion, curiosity, creativity and adaptability to change the world with revolutionary ideas.

THE HARVEST - FREE!
Thursday, May 12 at 6 pm
Presented by the Justice and Peace Advocacy Center. Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we eat.  Zulema, Perla, and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive.  "The Harvest" profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. From the Producers of the Academy-Award® Nominated film, "War/Dance" and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, this award-winning documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.