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Before he opened relations the People's Republic of China (and before, you know, he resigned in disgrace) President Richard Nixon took part in what may have been the most important summit of the 20th century; his meeting with Elvis Presley in the Oval Office of the White House on December 21, 1970. The photo of the two shaking hands is the single most requested photo of all the estimated eight million photos in the National Archives, believe it or not.
We've got two weeks worth of special events on the horizon starting today. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know:
It's our 100th anniversary this year, in case you didn't know. And while techincally the State has only been in existence since 1949, there has been a theater on this site since 1916 (The Lyric Theater, which burned down twice.) From July, 1916 through July, 2016, it's been a Century of Cinema in Traverse City! And in preparation for this year’s State Theatre Centennial Celebration, we're asking you to share your memories of our beloved theater!
What's a bumper? It's a short film designed to film before a feature film extolling the virtues of the TCFF. And it's time for you to get cracking making one and entering it in our annual TCFF Bumper Contest for a chance to win cash prizes, including a Grand Prize of $1,000.
What at first glance looks like just a kids movie is actually a pretty compelling police procedural. It's connecting with both kids at adults, but it's not doing so in that ham-handed way something like "Shrek" would with pop culture references and jokes that instantly date themselves.
It's so warm in Traverse City, most people we know are cancelling their trips to Barbados and the Cameron Highlands so they can enjoy Spring Break Staycation at the State March 25-31 — 35 movies in 7 days, all for FREE!
There's something for everybody — we've got spies and dolphins, lovers and fighters, Martians and captains, and movie stars galore. Plus we've got kids matinees every morning, all FREE, with a star map presentation by astronomer Jerry Dobek most mornings at 9:45 am.
On Sunday, March 6, after the 5:15 screening of his new film “Where to Invade Next,” Michael Moore will Skype in to present Hammer & Chisel awards honoring people who take big risks, who have courage, who get the ball rolling against insurmountable odds, and do good things in our community and for our country.
Sure, you may have heard Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won his Oscar this past Sunday (yaaaaaaaay! - you can check out his performance in "The Revenant" this week at the State), but the real winners were those who joined us at our annual State Theatre Academy Awards Party and/or entered our Oscar Ballot Contest!