JULY 25 - 30, 2017





Craig Rosenberg '85


Traverse City Film Festival

333 E. State Street

July 25th - 28th 11 AM - 6 PM

July 29th 11 AM - 2 PM


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Director/ Producer: Olivia Dimmer, Co-Director and Editor: Daniel Stephens

Director/Writer: Amy Wagenaar


In this taut psychological thriller, a struggling Midwestern farm family descends into dysfunction and chaos when threatened with the loss of their home. For the third year in a row, MSU’s Theatre 2 Film achieves the estimable feat of bringing a student-created full-length feature film to TCFF. “Stay With Me” is the product of a creative collaboration between the more than 100 passionate and  enthusiastic student actors, directors, editors, composers, producers, and art directors, involved with every aspect of production.


Come support the fresh talent behind this compelling and suspenseful flick. In Person: Michigan State University Student Filmmakers.


Stay With Me

Wednesday, July 26, Noon

Old Town Playhouse

This film is a part of the FREE Buzz movie series.


Shorts by MSU Students

Friday, July 28, 3:00 PM

Kirkbride at the Commons

These films are a part of the FREE Buzz movie series.

A collection of five short documentary and fiction films from students in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the College of Arts and Letters. Run Time: 90 min.

Stay With Me:

Supervising Producers: Paul Roh, Anna Young

Producers: Jasmine Abbasov, Aly Girling, Tyler Kieft, Rachel Posler, Zuwaib Razzaq, Chris Ryan

Directors: Tyler Clifton, Ryan Bassel, Elise Conklin, Stuart Heinlein, Kim Labick, Michael Pomorski

This environmental documentary takes a look at the 64-year-old Line 5 oil pipeline, which runs underneath the straits of Mackinaw. The film features interviews from leading organizations in the fight to decommission Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, members of indigenous communities at risk, concerned residents, as well as Enbridge Energy’s public response to this conflict.

In a world, in a country, on a map, in a wood lies a town of shadows at the edge of a dark road. At the edge of the town, at the edge of the wood there is a house with a boy named Charlie. This is Charlie.


Director: Stuart Heinlein


Director/Writer: Nicole Bush and Andrew Kitto

Following her boyfriend's attempted suicide, a young woman is forced to reevaluate their relationship, and her own life.

A visual experience inspired by the poem “Gut Reaction” by Nicole Bush.


Director/Writer: Preston Ioan Swarthout

An unconventional hypnotist ventures into a motel room to help a disturbed young woman and her older brother, but he gets more than what he signed up for. Inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft.

Faculty Films


Hard to Swallow

Inside Flint Shorts


Friday, July 28, 9 AM

Central High School Auditorium

Part of the “Faces of Flint” series that aired on WKAR, this spoken word piece by Flint hip-hop artist Mama Sol will be featured in the short film collective that looks into the way Flint was left exposed to lead-tainted drinking water for nearly two years. “Faces of Flint” was created by producers in collaboration with MSU School of Journalism faculty and students.

DIRECTOR and PRODUCER: Nicole Zaremba, Producer, WKAR
Run Time: 90 min.


All the World's a Stage Shorts

Thursday, July 27, 9 AM

Milliken at the Dennos Museum

Why does a woman need to choose between a career and love!  Tilly Masters is a theatre professor at Midwest Central University.  Now she is stepping outside her comfort zone to start a new chapter as Provost of the university.   Her husband and friends are affected because her new role changes the dynamics for everybody.  Can you be a friend and lover and still be the boss?

With:  Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield, Dylan Baker and Marin Mazzie.

Running time:  25 minutes

DIRECTOR: Timothy Busfield, MSU Artist-in-Residence


Filmed as part of Michigan State University’s class, “The Television Pilot”.  Timothy Busfield, instructor


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NEW for 2017!


As the official Learning and Innovation Partner for Traverse City Film Festival, Michigan State University is taking the lead to inspire the next generation of media makers. Everyone has a story to tell and during the festival, MSU is offering two-day camps for youth ages 12-16 focused on filmmaking and game design and development. During Thursday and Friday of Festival week, students in each camp will create their own short films and digital games from scratch.

Cost: $200

Days: July 27 and 28

Ages: 12-16


There are a limited number of openings available for this exclusive program.  Register today to secure your spot!


Game Designer



Students will learn the basics of digital game design and development, including the process of prototyping, playtesting, and balancing. Other topics include learning the process, tasks, and roles involved in game development, including programmer, artist, and designer, while building their very own digital game. Students will also have an opportunity to play and analyze some current video games.

Instructors: Luke Kane and Jeremy Bond




Students will begin by analyzing what goes into making a great movie—the story, acting, directing, camera, sound, and editing.  Specialized workshops in writing, acting, sound, cinematography, and editing will equip students with the skills to take their films to the next level. The end product of two intense days will be a short film created entirely by the students.

Instructors: Pete Johnston and Kirk Mason




Learning and Innovation Partner

Shape the Next MSU Feature Film

NMC Scholars Hall, Thursday, July 27 4 - 6 PM
Free Workshop


MSU will be shaping our next feature film which includes potential storylines and characters.  We are looking for input from the Traverse City Film Festival community.  MSU students will be on-hand to participate in the reading of the script and would like audience participation and feedback in the development of the film to launch the summer of 2018. This is your chance to make a significant contribution to shape the next MSU feature film.

Instructor: Mark Colson, MSU College of Arts and Letters, Assistant Professor of Media Acting


Mobile Documentary Workshop

Cellphone Cinema meets "Citizen Journalism"

NMC Scholars Hall, Saturday, July 29, 3 PM
$5 | Film School Class


An unprecedented number of citizen journalists are documenting brutality and holding the powerful to account using the extraordinary filmmaking tools that most of us carry around in our pockets. But how can we thoughtfully wield these tools while paying attention to quality? How can we make cellphone footage look and sound professional? What kind of stories lend themselves best to mobile camera filming? This workshop focuses on techniques, tips, and tricks for beginning and experienced filmmakers interested in using mobile cameras.

Instructor: Peter Johnston, MSU College of Arts and Letters, Instructor and filmmaker


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Finding Fund$ for Films

NMC Scholars Hall, Sunday, July 30, 12 Noon
$5 | Film School Class


George Foster Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Carleen L. Hsu and John Valadez have lots of practice writing grants for nonprofit organizations. Often the acceptance rate of proposals at these agencies is 5% or less. How can you make it into the top-tier of filmmakers who receive funding? And, where can we look for funding as federal pools of support dry up? Find out about grassroots funding opportunities and more in this informative session.


Geri Alumit Zeldes, MSU School of Journalism Associate Professor and filmmaker

John J. Valadez, MSU Professor of Practice and filmmaker

Carleen L. Hsu, MSU Professor of Practice and filmmaker


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MSU Student Internships

TCFF offers amazing internship opportunities to MSU students interested in working behind the scenes at one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the country! Our students earn real-life experience in event management, communications and media, marketing, film management, graphic design, music management, videography, post production video, and more! Each summer MSU is thrilled to connect our students with this unique internship atmosphere where they are  immersed in a fast-paced work environment almost unlike any other. TCFF internships continue to enrich the Spartan experience of our students each summer.

The Woz

263 W. Grandview  Parkway

Wednesday, July 26th - Saturday, July 29th, 12 Noon - 8 PM

Sunday, July 30th,  12 Noon - 3 PM

Free Launch Party

Wednesday, July 26, 6 - 8 PM


The Game Design and Development Program and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University brings you a showcase of virtual reality, video and mobile games for entertainment and education. Go beyond the traditional film experience to the place where art, science, technology and interactivity fuse together. Don’t just watch the story, be a part of it at The Woz


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Flint resident Hubert Roberts, a former inmate who uses his story and history to teach students in his city about their Black cultural heritage, is the hero and antihero of this documentary. Roberts asks students one core question: "Do you want to be part of a prison campus or a college campus?" The film is also a story of his  redemption..

DIRECTOR: Geri Alumit Zeldes, Professor, School of Journalism

Running time:  20 minutes



Hubert: His Story

Fork in the Road Shorts

Wednesday, July 26, Noon

Bijou by the Bay