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Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival, celebrating its ninth year, runs July 31 through August 4 in Traverse City, Michigan. The running theme of the festival is "Just Great Movies," and this year's program lineup boasts over 150 films, with a record number of industry guests invited. Kicking off the fest is Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," while Brit documentarian Michael Apted will appear in person with "56 Up." Apted's entire "Up" series will screen, which is indicative of the festival's commitment to repertory cinema as well as more recent films. Classics such as saucy Mae West-starrer "She Done Him Wrong," Busby Berkeley-choreographed showstopper "Gold Diggers of 1933" and a special screening of 1925's "The Phantom of the Opera," starring Lon Chaney and live-accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, screen alongside hits from this past year's international festival circuit, such as Saudi Arabia's first woman filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour's "Wadjda" and Oscar-nominated high-seas. »


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