69
      Saturday
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      Sunday
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      Monday
      79 / 60

      Film Festival reeling from success of ninth year

      It's a festival that is committed to showing great movies. In it's ninth year, organizers are saying that they got it just right.

      After hundreds of screenings and thousands of ticket sales, the Ninth Annual Traverse City Film Festival has come to a close in Traverse City.

      It's a festival that is committed to showing great movies. In it's ninth year, organizers are saying that they got it just right.

      "Just great movie, that's what it is," said TCFF Co-Founder, John Robert Williams. "People love this festival because they know they're going to see just great movies."

      Whether they saw a show at the State Theatre, Old Time Playhouse, the Open Space, or the brand new Bijou by the Bay, movie goers seemed equally satisfied this year too. Dr. Brian Rathke, and his wife Lisa have been seeing movies at the film festival since it made it's debut in Traverse City, and say that the crowds at number nine have topped them all.

      "I think that there were a gazillion people," said Liza Rathke. "There were a lot more people at the opening party. This year it was just masses of people. Which I think is wonderful for our community."

      "It was a real community party," said Brian Rathke. "Saw a lot of people that we don't get to see all the time, saw old friends, made new friends. It was a great time down in the street here."

      While they don't have the total numbers crunched yet, organizers say that ticket sales are at a record high this year.

      "I do know that the report we received this morning was, we had sold more tickets before the festival started this year, than we did all of last year," said Williams.

      And while it may be a wrap for Traverse City Film Festival number nine, organizers say they are already looking forward to number 10.

      "Thank you Traverse City, we're going to do number 10 coming up, same time next year, only going to get better," said Williams.