Monday, September 15, 2008 Kalamazoo
Traverse City Record-Eagle
In just over four years the Traverse City Film Festival has matured into a financial and cultural juggernaut.
Over six days this year the festival sold about 24,000 tickets for more than 70 films from all over the world. Five film industry discussion panels and other appearances drew 23 directors and a number of actors and other players. Madonna brought a little international glitz. Restaurants and retail shops say they've been swamped, and some have extended store hours to cash in on the crowds.