By MCN Editor

Traverse City Film Festival Honors John Hughes with Michigan Filmmaker Award

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (July 27, 2010) – The sixth annual Traverse City Film Festival’s Michigan Filmmaker Award will be dedicated this year to the late John Hughes on opening night. The acclaimed writer, director and producer, widely known for his great comic films about American life, will be honored on Tuesday before the 6:30 p.m. opening night screening of “Nowhere Boy” at the City Opera House and the 7:00 p.m. opening night screening of “The Kids are All Right” at the State Theatre.
“John Hughes’ work touched two generations in so many ways, becoming touchstones in all of our lives,” said festival President and Founder Michael Moore. “The festival wants to publicly recognize his legacy and keep alive his spirit and his very important contribution to the world of movies.”
John Hughes’ wife, Nancy Hughes, and sons James and John III, wrote, “We appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge how Michigan and its culture, music, traditions and geography remained an integral part of his personality, and helped shape his humor and storytelling. To those who knew him best — and to any Michigander who crossed his path and shared his enthusiasm for poring over the most minute and fascinating details of his home state — it was evident that this connection to Michigan remained strong, and that it continues in his absence.”
Hughes, born in Lansing, MI in 1950, died of a heart attack on August 6, 2009. Some of his best-loved films include “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Christmas Vacation” and “Home Alone.”

This year’s festival will be held from July 27 through August 1. Tickets can be purchased at the festival box office, located at 300 E. Front Street in downtown Traverse City, by calling the box office at 231-922-8903, or by visiting the festival web site,
Each year the film festival honors a native Michigander for their contributions to the art of cinema. Past recipients have included Jeff Daniels and Christine Lahti.
About the Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing “Just Great Movies” and helping to save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August. It was instrumental in renovating a shuttered historical downtown movie house, the State Theatre, which it continues to own and operate as a year-round, community-based, mission-driven and volunteer-staffed art house movie theater. The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning Director Michael Moore, who runs the festival and serves as president of the board of directors. Other board members are photographer John Robert Williams and New York Times best-selling author Doug Stanton, both Traverse Citians, and filmmakers Larry Charles (director, “Borat”), Terry George (director, “Hotel Rwanda”), Sabina Guzzanti (director, “Viva Zapatero!”),
and Christine Lahti (actor,”Running on Empty”).
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