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CItizen Koch in the Heartland

We’re thrilled to be headed out today to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Not it’s not for a summer vacation — it’s for the Michigan premiere of “Citizen Koch” at the Traverse City Film Festival. The first screening of “Citizen Koch” is tomorrow — Wednesday, July 31st — one of first films to be shown at the newly restored non-profit community movie house The Bijou on the Bay.

The Traverse City Film Festival was founded by filmmaker Michael Moore nine years ago and has become one of the coolest, best curated, and well-attended film fests in the U.S. The two screenings of “Citizen Koch” sold out before the tickets even went on sale to the general public, so they added a third screening! Check out the website

We can’t wait to screen the film in Michigan, which is where “Citizen Koch” ends as Gov. Rick Snyder signed union-busting legislation backed by the Koch-supported group Americans for Prosperity last December.

One of the best things about film festivals and cinema itself is the communal aspect. In the words of TCFF festival founder Michael Moore “…whether you laugh or cry or [get] mad or ponder something or escape — the feeling of doing that collectively is so much different than doing it alone. That’s why the movies will never die no matter how many devices are invented. People still want to get out of the house and go to the movies.”

“Citizen Koch” has been invited to screen at several other film festivals in the Midwest this fall. Among them — The Kansas International Film Festival, the Milwaukee Film Festival, and the Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri. We’re so honored to be included in these programs and to share the festival version of the film with audiences in the heartland.

With the funds raised on Kickstarter, we will soon be able to screen the film beyond the festival circuit.

Our heartfelt thanks,
Tia & Carl