Traverse City, MI (PRWeb) June 11, 2008--MyNorth.com, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, videotaped interviews of the revelry as people bought tickets to Madonna’s documentary, I Am Because We Are on Saturday, June 7 at the Traverse City State Theatre in Traverse City, Michigan. Many had been waiting in line overnight, some for days. The video, available free on MyNorth.com, captures the building excitement of the fourth annual Traverse City Film Festival. Traverse also provides printed Film Festival information in a special section of its August issue, Filmgoer.
“The street outside the State Theatre Box Office was buzzing with excitement,” says MyNorth.com marketing director Rachel North. “People camped out overnight, some for days, and claimed they were exhausted, but you couldn’t tell from the energy level.” On the video, North interviews folks who stood in line with their dogs, braved thunderstorms, drove all night through tornados and dressed up as Madonna.
Patrons of the 2008 Traverse City Film Festival can pick up Filmgoer, Traverse’s annual city guide tailored exclusively to the film fest. The guide is packed with tips to find live entertainment, quick bites, gourmet meals, cocktails, beaches and other attractions, plus maps, festival facts, shuttle routes and need-to-know info like where to park, find restrooms or purchase sundries. Filmgoer will be in the August issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine—sent to subscribers and available on newsstands in mid-July. The guide will also be available as a single issue online at MyNorth.com/store.
Additionally, film aficionados may subscribe to MyNorth.com's free Filmgoer e-newsletter at mynorth.com/newsletters, to stay in the loop on the Traverse City Film Festival and other cinematic happenings around the Northern Michigan.
The documentary I Am Because We Are, written, produced and narrated by Madonna, is part of the fourth annual Traverse City Film Festival and will be shown on August 2, at 8:00 p.m. at the State Theatre. Madonna will introduce the film about the one million orphans in Malawi who've lost their parents to AIDS. All the ticket money, $25 per ticket, will go to the Raising Malawi Foundation, a project of Madonna's that helps that country and its orphans.
Half the tickets were sold on Saturday, June 7. The other half of the tickets will be sold by lottery to those who belong to the Friends of the Traverse City Film Festival. Anyone can join the Friends, and those interested in I Am Because We Are tickets must do so by Thursday, June 12 in order to qualify for the lottery drawing. People can join Friends of the Traverse City Film Festival online or in person at the State Theatre box office. For more information on buying tickets to the Traverse City Film Fest, visit TraverseCityFilmFest.org.
Friends who would like to purchase up to two tickets to the Madonna appearance and film must send a postcard to TCFF Lottery, PO Box 4064, Traverse City MI 49685. Postcards must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. Postcards may also be dropped off at the State Theatre box office by Thursday at 5 p.m. Information on the postcard should include name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and number of tickets desired (maximum two). The drawing will be held Friday, June 13 and winners will be notified by email or phone.
Prism Publications, Inc., founded in 1981 by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes MyNorth.com, Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage and Destination Northern Michigan, a Northern Michigan travel guide, in addition to several other print and online publications. Traverse and its staff have won more than a dozen national and international awards for excellence, including a 2008 silver award for general excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the 2007 “Magazine of the Year" award from the International Regional Magazine Association. Prism has also published Reflections of a Life Up North, a coffee-table book of stunning photography from Traverse paired with a collection of Fellows's columns, which has been reprinted in an expanded edition. Prism Publications is also a proud sponsor of many events including the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, the Michigan Log & Timber Expo, The Epicurean Classic and the National Cherry Festival's Cherries D'Vine event. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Mich. For more information, visit www.mynorth.com or call (231) 941-8174.