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Michael Moore plans Traverse City comedy festival
By JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, August 1, 2009 (AP): Oscar winner Michael Moore has more big plans for his adopted northern Michigan hometown of Traverse City, where he's already established a film festival.

Moore said Saturday that he and comedian Jeff Garlin, a star and executive producer of the HBO series ``Curb Your Enthusiasm,'' will organize the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival. It will run over a weekend and feature movies, stand-up and sketch comedy and other entertainment. A date has not been chosen yet for next year's kickoff event.

Michael Moore

``We've actually talked to some great people—I don't want to mention any names right now—who are going to come to Traverse City for this first comedy festival,'' said Moore, a filmmaker, author and Michigan native. ``I think you'll be very pleased.''

He and Garlin revealed their plans during a standing-room-only panel discussion at the fifth annual Traverse City Film Festival, which ends Sunday. A formal announcement with more details will be made soon, Moore said.

Moore, who won an Oscar for his 2002 documentary ``Bowling for Columbine,'' said that if the comedy festival goes well, he'll look into starting a local book festival in fall 2010.





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