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Moore to stage gala in home state
Michael Moore
Moore won a People's Choice award for Fahrenheit 9/11
Director Michael Moore has been given permission to stage a film festival in his US home state of Michigan.

The Traverse City Film Festival in July will feature classics such as Casablanca on giant inflatable screens.

Moore, who has made documentaries including Fahrenheit 9/11, said the four-day event in the town would be strictly non-partisan.

The film-maker has said he hopes the festival will become an annual event for screening quality movies.

He added that it could become a beacon for Americans who want to watch quality cinema.

Culture

Moore - who heads the Traverse City Film Festival committee - was given the go-ahead to use a park on the shores of Lake Michigan to stage the gala.

The 51-year-old persuaded city bosses that the festival, which will screen some 30 films, would be solely for the promotion of culture.

Family-rated films will be shown on giant screens in the park, while other films are being screened at a number of indoor venues across the city.

Michael Moore signals at the Republican convention
He was at last year's Republican convention

The festival has a budget of $150,000 (81,668), which is expected to be covered by box office returns and donations.

Moore, who was also responsible for Bowling for Columbine, made a film called Roger And Me about Flint, his home city.

It chronicled its economic slump in the 1980s as car manufacturing was hit by job losses.

He now divides his time between New York and a rural county near Traverse City.

His work has won him numerous awards, including best documentary Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, and the Palme D'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for Fahrenheit 9/11.


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