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Jeff Daniels To Be Honored at Michigan Fest

Jeff_Daniels.jpgMichael Moore, a Michigan native, use a bit of his Oscar-winning star power to start a film festival. The Traverse City Film Festival began last year and, according to their website, has quickly become "one of the biggest film festivals in the Midwest."

This year, the festival will honor fellow Michigan native Jeff Daniels with its first Michigan Filmmaker Award. Daniels grew up in Chelsea and has chosen to raise his own family there, as well. His career could easily have suffered for his decision, but he's managed to stay on the radar with roles like last year's repugnant yet charming Bernard in Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and The Whale."

While I wince at the thought of promoting Michael Moore in this blog ("Farenheit 9/11" only proved how good he was with editing software), I am a fan of Daniels. I respect that he not only lives in Michigan but works there, too. He created the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, a theater group the produces and promotes plays written by Midwesterners, about Midwesterners. A child of Illinois, I can appreciate the sentiment.

Daniels will attend the festival to receive the award on July 31.

Posted by Lisa on July 21, 2006 04:22 PM
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