The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Kathryn Hahn is an American actress and comedian. She began her career on television, playing Lily Lebowski in the NBC crime drama series Crossing Jordan. Hahn went on to appear as a supporting actress in a number of major comedy films, including roles in the films How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, Our Idiot Brother, We're the Millers, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; as a lead actress, Hahn starred in the 2013 comedy-drama film Afternoon Delight, directed by Jill Soloway, Private Life directed by Tamara Jenkins, receiving critical acclaim. She had a starring role in the comedy film Bad Moms, its sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas, she has appeared in a number of dramatic films, including Revolutionary Road, This Is Where I Leave You, The Visit, Captain Fantastic. In 2017 she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Transparent. Hahn was born in Westchester, the daughter of Karen and Bill Hahn.
She has German and English ancestry. She was raised Catholic, she grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Beaumont School. Hahn attended Northwestern University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in theater before attending Yale University. While attending Yale School of Drama, she starred as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and as Célimène in Molière's play The Misanthrope. Hahn's first appearance on any television program was Hickory Hideout, a local puppet show for children for then-NBC owned-and-operated station WKYC in Cleveland. While attending a theater festival, she met an NBC casting director, who, in turn, introduced her to creator/producer Tim Kring. Hahn impressed Kring so favorably that he created the character of Lily Lebowski in Crossing Jordan for her; the series aired from 2001 to 2007. Hahn has said of meeting Kring, "Tim Kring took a huge leap of faith in casting me. To be worked into a show, in production and on the schedule is an amazing stroke of luck." On October 21, 2008, TV Guide reported.
In 2003, Hahn appeared in a supporting role alongside Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. The following year she appeared in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Around the Bend, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. She had more supporting roles in films, including the 2005 romantic comedy-drama A Lot like Love starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. On television, Hahn starred alongside Hank Azaria in the short-lived NBC comedy series Free Agents, a 2011 remake of the British series of the same name, she had recurring roles on HBO shows Girls. From 2012 to 2015, she received praise for her recurring role on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation as Jennifer Barkley, the campaign manager of Leslie Knope's opponent Bobby Newport, she received a 2012 Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for her performance in Parks and Recreation. In 2013 Hahn played her first leading role, in the comedy-drama film Afternoon Delight, written and directed by Jill Soloway.
The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. For her role, she was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough; that year Hahn appeared opposite Jennifer Aniston in the box-office hit We're the Millers and co-starred alongside Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In 2014 she starred in the comedy film Bad Words alongside Jason Bateman, the ensemble comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, Peter Bogdanovich's She's Funny That Way alongside Owen Wilson. In 2014 Hahn was cast as Rabbi Raquel Fein in the Amazon Studios critically acclaimed dark comedy-drama Transparent, whose creator, Jill Soloway, had directed her in Afternoon Delight, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination along with the cast. In 2015 she starred alongside Steve Coogan in the Showtime comedy-drama Happyish, but the show was canceled after a single season; that year Hahn co-starred alongside George Clooney and Hugh Laurie in the science-fiction adventure film Tomorrowland, starred in the box-office horror hit The Visit.
In 2016 Hahn appeared alongside Viggo Mortensen in the drama film Captain Fantastic, starred alongside Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell and Jada Pinkett Smith in the comedy film Bad Moms. IndieWire's Kate Erbland gave the film a B-, noting that it "boasts some good jokes but Hahn's revelatory performance is the big draw." She next appeared in the Amazon comedy pilot I Love Dick, based on the novel by the same name by Chris Kraus and directed by Jill Soloway. It premiered on August 19, 2016. In 2018 Hahn starred in the drama film Private Life, directed by Tamara Jenkins, she received critical acclaim for her performance. She began appearing in TV commercials for Chrysler and provided the voice of character Ericka Van Helsing in
Emma Rose Roberts is an American actress and singer. After making her film debut as Kristina Jung in the crime film Blow, Roberts gained recognition for her lead role as Addie Singer on the Nickelodeon television series Unfabulous, she released her debut studio album Unfabulous and More in 2005. Roberts appeared in numerous films, including Aquamarine, Nancy Drew, Wild Child, Hotel for Dogs, Valentine's Day, It's Kind of a Funny Story, The Art of Getting By. Looking for more mature roles, Roberts obtained starring roles in the films Lymelife, 126.96.36.199. Scream 4, Adult World, We're the Millers, Palo Alto, The Blackcoat's Daughter, Nerve, she appeared in four seasons of the FX anthology horror series American Horror Story, starred in the lead role of Chanel Oberlin on the Fox comedy horror series Scream Queens. Roberts was born in New York, to Kelly Cunningham and actor Eric Roberts, her parents separated. Through her father's marriage, she is the stepdaughter of Eliza Roberts and step-granddaughter of David Rayfiel and Lila Garrett.
Through her mother's marriage, she is the stepdaughter of musician Kelly Nickels. She has Grace, her paternal grandmother was acting coach Betty Lou Bredemus, her aunts are actresses Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan. During her childhood, Roberts spent time on the sets of her aunt Julia's films; these experiences sparked a desire to follow her father and aunts into the film industry. Her mother wanted her to have a normal childhood, she is of English, Irish, Welsh and Swedish descent through her father. Roberts made her acting debut at age nine in Ted Demme's 2001 drama film Blow, it was the first film for which she auditioned. In the film, she portrayed the daughter of Johnny Depp's character; that year, she had a role in Leif Tilden's 10-minute short bigLove, was an uncredited extra in some scenes featuring her aunt Julia Roberts in America's Sweethearts. Roberts went on to appear in smaller roles in two family films: in 2002's Grand Champion, as the sister of the main character Buddy. Grand Champion had a brief theatrical release in August 2004, while Spymate was not released until February 2006, when it was given a theatrical run in Canada, followed by its DVD release in April 2006.
In 2004, she began starring as the lead character Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous, which debuted in September of that year. The sitcom earned Roberts several Teen Choice Award and Young Artist Award nominations; the series focused on a seventh grader and her two best friends. It aired for three seasons; the show spawned TV movies, including The Perfect Moment. In 2004, Roberts guest starred in an episode of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh titled "Honor Council". After her run on Unfabulous, Nickelodeon had considered giving Roberts a kick start into a music career. In 2006, Roberts returned to the big screen, starring alongside Sara Paxton and singer JoJo in Aquamarine, she won a 2007 Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Young Actress in a Feature Film for her role in the film. The film Aquamarine took fifth place at the box office in its opening weekend making $8 million. In early 2006, Roberts finished shooting her title role in Nancy Drew; the film was released to theaters on June 15, 2007, grossed over $7 million in its opening weekend, though the film was not well received by critics.
Roberts was set to reunite with Nancy Drew director Andrew Fleming on both Rodeo Gal and a Nancy Drew sequel in 2007, but these films were never made. In 2008, Roberts starred as the lead in the film Wild Child, about a rebellious teen from Malibu, California sent to a boarding school in England. Roberts described her character as "pretty much your typical spoiled-brat Malibu socialite who gets shipped off to a British boarding school." Roberts appeared in two films: Lymelife, premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, The Flight Before Christmas, where she had her voiceover debut when she voiced the English version of the character Wilma. In 2009, Roberts starred alongside Jake T. Austin in Hotel for Dogs, based on the novel by Lois Duncan; the film premiered in January 2009, took fifth place in its opening weekend with over $17 million. The film has to-date grossed over $114 million, received mixed reviews from critics, she appeared that year in The Winning Season, portraying Abbie Miller.
In 2010, Roberts co-starred as Grace in the film Valentine's Day in which her aunt, Julia Roberts appeared, although they were never together on-screen. She appeared that year in Twelve, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, 188.8.131.52. It's Kind of Virginia; the following year, she starred alongside Freddie Highmore in the romantic comedy The Art of Getting By. She played the role of Jill Roberts in the Wes Craven film Scream 4. Roberts next appeared in the 2012 film Celeste and Jesse Forever, parodying pop stars such as Kesha with her performance as Riley Banks, an incurious blonde singer. Roberts said in an interview that her role as Banks tempted her to write an album of songs using her character as an alter ego. On February 7, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Roberts had been cast to star in a pilot for Fox called Delirium, based on the Lauren Oliver novels, she portrayed Lena Haloway, the protagonist, but Fox decided not to pick
Daniel Jason Sudeikis is an American comedian, actor and producer. In the 1990s, he began his career in improv comedy, he has performed with ComedySportz and The Second City. In 2003, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and was a cast member from 2005 to 2013, he is known for his roles in the films Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2, Mother's Day and The Angry Birds Movie. Daniel Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia to Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, Vice President of business development, Kathryn, a travel agent at Brennco and President of the American Society of Travel Agents, his father is of Lithuanian ancestry, while his mother has German and Irish descent. His maternal uncle is actor George Wendt, known for his role as Norm Peterson on Cheers, his maternal great-grandfather was photographer Tom Howard. Sudeikis was born with anosmia, leaving him with no sense of taste or smell, he has two sisters and Kristen. As a child, Sudeikis moved with his family to Overland Park, which he has described as his hometown.
He graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School. He left before finishing. In the 1990s, Sudeikis began his career in improv comedy, he began performing at ComedySportz in Missouri. He moved to Chicago, where he studied at the Annoyance Theatre and IO Theater and was one of the founding members of the longform team, J. T. S. Brown, he performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sudeikis was cast in The Second City Touring Company and performed greatest hit shows while on the road. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas, where he performed at the Flamingo. In 2003, while a regular performer at The Second City Las Vegas, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live or SNL, would make bit appearances as audience members or extras. In May 2005, he became a featured player on the show, was upgraded to repertory status at the beginning of the show's 32nd season on September 30, 2006. In July 2013, Sudeikis announced. In 2015, 2016, 2019, he made occasional appearances on the show.
Recurring characters George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States. Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States. Mitt Romney, 70th Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. Male A-hole of the Two A-Holes with actress Kristen Wiig. Ocean Billy, a parody of the 1980s singer Billy Ocean and his hit "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car". Gil, a news anchor who treats his field correspondent Michelle Dison's misfortunes as amusement. One of the guys from the "Song Memories" sketches, the first to tell strange stories about where he was when he first heard a song. Ed Mahoney, a brash man who makes a fool of himself in public. Officer Sikorsky, a police officer who brings in convict Lorenzo McIntosh in an attempt to "scare straight" the three delinquent teens that he arrests. In the earlier sketches, Officer Sikorsky's last name was Matthews. Dancer on What Up with That, an overzealous background dancer dressed in a red and white Adidas tracksuit with a 1980s man perm.
The Ed Helms/Paul Simon episode reveals. One half of Bon Jovi opposite band "Jon Bovi" appearing on Weekend Update with actor Will Forte. DJ Supersoak. Spoof on DJ Clay. Emcee for Kickspit Underground Music with Lil' Blaster and MC George Castanza, he has appeared in the "Underground Rock Minute", the "Crunkmas Karnival", the "Kickspit Underground Easter Festival", the "Columbus Day Assblast" and the "Donkey Punch the Ballot" sketches. Pete Twinkle, ESPN Classic host of obscure women's sports with dim-witted Greg Stink as his co-host Jeff, a disgruntled film and theatre technician who starts unprovoked arguments with the star of the piece; the Devil, who comes on Weekend Update to point out religious and moral hypocrisy on Earth. On the Emma Stone/Coldplay episode, the Devil gets so upset over the Penn State University sex scandal that he quits his job as The Prince of Darkness and returns to his old job as a customer service representative for Time Warner Cable. Jack Rizzoli, an anchor at WXPD News who always tells veteran reporter Herb Welch to do his job.
Tommy, a strip club M. C. for Bongo's Clown Room. Sensei Mark Hoffman, the faculty adviser and Japanese Studies teacher to Jonathan Cavanaugh-san and Rebecca Stern-Markowitz-san, hosts of "J-Pop America Fun Time Now". Considers Jonathan and Rebecca to be the worst students in his Japanese studies class due to their stereotypical perceptions of Japanese culture and is only on the show because university policy states that one of the teachers have to be present if students are using the campus studio. Marshall T. Boudreaux: The host of the courtroom reality show, Maine Justice; the character was an archetypical Southern gentleman known as Mr. Aymong who appeared on a one-shot sketch on the season 35 episode hosted by Blake Lively in which a Southern man ruins his chances of being hired to NASA by eating his interviewer's potato chip. Sudeikis had a recurring role on 30 Rock, appearing in a total of twelve episodes, he played Floyd DeBarber, a love interest of Tina Fey's chara
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. referred to as Warner Bros. and abbreviated as WB, is an American entertainment company headquartered in Burbank, California and a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Founded in 1923, it has operations in film and video games and is one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, as well as a member of the Motion Picture Association of America; the company's name originated from the four founding Warner brothers: Harry, Albert and Jack Warner. Harry and Sam emigrated as young children with their parents to Canada from Krasnosielc, Poland. Jack, the youngest brother, was born in Ontario; the three elder brothers began in the movie theater business, having acquired a movie projector with which they showed films in the mining towns of Pennsylvania and Ohio. In the beginning and Albert Warner invested $150 to present Life of an American Fireman and The Great Train Robbery, they opened their first theater, the Cascade, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1903. When the original building was in danger of being demolished, the modern Warner Bros. called the current building owners, arranged to save it.
The owners noted people across the country had asked them to protect it for its historical significance. In 1904, the Warners founded the Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement & Supply Company, to distribute films. In 1912, Harry Warner hired. By the time of World War I they had begun producing films. In 1918 they opened the first Warner Brothers Studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Sam and Jack produced the pictures, while Harry and Albert, along with their auditor and now controller Chase, handled finance and distribution in New York City. During World War I their first nationally syndicated film, My Four Years in Germany, based on a popular book by former ambassador James W. Gerard, was released. On April 4, 1923, with help from money loaned to Harry by his banker Motley Flint, they formally incorporated as Warner Bros. Pictures, Incorporated; the first important deal was the acquisition of the rights to Avery Hopwood's 1919 Broadway play, The Gold Diggers, from theatrical impresario David Belasco.
However, Rin Tin Tin, a dog brought from France after World War I by an American soldier, established their reputation. Rin Tin Tin debuted in the feature; the movie was so successful. Rin Tin Tin became the studio's top star. Jack nicknamed him "The Mortgage Lifter" and the success boosted Darryl F. Zanuck's career. Zanuck became a top producer and between 1928 and 1933 served as Jack's right-hand man and executive producer, with responsibilities including day-to-day film production. More success came. Lubitsch's film The Marriage Circle was the studio's most successful film of 1924, was on The New York Times best list for that year. Despite the success of Rin Tin Tin and Lubitsch, Warner's remained a lesser studio. Sam and Jack decided to offer Broadway actor John Barrymore the lead role in Beau Brummel; the film was so successful. By the end of 1924, Warner Bros. was arguably Hollywood's most successful independent studio, where it competed with "The Big Three" Studios. As a result, Harry Warner—while speaking at a convention of 1,500 independent exhibitors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin—was able to convince the filmmakers to spend $500,000 in newspaper advertising, Harry saw this as an opportunity to establish theaters in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.
As the studio prospered, it gained backing from Wall Street, in 1924 Goldman Sachs arranged a major loan. With this new money, the Warners bought the pioneer Vitagraph Company which had a nationwide distribution system. In 1925, Warners' experimented in radio, establishing a successful radio station, KFWB, in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. was a pioneer of films with synchronized sound. In 1925, at Sam's urging, Warner's agreed to add this feature to their productions. By February 1926, the studio reported a net loss of $333,413. After a long period denying Sam's request for sound, Harry agreed to change, as long as the studio's use of synchronized sound was for background music purposes only; the Warners signed a contract with the sound engineer company Western Electric and established Vitaphone. In 1926, Vitaphone began making films with music and effects tracks, most notably, in the feature Don Juan starring John Barrymore; the film was silent. To hype Don Juan's release, Harry acquired the large Piccadilly Theater in Manhattan, New York City, renamed it Warners' Theatre.
Don Juan premiered at the Warners' Theatre in New York on August 6, 1926. Throughout the early history of film distribution, theater owners hired orchestras to attend film showings, where they provided soundtracks. Through Vitaphone, Warner Bros. produced eight shorts in 1926. Many film production companies questioned the necessity. Don Juan did not recoup its production cost and Lubitsch left for MGM. By April 1927, the Big Five studios had ruined Warner's, Western Electric renewed Warner's Vit
Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival is an annual film festival held at the end of July in Traverse City, Michigan. The festival was created as an annual event in 2005 to help “save one of America's few indigenous art forms—the cinema." The event was co-founded by Michael Moore, the Oscar-winning film director, well known for his anti-establishment films and documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Roger & Me, along with author Doug Stanton and photographer John Robert Williams. The mission of the Festival is to show "Just Great Movies" that represent excellence in filmmaking those rare independent films and documentaries by both noted and new filmmakers, that do not receive mainstream distribution; the Traverse City Film Festival is a non-profit organization, is funded by businesses, community groups and individuals, in addition to ticket sales accumulated by various events. The Festival is headed by a board of directors of filmmakers and creative professionals. Traverse City Film Festival showcases all volunteer music, with over 60 regional artists featured in the 2016 event.
The 2005 Traverse City Film Festival was held July 27–31. The 5-day event featured four classic films; the independent films were shown in three indoor venues in downtown Traverse City: the State Theatre, the Old Town Playhouse, the City Opera House. In addition, each night, a classic film was shown on a giant inflatable screen along West Grand Traverse Bay in the city's Open Space Park. Broken Flowers, a winner at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, was shown at the Traverse City Film Festival before being released to the general public. Other 2005 Traverse City Film Festival selections covered a gamut of film subjects ranging from period romances, terrorism, among many other subjects; the second annual Traverse City Film Festival was held July 31 – August 6, 2006. The third annual festival was held July 31 – August 5, 2007; the fourth annual festival: July 29 – August 3, 2008. Special appearance by Madonna, on August 2, 2008, introducing her film I Am. Michigan Filmmaker Award went to Kurt Luedtke.
World premiere for Religulous. The fifth annual festival was held from July 28 – August 2, 2009; the sixth annual festival was held from July 27 – August 1, 2010. The seventh annual festival was held from July 26–31, 2011; the eighth annual festival was held from July 31 - August 5, 2012. The ninth annual festival was held from July 30 - August 4, 2013. Paul Feig was honored with the Michigan Filmmaker Award and Michael Apted with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Liana Liberato received the Discovery Award and Mark Cousins, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman received the Visionary Award; the Festival added a new venue this year by renovating the former Con Foster Museum into a theater, named Bijou by the Bay which opened in time for the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival. The tenth anniversary festival was held from July 29 - August 3, 2014; the eleventh annual festival was held from July 28 - August 2, 2015. The twelfth annual Traverse City Film Festival was held from July 26 - July 31, 2016; this year’s festival celebrated the historic State Theatre’s centennial year and honored female filmmakers by featuring films directed by women for every selection in the Official US Documentary and Fiction sections.
The thirteenth annual Traverse City Film Festival was held from July 25 - July 30, 2017. This year’s festival celebrated works from filmmakers all around the world those from countries targeted by the US travel ban. 19 directors could not attend the festival due to the ban, but Skyped into festival screenings to discuss their work. Festival Co-Directors: Susan Fisher and Meg Weichman Official website
Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, film producer, businesswoman. The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, she began working as an actress at an early age with an uncredited role in the 1987 film Mac and Me. After her career grew in the 1990s, Aniston has remained a well-known public figure and established herself as one of the leading and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood as of 2018. Aniston rose to fame portraying Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends, for which she earned Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild awards; the character was popular while the series aired and was recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television. Aniston has since played lead roles in romantic comedies, her box office successes include Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go with It, Horrible Bosses, We're the Millers, each of which grossed over $200 million in worldwide box office receipts. Her most critically acclaimed roles include the dramedy the drama Cake.
Aniston co-founded production company Echo Films in 2008. Divorced from actor Brad Pitt, to whom she was married for five years, she is separated from actor Justin Theroux, whom she married in 2015. Aniston was born on February 11, 1969, in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks, the daughter of Greek-born actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. One of her maternal great-grandfathers, Louise Grieco, was from Italy, her mother's other ancestry includes English, Scottish, a small amount of Greek. Aniston has two half-brothers, John Melick, her older maternal half-brother, Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother. Aniston's godfather was one of her father's best friends; as a child she moved to New York City. Despite her father's television career she was discouraged from watching television, though she found ways around the prohibition; when she was six, she began attending a Waldorf school. Her parents split up. Having discovered acting at age 11 at the Waldorf school, Aniston enrolled in Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she joined the school's drama society.
Anthony Abeson was her drama teacher. She was in The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window by Lorraine Hansberry and Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. Aniston first worked in Off-Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker's Grave, supported herself with part-time jobs which included working as a telemarketer and bike messenger. In 1988, she had an uncredited minor role in Me; the next year she appeared on The Howard Stern Show as a spokesmodel for Nutrisystem, moved back to Los Angeles. She obtained her first regular television role on Molloy in 1990, appeared in Ferris Bueller, a television adaptation of the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, she starred as a teenager going to summer camp in the made-for-television film Camp Cucamonga, as a spoiled daughter followed by a vengeful leprechaun in the horror film Leprechaun. A 2014 retrospective from Entertainment Weekly identified Leprechaun as her worst role, Aniston herself has expressed embarrassment over it. Aniston appeared in two more failed television comedy series, The Edge and Muddling Through, guest-starred in Quantum Leap, Herman's Head, Burke's Law.
Depressed over her four unsuccessful television shows, Aniston approached Warren Littlefield at a Los Angeles gas station asking for reassurance. The head of NBC entertainment encouraged her to continue acting, a few months helped cast her for Friends, a sitcom, set to debut on NBC's 1994–1995 fall lineup; the producer wanted Aniston to audition for the role of Monica Geller, but Courteney Cox was considered more suitable. Thus, Aniston was cast as Rachel Green, she was offered a spot as a featured player on Saturday Night Live, but turned it down to do Friends. She played Rachel until the show ended in 2004; the program was successful and Aniston, along with her co-stars, gained worldwide recognition among television viewers. Her character was popular and was recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television; the actress received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including a win for Lead Actress. She was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and won in 2003 as Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Aniston became the highest-paid television actress of all time with her $1 million-per-episode paycheck for the final season of Friends. Her character's relationship with Ross Geller, portrayed by David Schwimmer in the show, was popular among audiences, the couple was voted as television's favorite couple in polls and magazines. Following a four-year hiatus, Aniston returned to film work in 1996, when she performed in the ensemble cast of romantic comedy She's the One. Aniston's first starring vehicle was Picture Perfect, in which she played a struggling young advertising executive opposite Kevin Bacon and Jay Mohr. While the film received mixed reviews, it was a moderate commercial success, Aniston's performance was more warmly received, with many critics suggesting that she had screen presence. In 1998, she appeared as a woman who falls for a gay man in the romantic comedy The Object of My Affection, the next year she starred as a restaurant waitress in the cult film Office Space.