About the Festival

The Wild Wild midWest Film Festival is a project organized and directed by students at Interlochen Arts Academy in partnership with the historic State Theatre in downtown Traverse City. In January, 2015, a group of eighteen students worked together with representatives from the State Theatre to build this year's festival from the ground up. Born out of the school's Liberal Arts Division, the mission of the WWmW Film Fest is to screen interesting and important films that can both entertain viewers and raise engaging questions not only about film but about culture at large. In addition to some great films, this year's festival will also include live musical performances by IAA Singer-Songwriter students and a live score performed by an IAA student Jazz Combo during a silent short film. During the festival, we will be collecting donations for the Native American Heritage Association, a group that has helped Native communities for over twenty years, and for the Father Fred Foundation, a charitable organization headquartered here in Traverse City. All festival screenings are open to the public and presented free of charge. Following our final film of the evening, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, we will have an audience Q&A moderated by IAA faculty.