Michael Moore, Oscar®-winning filmmaker and Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) founder and president, announced today that Detroit’s own Lily Tomlin will be honored with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Tomlin during the festival’s 15th annual edition, running July 30 to August 4 along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City, Michigan. Jane Fonda received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Cinema Saves the World.”
The festival will host a screening of a rarely-seen documentary going behind the-scenes of Tomlin’s Tony®-winning play and Tomlin will engage with Michael Moore for 90 minutes on the stage of the historic State Theatre.
“We are thrilled to have Lily Tomlin join us on the 15th anniversary of our festival. As a native Detroiter, she helped to define American comedy in the 20th century,” said Michael Moore, TCFF’s founder and president. “We are proud to present her with our annual Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Tomlin will be invited to add her hand prints and signature to the TCFF Walk of Fame joining luminaries and stars including Madonna, Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon, Oscar® winner Christine Lahti, Oscar® winner Jane Fonda, Dick Gregory, Matthew Modine, Kristen Bell, and others.
From her start on the groundbreaking Laugh-In, through roles in Nashville and feminist mainstay Nine to Five, to finding streaming success with Grace and Frankie, the Detroit-born Lily Tomlin has shown the world what it is to be a legendary actress, comedian, and humanitarian. In 2015, Tomlin she starred in filmmaker Paul Weitz’s film Grandma, which the director said was inspired by Tomlin. That critically-acclaimed film earned Tomlin a Golden Globe® Award nomination.
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