Idealism don't pay the bills too well, do it?
Several years ago, crockumentary maker and liberal activist Micheal Moore said “I think I will start a film festival in Traverse City”
As a part of the effort, it required renovation of the downtown State Theater, so Moore found people willing to cough up money to do so. Mind you it wasn’t HIS money, but rather the folks who thought that it would be cute to have the old decrepit theater fixed up and operational again.
In addition to Moore and Wilson, Richard and Diana Milock of Torch Lake, The Herington Fitch Foundation, and a person wishing to remain anonymous have collectively contributed $600,000 in recent months. Moore expects another $100,000 to come in from the opening weekend ceremonies. And he remains busy seeking out another couple of angels who might be willing to contribute the final $150,000 to complete the renovations, in what will be only $850,000 in restoration costs versus the three to nine million dollars people kept telling Moore it would be.
Note that the “In addition to Moore” reference was to how he was acquiring free things from those who thought he was bringing them something.
The theater renovated, and then a briefly raised question of the non profit being able to run new releases in competition with the other local movie houses. It was full steam ahead, and the film festival was on.