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Default Michael Moore Accused of Stiffing, Smearing Vendors: ‘All I Would Like Is to Be Paid’

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Michael Moore Accused of Stiffing, Smearing Vendors: ‘All I Would Like Is to Be Paid’

Amy Zimmerman 09.13.18 4:09 AM ET


The famed documentarian, whose new film ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ is out this month, stands accused of not only failing to pay his film-fest bills, but smearing his vendors in the press.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/michae...-is-to-be-paid

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Lawsuit raises questions about Film Fest finances | Local News | record-eagle.com

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Lawsuit raises questions about Film Fest finances
Contractor sues festival for nearly $160K in unpaid dues
BY BROOKE KANSIER bkansier@record-eagle.com Jun 30, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Film Fest officials may spend days leading up to this year’s festival in the courtroom.

Boston Light & Sound, Inc., a 13-year Film Fest partner, filed a lawsuit against the festival this month over a $159,055.72 balance the company claims Film Fest failed to pay in 2017.

Judge Kevin Elsenheimer scheduled the first hearing in the case, in which Boston is seeking the balance and legal fees, for July 23 in 13th Circuit Court.

The 2018 Film Fest opens a week later on July 31.

Court records show Film Fest lawyers have not yet responded, though the suit filed by Boston claims the nonprofit’s organizers are aware of debt collection efforts.

Mark Dancer, the attorney representing Film Fest in the case, said the nonprofit plans to file a response within the next few weeks.

"The Film Festival has a dispute with Boston Light & Sound and, instead of working it out amicably, they went and filed a lawsuit, so we'll respond in kind," Dancer said.

Boston Light & Sound Principal of Operations Chapin Cutler claimed that former Film Fest Director Deb Lake told him last summer that the festival wasn’t able to pay the balance.

“It became apparent the festival had overextended,” Cutler said. “The festival’s eyes were a bit bigger than their finances could handle, and we were the people left standing, holding an invoice.”

The festival operated at a loss for the first time last year, founder Michael Moore previously told the Record-Eagle. In an April 2018 email to Friends of the Film Festival, he wrote “We ran a rare deficit last year.”

Moore did not return multiple requests for comment and elaboration on those statements.

Cutler said his 2017 contract with Film Fest, totalling $256,500, was comparable to past contracts and pricing has not changed. Film Fest’s tax documents list contracts with Boston for $232,250 in 2016 and $298,148 in 2015.

Film Fest paid Boston a $100,000 deposit for last year’s services, but failed to meet a September deadline to pay the remaining balance, according to the claim.

The suit comes during turnover at the top of Film Fest — Lake left the position in December 2017, and a new director, Joseph Beyer, left the festival just weeks after being appointed to the role in April.

The court filing states that, in the 13 years the entities have worked together, Boston has “provided substantial donations to TCFF in the form of discounts, services at no charge, and permanent equipment donations.”

Boston’s complaint also claims unspecified Film Fest officials threatened “to distribute false and defamatory stories to harm BL&S’ good name and business relationships” in response to collection efforts.

Cutler said he didn’t wish the festival or the board ill will, and that, after their calls for payment were ignored, the suit was a structured way to get festival’s attention.

New Box Solutions will provide audio and visuals for the 2018 festival, Acting Film Fest Director Meg Weichman told a Record-Eagle reporter.

She, other Film Fest officials and Lake declined to speak further on the matter. Dancer did not return multiple calls for further comment.

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