Oscar®- winning filmmaker, and Traverse City Film Festival founder and president, Michael Moore will present Jane Fonda with the TCFF Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival’s 14th annual edition, running July 31 to August 5 along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay.
A two-time Oscar® winning actress (seven-time Oscar® nominee), four-time Golden Globe® winner, two-time BAFTA winner, and Emmy® Award winner, Fonda is an American icon whose work both on and off screen has inspired audiences and women for decades.
“I can think of no other artist who has given more to her country,” said Moore. “What an honor for our festival audience to welcome and to be inspired by the work of this American Icon. Her voice is as needed today as much as ever.”

Fonda’s body of work includes “Coming Home” (for which she won the Academy Award® for Best Actress in 1978), “Klute” (for which she won the Academy Award® for Best Actress in 1971), “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, “Julia,” “The China Syndrome,” “On Golden Pond,” and “The Morning After” (films for which she received five additional Academy Award® nominations), as well as more than 40 other films. Since 2015, Fonda has starred in the Netflix sitcom “Grace and Frankie,” and just this past spring in the film “Book Club.”

Fonda is also the subject of the new HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” directed by Susan Lacy, which will screen at the festival, with Fonda and Lacy in attendance.

TCFF will also present a 40th anniversary screening of “Coming Home,” a screening of “Julia”, and a free nighttime screening of “Nine to Five”, staring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and the great Dabney Coleman, projected on a 65-foot screen at the festival’s open space on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay.

Fonda’s lifetime commitment to social change has also inspired and challenged a generation of artists and activists. She chairs the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, sits on the boards of Women’s Day Media Center, which she helped found, and V-Day: Until the Violence Stops. The activist established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at the Emory School of Medicine and has long been a leading advocate for environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls.

Moore programs and hosts the festival each year, introducing screenings, moderating panels, and bringing the top talents from film to this small lakeside community where he lives. His love of cinema inspires the organization’s 2,000 volunteers who staff the acclaimed State and Bijou Theaters in Traverse City year-round and have become the backbone of the festival’s success and growth.

Moore will personally host the legendary actress, author, and activist at the Traverse City Film Festival. Details of Fonda’s appearance along with the 14th annual Festival’s complete schedule of films and events are online at tcff.org.

Tickets for this year’s edition will go on sale to the public on Saturday, July 21 at tcff.org, but Friends of the Film Festival will be able to get early access to tickets with advance sales starting Sunday, July 15. To become a Friend, sign up online, call 231-392-1134, or email [email protected].