Location: Traverse City, Mich.

Documentarian Michael Moore founded the Traverse City Film Festival almost 10 years ago in the hopes that it could help “save one of America’s few indigenous art forms—the cinema.” Every summer now, the festival screens films, hosts panels, records podcasts, and runs an abbreviated film school for aspiring filmmakers. The screenings are a mix of new films (by invitation only), classic films on an outdoor screen overlooking the Grand Traverse Bay, and a special screening called “Mike’s Surprise,” in which Moore is the only person who knows what is in store for the audience (even the projectionist is clueless).