New TCFF executive director resigns

May 10, 2018

Newly hired Joe Beyer resigned as executive director of the Traverse City Film Festival this week.
Credit Dan Wanschura

After less than a month on the job, the new executive director of the Traverse City Film Festival is stepping down.

Joe Beyer announced his resignation this week after being hired on April 17th.

In a written statement, Beyer said he discovered challenges for the organization he felt his experiences and expertise couldn't address.

"In just a few short weeks of being in Traverse City I came to realize how much TCFF means to this incredible community, and how loved and revered their staff and volunteers truly are. I also discovered challenges for the organization I felt my experiences and expertise couldn't address. In the spirit of wanting them to succeed and thrive, I came to the conclusion that they needed a different leader moving ahead. I'm grateful for the short opportunity I had to serve, and it was a very difficult decision for me personally, but I wish them only the best, as I know everyone does who has supported their mission and future. It's a special group of people in a very special place and I'm proud to have given a small piece of my career to working with them. I firmly believe in full swings; those are the only ones that can hit home runs, so I have no regrets as I move on."

Beyer previously worked for the Sundance Institute before replacing former TCFF executive director Deb Lake who resigned last December.

Traverse City Film Festival founder Michael Moore told The Ticker that a search for a new executive director will be put on hold until after the 2018 festival.