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Behind The Marquee: Episode 46 - A Virtual Conversation with Ann Arbor Chefs

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 8:35am

Inspired by the virtual release of 'Her Name is Chef', Sarah Escalante, Director of Programming & Communications, has a virtual conversation and Q&A with local chefs: Abby Olitzky from Spencer, Allie Lyttle from Lala's, Ji Hye Kim from Miss Kim, and Eve Aronoff from Frita Batidos.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 45 - Filmmakers of 17 Blocks

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 8:41am

Sarah Escalante has a conversation with the filmmakers behind the documentary '17 Blocks': Director Davy Rothbart, born and raised in Ann Arbor, the subjects/filmmakers Cheryl and Smurf Sanford, and with music supervisor Mike DiBella.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 44 - Mitchell Kezin of ‘Jingle Bell Rocks!’

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 3:19pm

Nick speaks with Mitchell Kezin, director of the film Jingle Bell Rocks!, about his “obsession” with collecting obscure Christmas records, the digital age of music, modern Christmas music, his projects since releasing the documentary in 2014 and a whole lot more.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 43 - Haroula Rose, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and David Macias of Once Upon a River

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 3:16pm

Nick speaks with writer/director Haroula Rose, author Bonnie Jo Campbell, and producer David Macias of Once Upon a River. The Q&A includes discussion points about how Bonnie’s book was adapted and the relationship between the author and screenwriter, casting and location decisions, Annie Oakely, the fictional Stark River and more!

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 42 - Kevin Smokler & Christopher Boone, Vinyl Nation

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 12:00pm

Nick speaks with Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone, directors of the documentary Vinyl Nation, about the resurgence of vinyl over the past decade, filming across the country, their personal connections with records, and more!

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 41 - Melissa Haizlip, Mr. SOUL!

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 1:03pm

Nick speaks with Melissa Haizlip, director of Mr. SOUL!, about her uncle Ellis’ television program Soul!, the legacy of Ellis Haizlip, the state of television today, and the 10 year journey that was taken to make this film.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 40 - Brigitte Amiri, The Fight

Sat, 08/22/2020 - 7:47am

Nick hosts a virtual Q&A with Brigitte Amiri, deputy director at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, an Ann Arbor native, and on-screen subject of the ‘The Fight’. Brigitte discusses the trust she had with the filmmakers while making the documentary, how she guards herself from outside criticism, and what she finds most rewarding about the job.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 39 - A2 Tech Film Showcase

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 8:46am

Nick has a virtual discussion with Rik Cordero and Hafsah Mijinyawa from the A2 Tech Film Showcase to discuss the history and inspiration of their showcase, this year’s curation, silver linings of going virtual, and what the films mean for our times.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 38 - Our Virtual Movie Palace

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 1:53pm

It’s been 4 months since the Michigan & State Theatre debuted the Virtual Movie Palace, so Nick Alderink is joined by Sarah Escalante, Fionn Pooler and Jared Van Eck to discuss some of their favorite films now playing virtually, as well as what they’ve learned over the past four months, some of their favorite moments so far, where they see it all heading, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 37 - Nevertheless Film Festival

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 1:16pm

 

Nick is joined by Meredith Finch, Festival Director and Founder, and Alana Davis, Director of Artist Relations, of the Nevertheless Film Festival being held virtually July 9-12! Discussion includes the silver linings of holding a virtual film festival, some exciting things that must be held for next year, and a few of their personal favorites from this year’s film selection.