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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for June 2018: Martin Bandyke interviews Michael Benson, author of Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece.

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:06am

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.

Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001’s resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.

Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick’s widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001’s leading man-ape; and many others.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 6 - "Summer Classics and our Cinetopia Schedules"

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:32pm

Nick, Caitlin, Sarah, and Brian talk about the upcoming Summer Classic film series and their favorite summer movie memories. Plus, they get into their ideal Cinetopia film schedules and as always, their Movie Magic Moments.

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Fellow Youths: Giant vs. Hurricane

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 3:24pm

We cover a lot of ground in this one! We talk about periods, giant lore, and the struggle of finding pants that fit when you're 20 miles tall. You'll meet our new host, Ashley, and mourn the loss of Kathy to her new shiny adult job.

Check It Out!

Theme Music is “Nekozilla (LFZ Remix)” by Different Heaven.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 5 - "Deep Dive Into The Cinetopia Film Festival Program"

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 3:22pm

Nick, Caitlin, and Brian talk about all things Cinetopia, including some of their favorite films arriving this year. Plus, their Movie Magic Moments of the week.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for May 2018: Martin Bandyke interviews RJ Smith, author of American Witness: The Art and Life of Robert Frank.

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:34am

From the author of the acclaimed James Brown biography The One comes the first in-depth biography of renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, best known for his landmark book The Americans.

As well-known as Robert Frank the photographer is, few can say they really know Robert Frank the man. Born and raised in wartime Switzerland, Frank discovered the power and allure of photography at an early age and quickly learned that the art meant significantly more to him than the money, success, or fame. The art was all, and he intended to spend a lifetime pursuing it.

American Witness is the first comprehensive look at the life of a man who's as mysterious and evasive as he is prolific and gifted. Leaving his rigid Switzerland for the more fluid United States in 1947, Frank found himself at the red-hot social center of bohemian New York in the '50s and '60s, becoming friends with everyone from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky to photographer Walker Evans, actor Zero Mostel, painter Willem de Kooning, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Bob Dylan, writer Rudy Wirlitzer, jazz musicians Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, and more. Frank roamed the country with his young family, taking roughly 27,000 photographs and collecting 83 of them into what is still his most famous work: The Americans. His was an America nobody had seen before, and if it was harshly criticized upon publication for its portrait of a divided country, the collection gradually grew to be recognized as a transformative American vision.

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Behind the Marquee: Bonus - "#Filmstruck4"

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 2:14pm

A deleted scene pulled from Episode 4: Nick, Caitlin, and Ariel talk about the four films that define them. 

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 4 - "Ariel Went to Cleveland and Big Cinetopia Updates!"

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 1:51pm

Nick, Caitlin, and Ariel sit down to talk about the Cleveland International Film Festival before getting into details about this year's Cinetopia lineup, including our exciting Opening Night premiere! Plus, their Movie Magic Moments of the week. 

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 3 - Diving Into The Art House Convergence And MoviePass

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 6:30am

Nick, Caitlin, Sarah, and Makenzie discuss the role and history of the Art House Convergence, the worldwide alliance of independent theaters started at the Michigan, and get into the pros and cons of the subscription-based ticketing phenomenon known as MoviePass.

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#47 Ann Arbor Stories: The Billboard Bandits

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 6:10pm

The shrill, biting, staccato whine of a chainsaw pierces the cold, night air. Thud. Another billboard falls to the ground along a highway in southern Michigan.

An estimated 167 billboards in all—cut, chopped, and chainsawed—along highways throughout Michigan, mostly in the vicinity of Ann Arbor. The papers called this group The Billboard Bandits. But they weren't the only ones terrorizing good old fashioned marketers in town.

 

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Inside WCBN: Cameron Bothner

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 1:13pm

WCBN is a radio station that provides the daily soundtrack for many Ann Arbor community members. DJ Cameron Bothner stops in to discuss the value of student leadership within the station, the station's role in getting to his current career, and how his dad was able to join the staff and become a DJ!