FIA Theater photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Arts

The Flint Institute of Arts is kicking off its 2016-2017 Friends of Modern Art Film series. We find out more about the series and get a preview of some of the selected films with associate curator of film Ed Bradley.

WKAR Advanced Screening of "T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold"

Aug 2, 2016

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR offered an advance screening of T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, a film by filmmakers Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari and Sue Jaye Johnson. The film is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields. The boxing star from Flint, Michigan, was just 17 years old when she won Olympic gold at the London games in 2012.

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Courtesy image / Maen Hammad

Maen Hammad, the son of Palestinian refugees, grew up in Michigan and fell in love with skateboarding. On a trip back to the Middle East, he found others who loved the sport, too, and made a documentary about it. Now, he hopes to bring his sport’s therapeutic powers to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Two men fighting over trophy
Highway Goat Productions

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Courtesy image / Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent experimental film festival in North America. We speak with the Festival’s executive director about bringing cinematic interactivity to downtown Ann Arbor.

It’s normally not very polite to talk about bodily functions in public, but that didn’t stop Troy Hale from making an entire documentary about farts. We talk to the director of 'Fart: A Documentary.'

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February flew by and it’s already time to welcome a new lineup of films for the Indie Film Series in March. We talk with Susan Woods, the founder of the monthly series, about the films she’s selected for March.

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel photo
Courtesy photo / Indie Film Series

The 2016 Indie Film Series kicks off this Friday. We speak with founder Susan Woods to get a preview of the films she’s selected for February.

The Expedition Denali Team photo
Courtesy photo / 'An American Ascent'

Flint has a new series dedicated to highlighting films of African Americans. We speak with an organizer of their next film, "An American Ascent." We also talk with some of the folks behind this documentary about the first African-American team to try to climb the highest mountain in North America, Mt. Denali.

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Hannah Countryman / Agnes Films

An effort led by professors and students at MSU is trying to bring attention to the work of women in the film industry. We talk with Alexandra Hidalgo of Agnes Films, an online magazine dedicated to women filmmakers.

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Courtesy photo / East Lansing Film Festival

The annual East Lansing Film Festival kicks off Thursday. We’ll talk to Festival Creator Susan Woods for a preview of some of the films and special events surrounding the screenings.

Courtesy Michigan Theater

We sit behind the organ at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, where a screening of the 1922 classic silent horror film Nosferatu will be accompanied by the Michigan’s grand Barton organ.

End of the Tour photo
Courtesy photo / Indie Film Series

October’s Indie Film Series kicks off this week with a new lineup. We talk with founder Susan Woods about the films she selected for October.

Feminism in the spotlight at GR film festival

Sep 11, 2015

There’s no shortage of films being released today, but only a small percentage feature significant roles for women. The organizers behind the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival want to shine the spotlight on women and on other groups who are under-represented in the media industry. Current State talks with organizer Lydia VanHoven about the festival.

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If you like documentaries, independent, and arthouse films, you’re in luck, because the Indie Film Series just kicked off last week. We talk with founder Susan Woods about the films she selected for the series.