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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Mobile in Black and White' film encourages racial dialogue


Video courtesy of www.mobileinblackandwhite.org

 

The Capital City Film Festival starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend. On Saturday, a film about race relations in America will air at Dart Auditorium in Lansing. It’s called “Mobile in Black and White”. The film, which originally featured four shorter segments broken up by discussions, is directed by Robert Gray.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

More music, films at this year's Capital City Film Festival

The fourth Annual Capital City Film Festival starts this Thursday and runs through Sunday.
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The fourth Annual Capital City Film Festival will showcase four days of films. Shorts, documentaries,  and narrative features are all included. The festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Capital City Film Festival Director Dominic Cochran and Festival Coordinator Payal Ravani discuss this year’s offerings.

History
1:48 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Preserving MSU's audiovisual history

MSU archivist Portia Vescio says many MSU interviews and sportscasts are in formats that are now obsolete. MSU is soliciting public donations to digitize those records.
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The Michigan State Spartans had a great run through March Madness, making the Elite Eight. Coach Tom Izzo may want his team to watch the playback of Sunday’s game against the U-Conn Huskies for a little self-analysis. MSU has a lot of tapes like that and other sporting events, some of which pre-date World War II. However, those old film and video clips are falling apart over time. Now, MSU is asking the public for donations to digitize those records for posterity.

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Arts & Culture
1:10 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Indian filmmaker screens latest offering in E.L.

Sanjay Kak. He'll attend tonight's 7:30 p.m. screening of "Red Ant Dream" in B122 Wells Hall on the MSU campus.
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A documentary filmmaker from India will be in East Lansing for a screening of his latest movie tonight. Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with Sanjay Kak about his latest film, “Red Ant Dream”. It’s a reflection on modern-day revolution in India. The MSU College of Arts and Letters will screen the film on campus tonight, and Kak will be there.

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Lights, camera, pie: film documents town devoted to pie

Longtime mid-Michigan artist Jane Rosemont is making a documentary called, "The Pie Lady of Pie Town."
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Art, like life, goes through phases and changes. A longtime mid-Michigan artist who relocated to New Mexico a few years ago is exploring the inspirations there and has just come out with her first short film. Many listeners will be familiar with Jane and Dick Rosemont. He was one of the forces behind Flat Black and Circular, an East Lansing record shop, and she was a fine arts photographer.

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Entertainment
1:17 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Superheroes, Muppets, and Biblical tales part of spring movie mix

Today's discussion includes: 'Noah'; the first installment in the next book series turned film, 'Divergent'; and Tyler Perry's latest offering, 'Single Moms Club.'
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Each film season, Mlive’s John Serba offers his thoughts on soon to be released films. This week he shared his most and least anticipated movies of the Spring season with Current State’s Emanuele Berry.

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Music
10:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Documentary celebrates legacy of Lansing's Elderly Instruments

Elderly Instruments was founded by Stan Werbin.
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If you strum, pick or fiddle, chances are you've come across Lansing's Elderly Instruments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:28 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: early view from the director’s chair

Patrick Moug (right) will direct the film we're tracking. Rich Goteri (left) wrote the movie, and plans to play the lead role.
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Today, we have the second installment of our new series “Moviemaking in Michigan”. Current State’s Scott Pohl is following the process of making a movie, from start to finish.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Filmmaker documents Detroit, Happy Valley in transition

Throughout the year, MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities brings in speakers and artists from around the country for their Wednesday Night Live series. This week they welcomed filmmaker Erik Proulx, who screened his short film "Lemonade: Detroit." His latest film “365 Days: A year in Happy Valley”  re-examines  the Penn State scandal and looks at how the community coping.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Golden Globe snubs and Detroit Film Critics Society winners

This year the the Detroit Film Critics Society named 'Her' best picture of the year.
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Award season kicked off last week with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees. This is also the time of year where some Michigan critics vote on their favorite films and performances. The Detroit Film Critics Society revealed the winners of their annual contest last Friday. John Serba, entertainment reporter for MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press and a founding member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, assess this year’s Golden Globe nominations and reveals the big winners from the Detroit Film Critics Society's awards.

Radio Made in Michigan
10:28 am
Sat December 14, 2013

'Medora,' captures small town struggles through basketball

Thursday evening, WKAR’s Community Cinema event will feature a preview of the film “Medora.” The documentary tells the story of a struggling Indiana basketball team.  Emanuele Berry spoke with Davy Rothbart, one of the film's co-producers, and Dylan McSoley, a former Medora High School basketball player who is featured in the film.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Current State #206 | November 21, 2013

Today on Current State: a Michigan health care non-profit on Obamacare; a new MSU study on diversity and segregation; indie film producer Christine Vachon; and "nose-to-tail" eating.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:19 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Indie film producer enjoys success outside studio system

The MSU Film Collective showing of the Christine Vachon-produced 'I’m Not There' is tonight at 8pm in room B122 of Wells Hall. You can also hear Vachon’s public lecture at 5pm Friday in the RCAH Theatre.
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Filmmaker Christine Vachon is behind some of today’s most successful independent movies, including “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Far From Heaven” and “One Hour Photo”. The MSU Film Collective is screening her movie “I’m Not There” tonight, and Vachon will speak about the state of independent film on campus tomorrow.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

MSU grad directs documentary on income inequality

Jacob Kornbluth directed the film 'Inequality For All', opening the East Lansing Film Festival tonight.
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The 16th East Lansing Film Festival begins tonight with the documentary “Inequality For All”. The movie features former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, as he seeks to address the widening American income gap.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Offerings by Coen Bros, Stiller are highlights of holiday movie season

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Folk singers, hustlers and Samurai are all part of this year’s Holiday film lineup. John Serba, entertainment reporter and film critic for Mlive and the Grand Rapids Press, gave Current State’s Emanuele Berry the rundown of this season upcoming films.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:57 am
Wed October 2, 2013

New film chronicles Michigan's craft beer scene

'The Michigan Beer Film' celebrates the artistry of the state's brewers, and captures the challenges they face.
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Michigan has seen tremendous growth in its craft beer industry. That growth is chronicled in the new documentary "The Michigan Beer Film."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Film commentary: Detroit on the big screen

Movies about Detroit often don't make the Motor City look good.
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I’m making a new film. It’s about three men who return to their hometown after a long absence. That hometown is Detroit. It took me over two years to write. But the thing I struggled with most was how to present the city of Detroit itself.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Current State #160 | September 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Architect-futurist anticipates global demoralization; Detroit's Water Renaissance series on the Rouge River; filmmaking staying relevant in Michigan despite changes; and MSU Museum photos capture modern workers in new exhibits.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Despite shifting incentives, filmmakers still look to Michigan

Michigan’s film industry has seen a few changes over the past 5 years. Under Gov. Jennifer Granholm, refundable tax credits for films were unlimited. For the 2012 fiscal year, under Gov. Snyder, a cap of 25 million cap was placed on film incentives. The following year the cap was increased to 50 million.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

'Imported from China' highlights rapid growth of Chinese international students

In 2006, only 96 Chinese international students attended MSU for their undergraduate studies. This fall over 4,000 Chinese students are expected to enrolled at MSU. 'Imported From China' premieres tonight at 6 p.m. in the Communication Arts and Sciences building.
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  Over 200,000 Chinese international students study in the United States each year, drastically altering the makeup of universities across the country. The film “Imported from China” features the personal stories of several Chinese international college students at Michigan State, as they navigate life in America. The film's Co-Director's, MSU Academic Specialist Troy Hale and Associate Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes, joined us to discuss the film.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Fall films are a mix of flair and fizzle

Current State's Emanuele Berry chats with MLive film critic John Serba about this fall's movie crop.
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From tales of slavery to adventures in outer space, this year’s crop of fall films runs the gamut.  Current State’s Emanuele Berry chats with MLive.com entertainment reporter and film critic John Serba about the upcoming film season.  They started with a film neither is excited to see: a dance flick entitled “Battle of the Year.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Current State #148 | August 29, 2013

Today on Current State: August's biggest's stories in review; Chicago-based "Wavelength" trains Lansing teachers using humor; 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice; Michigan railroads; and a film commentary on End of the World films. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Film Commentary with Jeffrey Wray: End of the World films

"The question is why such movies now?" Jeffrey Wray said in regard to the End of the World movie theme of the summer, "Can films be read like tea leaves or fossilized bones? Are they stealth clues to the period or hard indicators of collective angst of our time...or any time?"
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As the summer comes to a close, so do this season’s apocalyptic films. Current State contributor, MSU professor and filmmaker Jeffrey Wray offers this commentary on the end of the world through cinema.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:52 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Film review: 'The Lone Ranger'

Johnny Depp's portrayal of a minority sidekick character has drawn some controversy.
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Current State's newest contributor MSU professor and filmmaker Jeffrey Wray offers commentary on art of cinema.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

'Detropia' to air on PBS 'Independent Lens'

 

Credit Flickr/Kyle SchultzThe film focuses on three Detroit residents with varying backgrounds and experiences.Edit | Remove

The decline of Detroit and the struggle of people hoping for a brighter future in the Motor City is the focus of the documentary “Detropia," from the makers of the Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp."

           

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Film documents sexual assault in the military

The Pentagon report says the number of sexual assault in military has risen significant from 19,000 in 2010 to 26,000 in 2012.
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The U.S. military is facing a crisis of conscience. This week, the Pentagon released an annual report indicating the rate of rape and sexual assault by and against service members has risen significantly in the past year.  Adding to the scandal is the arrest of the Air Force officer who previously led that branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit -- who himself was charged with sexual assault.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Lansing-raised filmmaker examines Arab-American life with “Detroit Unleaded”

A scene from the Nola Rashef film “Detroit Unleaded”.
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A Michigan filmmaker is taking her romantic comedy on the festival circuit, including a screening tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

“Detroit Unleaded” focuses on the personalities who come and go at a gas station in the Motor City.

The movie’s writer, director and producer Rola Nashaf grew up on the west side of Lansing. She emigrated with her family from Lebanon at the age of five. The Waverly High School graduate moved to Detroit after college.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Summer sizzles with cinematic superheroes

The summer movie season is upon us.  In a few weeks, we will be inspired by the feats of cinematic superheroes, clutching our popcorn in fear as we watch the world's demise.  Current State's Emanuele Berry joined MLive.com and Grand Rapids Press entertainment reporter and film critic John Serba to sort out the many films of summer. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Summer movie preview: Superheroes and sequels

 

 The summer movie season is upon us. Soon we will be inspired by the feats of cinematic superheroes, and clutching our seats in fear as we watch the world’s demise. Entertainment reporter and film critic for MLive.com and The Grand Rapids Press, John Serba, helps Current State's Emanuele Berry sort through the many films of summer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:16 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Film 'Chasing Ice' documents the melting of polar ice cap

The MSU Department of Geography will screen the film 'Chasing Ice' at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th.
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This week, MSU Department of Geography will host filmmaker Jeff Orlowski for a screening of his documentary “Chasing Ice.” The movie documents the work of National Geographic photographer James Balog. Through both film and time-lapse photography, Balog  chronicled the melting of glacial ice.  Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with Jeff Orlowski, the director of "Chasing Ice."

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