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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."

Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

'Boogie Bob' Baldori of The Woolies on career, new film

In 1964, musician Bob Baldori founded the rock band The Woolies.
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Pianist Bob Baldori's musical career has led him to countless gigs with the likes of Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.

In recent years, “Boogie Bob” has spent a lot of time playing boogie woogie piano music around the world with Bob Seeley. Their time together has been documented in the movie Boogie Stomp, which the East Lansing Film Society is screening this month.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:16 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Current State #65 | April 12, 2013

 Today on Current State: national organization for stricter gun laws; Public Poetry Announcement; and Capitol City Film Festival on it's third year in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Capitol City Film Festival includes Norse gods, live music and parallel universes

The Capitol City Film Festival features documentary films covering a range of topics. One of the films, Detropia, looks at the decline of Detroit.
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The third annual Capital City Film Festival will showcase 70 films, which range from fantasy drama's to documentaries about pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. The festival, which runs through Sunday, also includes live music.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Acclaimed documentary goes inside America's broken healthcare system

Filmed at the Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, “The Waiting Room” documentary tells stories of how an American public hospital struggles to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.
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The documentary “The Waiting Room” takes viewers inside a public hospital in Oakland, California. The powerful film captures the struggles of both health care workers and patients in a system that is broken and stretched to its limits. It also shows how public hospitals can become more than just places to receive medical care.

Bill Hirsch, the executive producer of the 2012 documentary, discusses the making of  the film and issues behind American’s public hospitals.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Documentary highlights the value of aging on WKAR tonight

Many people fear and fight aging. If your turn to almost any channel on TV, you’ll find older women attempting to cloak themselves in youth.  Age is a deficit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:50 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

New Israeli film 'Rock the Casbah' looks at the first intifada

The new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah" takes place during the first intifada in the late 1980s. It's the first feature film produced in Israel to address the tumultuous period and is showing this weekend as part of the Israeli Film Festival put on by MSU's Jewish Studies Program. The film's screenwriter, Guy Meirson, served in the Israeli army at the time. He's a guest lecturer in screenwriting this semester and joins us to discuss his new film and Israel's complex relationship with the Palestinians.

Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Oscar preview with founder of East Lansing film festival

Sunday is the biggest night of the year for movie lovers. Hollywood honors the best movies of 2012, with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and more. Who deserves to win, and is that likely to be different from who will?

Susan Woods, the founder of the East Lansing Film Festival, offers her thoughts on the contenders.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Capital City Film Festival Begins Second Year

The Capital City Film Festival gets underway today in a variety of venues across the city of Lansing.  It’s only the second year for the event, which was organized in part to complement the long-established East Lansing Film Festival.

WKAR’s Anna Schroen  spoke with Capital City Film Festival entertainment director Jake Pechtel, who says this time, mid-Michigan’s newest cinematic celebration has attracted twice as many filmmakers as last year.

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