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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.

New film chronicles Michigan's craft beer scene

Oct 2, 2013

Michigan has seen tremendous growth in its craft beer industry. That growth is chronicled in the new documentary "The Michigan Beer Film."

Film commentary: Detroit on the big screen

Sep 27, 2013
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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.

Current State #160 | September 17, 2013

Sep 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.


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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  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.

Fall films are a mix of flair and fizzle

Sep 6, 2013
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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 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.”

Current State #148 | August 29, 2013

Aug 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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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.

Film review: 'The Lone Ranger'

Jul 3, 2013
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Current State's newest contributor MSU professor and filmmaker Jeffrey Wray offers commentary on art of cinema.

'Detropia' to air on PBS 'Independent Lens'

Jul 1, 2013


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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."


Film documents sexual assault in the military

May 10, 2013
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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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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.

Summer sizzles with cinematic superheroes

May 3, 2013

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 and Grand Rapids Press entertainment reporter and film critic John Serba to sort out the many films of summer. 

Summer movie preview: Superheroes and sequels

Apr 30, 2013


 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 and The Grand Rapids Press, John Serba, helps Current State's Emanuele Berry sort through the many films of summer.