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It’s the week of the Academy Awards and we’ll try to help you get a leg up on your office Oscar pool with WKAR’s afternoon classical music host Jamie Paisley about the five Best Score nominees, including the 50th Oscar nomination for John Williams.


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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.


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With "Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens" opening last week, "Star Wars" mania is sweeping the nation, and Lansing is no exception. We talk to two local professionals who have been avid "Star Wars" fans since they were children about how the story still resonates with them today.


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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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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.


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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.


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Courtesy image / Marina Abramović Archives and LIMA, Amsterdam

We visit the Broad Art Museum for their next exhibit “Moving Time,” a video installation that will take up two floors of the museum and is one of the final exhibits conceived by founding director Michael Rush, who passed away earlier this year.


End of the Tour photo
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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.


Documentary exploring LEGO culture comes to Ann Arbor

Aug 13, 2015
photo of 'Yellow' by artist Nathan Sawaya
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A feature length documentary about the Danish toy behemoth LEGO will screen this weekend at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with co-director Daniel Junge.


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Claressa Shields of Flint was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with Shields about her boxing career and her remaining ambitions in the ring.


Claressa Shields photo
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A new documentary looks at the first woman boxer to win an Olympic gold medal. She’s from Flint, and the movie about her Olympic journey is coming to the Flint Institute of Arts this week. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with filmmaker Sue Jaye Johnson.


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For a year and a half, we’ve been tracking the process of making a movie in Michigan. Filmmaker Rich Goteri’s “Eastern Market” is set in Detroit. Current State's Scott Pohl has our latest update, including a look at how the elimination of film incentives from the state of Michigan has affected the project.


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When a new movie comes out, one of the crucial marketing elements is the poster. The images, the words, even the fonts can be crucial to the studio’s hopes of getting moviegoers into the theatres. The MSU Museum currently has an exhibition of posters designed by Art Sims, a native Detroiter who has worked extensively with filmmaker Spike Lee on posters for his movies. Along with the posters, you can see books filled with Sims’ earliest visions for each of the projects, and how those ideas evolved into the final product.

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