Behind the Marquee Podcast

A new podcast every two weeks featuring interviews with filmmakers, discussions with local personalities, behind the scenes chat with MTF staff, and much more. Listen on iTunes using the button below or via the episodes below.

Behind the Marquee Ep. 41: Melissa Haizlip, Mr. SOUL!

Behind the Marquee Ep. 41: Melissa Haizlip, Mr. SOUL!

Nick speaks with Melissa Haizlip, director of Mr. SOUL!, about her uncle Ellis’ television program Soul!, the legacy of Ellis Haizlip, the state of television today, and the 10 year journey that was taken to make this film.

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Behind the Marquee Ep. 40: Brigitte Amiri, The Fight

Behind the Marquee Ep. 40: Brigitte Amiri, The Fight

Nick hosts a virtual Q&A with Brigitte Amiri, deputy director at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, an Ann Arbor native, and on-screen subject of the ‘The Fight’. Brigitte discusses the trust she had with the filmmakers while making the documentary, how she guards herself from outside criticism, and what she finds most rewarding about the job.

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Behind the Marquee Ep. 39: A2 Tech Film Showcase

Behind the Marquee Ep. 39: A2 Tech Film Showcase

Nick has a virtual discussion with Rik Cordero and Hafsah Mijinyawa from the A2 Tech Film Showcase to discuss the history and inspiration of their showcase, this year’s curation, silver linings of going virtual, and what the films mean for our times.

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Behind the Marquee Ep. 38: Our Virtual Movie Palace

Behind the Marquee Ep. 38: Our Virtual Movie Palace

It’s been 4 months since the Michigan & State Theatre debuted the Virtual Movie Palace, so Nick is joined by Sarah Escalante, Fionn Pooler and Jared Van Eck to discuss some of their favorite films now playing virtually, as well as what they’ve learned over the past four months, some of their favorite moments so far, where they see it heading, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.

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Behind the Marquee Ep. 37: Nevertheless Film Festival

Behind the Marquee Ep. 37: Nevertheless Film Festival

Nick is joined by Meredith Finch, Festival Director and Founder, and Alana Davis, Director of Artist Relations, of the Nevertheless Film Festival being held virtually July 9-12! Discussion includes the silver linings of holding a virtual film festival, some exciting things that must be held for next year, and a few of their personal favorites from this year’s film selection.

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Behind the Marquee – Ep. 36: Classic Movie Madness

Behind the Marquee – Ep. 36: Classic Movie Madness

Nick is joined remotely by Makenzie and Jay to discuss life in quarantine and the Classic Movie Madness bracket challenge being held on social media. And as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments.

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Behind the Marquee Bonus: Direct from Sundance

Behind the Marquee Bonus: Direct from Sundance

Nick is joined by directors Andrew Cohn (‘The Last Shift’) and Adam Rehmeier (‘Dinner in America’) to discuss their films which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

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Behind the Marquee – Ep. 35: Kiarostami Retrospective

Behind the Marquee – Ep. 35: Kiarostami Retrospective

Nick is joined by Ashkan Kazemi of the Iranian Graduate Student Association at the University of Michigan to discuss the upcoming Abbas Kiarostami retrospective beginning in March at the Michigan Theater. They discuss the impact of Kiarostami on each other’s lives, the role of the artist in Iran, Iranian humor, and more. And as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.

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Behind the Marquee: Interview with Director Nick Kovacic

Behind the Marquee: Interview with Director Nick Kovacic

Last Monday, Nick, Ariel and Makenzie sat down in the theater with Director Nick Kovacic for a special episode of Behind the Marquee to discuss the Academy Awards and Nick's film Agave: The Spirit...

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Behind the Marquee – Ep. 34: Barton Organ Restoration

Behind the Marquee – Ep. 34: Barton Organ Restoration

Nick is joined by Michigan Theater house organist David Hufford to discuss his work to restore the historic Barton Organ, what makes it unique, a bit of its history, and what it’s like to accompany a silent film or sing-along.

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