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.
Nick speaks with Mitchell Kezin, director of the film Jingle Bell Rocks!, about his “obsession” with collecting obscure Christmas records, the digital age of music, modern Christmas music, his projects since releasing the documentary in 2014 and a whole lot more.
Nick speaks with writer/director Haroula Rose, author Bonnie Jo Campbell, and producer David Macias of Once Upon a River. The Q&A includes discussion points about how Bonnie’s book was adapted and the relationship between the author and screenwriter, casting and location decisions, Annie Oakely, the fictional Stark River and more!
Nick speaks with Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone, directors of the documentary Vinyl Nation, about the resurgence of vinyl over the past decade, filming across the country, their personal connections with records, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick is joined by Jared Van Eck, Technical Director of the Michigan Theater to discuss his film The Motions of Stillness, how it was conceived, his inspiration, his process of writing the score, and more!
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.
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
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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