movies en The oldest video store in the US is in Royal Oak, but now it's closing <p>Thomas Video opened in 1974, and was the first store in the country to sell films.&nbsp;</p><p>On Stateside, we spoke with Jim Olenski, the owner of Thomas Video about his business and why it's closing.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Olenski, the store has been losing money for a long time, partly because of the rise in online movie streaming options, like Netflix.&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear Cynthia Canty's interview with Olenski, click the link above. &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:52:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 17778 at The oldest video store in the US is in Royal Oak, but now it's closing Incentive OK'd for filming in southwest Michigan <p>NEW BUFFALO – A movie filming in southwestern Michigan has been approved for a state incentive.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:53:31 +0000 Associated Press 16567 at Incentive OK'd for filming in southwest Michigan Michigan filmmaker's new film explores bullying from the point of view of the bully <p>As social media has embedded itself into our lives, so too has the national conversation about bullying.</p><p>Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media have given bullies boundless opportunities to torture their victims. What used to be something that happened in school halls and classrooms now finds its way into every corner of the lives of our young people.</p><p>One of the voices that has joined this conversation about bullying is that of a Michigan filmmaker. Her newest film, shot in Oakland County, is called "The Bully Chronicles."</p><p>It brings us the story of teen bullying through the eyes of the bully, and she recently turned to the Huffington Post, where she wrote to the teens accused of bullying a 12-year-old Florida girl to the point where she committed suicide by jumping off a tower.</p><p>Her post was headlined "<a href="">From One Bully To Another: An Open Letter to Rebecca Sedwick's Bullies</a>."</p><p>Amy Weber joined us in the studio.</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:24:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 15267 at Michigan filmmaker's new film explores bullying from the point of view of the bully New film about Michigan beer to premiere at the Fillmore Theatre <p>There's an intriguing movie premiere happening Thursday night at the Fillmore Theatre on Woodward in downtown Detroit.</p><p>"The Michigan Beer Film" will be screened along with samples of some of the Michigan brews featured in the film.</p><p>We're always happy to talk about Michigan beer here on Stateside, so we welcomed the producer and director of "The Michigan Beer Film", Kevin Romeo. He joined us today from Kalamazoo.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview about.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:58:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 15167 at New film about Michigan beer to premiere at the Fillmore Theatre The drive-in movie theater celebrates its 80th anniversary <p>Ask any baby-boomer about some of their best memories growing up and chances are good that a drive-in theater figures in there somewhere.</p><p>It was a wonderful and uniquely American thing: roll up to the parking spot, perch the little speaker on your window, order lots of food, and watch movies from your car. Kids would go in their PJs and watch movies while lying on the roof. For teenagers in the 50s, 60s and 70s, well, perhaps the movie was a secondary attraction.</p><p>This summer marks the 80 year anniversary of the invention of the drive-in movie theater. After a slow start, the trend really took off. Detroit got its first drive-in theater in 1938.</p><p>Let's take a trip back in time to the glory days of the drive-in. Joining us is Philip Hallman with the University of Michigan's Department of Screen Arts and Culture.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:16:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 13468 at The drive-in movie theater celebrates its 80th anniversary Stateside for Wednesday, July 10, 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During World War II, a plane crashed behind Nazi lines. Thirty nurses and medics, five of them from Michigan, survived. Their incredible story is finally being told.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, we celebrated the </span>80th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the drive-in movie theater. Did you know Michigan once had more than 100 drive-ins? Today just a hand full are in operation.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, Kevyn Orr canceled the bus tour he was supposed to take the Detroit's creditors on today. We spoke with&nbsp;Nancy Kaffer about why this happened.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">his has certainly been a wet and muggy summer.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Michigan farmers endured a hot and dry summer in 2012, so we wondered what the soggy summer of 2013 is doing to crops and to farmers. Is it better than the scorcher of 2012?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>Ken DeCock is a third-generation farmer in Macomb Township where his family owns Boyka's Farm Market. He joined us today to give us the farmer's-eye view of our weather.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:07:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 13471 at Stateside for Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Cinetopia Film Festival will bring world class films to Detroit and Ann Arbor <p>People in Ann Arbor and Detroit are excitedly preparing for the second annual <a href="">Cinetopia International Film Festival</a>, taking place this coming weekend.</p><p>The festival debuted in Ann Arbor last year. After a successful trial run, it's back this year and it's larger than before. Films will be screened at venues in Ann Arbor and at the Detroit Film Theatre&nbsp;at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:11:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12870 at Grab the sunscreen: ArtPod kicks off summer music, movies and more <p></p><p>ArtPod is chock-full of summer awesomeness.</p><p>We’re putting our own special ArtPod spin on three big summer crowd-pleasers.</p><p>The end-of-school concerts.</p><p>The new indie movie with all the buzz.</p><p>And your own private guide to craft cocktails in Michigan.</p><p>Hey, that counts as art. Right?</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 02:52:09 +0000 Kate Wells 12827 at Grab the sunscreen: ArtPod kicks off summer music, movies and more Michigan's film incentives are on the chopping block <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Republican-led state House is looking to do away with tax incentives that lure moviemakers to Michigan so the money instead goes toward road maintenance.</p><p>The House on Tuesday stripped $25 million in tax credits it planned to set aside for the film industry.</p><p>The funding would go to the state and local governments for road repairs.</p><p>The House also cut $25 million from an economic-development fund and allocated it for roads.</p><p>The full House is expected to vote on its budget Wednesday, setting the stage for negotiations with the Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder next month.</p><p>So far the GOP-controlled Senate and governor are looking to designate at least $25 million in incentives for Hollywood - half the amount in the current budget. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:30:53 +0000 The Associated Press 12270 at Michigan's film incentives are on the chopping block Filmmaker Ken Burns on "The Central Park Five" and racial inequality in America <p></p><p>Filmmaker Ken Burns is hands-down one of the world's leading creators of documentaries.</p><p>He has helped modern-day audiences understand and appreciate The Civil War, World War II, the jazz age, prohibition, baseball, the Shakers, America's national parks and many more aspects of American life.</p><p>Now, he is returning to Ann Arbor, the town of his boyhood.</p><p>He'll be here to talk about race and inequality as part of the Penny W. Stamps lecture series but more importantly to present his film, "The Central Park Five" at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:13:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 11781 at Filmmaker Ken Burns on "The Central Park Five" and racial inequality in America In ArtPod: the times, they are a changin' <p></p><p></p><p>Come gather round ArtPod this week, as we rip off Bob Dylan for a cute headline.</p><p>Today, ArtPod is talking about change. All kinds of change: political, cultural, even technological change.&nbsp;</p><p>We’ll talk with a storyteller, actors, students and even the operators of a small town movie theater about how they deal with bad changes (the end of an era for mom-and-pop cinemas), weird change (so you've got an emergency manager! Now what?), and cultural change (the tricky, tricky task of talking about race).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Their projects are radically different, but they each help us talk about or understand a difficult change – which may be what all art is supposed to do.&nbsp; Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:38:03 +0000 Kate Wells 11649 at In ArtPod: the times, they are a changin' Goodbye to the 'flick': Small Michigan movie theaters facing deadline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is a big weekend for film fans, but the movies honored this weekend at the Oscars may be the last ones to be in theaters as actual "films." &nbsp;</span></p><p>And that’s bad news for many small neighborhood and drive-in theaters in Michigan.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A night at the neighborhood theater</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Friday night crowd is gathering in the lobby of the Sun Theater in </span>Williamston<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Everybody seems to know everybody else at this small, one screen, neighborhood movie house. From the low ticket prices and very affordable concessions, the Sun Theater is a throwback, and that’s especially true for what’s at the top of the stairs at the rear of the theater.</p><p>35 millimeter film is flickering through a projector, which shines that night’s movie on to the silver screen. &nbsp;</p><p>It’s basically the way films have been shone for a hundred years, but that’s about to end.</p><p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:32:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11340 at Goodbye to the 'flick': Small Michigan movie theaters facing deadline Indie film Middle of Nowhere, now showing in Michigan <p>The film, <a href=""><em>Middle of Nowhere</em></a> tells the story of a young woman caught between loyalty to her incarcerated husband, and possibilities she finds outside the walls of the prison. Jennifer White interviews actor Omari Hardwick who portrays Derek, the incarcerated husband. Hardwick has also appeared in the films Sparkle and For Colored Girls, to name a few. Ava DuVernay won the Best Director Award for the film at the 2012 Sundance film festival, the first time that award has been won by an African American woman. The film is<a href=";near=southfield&amp;sort=1&amp;tid=7dc4ecb846b3d0da&amp;ei=QruBUJ3PA6qMyAG2uIDwBw"> showing</a> in Southfield.</p><p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:47:04 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9545 at Indie film Middle of Nowhere, now showing in Michigan Stateside: Film festival shines spotlight on Detroit <p>People are making a lot of movies about Detroit these days. More than 60 of those films will be screened this weekend at an outdoor film festival in Detroit's Perrien Park.</p><p>Organizers hope to spark conversation about how Detroit is seen by Michiganders, and the rest of the world.&nbsp;</p><p>25 hours, 15 minutes and 45 seconds of film, documentaries and music videos - all about Detroit.</p><p>“It’s kind of wild how many [films] have been made in the last 3 or 4 years...I wasn’t aware it was on this scale,” said filmmaker Nicole Macdonald.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:08:54 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 9177 at Stateside: Film festival shines spotlight on Detroit Ann Arbor goes mainstream, debuts "Cinetopia International Film Festival" <p align="LEFT">Ann Arbor will be hosting its first-ever <a href="">Cinetopia International Film Festival</a> this week.</p><p align="LEFT">Russ Collins,&nbsp;executive director of the Michigan Theater,&nbsp;says festival organizers&nbsp;expect about 5,000 attendees&nbsp;this weekend.</p><p align="LEFT">Over the four-day festival,&nbsp;35 mainstream films will be screened primarily&nbsp;in the Michigan and&nbsp;State Theaters.</p><p align="LEFT">Collins notes that this festival is&nbsp;different&nbsp;from the&nbsp;longstanding&nbsp;Ann&nbsp;Arbor Film Festival&nbsp;because that event&#39;s focus is on experimental films.</p><p align="LEFT" dir="LTR">&quot;The Cinetopia International Film Festival is a festival that celebrates the feature length, story-based films that you&#39;re going to see at festivals like Toronto and Sundance,&quot; Collins says.</p><p align="LEFT" dir="LTR">The festival&nbsp;opens Thursday night with a party and screening of Tod Louiso&#39;s &quot;Hello I Must Be Going&quot; and continues&nbsp;with Sundance-acclaimed films&nbsp;like &quot;I Am&nbsp;Not a Hipster.&quot;</p><p align="LEFT" dir="LTR">&quot;It seems like our ambient interest in cinema and the ability of our town to host festivals and special events would make Ann Arbor an exceptionally good place to do a film festival of a large scale,&quot; says Collins,</p><p align="LEFT" dir="LTR">There are high hopes for this&nbsp;pilot&nbsp;event.&nbsp;Festival organizers&nbsp;plan to expand the event into&nbsp;an 11-day festival for Ann Arbor and Detroit.</p><p align="LEFT" dir="LTR">- <span class="HOEnZb adL"><font color="#888888">Julia Alix Smith-Eppsteiner, Michigan Radio Newsroom</font></span> Mon, 28 May 2012 09:00:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7625 at Ann Arbor goes mainstream, debuts "Cinetopia International Film Festival" UM professor consults on Disney film "Chimpanzee" <p>The movie Chimpanzee from Disney Nature opens in theaters today.</p><p>It follows a young chimp, Oscar, who is separated from his troop, and is adopted by&nbsp;an alpha male named Freddie.</p><p>John Mitani was a scientific consultant on the film. He&#39;s a primate behavioral ecologist and University of Michigan Professor of Anthropology. Mitani&rsquo;s <a href="">research </a>centers on the behavior of male chimps and why males co-operate.</p><p>According to Mitani, it&#39;s not uncommon for young chimps to be separated from their parents. Often&nbsp;they are adopted by close relatives. But what&#39;s unusual in this story is that Oscar was adopted by an adult male chimp &quot;which rarely or never has been seen,&quot; Mitani says.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not as if male animals, male primates, male chimps are generally helpful to others. Why he should go out&nbsp;of his way to help this poor little helpless infant who was not obviously his own is really the thing that is quite interesting and unusual in this.&rdquo;</p><p>The film took three years to make, and actually follows two main groups of chimps, one filmed in west Africa and one&nbsp;filmed&nbsp;in east Africa. Through the magic of movie making we get one story. Mitani recognizes the film has two qualities. One scientific and the other purely entertaining.</p><p>You can see the movie trailer here:</p><p></p><p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:11:09 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7135 at UM professor consults on Disney film "Chimpanzee" Artpod: Ann Arbor Film Festival turns 50 <p>Happy 50th, <a href="">Ann Arbor Film Festival</a>!</p><p>On today&#39;s <a href="">Artpod</a>, we hear from the festival&#39;s director, Donald Harrison. We also catch up with two longtime fans of the festival - one: an audience member, the other: a filmmaker - to hear some of their favorite film fest memories.</p><p class="beard text"></p><p><strong>Festival-goer: &quot;Every year I find at least two or three films that are just amazing.&quot;</strong></p><p>John Johnson has been going to the Ann Arbor Film Festival since the late 1960s, and considers himself a big fan of the event.</p><p>He&#39;s such a big fan that when a film he likes doesn&#39;t win an award at the festival, he sends the filmmaker a &quot;a few dollars myself and tell them what a great film it was.&quot;&nbsp; He says he&#39;s probably done that about four times, three of which have resulted in a letter back from the filmmaker and a DVD copy of the film.</p><p>One of his favorite memories was when he saw <a href="">Claude LeLouch&#39;s</a> &quot;Rendezvous&quot; at the 1976 film festival. He says the film &quot;totally blew my mind,&quot; left him with goose bumps.</p><p></p><p>Johnson says every year he finds &quot;at least two or three films that are just amazing, from my point of view.&quot; He says it&#39;s worth sitting in the theatre for hours to get to the films &quot;that are just amazing that you would have nowhere else to see.&quot; Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:33:36 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6824 at Artpod: Ann Arbor Film Festival turns 50 Ann Arbor Film Festival: A conversation with director Donald Harrison <p>The Ann Arbor Film Festival is celebrating its 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year.</p><p>The range of films and videos are diverse. They can be bizarre, funny, or beautiful. It&#39;s &quot;art for art&#39;s sake,&quot; says Donald Harrison, the festival&#39;s executive director.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re most interested in ideas, and techniques and concepts, and engaging audiences in something that might be outside of their normal viewing experience,&quot; he says.</p><p>Harrison says the festival will highlight some of the best independent films from years past as well as new films.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:55:25 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 6787 at Ann Arbor Film Festival: A conversation with director Donald Harrison Ann Arbor Film Fest fans celebrate 50 years of experimental film <p>The experimental <a href="">Ann Arbor Film Festival</a> kicks off its 50<sup>th</sup> season Tuesday, March 27.</p><p>More than 5,000 films have been screened at the festival over the past five decades. The festival has gone through its ups and downs during that time, too, including cuts to state funding and a high-profile censorship controversy several years ago.</p><p>Donald Harrison, the festival&rsquo;s executive director, says more than<a href=""> 230 films</a> will be shown this time around, many by obscure filmmakers.</p><p>&quot;We really encourage people just to have that open mind, that sense of discovery,&quot; says Harrison. &quot;We guarantee that people will see things that really affect them in a rewarding way, and of course they&rsquo;ll see things that maybe they don&rsquo;t care as much about, but that&rsquo;s probably someone else&rsquo;s favorite film in the festival.&quot;</p><p>We caught up with two longtime fans of the festival - an audience member, and a filmmaker &ndash; to hear some of their favorite film fest memories. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:52:34 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6793 at Ann Arbor Film Fest fans celebrate 50 years of experimental film Twelve bucks for a Snickers? I'll see you in court! <p>A Livonia man has filed suit against a Detroit-area AMC movie theater over what he believes to be excessively high snack bar prices.</p><p><a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">David Ashenfelter of the the Detroit Free Press reports</a> that Joshua Thompson, a security technician and movie buff decided to pursue legal action after paying $8 for a Coke and a box of Goobers candy at the AMC Livonia theater recently.</p><p>According to Ashenfelter,&nbsp; Thompson is seeking refunds for concession stand customers along with payment of a civil penalty by the theater for what he considers to be a violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 20:09:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6542 at Twelve bucks for a Snickers? I'll see you in court!