Michigan's Drive-In Theaters

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August 18, 2014 at PIttsfield Branch

Here in Ann Arbor, watching outdoor movies at festivals is a way of life in the summertime. But how did we get here? What is the history of Michigan outdoor film venues? And why are drive-ins so scarce?

Revisit a part of Michigan History as Martin Bandyke, morning host on Ann Arbor's 107one, interviews Harry Skrdla about his new book Michigan's Drive-In Theaters and the history of these Michigan outdoor film venues. Michigan's Drive-In Theaters is a nostalgic depiction of the state's outdoor theaters from the pinnacle of their popularity to their downfall, and the subsequent resurgence of interest in the remaining theaters through more than 200 vintage images.

Harry Skrdla is an engineer and a historic-preservation consultant based in Ann Arbor who as contributed to the preservation and restoration of a number of noteworthy structures, including the ornate 1920s movie palace the Fox Theatre in Detroit, one of the last of its kind in America. The initial preservation of the Fox Theatre was overseen by Skrdla and fellow theatre historian, Greg Bellamy.

Length: 1:19:27
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Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Podcast: Local Creators - Filmmaker Jose Mojica

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April 21, 2013 at Downtown Library

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In this episode, AADL Talks to Jose Mojica. Jose Mojica is the author of The Slasher of Flopsville and the writer, owner and director of iFilmFlops, an independent film producer based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Jose's work can be described as humor horror. Here Jose talks about his creative path, how a technical writer came to write about monsters, what it's like to make films as a family, and why he creates family-friendly suspense.

Length: 52:08
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Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: James Harvey

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September 24, 2014

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Martin talks to playwright, essayist, and critic James Harvey about his new book Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar. With great perception and insight, Harvey explores how charisma is created in the movies, writing about Greta Garbo, Robert De Niro, Charles Laughton, John Wayne and many other stars, concluding with a strikingly moving passage about director Robert Bresson’s masterpiece Au Hasard Balthazar, whose star is a donkey! Hopwood Award winner James Harvey, who graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s Degree in English, has written a deeply personal and extraordinarily compelling account of the films that have changed his life and will also change yours. The interview was recorded on September 24, 2014.

Length: 17:17
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Rights Held by: Martin Bandyke


 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Dave Itzkoff

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March 13, 2014

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In this episode, Martin talks to New York Time culture reporter Dave Itzkoff about his new book Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more!" Those words, spoken by the unhinged television anchorman named Howared Beale, the 'mad prophet of the airwaves,' took America by storm in 1976, when Network because a sensation. With a superb cast (William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall) directed by Sidney Lumet, the film won four Academy Awards and indelibly shaped how we think about corporate and media power.

Itzkoff's fascinating book recounts the incredible story of how Network made it to the screen, and gives us an in-depth view of the man responsible for the film, the uncompromising screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky.

Length: 00:26:00
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Rights Held by: Martin Bandyke


 

I Remember When: Playbill Part 2

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1974

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In this episode, Gerald H. Hoag, former manager of both the Majestic Theatre and the Michigan Theatre, talks about the early theaters in Ann Arbor and some of the early stars and most popular films to come to town. Host Ted Trost mentions the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Footage includes a street performer at the Art Fair and the University of Michigan Marching Band.

Directed by Dale Throneberry
Created by Jeff Werner
Executive producer: Catherine Anderson
Graphic artist Eric Anderson
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Public Library, with help from the Ann Arbor Sesquicentennial Commission and the University of Michigan Speech Department.

Length: 00:30:58
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
Repository Information: Ann Arbor District Library Archives


 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Vivek Tiwary

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December 10, 2013

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In this episode, Martin talks to Broadway theater producer Vivek Tiwary about his latest project, a graphic novel entitled The Fifth Beatle, which recently reached the #1 spot on the New York Times best-sellers list. The Fifth Beatle tells the story of Brian Epstein, the Liverpool record shop owner who discovered and then managed the Beatles from 1961 until his untimely death in 1967. Tiwary will also write and produce a feature film based on his book, due out in 2015.

Length: 00:21:21
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Rights Held by: Martin Bandyke


 

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show

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December 4, 2013 at the Downtown Library

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, now on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts until January 5, is the most extensive animation exhibition ever mounted, featuring both iconic moments and lesser-known masterpieces from the last 150 years.

DIA Docent Greg Leslie will present a fascinating inside look at this important special exhibit. Watch Me Move: The Animation Show includes animation's great inventors, innovators and artists, from Georges Méliès and Chuck Jones to William Kentridge and Tim Burton, as well as work from animation studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar.

DIA visitors have the rare opportunity to see an incredible array of animation techniques in more than 100 animated film segments from across generations and cultures through this exhibit.

Length: 00:55:13
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Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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