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Gene and Maya Washington
Maya Washington

Maya Washington, the daughter of MSU football legend Gene Washington, will bring a special screening of her film Through the Banks of the Red Cedar to Wells Hall on Wednesday.  Gene is one of MSU's greatest football heroes and was recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s. 

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Gene Washington is one of MSU’s greatest football heroes. He was one of the African-American players recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s, integrating college football and winning national championships.

Washington’s daughter, Maya, has made a documentary film about her father, his teammates, and what their history means to modern-day players. It’s called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” It will debut this weekend at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit.


In a new documentary film, Bridge Magazine traverses Michigan to examine our political differences and what it might take to bring us together. “Michigan Divided” will have its premiere on Wednesday at a public conference on the MSU campus.


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The 6th annual Cinetopia film festival gets underway this week in Ann Arbor and Detroit. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with one of the Cinetopia organizers which doesn’t take submissions. Instead, the staff scours film festivals across the world, and a few festivals closer to home.


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WKAR TV producer John J. Valadez is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. He speaks with WKAR's Brooke Allen about the film "The Chicano Wave" and its inspiration.


'Train Station' photo: actress Sharon Brooks
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Lansing Community College will host a screening of a world-record holding feature film on this week. “Train Station” has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the film with the most directors ever: a total of 40, working around the world.


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In 2015, Michigan ended a program that gave out millions of dollars in incentives to the film industry. That has meant a change of focus for the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office.


Photo of Jamie Paisley with his Butt-Numb-A-Thon 18 badge
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He just finished watching movies for 24 hours in one movie theater. We get a rundown of the “Butt-Numb-A-Thon” film festival from Current State’s Jamie Paisley, including how he and his fellow marathoners will be part of next year's “Star Wars Episode 8.”


MI couple extols plant diet in documentary

Dec 7, 2016
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After nearly 10 years with Type 2 diabetes, one Michigan man turned his health around with a plant-based diet. We talk with Marc Ramirez about his appearance in an upcoming documentary about diet.


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The Flint Institute of Arts is kicking off its 2016-2017 Friends of Modern Art Film series. We find out more about the series and get a preview of some of the selected films with associate curator of film Ed Bradley.


WKAR Advanced Screening of "T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold"

Aug 2, 2016
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Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR offered an advance screening of T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, a film by filmmakers Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari and Sue Jaye Johnson. The film is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields. The boxing star from Flint, Michigan, was just 17 years old when she won Olympic gold at the London games in 2012.

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Maen Hammad, the son of Palestinian refugees, grew up in Michigan and fell in love with skateboarding. On a trip back to the Middle East, he found others who loved the sport, too, and made a documentary about it. Now, he hopes to bring his sport’s therapeutic powers to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.


Two men fighting over trophy
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The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent experimental film festival in North America. We speak with the Festival’s executive director about bringing cinematic interactivity to downtown Ann Arbor.


It’s normally not very polite to talk about bodily functions in public, but that didn’t stop Troy Hale from making an entire documentary about farts. We talk to the director of 'Fart: A Documentary.'


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