05 Jan ‘The Big House’
This documentary eschews gridiron grandeur to look closely at everything — from the cooks to the cops to the cleaners — that goes into hosting more than 100,000 people for a football Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The film’s observational approach avoids interviews or narrative in favor of capturing many smaller stories that occur on game day. Three U-M professors (including noted filmmaker professor Kazuhiro Soda) and 13 U-M students shot the film, which the Hollywood Reporter described as “an entertainingly cacophonous and teemingly busy affair that works both as an observational chronicle of one particular stadium — and the myriad people who come there for work and play — and as an anthropological snapshot of the country in the febrile weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election.” Metro Detroit premiere.
8:30 p.m. Fri., April 13, Community Arts Auditorium, Wayne State University
7 p.m. Sat., April 14, Emagine Royal Oak
After the films: On Friday, "The Projection Booth" podcast host Mike White talks to co-directors Terri Sarris, Sean Moore, Hannah Noel, V. Prasad and Vesal Stoakley. On Saturday, White talks to co-directors Sarika Tyagi, Sarris, Noel, Prasad and Stoakley.