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 ArborThe 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.

YEAR 2018
RUN TIME 119 minutes
Produced and Directed by Kazuhiro Soda, Markus Nornes, Terri Sarris
Also directed by Vesal Stoakley, Sean Moore, Sarika Tyagi, V. Prasad, Britty Bonine. Alex Brenner, Catie DeWitt, Dylan Hancook, Daniel Kahn, Rachael Kerr, Audrey Meyers, Hannah Noel, Jacob Rich, Kevin Tocco