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The Polar Express Comes to Michigan

While growing up in Grand Rapids, Chris Van Allsburg remembers hearing train whistles and taking train rides with his father. These childhood sights and sounds became part of the inspiration for Van Allsburg's well-known children's book, The…
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The Legend of the Michigan Dogman

Michigan has some strange tales, but few are stranger than that of the Dogman. Some say the story began with a 1987 radio prank by Northern Michigan radio personality Steve Cook. Following the broadcast, Cook was surprised when listeners began…
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Detroit's Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez on 60 Minutes

Sixto Rodriguez performs at TCFF by Gary HoweThis summer I had the great good fortune to see the documentary Searching for Sugar Man at the Traverse City Film Festival. If you haven't seen it, seek it out as it's a wonderful film. Watch the…
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A Song to Cinema from the Traverse City Film Festival

Michael Moore & Wim Wenders by John Russell Earlier this month at the 2012 Traverse City Film Festival, Absolute Michigan had the good fortune to work with The Treefort Collective on an amazing project that explored how filmmakers fell…
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Help bring Street Fighting Man to the Silver Screen

Street Fighting Man is a feature-length documentary by Andrew James with Greg Snider, award-winning editor of How to Die in Oregon. The story follows three inner-city men – each a generation apart – as they seek to define their lives…
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Grand Rapids Laughfest benefits Gilda's Club

Ahead of Schedule by TerryJohnstonLaughfest, the annual festival of comedy, performance, film, and a variety of seriously funny stuff in Grand Rapids, takes place March 8-18. It features some of the top names in comedy including Martin Short,…
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Mt. Mancelona: A Man and his Mountain

Last winter Jason Dodge of miskireport.com and his crew spent time at Mount Mancelona and, with intern Justin Vander Velde and the  assistance of the documentary class at Grand Valley State, produced this very cool video about long-shuttered…
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Seeking Michigan: The Wreck of the Carl D. Bradley

By Valerie van Heest and courtesy Seeking Michigan and the Archives of Michigan. The goal of Seeking Michigan is simple: to connect you to the stories of this great state. Visit them regularly for a dynamic & evolving look at Michigan's…
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Made-In-Michigan Film Festival - October 21st & 22nd

On October 21 & 22, 2011 film industry professionals and festival-goers from across the state will converge on Downtown Lapeer at the historic, recently renovated PIX Theater for the 4th Annual Made-In-Michigan Film Festival (MiMFF). Presented…
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Seeking Michigan: The Father of Animation

By Kevin Collier, courtesy Seeking Michigan and the Archives of Michigan. The goal of Seeking Michigan is simple: to connect you to the stories of this great state. Visit them regularly for a dynamic & evolving look at Michigan's cultural…
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Seeking Michigan: Driving Mrs. Hollingshead

By Mary Zimmeth, courtesy Seeking Michigan and the Archives of Michigan. The goal of Seeking Michigan is simple: to connect you to the stories of this great state. Visit them regularly for a dynamic & evolving look at Michigan's cultural…
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Michigan: Great Lakes Surfing Capital

Surfing Michigan by farlane We've pulled together a great collection of Great Lakes & Michigan surfing videos with a few links: The photo was taken on Lake Michigan at Leland. You can see more surfing photos on Michigan in Pictures…