Feb
14
10:00 pm22:00

Michel Martin: Motor City Drive

NPR's Michel Martin is headed to Detroit, to explore how artistic forces are helping to drive the Motor City forward.

In collaboration with WDET, Martin brings together some of the city's most innovative chefs, performers, artists and craftsmen at The Carr Center for a live, on-stage conversation that explores the many challenges and triumphs they've encountered while striving to redefine life in Detroit.

Martin will be joined by Travis Wright, host and executive producer of WDET's Culture City, and June M. Thomas, Centennial Professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan to lead a conversation with a panel of guests. The panel features jessica Care moore, Executive Producer of Black Women Rock!; 'Detroit Unleaded' filmmaker Rola Nashef; fashion designer Charketa Glover; Shakespeare in Detroit theater director Samantha White; Aaron Cozadd, executive chef for Union Joints restaurant group; artist and urban farmer Kate Daughdrill; Shinola's marketing director, Bridget Russo; and techno music pioneer Juan Atkins. The audience will also be treated to a performance by the gospel choir Larry Callahan and Selected of God.

Join the conversation, @NPRMichel and #MotorCityDrive.

Feb
14
10:00 pm22:00

Q&A with Filmmaker Rola Nashef at the University of Michigan

A fresh take on boy-meets-girl comedy set in Detroit, Sami runs his immigrant family's gas station with his cousin Mike, a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. More than just a pit stop for late-night gas and rolling papers, their station is where a steady stream of unforgettable and often hilarious customers flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah comes to deliver cheap, long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her from behind the bulletproof glass. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami, making his shift anything but routine. 

This screening is sponsored by the Departments of American Culture, Communication Studies, and Screen Arts & Cultures.