Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

  1. Mr. Barilla goes to Hollywood

    Forget the spaghetti western. Film historian Frank Beaver reveals how pasta magnate Pietro Barilla added flavor to Italian cinema.

  2. This kid is all right

    Award-winning filmmaker Gary Gilbert, ’86, is a dreamer. But he’s also a hard-working realist. “Growing up, people would tell me a career in Hollywood was a pipe dream,” says the former mortgage broker. “But I can tell you it’s not.” Gilbert produced The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening.

  3. Shaping beauty from the desert

    The inspiring story of an unlikely friendship between an American anthropologist and a Mexican artist who rediscovered an ancient way to make pottery. University of Michigan graduate Scott Petersen’s remarkable documentary describes how the men and the art saved a whole town from extinction.

  4. Michigan and the movies

    U-M has produced some of Hollywood’s finest talent. Now, with tax incentives enticing film crews to the state, U-M’s campus has become a go-to location for movie sets. In this issue, we tell the stories of U-M’s rich film culture, both on campus and out in the world.

  5. Artist of the Chill and Canyon

    Lawrence Kasdan, director of ‘The Big Chill,’ ‘Grand Canyon’ and other classics, recalls his U-M days.

  6. The flap over 'Flaming Creatures'

    The 1967 on-campus screening of the experimental film epitomized the era: controversy over content that was either “art” or “filth,” battles over academic freedom and angry protests by students.