The Big House

USA/Japan, 119 Minutes, Documentary, English, Not Rated


State Theatre - Screen 1 Sat, Jun 2, 2018 7:00 PM
Michigan Theater - Screening Room Sun, Jun 10, 2018 1:00 PM
Event Info
Film Section:US Documentary
Category:US Documentary
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Special Guest Appearances
Sponsored By:Eric & Ines Storhok
U-M Center for Japanese Studies
Audience Award:Yes
Film Info
Run Time (in minutes):119 minutes
Production Country:USA
Previous Festivals:Berlin
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Director: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


Ann Arbor, Michigan is the prototypical college town—a small city with a massive research university, a tradition of political radicalism and Michigan Stadium, the largest in the United States and the home of University of Michigan football. With a capacity of 107,601 the entire population of Ann Arbor fits in the stadium, which fans affectionately call “The Big House.” Michigan football goes back to 1879, and is known for its distinctive winged helmet and its fight song “The Victors.” But this direct-cinema documentary eschews gridiron grandeur to look closely at all the labor—from the cooks to the cops to the cleaners—that goes into hosting 100,000 people. Shot against the backdrop of the 2016 election and the rise of Donald Trump, it presents a microcosm of America by showing everything but the game.

Sponsored by UM Center for Japanese Studies and Eric and Ines Storhok

Additional Information

Special Guest Appearance by directors Rachel Kerr, Sean Moore, Hannah Noel, V. Prasad and Sarika Tyagi on June 10!