Past Featured Guests

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine," "Sicko," and "Capitalism: A Love Story," and co-founder of the Traverse City Film Festival.

Academy Award-winning special effects artist and pioneer Dennis Muren. His work includes Star WarsE.T.: The Extra-TerrestrialIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,InnerspaceThe AbyssJurassic ParkTerminator 2: Judgment DaySuper 8, and many others.

Steven Saklad, production designer on The MuppetsJunoUp in the AirDrag Me to HellThank You for Smoking, and many others. Saklad also served as art director onSpider-Man 2, The Quick and the Dead, The Game, and Mermaids.

Benh Zeitlin, director of the Academy Award-nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Writer, director and actor Cory McAbee. Best known for his film "The American Astronaut" and his serial film Stingray Sam, McAbee has been an innovator in finding new ways to distribute his work. He was selected by the Sundance Film Festival to create short films specifically for mobile phones.

Writer Doug Stanton is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "In Harm's Way" and "Horse Soldiers," which spent over three months on the New York Times best-seller list, reaching the number-two position. Both titles are currently in development as feature films. He is also co-founder of the Traverse City Film Festival.

Actor, photographer and writer Benjamin Busch has appeared as an actor on several television programs including HomicideThe WireGeneration Kill among several others. His first film as a writer-director, Sympathetic Details, was released in 2008. An accomplished photographer, he has created two photographic exhibits The Art in Warand Occupation, which feature photos taken during his two combat tours in Iraq.

Ground-breaking cinematographer Daniel Pearl has worked on hundreds of music videos, commercials and several feature films including the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Representatives of the ARRI Group, an industry leader in lighting and camera equipment.

Former President of Industrial Light & Magic, Gordon Radley.

Jeff Wozniak, senior digital artist, Industrial Light & Magic. Now in his tenth year at ILM, Jeff's work can be seen in such high-profile films as Star Wars: Episodes I, II, andIII, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (winner of the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects), Star Trek (2009), Avatar,Rango (ILM's first animated feature), the Transformers trilogy, and Avengers.

James Gartner, director of Glory Road.

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil WarBaseballThe WarThe National Parks: America's Best Idea).

Andy Davis, director of The Fugitive and Holes.

Emmy Award-winning composer Joel McNeely (Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,HolesUptown GirlsThe Avengers).

Ivan Raimi, screenwriter, DarkmanArmy of DarknessSpiderman 3.

Jeff Daniels, actor and performer. Film roles include Terms of EndearmentThe Purple Rose of CairoDumb & Dumber, Pleasantville, and Good Night and Good Luck. Daniels is also founder of The Purple Rose Theater Company in Chelsea, Michigan.

Wayne White, visual artist, performer, production designer (Pee Wee's Playhouse, Beakman's World, music videos), and the subject of the documentary Beauty is Embarrassing.

Dan and Stacy Chariton, screenwriters of The English Teacher.