Past Featured Guests

Caroline Aaron, actor, Edward Scissorhands and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Jad Abumrad, host of the podcast RadioLab.

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

Vanessa Bayer, actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member.

James Bradley, author of "Flags of our Fathers."

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

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.

Aneesh Chaganty, writer and director, Searching.

Dan and Stacy Chariton, screenwriters of The English Teacher.

Sam Cullman, Oscar-nominated documentary director and cinematographer best known for Art and Craft, Get Me Roger Stone, and The House I Live In.

Robert Dalva, Oscar-nominated film editor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Jumanji, and Jurassic Park III.

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.

Jeff Danna, film composer, The Good Dinosaur and The Addams Family.

Andy Davis, director of The Fugitive and Holes.

Rich Delia, casting director, The Disaster Artist and To the Bone.

Robert Eggers, writer and director, The Witch and The Lighthouse.


Andrea Nix Fine, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, War Dance and Inocente

James Gartner, director of Glory Road

Peter Gould, writer, director, and executive producer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Tony Kushner, Tony Award-wining screenwriter and playwright, Lincoln and Angels in America.

Janet Leahy, Emmy-nominated screenwriter and executive producer of Mad Men.

Meg LeFauve, screenwriter and film producer, Inside Out and Captain Marvel.

Samm Levine, actor and comedian, Freaks and Geeks and Inglourious Basterds.

Lotta Losten, actor, Lights Out and Shazam!.

David Lynch, Writer and director known for Twin Peaks.

Julio Macat, A.S.C. cinematographer, Home Alone, Pitch Perfect, and Wedding Crashers.

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.

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

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.

Barbara Muschietti, producer and screenwriter of IT.

Terence X Nance, writer and director, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and Random Acts of Flyness.

Sev Ohanian, writer and producer, Searching.

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

Jay Rabinowitz, ACE-certified film and commercial editor, Requiem for a Dream and 8 Mile.

Former President of Industrial Light & Magic, Gordon Radley.

Ivan Raimi, screenwriter, DarkmanArmy of DarknessSpiderman 3.

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.

David F. Sandberg, writer and director of Lights Out and Shazam!.

Michael Scheffe, conceptual artist and visual effects art director, Back to the Future, Starship Troopers, and Spider-Man.

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.

Angie Thomas, author, "The Hate U Give."

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.

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.

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