THE BIG HOUSE

By Kazuhiro SODA, Markus NORNES, Terri SARRIS

LABORATORY X, INC. - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2018


Festivals
& Awards

Berlin Critics' Week 2018
Ann Arbor Film Festival 2018
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Japan New
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA, JAPAN
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH-UNITED STATES
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 119 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kazuhiro SODA, Markus NORNES, Terri SARRIS
    • Synopsis
    • 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.