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The Freep Film Festival starts next week with a gala screening April 10 for “Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine” at the Fillmore Detroit. On today’s episode, we feature three great interviews to preview some of what’s on offer during the festivities, which run through April 14:

  • JJ Kramer, co-producer of “Boy Howdy!” JJ is the son of Barry Kramer, the founder and publisher of Creem Magazine, which launched in Detroit’s Cass Corridor in 1969 and billed itself as “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.”
  • Steve Byrne, the executive director of the Freep Film Festival and the arts and entertainment editor by day for the Detroit Free Press.
  • And finally, Jennifer Washington, maker of the documentary “God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno,” which explores that genre’s roots in the 1980s.

You can read about all this year’s films and find all the showtimes at

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