2016 Opening Night
Join us in kicking off our fifth annual Cinetopia festival TONIGHT (June 3) in the heart of Detroit!
Enjoy an amazing and unusual film or two, along with a unique and exciting art project celebrating the power of film!
Discover all of the opportunities below!
Start your festival right with one of these unique and exciting films
Rae Tutera, co-founder of Bindle & Keep, will be on hand to talk about this Brooklyn bespoke tailor shop that caters to transgender clients. “You have the right to be handsome.” Bindle & Keep is a bespoke tailor shop in Brooklyn, NY that looks beyond the traditional fit to what it truly takes to feel good in a suit. The owners of this specialty shoppe, Rae and Daniel, may have their differences but come together seamlessly when it comes to delivering for their clients. Running a fluid line between the stories of several trans individuals as they approach different phases of their lives – a business interview, a walk down the aisle, a fortieth birthday, a bar mitzvah and more – the touching stories come and go as each suit is custom-crafted to make their moment count.
7:15PM, Cinema DetroitFilm made possible by Hillary Murt and Bruce Friedman; Thanks to our media partner Between the Lines
Deep in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, non-conformist Ben (VIGGO MORTENSEN) and his wife guide their six children toward exceptional adulthoods through rigorous outdoor activities and highly intellectual homeschooling. Capable of surviving in the wilderness, knowledgeable of the details of reproduction, and seasoned in the works of Noam Chomsky, the family seems ready for any challenges that come their way – any challenges except functioning in the outside world.
6:45PM, College for Creative Studies
Director/producer Jason Silverman will join us for a Q&A following the screening of the documentary about the father of African cinema. Senegalese novelist and director Ousmane Sembene, known as “the father of African film,” promoted a new vision of not only Africa but of the inner lives of his people, and his films injected that vision into the world and returned African stories to Africans. Told by those closest to him, SEMBENE! presents the fascinating story of how a fifth grade dropout and son of a fisherman traversed the world and through his films, such as Xala, Black Girl and Moolaade, brought the sociopolitical power structure of post-colonial Africa to its knees with a combination of documentary film, a pinch of the French New Wave, and an unwavering spirit.
6:45PM, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Outdoor MagicEnjoy the magic of Cinetopia outdoors with a free animated masterpiece and a unique exhibition!
ONLY YESTERDAYReflections on life and love are top of mind for Taeko (voiced by DAISY RIDLEY) as she travels to the countryside to visit family from her longtime home of Tokyo. Now in her late twenties, she looks back to what helped her choose her path in life and where she found her frustrations (boys! math!) along the way. When she connects with young farmer Toshio (voiced by DEV PATEL) at the station, her journey looks to understand if she has in fact become what she thought she would be from her childhood. Originally released in 1991 by the award-winning Studio Ghibli overseas, the film is being seen for the first time in the states and delivers beautiful images of time across decades prior–from its setting in the early eighties to days of youth in the sixties–to truly timeless results for the viewer.
Before The Movie
THE VIDEO HOUSE, a creative projection of experimental, traditional and narrative film scenes, presented within the intimate boundaries of a tent. Dancers, musicians and thespians bring both the inner and outer spaces of the tent alive with engaging and interactive performances.
Music by James Cornish, Visuals by Simon Alexander-Adams
Movement by Shirel Jones, Video House designed by Carolyn Mraz of A Host of People (makers of theater, &c.), Collaboration by Sidewalk Detroit
Looking for Something Different?Bold moviegoers are invited to our late screenings of these unusual yet exhilarating films!
THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK
Director/screenwriter Joel Potrykus and the cast and crew will be on hand to talk about the Grand Rapids native’s latest film. Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemical pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he has fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secrets, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.