Opening Night – May 31st
Followed by a LIVE Q&A with director/writer BO BURNHAM
May 31 at 8:00 PM at The Michigan Theater
Eighth-grader Kayla Day always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues – feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility – but after so easily summoning this wisdom and confidence when addressing her (barely existent) audience, Kayla finds it paralyzingly difficult to apply in real situations. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year – and with high school looming on the horizon – Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be. Writer/director BO BURNHAM, making his feature film debut, delivers a keenly observed and achingly funny portrait of the insecurities and absurdities of being 13 in a world where one’s private experience is lived publicly online.
USA, 94 Minutes, Comedy/ Drama, NR
Sponsored by Woodward Original
Closing Day – June 10th
Followed by a LIVE Q&A with special guests!
June 10 at 2:00 PM at the Detroit Film Theater in the DIA
There’s the beloved image of GILDA RADNER: fearless, passionate, and iconic. And then, there are shades of Radner the public wasn’t privileged to know, beyond her beloved characters on Saturday Night Live: the Radner who struggled with success, fame, relationships, and a battle with ovarian cancer. In Love, Gilda, director LISA D’APOLITO uses rare personal recordings and journal entries to tell Radner’s story in her own words. Along the way, friends and admirers, including AMY POEHLER, CECILY STRONG, LORNE MICHAELS, and a host of others, offer their most cherished memories of this brilliant trailblazer. What results is a touching tribute to and a fascinating contemplation of the comedian’s enduring cultural impact. Love, Gilda offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer (and Detroit native) whose greatest role was sharing her story.
USA, 88 Minutes, Documentary/Biography, NR
Sponsored by Marty and Bill Grimes