Virtual Screenings

A centuries-old tradition, a Ghost Light is a single lamp that illuminates the stage when the theater is not in use.
A Ghost Light shines from the Michigan Theater’s main stage, keeping the historic auditorium lit and alive in these strange times. Please consider this page Cinetopia’s Ghost Light, sending out resources, recommendations, and news from around the art house and film festival community.
Film as a collective art form may be on pause, but we can still connect in other ways, until the day when we can all gather together in a dark space and watch the flickering images come to life once more.

Below we are also highlighting important works by Black filmmakers and classics of Black Cinema, many of which are being made available to watch for free (or, in some cases, for a small fee).  As you head into the summer, we ask you to join us in watching these films and reviewing this list of things you can do right now and continue to do to help the movement for justice. We believe in the power of cinema to teach, to help us examine our own prejudices, and to explore and expose the systemic racism that underpins our society. Now is a moment to listen, learn, and act. We can and must do better.


Cinetopia at Home

One Day Only Event!

A2 Tech Film Showcase

A diverse, thought provoking short film showcase, brought to you by Ann Arbor’s tech community.
In 2018, a group of creatives based in the heart of Ann Arbor’s flourishing tech community made something cool happen. A short film showcase that challenged filmmakers to think outside of the box with diverse perspectives. In 2020, the showcase is continuing to evolve. Use promo code A2TECH to receive $5 off!

Classic works of Black Cinema streaming for FREE on the Criterion Channel

The Criterion Collection has lifted its paywall on some classics of Black Cinema, from early pioneers like Oscar Micheaux to contemporary work by Khalik Allah and Leilah Weinraub.
There’s Daughters of the Dust, a 1991 exploration of a multi-generational family torn between its past and its future in turn-of-the-century South Carolina—it was also the first film by an African American woman to receive a wide release in the US.
Black Panthers, a short documentary from 1968 directed by Agnès Varda, portrays the group’s activism in its own words, and offers “a welcome antidote to blaring media headlines.”
Newly rediscovered, Horace B. Jenkins’ Cane River was made by an entirely African American cast and crew and “is a work of visionary artistry and progressive imagination” according to the New Yorker.
Cinetopia and AAJFF Present a Summer of Films
The 19th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival is proud to present A Summer of Film, an online festival presented in partnership with Cinetopia and the Michigan Theater Foundation. The Festival runs June through August!
Playing Now!
Michigan Theater Original
$3 and FREE for Michigan Theater Members! 
An original film and score by musician and our Technical Director, Jared Van Eck!

All footage was shot on April 15, 2020, in a downtown nature preserve on a cold snowy day in Ann Arbor, MI – 24 days into our COVID-19 stay-at-home order. During this time in which our old normal continues to disappear and we must all embrace this current unknown, I hope this film brings its viewers a peaceful meditation space. By slowing down and speeding up shots and blending in an original electronic score with nature’s natural sounds, my aim is to encourage the viewer to equally still them self, focus on deep breaths, and reflect on the simple beauty of falling snow.

Other Streaming Opportunities
NT Live at Home
Join us every Thursday for much-loved National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days.
Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series
To limit the potential spread of respiratory viruses and safeguard those at highest risk of catching COVID-19, the University of Michigan has canceled all live events with estimated attendance of over 100 people.

As a result, live Penny Stamps Speaker Series events will not take place as scheduled. When possible, our weekly presentations will be available online.

Oscilloscope and Mailchimp Present: The 2020 SXSW Short Films
When the City of Austin had to cancel this year’s SXSW, hundreds of filmmakers lost the opportunity for their work to be seen. Together, Mailchimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories have created a digital home for this incredible slate of short films, so you can watch them from wherever you are.
Magnolia Selects
Stream top-rated independent movies, television series and award winning documentaries. Brought to you by Magnolia Pictures.

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