In this Time of COVID-19, we want you to spend your time wisely. And spending your time wisely means watching lots of movies.
Here are our recommended streaming options to bring Cinetopia and the Michigan and State Theaters to your home along with some other great art house film watching opportunities. Use the menu below to navigate through the different options.
And don’t forget to check out our lists of some of the best Cinetopia and Detroit films available to stream online.
Presented with the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival
In collaboration with the JCC Ann Arbor
When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale. This uplifting and affecting film about forgiveness and reconciliation will strike a chord with audiences, young and old alike.
Twelve-year-old Abe is an aspiring chef, but his family–half-Israeli, half-Palestinian–have never had a meal together without a fight. But when Abe ditches his traditional summer camp to spend time with radical street chef Chico, his mentor’s fusion cuisine inspires him to unite his family through food. Abe decides to cook a meal that will bring everyone to the table, but he’s about to learn that the kitchen can’t heal some age-old divides.
Arab Film Series Online
Sunday, June 28 at 3 PM EST
In collaboration with the Arab American National Museum
In celebration of Pride Month, the Arab Film Series returns with the documentary Eccomi… Eccoti (Here I Am… Here You Are)(2017) by Raed Rafei. The film unfolds as a virtual road trip navigating between Italy and Lebanon. Conditioned to live in a long-distance relationship with his partner because of strict European visa regulations, the director patches together the shared moments in an attempt to create a possible day-to-day reality for the couple. With a lyrical, ambient soundscape set atop a dreamy visual style oscillating between still photography and moving images, the film explores what it means to be gay in contemporary Beirut, and the existential discomfort that blocks one from reaching a sense of completeness.
Runtime: 68 minutes. In Arabic, French, Italian and English with English subtitles.
FREE with a suggested $5 donation. 24-hour in advance registration required to receive the link.
Michigan Theater Original
THE MOTIONS OF STILLNESS
$3 and FREE for Michigan Theater Members!
Thursday, June 4 at 7 PM, 8:30 PM
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.
Saturday Night Watch Parties!
Ticket includes access to a live Q&A on Wednesday, June 3, with the director.
Join the filmmaker, chef Alice Waters, chef Gabriela Cámara, and The New York Times food writer David Tanis for a live Zoom Q&A on Saturday, May 23, at 8 PM EST. Register here.
Ticket includes access to a recorded Q&A with the director and Chaz Ebert.
Join the filmmaker, six-time GRAMMY winner Terence Blanchard, and Ben Jaffe, Creative Director of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a LIVE Zoom Q&A on Tuesday, May 26 at 9PM. Register here.
Recorded Q&A with cast and crew follows screening.
Ticket includes access to a recorded Q&A with the directors.
Opens Friday, June 5
Opens Friday, June 5
Ticket includes access to a live Q&A on Wednesday, June 10, with the director and Lucien Greaves, head of the Satanic Temple.
Opens Friday, June 5
Join us for a live Q&A with Willem Dafoe and Abel Ferrara. More info coming soon!
NT Live at Home
Join us every Thursday for much-loved National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days.
As a result, live Penny Stamps Speaker Series events will not take place as scheduled. When possible, our weekly presentations will be available online.
Stream top-rated independent movies, television series and award winning documentaries. Brought to you by Magnolia Pictures.
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Exclusive access to Menemsha Films’ highly acclaimed library of movies, television series and documentaries from world-renowned actors, directors, and filmmakers.