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Virtual Screenings

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 list of some of the best Cinetopia films available to stream online.

Cinetopia at Home
Slay The Dragon

Co-sponsored by Cinetopia Film Festival and Magnolia Pictures.

Post-film Discussion
Join us on Friday, April 3 at 7 PM for a live stream Q&A moderated by Michigan Radio’s Zoe Clark. Participants will include film subject, American activist, and Michigander Katie Fahey; Jamie Lyons-Eddy, Director of Campaigns and Programs for Voters Not Politicians; and Rick Pluta from Michigan Radio

“Slay the Dragon is the most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Slay the Dragon follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter. 101 minutes

Early rental access for Cinetopia and Michigan Theater Foundation before the film has its digital release on April 3.

Tickets $12 – 50% of proceeds go to Cinetopia and the Michigan Theater Foundation

(Rental link will work for 30 days after purchase and 72 hours once it’s opened.)

Phoenix, Oregon
Saturday, April 11 at 6:00pm

Part of Film Festival Day April 11

Defying midlife haze, two friends, a graphic novelist and a chef, seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.”

Directed by Gary Lundgren and starring James Le Gros and Jesse Borrego

Tickets: $6.50 – 50% will go to Cinetopia

Participate in a FREE cast & crew Q&A at 8:00pm EDT/5:00pm PDT.

Michigan & State Theaters at Home

Fantastic Fungi

When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected creators of our world.

Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael PollanEugenia BoneAndrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. 81 min. Documentary. NR.

Rental: $4.99 or Buy: $14.99 – Start within 30 days, finish within 48 hours.

Watch the full Q&A with Paul Stamets, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg and friends!

Saint Frances

Offered by Michigan Theater partner Oscilloscope, this drama/comedy follows Bridget as she navigates an unwanted pregnancy, nannying a six-year-old and dealing with relationships.

50% of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation! This film is not currently available for public rental or sale.

Bacurau

Available beginning Friday, March 27
Synopsis
A few years from now… Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from most maps and a UFO-shaped drone starts flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. English and Portuguese with English subtitles. 131 minutes. Action / Drama. NR.

Ticket Prices: $12.00

This Film Supports the Theater!
This film is provided by our distributor friends at Kino Lorber and a percentage of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation! This film is not currently available for public rental or sale.

And Then We Danced

Watch now!

Synopsis

A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, AND THEN WE DANCED follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of the talented and rebellious Irakli throws Merab off balance, sparking an intense rivalry and a forbidden desire. 113 mins. In Georgian with English subtitles.

Tickets $12 – watch within 48 hours

This film is provided by our distributor friends at Music Box Films and 50% of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation!

The Whistlers

Opens Friday, April 3

If the Coen Brothers were Romanian, they might have made The Whistlers, which is a way of explaining why I like it.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Synopsis

In THE WHISTLERS, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.

Extra Ordinary

Opens Friday, April 10

Like those cheeky genre-splicing comedies that came before it, EXTRA ORDINARY doesn’t merely goose the boundary between charming and outrageous, it gleefully tramples it into oblivion.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

Synopsis

Rose, a mostly sweet and lonely Irish driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely) from a washed-up rock star who is using her in a Satanic pact to reignite his fame.

Tickets $12

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.

7-day free trial for all supporters! Your first 3 months paid subscription will directly benefit the Michigan Theater!

CHAIFLICKS presented by Menemsha Films
FREE 30-day trial
For lovers of Jewish entertainment and culture.

Exclusive access to Menemsha Films’ highly acclaimed library of movies, television series and documentaries from world-renowned actors, directors, and filmmakers.

Film Movement Plus
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