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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 lists of some of the best Cinetopia and Detroit films available to stream online.

Cinetopia at Home

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 & State Theaters at Home

Playing Now!

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!

Join the Michigan Theater staff on Twitch Saturday, June 13 at 9:00 PM for a live virtual watch party of the horror comedy film, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Cue up the film (available on Netflix and here) and hit play together with us to experience it in real-time as a community. Our staff will be providing movie trivia and background, as well as lend their own comments and opinions, and take comments and questions from you!

Tuesday Cocktail Cinema!

Like classic cocktails? Like discussing classic movies? Then we think you’d love to join the Michigan Theater’s Russ Collins and Deb Polich for Cocktail Cinema this Tuesday, June 2, at 7 PM. This event is FREE but you must RSVP in advance to receive the Zoom link.
 
This week’s discussion will focus on two Hitchcock from the 1970s, What’s Up Doc? and High Anxiety (click titles to see where available for a small fee or with subscription). We’re planning on watching the films in advance but you can definitely discuss and then revisit them afterwards.
 
This week’s highlighted cocktails: TBA soon!

Ticket includes access to a live Q&A on Wednesday, June 3, with the director.

Part of our Weekend of Mindfulness Programming! Join the filmmaker for a live Zoom Q&A on Saturday, June 6, at 7 PM EST. Register here

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.

Join the filmmaker and talent for a LIVE Zoom Q&A on Thursday, May 28 at 7 PM EST. Register here

Recorded Q&A with cast and crew follows screening.

Recorded Q&A with cast and crew available here

Ticket includes access to a recorded Q&A with the directors.

Recorded Facebook Live Roundtable with Thomas Piketty and experts hosted by The New Republic available here.

Winner of the /aut/ FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Coming Soon!

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!

Ending Soon!

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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