Archive for the ‘Documentaries’ Category

Reeling On the River

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

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The first time that I heard of the Millers Creek Film Festival, it struck me as the perfect example of the Michigan Theater as a Public Access Movie Theater.  Here were some local activists in the Ann Arbor area who took the initiative to create a film festival out of their special interest.  And there was the Michigan, ever ready to play its role as a community meeting place.

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Projections

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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The blank film lay on the table in the Grand Foyer of the Michigan Theater, waiting for visitors to the 46th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival to mark up frames to produce a series of images that would later be projected on the main theater screen.  A few feet away, some toy animals and a moveable projector awaited other filmgoers’ attempts at stop-motion animation.

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Weekend Impressions (March 2008)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

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Notes from a movie palace weekend (March 14-16, 2008):

After enjoying the focused intimacy of the Redford Theatre (Friday, March 14, 2008) and the Detroit Film Theatre (March 15), the spaciousness of the Michigan Theater on March 16 hit me very strongly. Steven Ball’s organ playing drifted out into the Grand Foyer and the street energy of downtown Ann Arbor continued into the Michigan’s auditorium.

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In the City

Friday, January 11th, 2008

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As I drove to downtown Detroit on Jan. 10, 2008 for the first movie of the Winter/Spring 2008 season of the Detroit Film Theatre, I thought about how the city landscape plays a role in the DFT experience.

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Memories of ’07

Monday, December 31st, 2007

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The hopeful, vulnerable face of the six-year-old Russian boy in The Italian, and his moving journey from an orphanage to maybe a real family and home (Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater).

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Whole New Worlds

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

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The Detroit Film Theatre saw many new worlds come alive during the first weekend of the public re-opening of the Detroit Institute of Arts on Nov. 23-25, 2007.

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A Matter of Trust

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

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As I listened to the famous documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles speak at the Detroit Film Theatre on Oct. 20, 2007, I thought about the importance of trust in his work.

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Following Your Curiosity

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

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For the curious-minded, the Michigan Theater can be a treasure chest of intriguing information and fascinating images.  Posters for upcoming films are scattered around the ticket booth and concession stand.  First-time visitors often stare in wonder at the dramatic vaulted ceiling of the Grand Foyer. 

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DFT Details

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

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The texture of the Detroit Film Theatre is often like a finely played piece of chamber music.  Delicate details like the architecture, program notes, ushers, and pre-film music stimulate the mind and emotions with unique sensations.  In the space between these impressions, your own observations can linger.

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A DFT Education

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

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The Detroit Film Theatre is part of the Detroit Institute of Arts, whose mission statement reads, “The DIA creates experiences that help each visitor find personal meaning in art.”

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