Archive for the ‘Documentaries’ Category

Journey to Cinetopia

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

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The energy of the inaugural Cinetopia International Film Festival was building to a high point at about 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012, as I listened to the final comments of Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the famous silent film comedian Harold Lloyd.

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Renewal

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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The 85th birthday is approaching for the Redford Theatre, the Michigan Theater, and the auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts that hosts the Detroit Film Theatre. All three theaters have taken on ambitious renewal projects that will make them more user-friendly, a term that probably wasn’t used when the buildings opened in 1927 and 1928.

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Classic Cinema 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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Many movie buffs consider 1939 to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with releases like Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, and Wizard of Oz. But 1940 wasn’t too bad either, and in 2011, visitors to the Detroit Movie Palaces enjoyed some of the highlights of that release year.

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Other Worlds

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

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A visit to the movies usually means about 90-120 minutes of a fictional story involving human beings playing characters other than themselves.

I took a break from that routine on Saturday, October 1, 2011, when I took in a unique double feature at the Detroit Film Theatre and the Redford Theatre. The DFT showed a gritty documentary about street life, while the Redford screened a collection of old cartoons.

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Animal Reflections

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

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In what were advertised as documentaries about animals, quite a bit was communicated about human beings. That was what many people took away from the screenings of Buck and Nénette at the Michigan Theater on July 11, 2011.

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DFT Documentaries

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Before the screening of the documentary Mine at the Detroit Film Theatre on February 6, 2010, the film’s producer, Erin Essenmacher, said that she didn’t want to say much because she wanted the movie to speak for itself.

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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 movable projector awaited other filmgoers’ attempts at stop-motion animation.

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Weekend Impressions

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

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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 January 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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