So Long Til Summer

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The Detroit Film Theatre and Redford Theatre finished up their current seasons on the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 with the usual wide variety of movie entertainments that included classic, silent, and foreign language films. But before patrons enjoyed these treasures of the silver screen, theater representatives announced many special events in the coming months.

May 1, 2013

Renovation work begins at the Redford to install new carpeting throughout the theater. The work will also include the completion of the seat renovation project with new seats in the balcony. The work will continue through early July. If you’d like to take home a souvenir of the theater, the old seats will be on sale the morning of Saturday, May 4.

May 29, 2013

The DFT participates in a special preview screening of the new Disney Pixar movie Monsters University at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak. The event will benefit the FDFT (Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre), along with DAFT (Digital Arts Film & Television) and AL (assistance league Southeastern Michigan).

A personal appearance will be made by Monsters University director Dan Scanlon, who participated in the Michigan Student Film & Video Festival at the DFT about 20 years ago.

June 7-9, 2013

The DFT participates in the second annual Cinetopia International Film Festival with the Michigan Theater, which hosted the premiere Cinetopia in 2012. The DFT will screen nine different movies over a three day period, including the animated 2011 film The Painting; a documentary about Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson; and other movies from Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Korea.

A week after the DFT co-hosts Cinetopia, the DFT’s summer season will begin.

July 12-13, 2013

The Redford reopens with the 1964 Disney family classic Mary Poppins. The Disneyana Fan Club of Southeast Michigan will present Walt Disney historian Jim Korkis, who will answer questions at all three showings of Mary Poppins.

September 13-15, 2013

Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones makes a personal appearance at the Redford for three screenings of the 1962 musical comedy The Music Man.

November 22-24, 2013

The Redford kicks off six weeks of Christmas programming with the the perennial 1946 favorite It’s a Wonderful Life. On hand to introduce the film will be Karolyn Grimes, who played the young Zuzu in the movie.

Hand of Fate

Before the DFT and Redford closed down for a few weeks, I was treated to a pair of movie events on Saturday, April 27, 2013 that showed both the serious and comic sides of dealing with the cards that Life’s hand has dealt you.

At the DFT in the afternoon, the latest installment of DFT 101 featured the dark 1957 Ingmar Bergman drama The Seventh Seal. Several warriors returned from the bloody Crusades only to find the Black Plague ravaging the countryside. The story was the setting for many thought-provoking observations on life, death, and religion.

At the Redford in the evening, the mood was much lighter with four short comedies starring Buster Keaton, who faced his many trials with a stone face and indomitable persistence. Accompanying the silent movies was organist Andrew Rogers, who regularly plays at the Michigan Theater.

Speaking of the Michigan, it will continue to be open as spring turns the corner into summer. Highlights of its May programming include the Jewish Film Festival; The Great Gatsby in 3-D; and 2012 Cannes Film festival Jury Prize Winner The Angels’ Share.

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