Past Events

More than "just a movie theater"

2021

 

Black & Asian Cinematic Coalition Showcase

November 26 — Program of short films by young BIPOC makers includes ANAK, ECHOES, FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, and SINNERS AND SAINT, with introductions and discussion with the filmmakers and performances by musical artists Lito and Toron.November 26 — Program of short films by young BIPOC makers includes ANAK, ECHOES, FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, and SINNERS AND SAINT, with introductions and discussion with the filmmakers and performances by musical artists Lito and Toron.

 

Hava, Maryam, Ayesha (2019) Screening + Discussion

November 21 — In HAVA, MARYAM, AYESHA, director Sahraa Karimi explores the lives of three women living in Kabul, all from different backgrounds, all pregnant. Our screening + discussion celebrated the accomplishments of Afghan women during a safer time. A portion of the proceeds went to Freedom House Detroit.

The screening was followed by a discussion with actress Arezo Ariapoor, who plays HAVA in the film; Fariba Pajooh, a journalist formerly stationed in Kabul; Zahra Nazari and Yusuf Sultani of the Afghan Association of Michigan; and chief operating officer Elizabeth Vasquez and attorney Nusrat Hussein of Freedom House Detroit.

Part of the Afghan Women's Film Festival sponsored by the OU Film Studies and Production program, with co-sponsorship by the OU College of Arts and Sciences, Student Affairs and Diversity, Women and Gender Studies, and English departments.


Ethics & Aesthetics: Breaking & Transforming Patterns

October 21 — Films about the disruption of oppression in its many forms. Each presents opposition to harmful structures, whether it’s racism, misogyny, homophobia, and ageism in the U.S., centuries-old oppression under the caste system in India, or race-based apartheid in South Africa. as their protagonists reimagine and recreate the world, refusing to accept their pre-ordained fates.

Films include:
Prophesy — Directed by Monèt Marshall. Running time 16.48

Visions of Evolution — Directed by Cherise Morris. Running time 8:46

Letter From Your Far Off Country — Directed by Suneil Sanzgiri. Running time 17:36

I'm Free Now You Are Free — Directed by Ash Goh. Running time 15:00

Timêla — Directed by walt mzengi. Running time 11:00

Queenie — Directed by Cai Thomas. Running time 20:00


Better Cities Film Festival

October 7-10 — The Better Cities Film Festival spotlights the world’s most inspiring stories about making cities and towns better!

Ethics & Aesthetics: Reclaiming Family & Origins

August 20 — Audience members brought a chair or blanket and sat under the stars at Marygrove Conservancy for a fascinating program of short films about the creation and ties of family, blood or chosen, and the inherited/inherent pain and joy of ancestry, origins, and familial expectations.

Films include:

Hand Conversations — Directed by Laura D. Gibson. Running time 5:55

Holding Space — Directed by Ifeyinwa Arinze. Running time 5:26

Finding Elijah — Directed by Yolonda Johnson. Running time 25:00

NILE — Directed by Miles Reuben. Running time 13:00

Unspoken — Directed by Patrick Lee. Running time 17:07

Cover/Age — Directed by Set Hernandez Rongkilyo. Running time 25:00

 
 

Ethics & Aesthetics: Healing Land & Spirit

July 15 — Films that explore the concepts of heritage, legacy, spirituality, and the curative power of ancestral ties to people and to the land.

THE INHERITANCE — Directed by Zachary Cunningham. Running time 2:35

GODSPEED — Directed by DaeQuan Alexander Collier
. Running time 10:52

ANCESTRAL HEALING — Directed by LeeAnn Chisolm. Running time 7:06

CINEMA AS RITUAL — Directed by Darren Wallace
. Running time 3:16

WE BREATHE — Directed by Eden Sabolboro
. Running time 4:13

TITIXE — Directed by Tania Hernández Velasco
. Running time 62:00

The program includes introductions by each of the filmmakers and a talkback after the films.

Two Gods Discussion

May 27 — with director Zeshawn Ali, producer Aman Ali, and moderator Leah Vernon

Who Killed Vincent Chin? Screening & Discussion

April 21 — Who Killed Vincent Chin? screening + discussion with
Juanita Anderson - executive producer of Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Esther Kim - activist and founding member of Over The Moon Detroit 
Scott Kurashige - professor and chair of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University
Jasmine Rivera - communications director for Rising Voices of Asian American Families
Paula Yoo - author of the forthcoming book, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

Test Pattern exclusive screening

March 26 — Director-writer Shatara Michelle Ford's debut feature addresses issues around consent, sexuality, and institutional racism and sexism in the justice and health systems from a Black female point of view.

Native Son Screening & Discussion

Native Son screening + discussion - Fundraiser for Association for the Study of African American Life and History Detroit

February 6-12 — New restoration of Richard Wright's adaptation of his own novel. Heavily censored on its original release, this version is the most complete ever shown in the U.S. Fundraiser for Association for the Study of African American Life and History Detroit

Dope, Hookers & Pavement Director Q & A

January — Exclusive post-screening Q & A with director Otto Buj and journalist-author-archivist Robert St. Mary.


2020

Ethics & Aesthetics: Reclaiming Home/Land

November 20 — Online screening & filmmaker discussion

Ethics & Aesthetics: Footnotes on the Black Experience

October 29 — Online screening & filmmaker discussion

Häxan online with LIVE music

October 28 — Noted musician and composer Ben Model accompanied the 1922 silent film online for a truly unique Cinema Detroit exclusive.

Department of Injustice

October 16 — Ongoing free screening

Ethics & Aesthetics: Growing our Souls

September 25 — Drive-In screening and discussion

US KIDS Drive-in Screening & Discussion

September 23 — with with March for Our Lives founder Jaclyn Corin and director Kim Snyder

MR. SOUL! Drive-in

 

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CARMILLA post-screening discussion

July 27 – with cinematographer Michael Wood, director Emily Harris, and Wayne State University Cinema Studies Ph.D. Peter Marra

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