Welcome to Our Virtual Movie Palace

Just because our doors are closed, doesn’t mean we’ll stop sharing great films with everyone! See below for new films, film recommendations and interactive film programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Curbside Concessions

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Black Voices, Black Filmmakers

Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with everyone advocating for justice, truth and equity. Here is a list of movies you can watch from home from strong, Black voices.

New This Week

A portion of the following film rentals and/or purchases will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Wine Cinema

Tuesday, July 14 – Join Russ Collins and Deb Polich for Cocktail Wine Cinema, online from 7:00-8:30 PM.

This one-off special Premium Tuesday wine party will celebrate classic films from the 2010s! Russ and Deb will join you, with wine, broadcasting via Zoom from the wonderful Art Deco lobby of the State Theatre.

2040

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Waiting for the Barbarians

A local magistrate reevaluates his loyalty to his nation while holed up at a remote outpost. From Director Ciro Guerra (‘Embracing the Serpent’, ‘Birds of Passage’) and starring Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, and Robert Pattinson.

The Tobacconist

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

Guest of Honour

Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in the latest film from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness.

We Are Little Zombies

When four young orphans first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future and no way to move forward, the young teens decide to start a rock band… and conquer the world.

Camp on the Wind's Road

Part of the Ann Arbor Film Festival Presents Program

Following the death of her father, Belekmaa lodges herself in his sheepherder’s encampment. She hopes to see her father at least in her dreams, up to the day when, according to the Tuvan tradition, the spirit of the deceased would be fed and given ultimate send-off.

Love In Suspenders

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

When absent-minded widow Tami accidentally hits 70-year-old widower Beno with her car, the last thing on her mind is love and romance. But will their budding relationship survive the scrutiny of their children? Israeli Oscar-winner Shlomo Bar-Aba gives a heartwarming performance as Tami’s late husband, who refuses to let her go in this charming romantic comedy for the young and young at heart.

Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture.

Coming Soon

A portion of the following film rentals and/or purchases will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Shooting Life

Opens Friday, July 17 – Pre-order available now

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

While helping his war-weary students find their own voices, a high school teacher attempts to start a new life in an Israeli town perpetually in danger, in the teen drama Shooting Life.

Transkids

Opens Friday, July 17

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

Transkids is the result of four years of intimate and deep documentation of four teenagers and their families, shedding a brand new light on the personal and social impacts and implications of youth gender re-assigning – a subject which has been and still is controversial and delicate world wide, and even more so in Israel.

A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps

Opens Friday, July 17

Filmmaker Alana DeJoseph examines the rich history of the Peace Corps and the challenges that lie ahead in the 21st century.

The House on Wannsee Street

Opens Friday, July 24

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

Generations of an Argentinean family’s secrets are uncovered in this sweeping international story that begins with the Second World War and concludes with an emotional twenty-first-century revelation.

A Cantor's Head

Opens Friday, July 31

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

Jack Mendelson has been described as the best cantor in the world (or at least on the East Coast) and the Michael Jordan of Hazzanut. But after long years of service at the Temple Israel Center, his beautiful operatic voice is no longer wanted as the shul is looking to replace him with a younger cantor.

Now Available

A portion of the following film rentals and/or purchases will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. Thank you for your support!

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration.

One Day After Peace

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

This film is a poignant moving journey through South Africa, Israel and Palestine, three lands that have been scorched and burned for generations. This thought-provoking journey, through South Africa past and present and through the cooperation of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents shows Robi and the viewers that even from a place of pain one can see a glimmer of hope.

Mr. Topaze

The “Lost” Classic Newly Restored! Peter Sellers‘ first and only credited directorial feature, MR. TOPAZE displays the British comic genius at the peak of his powers alongside his future Pink Panther nemesis Herbert Lom and a stellar supporting cast that includes Nadia Gray, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and Michael Gough.

Criterion Free Selections

Titles streaming for free on Criterion Channel include Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust,” Maya Angelou’s “Down in the Delta,” Shirley Clarke’s “Portrait of Jason,” Agnès Varda’s “Black Panthers,” Kathleen Collins’ “Losing Ground,” and many more. The titles are currently curated at the top of the Criterion Channel’s homepage.

Runner

Co-Presented by the Ann Arbor Track Club

RUNNER is about a Lost Boy and refugee from Sudan, Guor Maker, who went on to compete as a marathoner in the last two Summer Olympics. Once as an athlete without a country and once as the flag bearer of the newest country on earth, South Sudan. Guor is now an American citizen and training for the 2021 Olympics.

Shirley

Presented by Nicola’s Books

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

4th of July Weekend Organ Concert with Andrew Rogers

Join us virtually this 4th of July weekend for a Barton Organ tribute to the 4th of July and to “Those Lazy Days of Summer”! Recorded live at the Michigan Theater with Head Organist Andrew Rogers on the Historic Barton Organ.

Denise Ho: Becoming The Song

In Sue Williams’ uplifting documentary the filmmaker chronicles Denise Ho’s career from pop star to activist and the parallels to Hong Kong, a city in constant transformation

Pioneers of Queer Cinema

Celebrate Pride Month with this newly restored trio of classics from the early days of queer cinema, each far ahead of its time. Rent each film separately, or purchase a pass for all three for $15.00!

Aviva

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

Director Boaz Yakin’s dreamy film, with choreography from a former member of Israeli dance company Batsheva Dance Company, tells a story that is timeless, universal and yet up-to-the-moment.

One Small Step Shorts

Embark on a roller coaster of imagination and possibility in this ShortsTV-presented compilation of new and acclaimed, family-friendly animated short films. Featuring the OSCAR® winning Bear Story and OSCAR® nominees One Small Step, Gopher Broke and Borrowed Time, plus many more fun films.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things

Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary film exploreshow her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century.

The Last Tree

Directed by Shola Amoo, THE LAST TREE is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi (as a child played by newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother.

Kinshasa Makambo

A Cinetopia 2019 selection!

Congolese director Dieudo Hamadi exposes the political crisis in the Congo through the stories of three young political activists.

Quarantine Cat Film Festival

Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This compilation reel from over 1,200 submissions brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest and most loving of these videos, exclusively filmed during the pandemic.

Picture Of His Life

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

Yom Kippur War veteran Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time, and has a special affinity for apex predators—he has captured great white sharks, giant crocodiles, anacondas, and killer whales in breathtaking close-up. One fearsome animal has continued to elude him: the polar bear.

Reggae Boyz

Plagued with one of the highest murder rates in the world, Jamaica tries to inspire its populace by qualifying their national soccer team – the “Reggae Boyz” – for the World Cup. When their efforts start to fall short, a colorful German coach enters the scene and forms an unlikely alliance with legendary reggae musicians and a Rastafarian factory worker to unite Jamaica beyond the soccer pitch.

Marona's Fantastic Tale

The sixth feature from acclaimed director Anca Damian, this touching film chronicles the journey of a stray dog through a succession of wildly different owners. The film’s animation technique is colorful, spirited and pushes the medium into new directions, while its intimate story will strike a chord with anyone who has shared a special bond with a canine companion.

Sometimes Always Never

A man searches tirelessly for his missing son who he has not seen in years. When a body is located, the entire family’s life is turned upside-down and they must all learn how to reconnect with one another.

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

The story of Miriam Makeba, a South African singer and crusader against apartheid, with a look at her life, career, and activism through the lens of archival footage.

Tommaso

Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter.

The Motions of Stillness

An MTF Original!

Watch this original film and score from Jared Van Eck, Technical Director, and local musician. Inspired by the snowfall in April and isolation due to the pandemic, this film aims to encourage the viewer to still themselves, focus on deep breaths, and reflect on the simple beauty of falling snow.

The Mindfulness Movement

Filmmaker Rob Beemer examines how mindfulness – the state of focusing on the present moment without judgment – is the key to creating a healthier and happier world.

Mindfulness Bundle Now Available! Rent The Mindfulness Movement and receive a promo code to stream the meditative film and MTF Original, The Motions of Stillness, for FREE. 

Lucky Grandma

Set in New York City, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese Grandma (a standout performance by The Joy Luck Club’s Tsai Chin) goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck and in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. 

Abe

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

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.

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll examines the vibrant and unconventional life of Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the world’s leading expert on Mexican cuisine.

Crescendo

Part of our Cinetopia-AAJFF A Summer of Film Series

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.

Staff Selects

See our staff recommendations on our favorite art house movies!

Say Anything

“I am a deeply romantic person and I think a lot of that came from my own 15-year old self falling in love with John Cusack’s character…who will show you the power of his love through the music of Peter Gabriel.” – Makenzie Peecook, Events and Operations Manager – Art House Convergence

Rent online or watch on Hulu

The Evil Dead

“This may not be the happiest movie you can be watching right now, but…it’s still very ridiculous and it uses gore with such ease and pleasure that it takes the fear away which allows you to enjoy it and still sleep at night.” – Nick Alderink, Programming and Media Coordinator

Rent online or watch on Netflix.

Amélie

“Part of the reason why I love it so much is it was filmed in over 80 locations in Paris, and I love anything French…so getting to see Paris through this very quirky and whimsical eye of Emily is really pleasant.” – Hannah Feuka, State Theatre Manager

Watch on Hulu

Specialty Content

Penny Stamps Lecture Series

Weekly, free streams of previous Penny Stamps lectures every Friday on Detroit Public Television website.

National Theatre at Home

Weekly free National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on Youtube.

Arab Film Series Online

Emerging from the Arab Film Festival, the Arab Film Series Online brings a wide range of new and classic films each week for free. 

MET Opera Streams

A different, daily encore presentation from the MET Opera is available for free on their website.

Theatre Works Anywhere

Weekly video clips from TheaterWorksUSA productions along with theater activities and crafts for the whole family!

Online Film Education Classes

Movies 101: Narrative Structure

Now Available

While we often expect the action of films to unfold in chronological order, there are many other possibilities. In our final session, we will look at various components of film narrative and how they can be manipulated to create anticipation, tension, and resolution. Our examples will be drawn from Casablanca, Bonnie & Clyde, L’Avventura and (500) Days of Summer. After the lecture, we recommend you watch Vertigo on your own time.

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members.

Movies 101: Sound

Now Available

In the beginning, movies only had sound in the form of musical accompaniment provided in the theater. Since then, recorded sound has become an indispensible part of movies. In this session, we will consider how music, speech, and sound effects can be used to add meaning to the images on the screen. Our examples will be drawn from Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Vertigo and The Passenger. After the lecture, we recommend you watch Singing in the Rain on your own time.

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members.

Movies 101: Editing

Now Available

Editing is the process by which individual shots are joined together. We will explore several different ways that this unique cinematic device can be used including “continuity editing,” “parallel editing,” “analytical editing,” and “montage.” Our examples will be drawn from Casablanca, The Battleship Potemkin, Psycho, and Manhattan. After the lecture, we recommend you watch Sliding Doors on your own time.

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members.

Movies 101: Mise-en-Scene

Now Available

Mise-en-Scene is a term that refers to everything in the implied world of the film. This includes people, costumes, sets, props, lighting, some sound, color and the way these elements are viewed through the camera’s lenses as it moves about. We will look at various approaches to mise-en-scene including selections from Casablanca, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Double Indemnity, Saving Private Ryan, and Mr. Turner. After the lecture, we recommend you watch Casablanca on your own time.

Tickets are $20 non-members, $15 members.

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