Welcome to Our Virtual Movie Palace!

 

We’re excited to be able to offer you a curated selection of great arthouse films that you can watch safely from your homes. By renting these films through our website, you directly support our two historic theaters and staff and help ensure that the Michigan Theater Foundation will continue to bring storytelling and the arts to our community into the future. 

 

Please Note: Due to our arrangements with our distributor partners, we are only able to offer member discount pricing for purchases that use the MTF’s AgileLink streaming platform. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to provide free Tuesday virtual movies for Premium Members. 

New This Week

Your purchase of tickets to these films directly benefits the Michigan Theater Foundation and our staff. Thank you for your support!

'Til Kingdom Come

Pastors encourage an impoverished Kentucky community, “The forgotten people of America”, to donate to Israel in anticipation of Jesus’s impending return. The film exposes the controversial bond between Evangelicals and Jews, in a story of faith, power and money, revealing how Trump’s America was led by an End-Times apocalyptic countdown.

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Food Club

Three life long girlfriends travel to Italy together to attend a cooking course in Puglia, and here they each find the opportunity to redefine themselves.

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Coming Soon

Your purchase of tickets to these films directly benefits the Michigan Theater Foundation and our staff. Thank you for your support!

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Al Alcance de la Mano (Within Our Reach)

FREE to stream March 4 & 5

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Two agroecologists in Chiapas created an interdisciplinary program that links food, science, learning and community. Together with a network of educators, they work to build critical consciousness around what we eat, and to celebrate local alternatives to industrial farming and food.

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Stray

Opens Friday, March 5

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Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security.

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Laith Al-Saadi Live from the Ark

Streaming live Friday, March 12 at 8:00 PM

The Michigan Theater is proud to partner with The Ark and their Family Room Series to bring you this special FREE live-streamed concert from Laith Al-Saadi

2021 Oscars Submissions for Best International Feature 

Another Round

Available Now!

Denmark’s Official Submission

Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood. 

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Collective

Available Now!

Romania’s Official Submission

COLLECTIVE is a gripping, real-time docu-thriller that follows a heroic team of journalists as they expose shocking corruption in the Romanian national health-care system.

You Will Die at Twenty

Available Now!

Sudan’s Official Submission

During her son’s naming ceremony, a Sheikh predicts that Sakina’s child will die at the age of 20. Haunted by this prophecy, Sakina becomes overly protective of her son Muzamil, who grows up knowing about his fate.

True Mothers

Available Now!

Japan’s Official Submission

A woman with an adopted child is contacted unexpectedly by the child’s birth mother.

Atlantis

Available Now!

Ukraine’s Official Submission

A soldier suffering from PTSD befriends a young volunteer hoping to restore peaceful energy to a war-torn society.

Two of Us (Deux)

Available Now!

France’s Official Submission

Starring legendary Germany actress Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier as two retired women who have been secretly in love for decades.

Now Available

Your purchase of tickets to these films directly benefits the Michigan Theater Foundation and our staff. Thank you for your support!

The Fan Connection

Available through Friday, March 5

In a forlorn Rust Belt city, cheering for the NHL team means cheering for the city itself. Through three intimate stories of die-hard hockey fans in a city struggling to overcome its past, The Fan Connection shows that with heart, grit, and hope people can rise above their expectations.

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17 Blocks

In the shadow of the U.S. Capitol and filmed over a 20 year period, a Black family lives under gun death, addiction, and poverty. 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.

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Leona

A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love with a non-Jewish man.

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Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the challenges she faced to make it all the way to the Supreme Court.

A Hero for a Night

Special recording of our Valentine’s Day Livestream

See the film that opened the Michigan Theater in January 1928! A Hero For A Night (1927) The adventures of a conceited young adventurer who crosses the Atlantic in his home-made aeroplane with the girl he loves and her millionaire father. Featuring an original music score by organist Andrew Rogers and our special Love Stories from the Michigan & State preshow!

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Two of Us (Deux)

France’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards

Starring legendary Germany actress Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier as two retired women who have been secretly in love for decades.

A Glitch in the Matrix

What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX uses contemporary cultural touchstones like THE MATRIX, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike to attempt to find out.

True Mothers

Japan’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards

A woman with an adopted child is contacted unexpectedly by the child’s birth mother.

Atlantis

Ukraine’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards

A soldier suffering from PTSD befriends a young volunteer hoping to restore peaceful energy to a war-torn society.

Cowboys

A troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife runs off with his trans son into the Montana wilderness after his ex-wife’s refusal to let their son live as his authentic self.

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You Will Die at Twenty

Sudan’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards

NYTimes Critics Pick! Shortly after Muzamil was born, the village’s holy man predicts that he will die at age 20. Muzamil’s father can’t stand the curse and leaves home. Sakina raises her son as a single mother, overly protective. One day, Muzamil turns 19.

Rams

A decades-long feud between two sheep farming brothers comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. Starring Sam Neil and Michael Caton.

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Some Kind of Heaven

From producers Darren Aronofsky and the NYTIMES, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida that is self-described as the “Disneyworld for Retirees.”

Acasa, My Home

NYTimes Critics Pick! In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, nine children and their parents lived in perfect harmony with nature for 20 years until they are chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city.

The Reason I Jump

Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world.

Another Round

Denmark’s official submission to the Academy Awards.

Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood. 

**AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Crock of Gold

‘CROCK OF GOLD’ is the definitive feature documentary on Irish musical icon, Shane MacGowan, exploring the wild and roving life of Ireland’s most beloved punk poet.

Zappa

The first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa.

Collective

Romania’s official submission to the Academy Awards.

COLLECTIVE is a gripping, real-time docu-thriller that follows a heroic team of journalists as they expose shocking corruption in the Romanian national health-care system. 

We Are Little Zombies

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

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.

I Used To Go Here

Following the launch of her new novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) is invited to speak at her alma mater by her mentor and former professor (Jemaine Clement).

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Stage: The Culinary Internship

A group of interns do a nine-month apprenticeship at one of the best restaurants in the world, Mugaritz.

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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.

Space Dogs

The story of Laika, the first dog in space. Remarkable archival footage recounts the story of her selection, and directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter powerfully document the lives of her descendants, offering insight not only into the past and space travel, but also life today on earth.

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The Last Tree

A 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.

The Tobacconist

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

Made in Bangladesh

100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes! Ugly walls of resistance arise when a Dhaka woman attempts to organize her garment factory co-workers.

Meeting the Beatles in India

In 1968 the Beatles travel to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Stream for under $10!

Your purchase of tickets to these films directly benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation and our staff. Thank you for your support!

The Motions of Stillness

Free for all members!

An MTF Original! Watch this original film and score from Jared Van Eck, Technical Director, and local musician.

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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 for $2.99 or buy each for $9.99.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

 Assembing accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

Tommaso

Director Abel Ferrara reunites with 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.

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.

Online Film Education Classes

Your purchase of tickets to these film education classes directly benefits the Michigan Theater Foundation and our staff. Thank you for your support! Each class is $20 to rent and $15 to rent for MTF Members

Movies 101: Narrative Structure

While we often expect the action of films to unfold in chronological order, there are many other possibilities. We 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.

Movies 101: Sound

In the beginning, movies only had sound in the form of musical accompaniment provided in the theater. Since then, recorded sound has become an indispensable part of viewing. We look at 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

 

Movies 101: Editing

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

 

Movies 101: Mise-en-Scene

Mise-en-Scene refers to the arrangement of all the visual elements in front of the camera. This includes people, sets, props, lighting, color and the way these elements are viewed by the audience as the camera moves. 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

Specialty Content

Penny Stamps Lecture Series

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

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.