Welcome to Our Virtual Movie Palace!

 

Enjoy a curated selection of great arthouse films that you can watch anytime from your homes. By renting these films through our the MTF Virtual Movie Palace, you directly support our two historic theaters and staff and help ensure that we 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 – AgileLink & MTF – Vimeo streaming platforms. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to provide free Tuesday virtual movies for Premium Members. 

New This Week

The Ann Arbor Creature Feature

(or: A Day in the Life of a Cat in Quarantine)

 

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2021 Oscars Submissions for Best International Feature 

Another Round

Denmark’s Official Submission   

Nominated for Best Director & Best International Feature!

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.

**MTF – Vimeo title. Member discount pricing applies.

Collective

Romania’s Official Submission

Nominated for Best International Feature & Best Documentary!

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.

**MTF – AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Now Available

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

First-ever Oscar submission from Lesotho

Deserving comparison with the work of Pedro Costa, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Souleymane Cissé, This Is Not a Burial marks the introduction of a major filmmaker and the final powerhouse performance of a remarkable actress.

**MTF – AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Her Name is Chef

Playing as part of the Women’s Voices series presented by Toyota

Her Name is Chef is raw, honest, and filled with the gripping truths of how the restaurant industry gender roles are changing.

**MTF – AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

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.

**MTF – Vimeo title. Member discount pricing applies.

Stray

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.

Includes the premiere of an MTF Original: The Ann Arbor Creature Feature (or: A Day in the Life of a Cat in Quarantine) before the film!

**MTF – AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

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Songs My Brothers Taught Me

The 2015 feature debut of Chloe Zhao, the award-winner director of ‘Nomadland’ and ‘The Rider’

Johnny and his sister Jashuan live with their single mother on a reservation. When their absentee father dies, Johnny feels compelled to strike out for a new life in LA, but fears leaving his sister behind.

**MTF – AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

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.

**MTF – AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Leona

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

**MTF – Vimeo title. Member discount pricing applies.

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) Featuring an original music score by organist Andrew Rogers and our special Love Stories from the Michigan & State preshow!

**MTF – Vimeo title. Member discount pricing applies.

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.

**MTF – Vimeo title. Member discount pricing applies.

The Motions of Stillness

Free for all patrons!

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

**MTF – Vimeo title. Member/Customer Login required.

Online Film Education Classes

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.