Welcome to Our Virtual Movie Palace!

 

While our theater doors remain closed, we’re excited to be able to offer you a curated selection of great arthouse films that you can watch from your own screens. Your rental directly supports the Michigan Theater Foundation and our staff during this unprecedented time. Thank you from all of us at the Michigan and State, and enjoy the show!

 

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

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NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 PICK-UP
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Order online and then drive or walk up to the Michigan Theater during our designated pick-up times on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.

You can now browse our current offerings by the following categories!

Thank you Sesi Maza

New This Week

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

Dancemaker

FREE to all patrons. Available Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Thursday, Oct. 1

In the 1990s, dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor is working on a piece called “Piazzolla Caldera.” Director Matthew Diamond captures the debut of Taylor’s new work and explores the personality of the man behind the dance steps. Taylor’s volatile nature often comes out in his interactions with his dancers, but interviews backstage with various sources portray the many sides of his personality. Diamond also captures vital moments such as the Taylor dance company’s trip to India.

Softie

100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!

“Softie” tells the story of Boniface Mwangi, daring and audacious, and recognized as Kenya’s most provocative photojournalist. But as a father of three young children, these qualities create tremendous turmoil between him and his wife Njeri. When he wants to run for political office, he is forced to choose: country or family?

Love & Busking (Fiction & Other Realities)

2019 Cinetopia Audience Favorite!

Bobby Choy, a.k.a. singer-songwriter Big Phony, makes his directorial debut with this intimate semi-biographical musical drama.

**AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Space Dogs

Visually and conceptually sophisticated, Space Dogs traces 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.

Warning: SPACE DOGS is Not Rated, and contains some graphic content and scenes of animal violence that some viewers, especially cat lovers, may find distressing. Viewer discretion is advised.

**AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Coming Soon

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

RBG

Available for purchase Friday, September 25

An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. 50% of all purchases will be donated to the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, which was co-founded by Justice Ginsburg in 1972. 

Supa Modo

Opens Friday, September 25

2018 Cinetopia Audience Favorite!

Story of a young girl whose dream of becoming a superhero is threatened by terminal illness, inspiring her village to rally together to make her dream come true.

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Opens Friday, September 25

A Science on Screen® title and NYTimes Critic’s Pick! Renowned neurologist and literary giant Oliver Sacks is posthumously celebrated in this profound, highly engaging, deeply personal memoir by Ric Burns. Sacks was a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.

The Artist's Wife

Opens Friday, September 25

Claire Smythson, wife of the renowned abstract artist Richard Smythson, is plunged into a late-life crisis when her husband is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and is in danger of not completing the paintings for his final show.

Once Upon A River

Opens Friday, October 2

Based on Michigander Bonnie Jo Campbell’s novel of the same name, this “midwestern gothic Americana story” tells the story of a young Native American woman’s odyssey on the Stark River, which introduces her to a world filled with wonders and dangers.

Ending soon

Catch these films streaming before they’re gone.

Our Time Machine

Available through Friday, September 25

100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and 2019 Cinetopia Audience Favorite!

Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, 43-year-old Maleonn (one of China’s most influential conceptual artists today) sets off to build a time machine.

Mr. Topaze

Available through Wednesday, September 30

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.

Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

Available through Wednesday, September 30

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

Waiting for the Barbarians

Available through Wednesday, September 30

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.

Mr. Soul!

Available through Wednesday, September 30

The history of the PBS series, from its creation through its eventual loss of funding.

Quarantine Cat Film Festival

Available through 3 PM on Thursday, October 1

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.

Now Available

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

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

Part-rockumentary, part-presidential portrait, this doc traces how music helped propel Jimmy Carter to the White House, and the significant role that music has played in President Carter’s life and work.

Meeting the Beatles in India

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

Represent

Equal parts personal and political, REPRESENT follows three women (one from Detroit, MI) on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service.

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

A new documentary from Werner Herzog in the tradition of Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and Encounters at the End of the World.

Midnight Traveler

100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and 2019 Cinetopia Audience Favorite!

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two daughters. Capturing the journey, Fazili shows the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

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, in this piercing indictment of exploitative labour practices and the global trade apparatus supporting them.

Vinyl Nation

A documentary that traces the revival of record stores in the last decade.

**AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Epicentro

The latest documentary from Oscar®-nominated director Hubert Sauper is an immersive portrait of «utopian» Cuba and its resilient people a century after the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana, the event that ushered in the American Empire alongside a modern form of world conquest: cinema itself.

2020 Sundance Shorts Tour

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (Virtual Version) is a 80-minute theatrical program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Festival that is widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers.

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).

**AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Starting At Zero

Starting at Zero explores the power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have the opportunity to attain the American Dream.

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

Few names in fashion are as respected as Martin Margiela. For the first time, the iconic designer opens up about his life, work & legacy.

Stage: The Culinary Internship

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

**AgileLink title. Member discount pricing applies.

Jazz on a Summer's Day - New 4K Restoration!

Legendary Photographer Bert Stern’s Groundbreaking Concert Documentary Jazz on A Summer’s Day is considered one of the most extraordinary and possibly the “best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made.” See its sparkling new 4K restoration.

You Never Had It - An Evening With Charles Bukowski

A night of drinking and talking about sex, literature, childhood and humanity with the irreverent writer poet Charles Bukowski in his California house in 1981. A story of tapes lost, found and brought back to life.

A Thousand Cuts

Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy. Produced, written and directed by Ramona S. Diaz (IMELDA, MOTHERLAND).

Desert One

From Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Barbara Kopple, Desert One tells the incredible tale of America’s secret mission to free the hostages of the 1979 Iranian revolution, which has been called “the most audacious, difficult, complicated, rescue mission ever attempted.”

CREEM

Ripping back the curtain on legendary rock rag CREEM Magazine’s wild and disruptive newsroom; a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders who weren’t all that different from the artists they covered.

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My MInd

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music, and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon who has sold over 10 million albums and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards.

Rebuilding Paradise

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a spark from a transmission line in Northern California, coupled with climate-impacted conditions, quickly grew into a devastating firestorm that engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the camp fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history.

The Fight

At this defining moment in American history, THE FIGHT follows a scrappy team of heroic ACLU lawyers in an electrifying battle over abortion rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights.

Amulet

Amulet, written and directed by Romola Garai, explores the story of Tomaz, an ex soldier from an unnamed foreign conflict, living in strained circumstances in London. Haunted by his past, he is offered a place to stay in a decaying, claustrophobic house, inhabited by an enigmatic young woman and her dying mother. As he starts to fall for his new companion, Tomaz cannot ignore his suspicion that something insidious might also be living alongside them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Traveling through time, the film assembles 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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!

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.

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.

Theatre Works Anywhere

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