Michigan Theater Announces Cinetopia, First International Film Festival
The Michigan Theater announced the inauguration of Cinetopia, a new International Film Festival, to take place May 31-June 3, 2012 at the stately historic theater located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor.
The 85-year-old center for fine film exhibition, which opened January 5, 1928, will have more than 30 films exhibited at the first-time festival and expects several thousand film lovers to attend, explained Russ Collins, executive director of the Michigan Theater and a leader in cultural arts and entertainment in the United States for the past 30 years.
"We have been contemplating a Film Festival of significant magnitude for some time. Southeast Michigan can support a festival similar in scale to International Festivals in Toronto, Berlin, Park City, Venice, Cannes, Traverse City and Cleveland," said Collins, who has led the nationally acclaimed and award winning historic theater and Art House cinema since 1982.
Worldwide, some 4,000 such festivals exist and create excitement and strong economic benefits for each specific region.
Cinetopia Program and Locations
The Festival will include feature films and documentaries produced around the world,
3D movies both old and new, classic cinema, recognized speakers and scholars to comment on films, as well as movie stars and directors.
Films will be screened at the Michigan Theater, the nearby art deco State Theater, Angell Hall on the University of Michigan campus and other satellite venues around the city. Collins expects the Festival will be expanded into Detroit area venues in future years.
This year's inaugural program will feature films previously premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, films culled from Berlin, Toronto, Tribeca, Venice and other world-renowned festivals, screenings of films by silent-era star Harold Lloyd and featuring a live appearance by Mr. Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne (who is curator of the Harold Lloyd Trust) and 3D films using the newest digital techniques and classic celluloid 3D.
Classic and contemporary films demonstrating the rich heritage of screenwriting, the University of Michigan's primary contribution to world cinema culture, also will be featured. Lawrence Kasdan and Arthur Miller are just two of the screenwriters who have been products of the University of Michigan. This year, Cinetopia will celebrate the screenwriting craft of David Newman, best known for his screenplays for "Bonnie and Clyde," "What's Up Doc" and "Superman."
Broad Vision of Growth
Collins' envisions building on the inaugural year's results and expanding Cinetopia over several years into an 11-day festival of films and culture.
"We're thinking big because Ann Arbor is already recognized as a center for creativity and the arts," Collins said. "We want to grow Cinetopia to generate impact like that of the Ann Arbor Summer Street Fairs, Arts, Beats and Eats in Royal Oak, and the Detroit Jazz Festival, similar to other successful film festivals that many cities across the world now have."
The team of specialists driving development of Cinetopia includes Collins as line producer; Amanda Bynum, chief programmer; Brian Hunter, associate programmer; and Scott Clarke, technical director. All are seasoned veterans of building the Michigan Theater into one of the Nations leading providers in cinematic and cultural programs.
About the Cinetopia International Film Festival
The Michigan Theater proudly hosts the first-ever Cinetopia International Film Festival, presented by AT&T, featuring specially selected independent and foreign cinema from the festival circuit and across the globe. Themes of the festival include 3D filmmaking, Michigan screenwriters, and a diverse selection of celebrated contemporary comedies, documentaries and dramas.
With screenings of more than 30 films over four days, Cinetopia will take place at the Michigan Theater and across the University campus. Great film happens here - join us May 31 through June 3 for the inaugural Cinetopia International Film Festival! More information, including ticket prices and packages, available at http://www.michtheater.org/cinetopia
Support for this inaugural festival program comes from presenting sponsor AT&T and charter sponsors Zingerman's Community of Businesses, Dickinson Wright of Ann Arbor, Money Source Financial Services, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Whole Foods Market of Ann Arbor and the International Institute at the University of Michigan. Media sponsors for Cinetopia include The Ann Arbor Observer, Detroit Jewish News, The Metro Times and Michigan Radio.
About the Michigan Theater
Now celebrating its 85th year, the Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor's not-for-profit historic center for fine film and performing arts. Winner of the 2006 Outstanding Historic Theater award, it was designated as an official venue of the Sundance Film Festival for the past three years. The theater is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 603 East Liberty Street. Please visit http://michtheater.org for more info. The 24-hour information line is (734) 668-TIME.