Jun 02, 2014

Never been to Cinetopia? Now’s your chance! The Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals. Cinetopia honors the rich heritage of cinematic culture and Michigan’s proud legacy of outstanding cinema artists through special pre- and post-film events, including presentations, discussion panels, and Q&A sessions with directors, writers, and stars.

Meet the stars! This year’s festival features a panel discussion with Oscar-winning screenwriter and LGBT rights advocate Dustin Lance Black, an exclusive 25th anniversary screening of Do the Right Thing joined by indie filmmaker and Oscar winner Spike Lee, question-and-answer session with Oscar nominee John Sayles at the screenings of his films, panel discussions and audience Q&As with actor Hill Harper and director Tommy Oliver, and a question-and-answer session with acclaimed Chinese actress Pei-Pei Cheng at the screenings of her film.

Tips for getting the most out of your Cinetopia experience:

  • Get a pass! This allows you to go to as many films as you can, when you can, in the five days of the festival.
  • Download the Program! Go to the website to download the guide and schedule to learn more about the films and find out when they are playing.
  • Try new things! When you go to a movie theater, you probably only go to movies that you know you will like. At Cinetopia, it can be more rewarding to branch out and try new genres because the fun of film festivals is the discovery, the mystery and the learning.
  • Check out Russ Collins’ (CEO/Executive Director at the Michigan Theater and Festival Founder) recommended headlining films:

1982: Hill Harper (He Got Game) stars and the legendary Ruby Dee plays his mother in this compelling family drama. Director Tommy Oliver and several cast members will be at this Cinetopia “Red Carpet” opener.

THE SKELETON TWINS: SNL’s Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, as well as Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson star in a sibling comedy that won Best Screenplay award atSundance.

TO BE TAKEI:  Great documentary on actor George Takei, who played Sulu in Star Trek , learn of his childhood at a Japanese internment camp and follow his journey to becoming a gay rights activist & the social media star that he is today.

OBVIOUS CHILD: Jenny Slate is a stand-up comedian with problems, but comedian’s problems are always funnier! A Sundance standout!

A TOUCH OF SIN, FINDING MR. RIGHT & LILTING: Fabulously popular Chinese films. Enough said.

COHERENCE: A much buzzed about sci-fi-drama; a Twilight Zone for the 21st century.

WAR STORY:  Ben Kingsley and Catherine Keener star in an edge of the seat tale that urges you to piece together a stressed Middle East war photographer’s elusive story.

JINGLE BELL ROCKS: A hilarious and surprising documentary about a sub-culture of people who collect (mostly bad) Christmas music.

For more information, visit the website.

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