Step aside, Sundance and Cannes, because from May 31st-June 10th, Detroit will hold its seventh annual Cinetopia Film Festival.
Taking place in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Dearborn, the festival will feature over 44 films. The viewing locations in each of the cities are all super recognizable too, with Detroit showing films at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre and at New Center Park, Ann Arbor showing films at the Michigan Theater, the State Theatre, and the Maynard Parking Structure, and Dearborn showing films at Henry Ford.
The festival will begin with a bang, premiering comedian Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age flick, Eighth Grade, on the 31st. As the fest continues, there will be specific festivals within the festival, like the Arab Film Festival on June 1st and the Children’s Film Festival on June 2nd. A screening of Love, Gilda at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre will end the 11-day filmpalooza with a strong finish.
Russ Collins, IndieWire influencer, noticed that Detroit lacked an independent film festival. Knowing that there were a slew of talented cinematographers in the area, along with Detroit being a major metropolitan city, he decided to start one himself. Born in 2012, the festival has been a yearly event since, drawing in crowds from all over the stat. Part of the Michigan Theater Foundation, Cinetopia holds itself to be a nonprofit as well.
If you’re a film lover, a connoisseur of the arts, or just someone with some spare time, Cinetopia is the place to be if you want to kick off the summer season right. Also, you'll sound pretty cultured when you've seen some movies that your friends haven't, which is never a bad thing.
For more information, check out Cinetopia’s Facebook page, @CinetopiaMI.