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Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, The Salt Of The Earth, Love And Mercy, Spy, Insidious Chapter 3 And More

Jun 4, 2015

Cinetopia is here! David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins discuss the Detroit and Ann Arbor film festival and the other movie options in the area.

Film directors, writers and stars take part in Cinetopia Festival, June 5-14

Part of what sets a film festival apart from simply going to see a movie is the opportunity to talk with and hear from those involved in the creation of the films. Cinetopia Festival, recently named The Best Detroit area film festival, welcomes a wide variety of writers, directors, producers and stars to discuss their films at the festival, which kicks off on June 5 in Detroit and continues in Ann Arbor June 8-14.  This year’s scheduled headliners include (films listed alphabetically):


Friday, June 12 at 7 PM at the Michigan Theater:  Producer Ira Deutchman


Friday, June 5 at 7:15 PM at the College for Creative Studies: Director Cheryl Furjanic will be joined onscreen by film subject and four-time Olympian, Greg Louganis, for a live Skype Q&A.


Saturday, June 13 at 7:45 PM at the Michigan Theater:  Barry Crimmins, comedian and the film’s subject, director Bobcat Goldthwait, and producer Clinton Trucks


Saturday, June 6 at 12 PM at the DIA Lecture Hall:  director/screenwriter Charles Poekel will take part in a post-screening discussion.  


Saturday, June 13 at 2:30 PM at the Michigan Theater:  Mike and Chris Farah, of Funny or Die and the film ANSWER THIS!, and filmmaker and Detroit Voices curator Sultan Sharrief


Friday, June 12 at noon at the Michigan Theater: star Diana Elizabeth Torres; Sunday, June 14 at 11:15 AM at the State Theatre: director/screenwriter Anthony Lucero and actor Yutaka Takeuchi


Friday, June 5 at 7 PM at the Charles H. Wright Museum: writer/director Malik Vitthal


Friday, June 12 at 3 PM at the Michigan Theater and Sunday, June 14 at 2 PM at the State Theater: director and screenwriter Albert Shin


Sunday, June 14 at 2 PM at the U of M Modern Languages Building:  Tab Hunter will be onscreen via Skype to take part in a live post-screening discussion


Friday, June 12 at 7 PM, at the UofM Modern Languages Building and Saturday, June 13 at 9:30 PM at the Michigan Theater: director/screenwriter Steven Piet, producer/screenwriter Erik Crary, and lead actor John Ashton

Cinetopia’s full schedule of films and events, as well at the opportunity to buy festival passes and tickets is at the festivals website

Symposium Celebrates the Centenary of Filmmaker and Actor Orson Welles at Cinetopia

Maverick filmmaker, writer and actor Orson Welles is the subject of this symposium in celebration of his centenary, called Wellespring. Family members and colleagues, scholars, archivists and students come together to discuss his lasting impact and showcase the five Welles archive collections housed at the U-M Library.

Special Welles screening will take place at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit on Sunday, June 7 and at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, June 8-10.  The Wellespring Symposium will take place Monday and Tuesday June 8-9 at the Hatcher Graduate Library on U-M’s campus.   For a complete list of symposium sessions, exhibits and screenings, visit http://www.lib.umich.edu/announcements/orson-welles-symposium.

Opening Downtown 

The Salt of The Earth

“The Salt of the Earth” explores the work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who for the last 40 years has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.  “The Salt of the Earth” opens Friday June 5 at the Michigan.

Love and Mercy

“Love and Mercy” presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson (Paul Dano), the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.  Also starring John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, “Love and Mercy” opens Friday at the State Theatre.

Opening at the Multiplex

Insidious Chapter 3

“Insidious Chapter 3,” the chilling prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.  “Insidious Chapter 3” opens Friday.


In “Spy,” Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.  “Spy” opens Friday.