Cinetopia Film Festival’s don’t miss moments











• Cinetopia Film Festival

• June 1-11 in Detroit, Bloomfield Township, Dearborn and Ann Arbor.

• Tickets range from $9 for individual screenings to $150 for full-festival passes.

• Visit cinetopiafestival.org.

Cinetopia Film Festival founder Russ Collins voices nothing less than satisfaction as he talks about the event’s growth in its six years.

The first Cinetopia, in 2012, drew about 5,000 attendees to Ann Arbor. Last year, expanded to include Dearborn and Bloomfield Township, the festival brought out 22,000, and Collins is confident this year’s Cinetopia — June 1-11 — will approach if not surpass the 30,000 mark.

“This is a film festival that’s about cinema passion,” Collins says — and, he adds, appropriate since southeastern Michigan, by virtue of the auto industry, was the leading maker of movies in the world early in the 20th century, and ranked second only to Hollywood through the 1960s.

With new venues (including Cornman Farms in Dexter) and continuing partnerships with the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and the Maple Theatre in Bloomfield, Cinetopia 2017 has a bigger footprint than ever. And that will make it more challenging for movie lovers as they navigate more than 110 screenings of 65 features and shorts from around the world.


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To make it easier, here are baker’s dozen not to miss over the course of this year’s Cinetopia run.

• “Detroit Voices”: A compendium of short films by aspiring Detroit directors, 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit. A “Detroit Voices Retrospective” featuring past works and commentary by Cinetopia Senior Curator Sultan Sharrief is at 3:15 p.m. June 4 in the Michigan Theater annex, Ann Arbor.

• “Destined”: A Detroit-filmed drama by…

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