Film Review: “Detroit”

Film Review: “Detroit”

by Todd McCarthey Kathryn Bigelow’s latest effort is a docudrama about the 1967 Detroit riots, focusing on a specific incident of police violence against a group of black men at a hotel. Rated R, 143 minutes A particularly nasty historical instance of police brutality against African-Americans is wrenched back into the spotlight on its 50th […]

10th Annual Italian Film Festival Comes to Ann Arbor April 21

10th Annual Italian Film Festival Comes to Ann Arbor April 21

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The 10th Anniversary Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit opens on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre with La pazza gioia (Like Crazy). A trio of festival films are slated to be screened in Ann Arbor beginning April 21. Weekend screenings will continue throughout […]

Funding Still a Challenge for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival/Top of the Park

Funding Still a Challenge for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival/Top of the Park

by Christian Usera IT’S JUNE IN Ann Arbor which means the ubiquitous Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) is set to kick off on June 12 with over 140 events. The much anticipated 32-year-old festival has featured music legends such as Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett, among others. Its 2015 Main Stage […]

14th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off April 12

14th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off April 12

THE ANNUAL independent Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival runs April 12-16 at the Michigan Theater, hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. Every film has been chosen by the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival committee in conjunction with the Michigan Theater. Genres include several documentaries and true stories, among other exciting films. […]

2015 Italian Film Festival USA to Screen a Trio of Award-Winning Films in Ann Arbor

2015 Italian Film Festival USA to Screen a Trio of Award-Winning Films in Ann Arbor

by John Ball THE 2015 ITALIAN Film Festival USA Metro Detroit recently announced the complete schedule of its 11th edition, which takes place April 1-26 at various locations across the metro area, including Ann Arbor. A trio of the Festival’s 14 films will be screened on Apr. 17-18 in Askwith Auditorium in Lorch Hall on […]

Jan. 26 Arab, Jewish Women Share “Peacemaking” Stories in Film, Panel Discussion at U-M

Jan. 26 Arab, Jewish Women Share “Peacemaking” Stories in Film, Panel Discussion at U-M

A film screening and panel discussion of “Refusing to be Enemies: The Zeitouna Story.” by William Foreman ON JAN. 26, 2015, the University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women and the Minerva Project is sponsoring a showing of the documentary “Refusing to be Enemies: The Zeitouna Story.” The screening will begin at 4 […]

Film based on U-M Professor’s Controversial Graphic Novel to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Film based on U-M Professor’s Controversial Graphic Novel to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

by Sydney Hawkins LONG BEFORE LENA Dunham brought her groundbreaking depiction of the sexual life of post-college women to HBO’s “Girls,” a University of Michigan professor shocked audiences with her novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Based on her own teen diaries, the book by professor Phoebe Gloeckner of the U-M Stamps School of […]

Michigan Council for the Arts Awards Grants Worth $749K to Washtenaw County Organizations

Michigan Council for the Arts Awards Grants Worth $749K to Washtenaw County Organizations

by Rob Smith THE MICHIGAN COUNCIL for Arts and Cultural Affairs recently announced that the organization had awarded $9.7 million to cultural organizations in Michigan. That’s up 27 percent over the $7.6 million in grant money awarded last year, and up 73 percent over the $5.6 million in grant money distributed in 2013. Washtenaw County […]