Weekly Update
September 09, 2020
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Thanks to everyone who came out last Friday to our Drive-In Screening of
MR. SOUL! presented with our friends at Freep Film Festival, and to our generous volunteers who make it work so well every time. If you missed this amazing documentary about the talk show SOUL! and its fascinating host/producer Ellis Haizlip, you can still check it on Virtual Cinema Detroit here.
In the late '60s and early '70s, the public television talk show SOUL! was an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics. Unlikely host/producer Ellis Haizlip became a cultural arbiter, offering positive images of Black people at a time when poverty and violence were the dominant narrative. Click here to watch the acclaimed doc MR SOUL!
---> See COMING SOON below for info on the new environmental documentary WILD DAZE and our next Drive-In, US KIDS, presented with Freep Film Festival and Film Lab.

---> The hopeful and acclaimed new film GHOST TROPIC is available on Virtual Cinema Detroit starting this Friday, Sept. 11. Scroll down for complete info.

---> Also check out the other great Virtual Cinema Detroit offerings below. Every Virtual Cinema Detroit ticket purchased helps support us during the COVID-19 closure. You can also make a tax-deductible donation here. Thank you!
Until next time, stay healthy and be safe,
NEW THIS WEEK – available starting Friday, Sept. 11
Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) is a
58-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman living in Brussels. After work one night, she falls asleep on the last subway train, wakes up at the end of the line and has no choice but to make her way home — all the way across the city — on foot. 

It's a story of solitude and hope, and a film with a deep faith in the enduring power of human connection even --and maybe especially -- in dark moments.
100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Director's Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival

New York Times Critic's Pick
"...beguiles and fascinates on several levels....'Everybody needs a place to rest,' Bruce Springsteen sings in one of his 1980s hits. This movie is a strong depiction of people who’ve richly earned such a place."
Pre-order GHOST TROPIC now

Available starting Friday, September 18 - The fact that the well-being of humans and wildlife are inextricably linked has never been more obvious than during the COVID-19 pandemic. With our world under lockdown, we are all experiencing the worrisome connection between overdevelopment and deforestation and human disease and pandemics.

The new documentary WILD DAZE wades through murky and complex corruption to expose how human activity takes a huge toll on the wild, and how that destruction destroys us. Part nature documentary, part transnational crime journalism, part action thriller, WILD DAZE breaks hearts, engages and amazes, educates and alarms. Set in Sub-Saharan Africa, and including interviews with Jane Goodall, Koko the Gorilla, activists, naturalists, conservationists, veterinarians, diplomats, and, yes, poachers and trophy hunters, this compelling documentary shows the unvarnished truth about the battle between our desire to control nature and our need to save the wild. ​
Pre-order WILD DAZE now
Wednesday, Sept. 23
US KIDS screening + Q & A
at the Cinema Detroit Drive-In
Presented with Freep Film Festival and The Film Lab.

From Kim Snyder, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Newtown, comes an insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of a generation of youth leaders determined to take the reins and fight for justice. US KIDS explores the resilience of the Parkland school shooting survivors who turned tragedy into a nationwide movement, the March for Our Lives. 
"A compassionate portrait, eager to let its subjects speak for themselves"
— The Hollywood Reporter
Buy US KIDS tickets now

When Matt Furie first created Pepe the Frog, the character was a chill frog dude. Then, through a series of unforeseen events and bizarre connections driven by the internet, Pepe became the far right's symbol of hate.

How that exactly happened is a wild journey into the heart of online life today and the memeification of our collective culture, where the meanings of images change moment to moment and cannot be controlled, even by their creators.

FEELS GOOD MAN shows us how a character meant to provide joy and fun can slowly morph into something else—but just maybe can change again.

Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award
Emerging Filmmaker

“We're left in awe at everything the story of Pepe encompasses…FEELS GOOD MAN proves Pepe can still be a force for good — among other things by helping us, through stories like these, to better understand the world we live in.” — Mashable
----> MADE IN BANGLADESH — Twenty-three-year-old Shimu works in a clothing factory in Bangladesh. Faced with inhumane conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers. Despite threats from the management and disapproval from her husband, Shimu and the other women are determined to find a way to improve their lives.

100% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes

"As a look behind that T-shirt you just bought on sale for $9.99 at The Gap, and the human labor, sweat and suffering that went into it, this... definitely deserves wider attention.." ~ Hollywood Reporter

----> Directed by Christopher Boone and Michigan native Kevin Smokler, the documentary VINYL NATION digs into the crates of the record resurgence in search of truths set in deep wax: Has the return of vinyl made music fandom more inclusive or divided? What does vinyl say about our past here in the present? How has the second life of vinyl changed how we hear music and how we listen to each other?
100% on Rotten Tomatoes

"As so many things have become passive or have slipped away from us entirely, VINYL NATION shows why sometimes you just want something to hold onto." – Detroit News - Grade A-                   


COUP 53 traces the U.S. pattern of subverting other countries' governments back to the beginning: 1953 Iran, when the CIA deposed the democratically elected ruler Mossadegh, and put the Shah in charge. In doing so, they forged the first link in a long chain of covert operations that persists right up to the present day. The documentary uses a long-lost treasure trove of archival material to develop a clearer picture of this "regime change" that started it all. Ralph Fiennes narrates. An exclusive Q & A with Fiennes, editor Walter Murch, and director Taghi Amirani is also available.
Watch COUP 53 now

My Dog Stupid (Mon chien Stupide)
When burned-out author Henri insists on keeping a dog he found in the garden, his life and that of his long-suffering wife and their indifferent adult children begin to change in major ways. A refreshingly unsentimental and very often hilarious look at family and marriage. The husband and wife are played by real-life couple Yvan Attal and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Note: No animals were harmed in the making of this film. 
Martin Margiela: In His Own Words
Designer MARTIN MARGIELA never showed his face and avoided interviews, letting his couture collections do the talking...until now.

IN HIS OWN WORDS reveals his vision and process like never before...anyone who is interested in creativity and inspiration will love this doc. 

From marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. and helping to get the Civil Rights Act passed, to being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and continuing to speak truth to power and fight against injustices like voter suppression, U.S. Rep. John Lewis is still getting into plenty of GOOD TROUBLE. This new doc chronicles the life and times of one of the most respected public figures in the world.

Your ticket includes a pre-recorded discussion between Rep. Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, which Immediately follows the feature.
This was filmed last month and is available exclusively
for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements ONLY. 

Time to get HAPPY ----> https://youtu.be/4QchDC9FaiI
Virtual Cinema Detroit 101
Virtual Cinema Detroit is a way for us to keep presenting films, even when our doors are temporarily closed. When you purchase a ticket to one of these independent films, which are unavailable on any other platform, a portion of each ticket sale goes directly to Cinema Detroit.

Check out all the films on this page, make your choices, and click the titles when you're ready to watch. Follow the prompts on the resulting page to purchase a ticket and receive access to the film. Watch and enjoy! Due to the mechanics of how virtual cinema tickets are sold, we regret that we cannot offer member discounts, gift card sales, or passes for online shows.

We know you have a variety of entertainment options, but when you watch a Virtual Cinema Detroit selection, you are giving us much-needed support while enjoying something new. It's a win-win!

Membership in the Cinema Detroit Crew has more perks than ever. Join or renew now, and in addition to all the regular benefits, you'll receive one free month of Music Box Direct and 3 free months of MUBI. Complete info is on our site here.

Donations to the Cinema Detroit are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor Allied Media Projects and help us to cover expense like rent and utilities that we still have to pay while we're closed. For more info, visit our donation page

Last but not least, gift cards are available here. They'll be held under your name at the box office and redeemable as usual when we re-open.
We wouldn't be here without our generous donors!
Thank you!


Metro Detroit’s only truly independent cinema, delivering an eclectic, quirky and quality mix of contemporary, indie, cult, genre, and classic movies in the heart of the city.

Established in 2013, it is also the only first-run 7-day-a-week movie theater in Greater Downtown. Located at 4126 Third Street, 48201, we feature movies in a unique setting – the former Weber Furniture Store – and freshly made popcorn, Faygo pop, and occasionally other locally-made treats.

CINEMA DETROIT is a community-based, mission-driven non-profit cinema that exists to benefit the community and the arts. Specifically, Cinema Detroit:
  • Promotes media literacy and arts education.
  • Provides a community gathering place for watching films and for the dialogue that they spark.
  • Provides the city of Detroit and the metro Detroit region with access to a breadth of film options, from mainstream to local, especially the best independent film.