The Cinetopia International Film Festival presented by AT&T, announced today the documentary portion of the inaugural event, taking place May 31-June 3 at three Ann Arbor landmark locations: the Michigan Theater, the State Theater, and Angell Hall at the University of Michigan.
Of the more than 30 films that will screen over the four days of the event, eight feature-length documentaries, as well as a program of short documentary films, will be featured. These films were created by veterans and first-time filmmakers from across the globe and represent some of the best non-fiction films of the past two years.
JIG - the remarkable story of the fortieth Irish Dancing World Championships, where three thousand young dancers descend upon Glasgow for one drama-filled week. The film uncovers a unique insiders’ world of dedication, obsession, success, and failure. Playing Friday, June 1 at 2:00 PM at the Michigan Theater.
THE AMBASSADOR - What happens when a very white European man buys his way into being a diplomat in one of Central Africa's most failed nations? Welcome to the bizarre and hidden world of African diplomacy, where gin and tonics flow and diamond hustlers and corrupt politicians run free. Playing Friday, June 1 at 4:30 PM at the Michigan Theater and Saturday, June 2 at 9:30 PM at the State Theater.
BESTIAIRE - A meditation on the mutual regard of man and beast: as we regard them, they regard us and each other, initiating a shift in consciousness. Playing Friday, June 1 at 5:00 PM at Angell Hall.
LOUDER THAN LOVE: THE GRANDE BALLROOM STORY - While the West Coast was groovin' to the sounds of the "Summer of Love" in 1967, Detroit was pumping out a hard-driving, gritty and raw sound at the Grande Ballroom. Playing Friday, June 1 at 9:30 PM at the Michigan Theater.
5 BROKEN CAMERAS - A Palestinian journalist chronicles his village’s resistance to a separation barrier being erected on their land and in the process captures his young son’s lens on the world. Playing Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 PM at Angell Hall.
SOUTHERN FOODWAYS SMORGASBORD - Each year, the Southern Foodways Alliance produces several films with the University of Mississippi’s Center for Documentary Projects. From bacon to buttermilk and chicken to cheese, we’re pleased to present a selection of six mouth-watering shorts: Cured / Dori/ Ride That Pig To Glory / Buttermilk: It Can Help / To Live and Die in Avoyelles Parish / Phát Tài / Hot Chicken. Playing Saturday, June 2 at 5:00 PM at Angell Hall.
THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES - Beginning with the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America and with epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. DirectorLauren Greenfield won the U.S. Directing Award (Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Playing Saturday, June 2 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan Theater.
CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST - An unconventionally funny and frightening account of Australia’s present-day plague of cane toads, the continent’s most notorious environmental blunder, filmed in high-resolution 3D. Playing Sunday, June 3 at 11:30 AM at the Michigan Theater.