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Cinetopia announces 2016 lineup
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township will once again participate in the Cinetopia International Film Festival, taking place June 3-12 in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

This year's fifth annual edition will feature more than 50 films and more than 120 screenings, including features and documentaries that have been shown at festivals around the world such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, South By Southwest, Tribeca and others. Curated by Detroit Film Theatre Director Elliot Wilhelm and Michigan Theater CEO Russ Collins, who funded Cinetopia, the festival will also feature special events such as free outdoor film screenings at the Detroit Institute of Arts and in Ann Arbor's Top of the Park, and a repeat of last year's popular Michael Jackson Sing-Aong that will be held June 8 at Detroit's Campus Martius Park.

The Arab Film Festival at the Arab American National Museum will be part of Cinetopia as well, while The Henry Ford museum's Giant Screen Experience is joining the festival. Other venues include Cinema Detroit, the College For Creative Studies, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art and the Redford Theatre in Detroit, and the Michigan Theater and State Theatre in Ann Arbor.

The Maple Theater joined Cinetopia for its 2015 edition.

A full list of this year's films is posted at cinetopiafestival.org. The schedule of screenings and venues will be announced on May 11. Among this year's film highlights are:

"Sonita," a drama about an undocumented female Afghan teenager living in Iran who yearns to be a rapper, which won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival;

"Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World," Werner Herzog`s provocative look at the pluses and minuses of the Internet;

"Black Mountain Poets," a British comedy about con artist sisters that won the Jury Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival;

"Ma Ma," a Spanish drama about a woman, played by Penelope Cruz, who's been left by her husband, battles with her young song and is diagnosed with breast cancer;

"Maya Angelou and Still I Rise," a documentary about the writer, poet and activist;

"Morris From America." A coming-of-age comedy set in Germany that won this year's Sundance Dramatic Jury Award for Individual Performance award;

"Tyrus: The Tyrus Wong Story," A documentary about a 105-year-old Chinese immigrant that will include a Q&A with director Pamela Tom;

"Suited," A documentary about fashion and transgendered people executive produced by Lena Dunham;

"Operator," a comedy written and directed by Ann Arbor natives Sharon Green and Logan Kibens, who will be on hand for post-screening discussions;

"Harry Benson: Shoot First," a profile of the famed Scottish photographer and photojournalist, still active at the age of 85;

And "Iggy Pop Live in Basel 2015," a concert film from the Ypsilanti-raised rock icon`s performance in Switzerland.

Web Site: cinetopiafestival.org

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