Now Playing at the Michigan Theater
FROM ICE: PORTRAITS OF VANISHING GLACIERS, BY JAMES BALOG. © JAMES BALOG/EXTREME ICE SURVEY.
Live organ music set the mood for a classic theater experience. Images deserving of art gallery walls come alive and dance before my eyes. And a story of a charming, passionate photographer, James Balog, devoted to his craft and making a better future for his daughters, captivates the audience.
I just left a very full house for the critically acclaimed documentary, Chasing Ice, at the Michigan Theater. I’m no movie critic, but honestly, it’s been a while since a film actually physically moved me. This one is special, folks. It presents compelling evidence of the magnitude and urgency of climate change with cinematography so captivating climate cynics won’t be able to look away. It may prove to be this decade’s Inconvenient Truth.
By the end of the film, I’d be surprised if anyone in the audience didn’t envy, or at least admire, the efforts of James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey team. This is simply something I hope every American, nay every human being on the planet can see. Chasing Ice is playing now until Thursday, January 17th, at the Michigan Theater at these times.
Food Day is on Monday, October 24th and we’re celebrating by holding a screening of the film Urban Roots. Urban Roots explores the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit, highlighting what has become of collapsed industrial towns and their need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.
We are paying Tree Media Group a screening fee for this opportunity to help keep what they do sustainable. Due to this, we are suggesting a $5 donation to attend the screening. We’ll have a jar … and won’t ask lots of questions.
Even Michael Pollan thinks you should participate in Food Day. See? —->
The Michigan Theater has obtained the award-winning documentary, “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” for a one day showing on April 26th at 7pm. Demand for the film has been so huge that it has been moved from the screening room to the historic theater.
In addition to the film, attendees on April 26th will benefit from a Q&A with two researchers (entomologists) and a local bee-keeper, Richard Mendel (pictured here rescuing swarms of honeybees). Richard has extensive experience working with honeybees and gives free monthly lectures at Matthaei Botanical Gardens — and he’s also one of the higher ups (chief cook and bottle washer) with the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
The film takes viewers on a journey through the mysterious world of the beehive and the catastrophic disappearance of bees. It weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Click here to watch the trailer.
Advance tickets are available from ticketweb.com. Ticket fee is General Admission $9.00; Student, Children under 12, Senior or veteran $7.00; Theater Member $6.50. There is a $1.50 service fee for “Will Hold” advance tickets.