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DFT Summer Film and Music Festival

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Contacts:          Pamela Marcil              313-833-7899   

                        Brendy Barr                 248-651-4858   



Detroit Institute of Arts’ DFT Film and Music Festival premieres June 9

First-run films, classic monster movies, world-class music part of summer fun


May 23, 2007 (Detroit)—Hot summer weekends are cool with the debut of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) Film and Music Festival on Saturday, June 9 in the newly restored DIA Auditorium. The festival features first-run movies on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, double-feature monster movies on Saturday afternoons, and world-class live music on Friday nights, and runs through Sunday, July 29.

During the opening weekend, tours of the historic Auditorium will be offered as well as demonstrations of the theater’s original 1927 Casavant classical pipe organ. Free showings of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Lotte Reiniger’s feature-length 1926 shadow animation film, with live musical accompaniment, will be held at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.

Among the first-run movies are the award-winning Offside, about a group of daring young Iranian women who dress like boys to get into a soccer stadium; Air Guitar Nation, a documentary about the Air Guitar World Championships; Triad Election, an action-packed gangster film set in Hong Kong; and Ten Canoes, a vivid celebration of the art and tradition of storytelling in an aboriginal village.

June 15 marks the beginning of the Friday night concerts, the first with internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award winning guitarist Bill Frisell. Other performers include James Carter, virtuoso saxophone player and native Detroiter; Tom Verlaine, composer, singer and guitarist for the seminal rock group Television; and nine-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello, neo-soul singer, rapper, bassist and multi instrumentalist.

Saturday matinee double-features include such classics as It came from Beneath the Sea and Godzilla; Jason and the Argonauts and Battle in Outer Space; Mysterious Island and Godzilla vs. Megaguiru; and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and Mothra.


Movies                                                 Music

Thursdays                     7 p.m.                          Fridays 8 p.m.

Saturday matinees         2 p.m.

Saturday nights 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Sundays                       4 & 7 p.m.


Tickets – available at the DIA Box Office or by phone at 313-833-4005.

Thursdays, Saturday nights, and Sundays          $7.50 general admission

$5 for DIA members, students and seniors

Saturday Double-Feature Matinees                   $5

Saturday Matinee Monster Pass                        $25 for all seven double-feature matinees.

Friday night concerts                                         $20; $16.50 for DIA members, students and seniors.


                The DFT Film and Music Festival is just one of the programs the DIA offers while it is closed for the summer. Fore!Fun: Artfully Designed mini golf will be available on the lawn of the museum beginning at 5 p.m. on May 27. Summer camps and studio classes, as well as drop-in workshops at art fairs throughout the metro Detroit area are also available.

            For a complete schedule of the DFT Film and Music Festival and other summer activities, visit



The DIA is currently undergoing a major renovation, and will be closed from May 28-Nov. 23 in order to complete the reinstallation of some 5000 works of art. While we are closed, we have many summer activities to enjoy, including mini golf on the lawn, a film and music festival, and drop-in workshops at art festivals around Michigan. Visit for more information.


Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.