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DIA exterior at night
DIA exterior at night

DFT's summer Film and Music Festival's Opening weekend

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Contact:           Pamela Marcil              313-833-7899   

                        Dave Priestly                313-833-9151   


June 6, 2007                                           MEDIA ALERT


DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre Summer Film and Music Festival Opens with Free Films and Tours

1926 Classic The Adventures of Prince Achmed Showing June 9 and 10


WHAT:            The Detroit Film Theatre’s (DFT) Summer Film and Music Festival kicks off with free showings of Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 The Adventures of Prince Achmed, arguably the first animated feature film. This enchanting fantasy was created with intricately crafted silhouette figures that perform against a dreamy color tinted background. Reiniger’s shadow animation film will be accompanied by live music from the DIA auditorium’s original 1927 Casavant classical pipe organ. It will be the first performance on the organ in over a decade.


Tours of the newly restored auditorium and demonstrations of the theater’s organ will also be free for visitors.


WHEN:            Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. Tours of the auditorium and demonstrations of the pipe organ will take place at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The adventures of Prince Achmed will show at 4 and 7 p.m.


WHERE:          The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit


COST:             Free!




The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range and depth.


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 6000 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.