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Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council Offers Private Screening of Academy Award® Nominated Shorts Free to FJC and Friends of Detroit Film Theatre Members

Friday, February 04, 2011

Non-members receive 50% discount on memberships at the event

(Detroit)—Founders Junior Council (FJC), a young professionals auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), is partnering with the DIA auxiliary Friends of Detroit Film Theatre (FDFT) to present a private screening of the Academy Award® nominated short films free to FJC and FDFT members. The event is on Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Detroit Film Theatre.

For non-members interested in attending, DIA, FJC and FDFT memberships will be available that evening at a 50% percent discount, allowing them to attend this exclusive event. In addition, attendees who purchase memberships that evening will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to Cirque Detroit, an annual masked ball, or a six-month pass for two to the DFT.

“The FJC is so pleased to be able to offer this exclusive membership event as part of the DFT’s very popular annual screening of the Academy Award® nominated short films,” stated Nicole Wagner, FJC president. “We hope to see a lot of our current members that evening as well as new members taking advantage of the opportunity to join the DIA, FJC or the FDFT for a one-time only low price.”

The event will feature selections from the slate of Academy Award® nominated short films, including Day & Night, Let’s Pollute, God of Love, Na Wewe, and Wish 143. The DFT also offers two weekends of showings of all 10 nominees in both categories (five animated, five live action), February 11–20.

"The Friends of Detroit Film Theatre eagerly look forward to co-hosting A Night at the DFT with our sister auxiliary, the Founder's Junior Council,” said Dennis Moore, FDFT president. “Auxiliary partnerships of this sort enable us to provide our audiences with enhanced programs and experiences. A great example of that enhanced experience is 25 five feet tall: a state-of-the-art DFT screen, which was installed last year through the generosity of an FJC grant."

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7:30 p.m. The Detroit Film Theatre is at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.

About the FJC
For more than three decades, FJC has been committed to inspiring new generations of art lovers to show their support for the DIA, one of North America's leading art museums. By bringing together young professionals, all with a shared interest in promoting the arts, FJC has been credited with hosting some of Detroit’s premier social events while encouraging lifelong participation at the DIA. For more information on FJC, please visit

About the FDFT
An auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the FDFT is dedicated to cultivating awareness, appreciation, understanding and knowledge of the cinematic medium and its history. Through FDFT activities, council members help to support the Detroit Film Theatre series, the DIA's collection of film, video and related materials, and the preservation of the Detroit Institute of Arts Auditorium. For more information on the DFT, please visit


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. As the DIA celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2010, it does so with renewed commitment to its visitor-centered experience and to its mission of creating opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible in part with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Detroit.

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