What to Watch from the Michigan Theater

. November 27, 2020.
Thanksgiving with Michigan Theater
Stock photo courtesy of Karolina Grabowska

Stay at home with movies, trivia, and film courses from the Michigan Theater!

While theaters remain temporarily closed, there are still plenty of online offerings for cinema lovers at the Michigan Theater’s virtual movie palace.

A Sundance official selection, Coded Bias, opens this week. The film shows us how technology takes on the bias of the coders who created it. As artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties, what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? “Coded Bias serves as both a wake-up call (to invasive practices the public doesn’t yet realize are being implemented) and a call to action,” says Valerie Complex, Variety.

If you’re craving something a little different in a Christmas movie this year, the new documentary Jingle Bell Rocks! might hit the spot. Director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world’s legendary Christmas music fanatics and then hits the road with them as they search for the twelve best underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded. Featuring Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow, along with interviews, rare archive footage, and performances, Jingle Bell Rocks! is a cinematic mix tape of alternative Christmas music that will expand your holiday music horizon beyond Bing Crosby.

Jingle Bell Rocks! opens Friday November 27, 2020, online at Michigan Theater’s virtual movie palace.

Take a break from surfing the web for Black Friday deals and head over to The Michigan’s zoom-hosted Movie Trivia Night, Friday November 27th at 7 pm. This week’s theme will be Blockbusters and Moneymakers. The event is free for members and $5 per team for non-members. There are prizes for winners, so be sure to recruit your cinema-savvy friends. Go to Michigan Theater ‘s website for details and signup.

The Michigan is also offering film education classes in Narrative Structure, Sound, Editing, and Mise-en-Scene. Each course is $20 with proceeds of your purchase directly benefiting The Michigan Theater Foundation and its staff.

Here’s what’s cooking at The Michigan for Thanksgiving! Have a happy and safe holiday!


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