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September Films

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Note: Most educational documentaries are listed with the daily Events.

Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX (Formerly Rave). 973-8424. Tickets available in advance at and at the door. 4100 Carpenter, different times.

Sept. 7: "Extraordinary" (Scotty Curlee, 2017). Drama produced by Liberty University students about a conservative Christian ultra-marathon runner and the strain his sports career puts on his marriage. Followed by a discussion on marriage. Cost TBA. 7 p.m.

Sept. 10 & 13: "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (Nicholas Meyer, 1982). Director's cut of this sci-fi classic. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban. This 35th anniversary screening includes an introduction by Shatner. Cost TBA. 2 & 7 p.m.

Sept. 14: "The Heart of Man" (Eric Esau, 2017). Christian documentary, interspersed with a retelling of the parable of the prodigal son, about people who have used their faith to overcome compulsive behavior. It ends with a roundtable discussion moderated by Zoe Church (L.A.) pastor Chad Veach. Cost TBA. 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 & 19: "Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1979). Dubbed (Sept. 14) and subtitled (Sept. 19) screenings of Miyazaki's directorial debut, an anime adventure about a gentleman thief who robs a casino only to discover that the money is counterfeit. Time & cost TBA.

Sept. 17 & 20: "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (Steven Spielberg, 1982). 35th anniversary screening of this sci-fi classic about a young boy who befriends a creature from outer space. With commentary by Turner Classic Movies hosts. Cost TBA. 2 & 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 & 25: "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984). Dubbed (Sept. 24) and subtitled (Sept. 25) screenings of this classic anime about a young princess trying to save her country from war and environmental devastation. Cost TBA. 12:55 p.m. (Sept. 24) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 25).

Sept. 28: "Steve McQueen: American Icon." Documentary that follows Harvest Christian Fellowship (CA) pastor Greg Laurie as he travels the country to learn about the King of Cool and his late-in-life search for faith and meaning. Cost TBA. 7 p.m.

Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-4555. AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave., 6-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 7: "The Hunting Ground" (Kirby Dick, 2015). Documentary about rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Followed by a discussion led by U-M Community Scholars Program faculty and students. For adults and teens in grade 9 & up.

Sept. 14: "The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets" (Melody Shemtov, 2016). Documentary chronicling the lives of activists in the United States who opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. Followed by a discussion led by U-M political science & organizational studies professor Michael Heaney, the film's producer. 6-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: "Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production" (Briar Levit, 2017). Documentary tracing the development of graphic design from the Mad Men era to the advent of the desktop computer and beyond. 7-8:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Senior Center. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin, 12:30 p.m.

Every Mon.: "Movie Matinee,"with films TBA.

Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. 704 Airport Blvd., 8 p.m.

Sept. 16: "Spiritual Cinema." Screening of a feature film or several shorts TBA with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.

Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth), 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: "Kindness is Contagious" (David Gaz, 2014). Feel-good documentary exploring the viral effect of kind acts. Followed by discussion.

Karma Thegsum Choling. FREE. 678-7549. 614 Miner, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20: "The Silent Holy Stones" (Pema Tseden, 2005). A young Tibetan monk goes home for the New Year's celebrations. Fascinated by his family's television, he wants to bring it to the monastery to show it to his master.

Michigan Theater Foundation. Unless there is a live show in the main theater, 2 or 3 different films are shown, usually twice, almost every night. For complete, updated schedules, see or call 668-TIME. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted), times TBA unless otherwise noted.

Opens Sept. 1: "The Trip to Spain" (Michael Winterbottom, 2017). The latest in a series of improvised travelogues starring British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon meditating on the perils of middle age, domesticity, and career as they eat their way through the Spanish countryside.

Sept. 3 & 5: "Children of Men" (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006). A British bureaucrat is secretly tasked with protecting a pregnant refugee during a mysterious 18-year global fertility crisis which has caused geopolitical chaos. Clive Owen, Julianne Moore. 1:30 p.m. (Sept. 3) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 5).

Sept. 4: "Psycho" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. 7 p.m.

Sept. 7: "Suspiria" (Dario Argento, 1977). A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy, amidst a series of grisly murders, gradually realizes that the school is a front for something supernatural. Italian, subtitles. Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci. 8 p.m.

Sept. 8-9 & 11-12: "Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge" (Marie Noelle, 2016): Lush biopic.

Sept. 9: "The Dark Crystal" (Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982). Groundbreaking animatronic fantasy about an elf-like creature, the last of his kind, who embarks on a journey to repair millennium-old damage done to his world. 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 12: "May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers" (Judd Apatow & Michael Bonfiglio, 2017). Documentary, filmed during the recording of the album True Sadness, exploring the personal toll of their 15-year rise to fame on the members of this acclaimed postpunk Southern roots band. 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: "The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography" (Errol Morris, 2016). Documentary on this prolific longtime portrait photographer from Cambridge (MA).

Sept. 14-16: "The Fencer" (Klaus Härö, 2015). Drama about a young Estonian fencer who flees the Russian secret police to become a P.E. teacher in small-town Estonia. Estonian & Russian, subtitles.

Sept. 15-17: "Whose Streets?" (Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis, 2017). Documentary about the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sept. 17 & 19-20: "The Midwife" (Martin Provost, 2017). Bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship between a tightly wound midwife and her late father's eccentric ex-mistress. Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve. French, subtitles.

Sept. 20-21: "Titicut Follies" (Frederick Wiseman, 1967). Controversial documentary exposing the subpar conditions of the patient-inmates of Bridgewater (MA) State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Opens Sept. 22: "Rebel in the Rye" (Danny Strong, 2017). Biopic about J.D. Salinger. Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey.

Sept. 23: "Residents" (Steven Weed & Andrew Williams, 2017). World premiere of this gritty drama about the relationship between an adult brother and sister living in Detroit. Shot entirely in Southeast Michigan. 2:30 p.m. Followed at 6 p.m. by an after party at the Session Room (3685 Jackson) and another screening of the film (at dusk) on the outdoor stage in the beer garden.

Sept. 24: "Art House Theater Day." With Wes Anderson's 2009 animated Roald Dahl adaptation, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Other films TBA.

Sept. 25 & 27: "I am the Blues" (Daniel Cross, 2015). Documentary tour of juke joints and other Mississippi Delta venues of the legendary "Chitlin' Circuit," with performances by blues musicians now in their 80s.

Sept. 27 & 28: "Letters from Baghdad" (Sabine Krayenbühl & Zeva Oelbaum, 2016). Documentary about the famed British explorer/diplomat Gertrude Bell, aka the "female Lawrence of Arabia."

Sept. 28: "19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival" (various directors, 2017). Screening of the 2017 finalists from arguably the largest short film festival in the world. Followed by a chance to vote for your favorite. 7:30 p.m.

Opens Sept. 29: "Youth" (Feng Xiao-gang, 2017). Coming-of-age drama set in the 70s. Mandarin, subtitles. "Dawson City: Frozen Time" (Bill Morrison, 2016). Documentary pieced together from some 500 early 20th-century films discovered in a landfill in the Yukon. "Columbus" (Kogonada, 2017). Rom-com about a Korean-born man and a young woman stuck in a small Indiana town caring for aging parents.

Rasa Film Festival. Cost TBA. 223-5615. U-M location TBA at 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: "waGaH" (Supriyo Sen, 2009). Short documentary about the evening ritual along the India/Pakistan border, where guards on both sides lower the flags and thousands of people move close to the gate to greet their former neighbors. Screening of other features, documentaries, and shorts TBA. In conjunction with the Rasa Festival (see 1 Friday Events listing for full schedule).

U-M German Department. FREE. 764-8018. 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State.

Sept. 25: "Be-troit" (Philip Halver, 2017). Documentary chronicling the collaborative process between young artists from Detroit and Berlin as they make an album in one week. In 2013, the Detroit Berlin Connection was created to foster a relationship between creative communities and individuals in the two cities. Berlin has experienced a cultural resurgence in the last 25 years, fueled largely by a thriving techno music scene.

The project is an attempt to transfuse creative energy from Berlin back to the city that fostered techno: Detroit. Followed by Q & A with African-German-American "street social worker" Olad Aden, recent U-M alum Venice Session, and other "Be-troit" artists. 8 p.m.

U-M Institute for the Humanities. FREE. 936-3518. 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery (enter from the Diag), 4 p.m.

Sept. 12: "Selma" (Ava DuVernay, 2014). Acclaimed historical drama about the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Followed by discussion.

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