FLINT, MI – The Friends of Modern Art film series kicks off a new season at the Flint Institute of Arts with selections this fall that will take viewers from Denmark, England, France, Sweden and Bosnia into the wilderness of the northern Italy and to Flint’s recording studios and hip-hop clubs of the 1990s.
Viewers can enjoy the films during the months of September and October at the Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St., in Flint.
The first month of the season is highlighted by the local theatrical premiere Sept. 24-26 of “Breed and Bootleg: Rap Legends of Flint,” which chronicles the rise of the ’80s and’ 90s midwest rap boom in Flint. , directed by nationally acclaimed artists Eric “MC” Breed and the Dayton Family, the latter act directed by Ira “Bootleg” Dorsey.
“Breed and Bootleg” was directed by Geri Alumit Zeldes, a native of Flint, Emmy Award-winning journalism professor at Michigan State University.
Zeldes is expected to appear live at the FIA Theater for each screening, along with others related to the film, according to a press release from the Flint Institute of Arts.
Other September titles include “The Truffle Hunters”, a documentary filmed in Italy, and “French Exit”, a comedy-drama starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
Among the titles reserved for October are “Dream Horse”, an English drama starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis; the art-themed documentary “The Lost Leonardo” (as in da Vinci); and “Undine”, a mysterious romance tinged with fantasy from Germany.
Unless stated otherwise below, all films will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in the FIA Theater.
Tickets, available at the door, cost $ 6 for FIA members, $ 7 for non-members and $ 5 for FOMA members. For more information visit the FIA website at flintarts.org.
Here is the program from September to October:
September 24-26: Breed and Bootleg: Legends of Flint Rap Music
In its theatrical premiere, this documentary explores the legacy of 80s and 90s hip-hop to Flint, with a focus on Eric T. “MC” Breed, an ancestor of “Midwest rap” and Ira “Bootleg” Dorsey of the Dayton Family.
Directed by Geri Alumit Zeldes, 60 min., Not rated. (United States, 2020)
October 1-3: Dream horse
Toni Collette and Damian Lewis star in an inspiring drama about a racehorse raised by a small town bartender who dreams of using his meager resources to raise his pet to compete with the racing elites.
Directed by Euros Lyn, 113 min., Rated PG. (United Kingdom, 2020)
October 8-10: The Lost Leonardo
Here is the inner story of Salvator Mundi, claimed to be a long lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. The truth behind the questions about the authenticity of painting threatens to unveil the hidden agendas of the world’s richest men and the most powerful artistic institutions.
Directed by Andreas Koefoed, 90 min., Unrated. (United Kingdom / France, 2021)
October 15-17: Quo Vadis, Aida?
This recent Oscar nominee for Best International Feature is about a 1995 United Nations translator in Bosnia who faces crucial issues when the Serbian army invades her village. Will its actions mean the rescue of its inhabitants … or their death?
Directed by Jasmila Zbanic, 101 min., Subtitled, unrated. (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020).
October 22-24: The murder of two lovers
While trying to keep his family together, a man (played by Lethal Weapon’s Clayne Crawford on TV) struggles to cope with his ex-wife’s new relationship.
Directed by Robert Machoian, 85 min., Rated R. (US, 2021)
October 29-31: Ondine
In a haunting mix of mystery and romance by German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Transit), a Berlin historian is abandoned by the man she loves, subjecting her to an ancient curse in which she must kill her traitor and return to the water.
Directed by Christian Petzold, 90 min., Subtitled, unrated. (Germany / France, 2020)
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