Cinetopia 2015 ~ FREE Outdoor Anime & Live Jazz!

  • Friday, June 5, 2015

7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI    (map)

42.359379 -83.063805


The 2015 CINETOPIA OPENING NIGHT: Mike Jellick Ensemble & Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. 

Friday, June 5, 2015 | Live Jazz 7:00pm | Film 9:30pm

This 2015 Cinetopia Festival will open on Friday, June 5th with a FREE outdoor screening on the DIA North Lawn of the stunning new animated film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

The Prophet is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, having been published in over forty languages since its publication in 1923. 

The book’s timeless verses have been given new form in this anthology film.

Actor-producer Salma Hayek-Pinault spearheaded this ambitious project, which also includes the voices of Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina, and Frank Langella.

As their story unfolds, several of Gibran’s most cherished essays — on love, work, children, marriage, and freedom — are brought to life in vignettes directed by some of the world’s foremost animators, among them Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) and Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels).

With a score by Gabriel Yared that includes contributions from Glen Hansard, and Yo-Yo Ma, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet it is also a musical collaboration, a richly spiritual experience worthy of Gibran’s lyrical book. 


This festive kickoff evening will begin at dusk (7pm) on the DIA North lawn with a live jazz interpretation of     –  Holst’s The Planets by the Mike Jellick Ensemble,

followed by the film screening at sundown (9:30pm). 

The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916.

Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst.

A complimentary bike valet will be hosted by the Hellenic Museum, and Azul taco bar will be serving inside the DIA’s Kirby St. entrance.

This event is presented through a partnership of the Detroit Institute of Arts and Midtown Detroit Inc. 

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