FLINT, MI — The Friends of Modern Art film series begins a new season at the Flint Institute of Arts with selections this fall that will take viewers from Denmark, England, France, Sweden, and Bosnia to the wilds of northern Italy and to the recording studios and hip-hop clubs of 1990s Flint.
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 Sept. 24-26 local theatrical premiere of “Breed and Bootleg: Rap Legends of Flint,” which chronicles the rise of the ‘80s and ‘90s “Midwest rap” boom in Flint, led by nationally prominent artists Eric “MC” Breed and the Dayton Family, the latter act led by Ira “Bootleg” Dorsey.
“Breed and Bootleg” was directed by Flint native Geri Alumit Zeldes, an Emmy Award-winning journalism professor at Michigan State University.
Zeldes is slated to appear live at the FIA Theater for each screening, along with others connected with the film, according to a Flint Institute of Arts news release.
Other September titles include “The Truffle Hunters,” an Italy-set documentary, and “French Exit,” a comedy-drama starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
Among titles booked for October are “Dream Horse,” a drama from England with Toni Collette and Damian Lewis; the art-themed documentary “The Lost Leonardo” (as in da Vinci); and “Undine,” a fantasy-tinged mystery-romance from Germany.
Unless noted below, all films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in the FIA Theater.
Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for FIA members, $7 for non-members, and $5 for FOMA members. For more information, visit the FIA website at flintarts.org.
The following is the September-October schedule:
Sept. 24-26: Breed and Bootleg: Legends of Flint Rap Music
In its local theatrical premiere, this documentary explores the legacy of 1980s and ‘90s hip-hop in Flint, with emphasis on Eric T. “MC” Breed, a forefather of “Midwest rap,” and Ira “Bootleg” Dorsey of the Dayton Family.
Directed by Geri Alumit Zeldes, 60 min., not rated. (U.S., 2020)
Oct. 1-3: Dream Horse
Toni Collette and Damian Lewis star in an inspiring drama about a racehorse bred by a small-town bartender who dreams of using her meager resources to raise her animal to compete with the racing elites.
Directed by Euros Lyn, 113 min., rated PG. (United Kingdom, 2020)
Oct. 8-10: The Lost Leonardo
Here is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece from Leonardo da Vinci. The truth behind questions about the painting’s authenticity threatens to unravel hidden agendas of the world’s richest men and most powerful art institutions.
Directed by Andreas Koefoed, 90 min., not rated. (United Kingdom/France, 2021)
Oct. 15-17: Quo Vadis, Aida?
This recent Oscar nominee for best international feature concerns a United Nations translator in 1995 Bosnia who faces crucial questions when the Serbian army invades her village. Will her actions mean her townspeople’s rescue … or their deaths?
Directed by Jasmila Zbanic, 101 min., subtitled, not rated. (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020).
Oct. 22-24: The Killing of Two Lovers
While trying to keep his family together, a man (played by Clayne Crawford of TV’s Lethal Weapon) struggles to cope with his estranged wife’s new relationship.
Directed by Robert Machoian, 85 min., rated R. (U.S., 2021)
Oct. 29-31: Undine
In a haunting mix of mystery and romance from German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Transit), a Berlin historian is deserted by the man she loves, subjecting her to an ancient curse in which she must kill her betrayer and return to the water.
Directed by Christian Petzold, 90 min., subtitled, not rated. (Germany/France, 2020)
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