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Film Critic Leonard Maltin Joins Cinetopia Film Festival June 11 & 12

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May 20, 2016
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Film Critic Leonard Maltin Joins Cinetopia Film Festival June 11 & 12
Renowned historian to discuss the world of Disney films with award-winning Disney animator Andreas Deja and introduce rare theatrical screening of Bambi
Cinetopia Film Festival will welcome Leonard Maltin on June 11 and 12 in conjunction with the screenings of several Disney Studios related films.  The renowned film critic, historian, author and creator of the Walt Disney Treasure series joins us onstage at three events to talk about the iconic works of Walt Disney and his talented company of illustrators, artists, and animators!

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 PM

Redford Theater
17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit

Classic Disney Shorts:  Sit back and enjoy a curated collection of the best shorts from the wonderful world of Disney.  Following the screening of these iconic Disney short films, Mr. Maltin will give a behind the scenes talk about the animators and illustrators who brought these stories to life.

Sunday, June 12, 1:00 PM

Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

Tyrus:  Michigan Premiere! The beauty of life is painted onto the screen through the incredible palette of the 105 years-young Tyrus Wong. The documentary takes the viewer into the world of a Chinese immigrant to the US who not only overcame prejudice, but persevered to become one of the most culturally relevant artists today. As an artist in Hollywood, Wong inspired Walt Disney and helped bring us the delicate, majestic beauty of Bambi. Director Pamela Tom carefully weaves interviews with best-selling author Lisa See, Hollywood film historian Joe Musso, art curator Sonia Mak, studio animation notable Don Hahn (who also is executive producer), alongside interviews with Wong’s family to give a rare, candid look at this unique man for our time.  Following the screening, Mr. Maltin will be joined by award-winning Disney animator Andreas Deja (The Lion King, Aladdin) to discuss the amazing work created by the studio.

Sunday, June 12, 4:00 PM

Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

Following the screening of Tyrus, Mr. Maltin will introduce a rare theatrical screening of the 1942 Disney classic Bambi, the film that encompasses the art of Tyrus Wong.
Tickets to all these can be purchased at
For a full list of all the filmmakers coming to Cinetopia Film Festival, click the Meet the Makers box on
Cinetopia passes are on and include Festival Passes (offering unlimited film screenings, priority admission, opening night parties and other hospitality events), Movie Passes (unlimited film screenings and priority admission) and a Student Passes for those with valid student identification (unlimited film screenings).   Tickets to individual films are $12 for the general public, while members of the Arab American National Museum, Cinema Detroit, DIA, Charles H. Wright Museum, The Henry Ford, and Michigan Theater can purchase tickets at the member price of $9.  All tickets can be purchased at
The Cinetopia International Film Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our title sponsors University of Michigan Health System and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and our presenting sponsors, Opportunity Detroit, Masco Foundation, and Comerica Bank. 
Media support has been made possible by Detroit Public Television, WXYZ Detroit, Detroit Free Press, WDET, Metro Times, Hour Detroit, WEMU, 107one, Crain’s Detroit, Michigan Public Radio, Pride Source, Renaissance Media, Concentrate Media, and the Ann Arbor Observer.
Further important support of the Cinetopia Film Festival was provided by Yeti Coolers,  Morningstar Farms, and our charter sponsors Dickinson Wright, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, State Street District, and the Ford Motor Company Fund; along with vital support from our sponsors Arbor Networks, Meijer, Domino’s, Alaskan Brewing Company, and these departments at the University of Michigan: Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia in partnership with the Islamic Studies Program, the Center for Japanese Studies, the Center for Chinese Studies, the Confucius Institute, and the Center for World Performance.
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