Special Events

55th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival

Friday, Oct. 13  |  7:30 PM 

In memory of George Manupelli (1931-2014), Founder of The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Founding Member of The Friends of The Colonial. 

88 min., NR

The Ann Arbor Film Festival, a pioneer of the film festival touring concept, has been presenting an annual tour of selected works from the festival since 1964. Over the years, the touring program has brought the work of film and media artists to audiences throughout the world. The tour provides filmmakers the unique opportunity of having their work screened in front of audiences for whom, in many places, the tour venue is their only access to this form of film art. Each filmmaker participating in the AAFF Tour is also paid for each tour stop, thereby helping to directly support their filmmaking. Six new experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative shorts including Blair McClendon’s America for Americans, winner of a jury award at the 55th AAFF, and Jennifer Levonian’s Xylophone, winner of the Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival. The program also features Étude 1a: Release (I) (Russell Sheaffer & Aaron Michael Smith), Absence of Memory (Rita Piffer), “The Talk” True Stories About The Birds & The Bees (Alain Delannoy) and Sleeping With the Devil (Alisa Yang).



Halloween Special: Rocky Horror Picture Show 

Sat, Oct. 28 | Showtime: 9:00 PM. Doors at 8:00 PM for cash bar, the evening’s signature cocktail (Time Warp Punch) and free Hor d’ourves (Frank. N. Furters and Meatloaf) and costume ogling. RHPS behavior of all sorts encouraged.

TICKETS: $12, Members $10

Eventbrite - Rocky Horror Picture Show

Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Barry Bostwick. 100 min., (R)
For anyone who doesn’t know the story, RHPS concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet. With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation—a blonde young beefcake wearing nothing but skimpy shorts, who launches into song in his first minute of life. Just when Brad and Janet think things couldn’t get any stranger, a biker (Meat Loaf) bursts onto the scene to reclaim Columbia, his ex-girlfriend. Then things really get nuts.