Cinetopia Autonomous Party

Cinetopia Autonomous Party
April 19, 2019 paperlesslion

Cinetopia throws an Autonomous Party today. Catch the final film, “Autonomy” at 2 p.m. at the Michigan Theater and the closing night party at 4:30 p.m. at Mcity.

 The film culminates the festival with a feature on the future of driverless cars. Mcity is the University of Michigan’s proving grounds for the vehicles of tomorrow.

 You can purchase tickets for the party ($50), for the film ($15) or both ($65) here.

Details from PBS and friends of Cinetopia:

Now in its eighth year, the Cinetopia Film Festival has grown into one of the great cultural treasures of our region, and we at Detroit Public TV are proud to be a partner.

 As its motto says, it shows the best films from the world’s best film festivals (and some that have never been seen before) in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills and Dearborn. Last year its attendance topped 32,000 people, and I assume it will be even larger when all the ticket stubs are counted this year.

 If you aren’t among them yet, it’s not too late. You can check out the full schedule at the Cinetopia website.

 The festival is ending with a Motor City bang this year. On Sunday, it will offer the Midwest premiere of the documentary, “Autonomy,” an exploration of the world of automated vehicles. The film examines the present and future of autonomous technology and its place in modern society, featuring interviews with industry pioneers and narrated by famed journalist, Malcolm Gladwell.

 The screening will take place at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with Eddie Alterman, chief brand officer of Hearst Autos, and the film’s director, Alex Horwitz.

 But that’s not all, after the Q&A, the closing night will move off-site for a block party at Mcity, a rare chance to see the University of Michigan’s 32-acre closed test facility, mock city and proving grounds for autonomous vehicles. It’s the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, which are expected to lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.

 See the vehicles of tomorrow up-close, take a self-guided tour, eat, party and more. The festivities begin  at 4:30 p.m.

 You can purchase tickets for the party ($50), for the film ($15) or both ($65) here.