Mothlight Microcinema

  1. an artist-run, nomadic film series screening experimental and avant-garde, fiction, documentary, and animated film + video in Detroit, Michigan since 2012.
  2. screening schedules and program line-ups can be found here and on our Facebook page
  3. Stay connected by subscribing to our newsletter!

Upcoming Events
MMC 2024 ++
  1. Gaza Ghetto (1984), Speakers: Umayyah Cable and Hannah Fahoome
  2. 16mm filmmaking workshop with Shanna Maurizi

Past Programs
MMC 2023 ++
  1. 16mm filmmaking workshop with the Detroit Narrative Agency
  2. 60th Ann Arbor Touring Program, Q&A with Jerrod Willis

MMC 2022 ++
  1. 59th Ann Arbor Touring Program, Q&A with Ahya Simone 

MMC 2021 ++
  1. Malni: towards the ocean towards the shore, Q&A with Sky Hopinka
  2. Film About a Father Who, Q&A with Lynne Sachs

MMC 2020 ++
  1. The Wolf House (virtual, co-presented with The Film Lab and Cinema Lamont)
  2. Vitalina Varela (virtual, co-presented with The Film Lab)

MMC 2019 ++
  1. Films in Space (Cosmos + shorts on 16mm)
    Curated by Raul Benitez

  2. Remember to Remember: New and Old Films from Niagara Custom Lab
    Curated by Derek Jenkins

MMC 2018 ++
  1. Chicagoland Shorts, Vol 4 
    Curated by Full Spectrum Features
  2. Based in Havana: Documentary Shorts
    Curated by Mary Pena
  3. Clicks Inside My Dreams: Short Films by Margaret Rorison, Q&A with Rorison
  4. Image Bearings: New Video Work by Women in the Midwest
    Curated by Sally Lawton, Q&A with Bree Gant

MMC 2017 ++
  1. The Maribor Uprisings, Q&A with Maple Raza
  2. Kairos Dirt and the Errant Vacuum, Q&A with Madsen Minax
  3. INAATE/SE/, Q&A with Adam Khalil
  4. ANTI-ETHNOGRAPHY, Q&A with Adam Khalil
  5. Untitled (Just Kidding), Q&A with Jesse Malmed

MMC 2016 ++
  1. Chicagoland Shorts
    Curated by Full Spectrum Features

  2. Films by Mothlight Filmmaker-in-Residence Jayne Amara Ross, Q&A with Ross
  3. Films by Ephraim Asili, Q&A with Asili
  4. SÖFNUN: Mothlight Microcinema in Iceland
  5. Seeking: Missed Connections & Loose Associations, Q&A with Chris Collins & LJ Freeza
  6. Films for One to Eight Projectors: Multiple Projector Experiments by Roger Beebe, Q&A with Beebe

MMC 2015 ++
  1. Itinerant Spaces: Films by Stephen Connolly, Q&A with Connolly
  2. Minority Report
    Curated by Nazli Dincel, Q&A with Sky Hopinka

  3. Frenkel Defects III
    Curated by Kevin Rice
  4. Handmade Emulsion workshop with Process Reversal (led by Kevin Rice)
  5. Cellular Cinema VI: Mothlight in Minneapolis
  6. Films by Filmmaker-in-Residence Dan Smeby, Q&A with Smeby
  7. Tale of Two Syrias: Films by Filmmaker-in-Residence Yasmin Fedda, Q&A with Fedda
  8. Paradise: Films by Filmmaker-in-Residence Lydia Moyer, Q&A with Moyer
  9. Failure: Experimental Animation by Kelly Sears, Q&A with Sears
  10. Projection Instructions: Selections from Filmmakers Coop Curated by Josh Guilford, performed by Mothlight

MMC 2014 ++
  1. Synchronicity, Q&A with Jason Sudak
  2. Films by Julie Murray, Q&A with Murray
  3. Films by Fern Silva, Q&A with Silva
  4. Form/Fragment, Q&A with Jen Proctor
  5. 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program

MMC 2013 ++
  1. Moving: 16mm shorts
  2. On Holiday
    Curated by Brandon Walley
  3. Peninsulam, Q&A with Jack Cronin
  4. Handmade (Animation)
    Curated by Gary Schwartz, Q&A with Dustin Grella
  5. Portraits of America, Part II, Q&A with Katie Barkel & Oren Goldenberg
  6. Portraits of America, Part I, Q&A with Brandon Walley

MMC 2012 ++
  1. Maximal Minimal (16mm)



MMC42 01072022 / 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program
with The Film Lab and Ahya Simone (Q&A)

The Film Lab and Mothlight Microcinema are proud to host a night of the 59th AAFF with a line-up of award-winning international short films.

The films include:
Dream of Emma and Tony | Natalia Rocafuerte | Ann Arbor, MI
Valpi | Richard Tuohy, Dianna Barrie | Valparaiso, Chile & Victoria & Daylesford, Australia Revolykus | Victor Orozco Ramirez | Mettiach, Germany / Mexico
Cause of Death | Jyoti Mistry | South Africa / Austria
Icie | Sylvie Denet | Aubervilliers, France
Echoes of the Volcano | Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak | Oaxaca, Mexico
Silver Femme | Nico Reano, Jimena Lucero | New York City, New York
-force- | Jennie Mary Tai Liu, Simon Liu | Hong Kong / United States
Stunting Cunts | Gina Kamentksy | Somerville, Massachusetts

With special introduction by Ahya Simone, composer and performer for Silver Femme.

Ahya Simone is Detroit-based multidisciplinary artist, performer, filmmaker and harpist. Ahya’s practice is bound by an exploration of black identity, aesthetic, and community building. Her engagement with music stems from a childhood spent in the black church, where she learned to sing. In high school, she began to play the harp and became principal harpist for the Wayne State University Wind Symphony upon her graduation. Ahya is a featured artist for Showing Up, Showing Out, a film dedicated to Motown’s legacy and its future in collaboration with Carhartt, Dazed, and NTS radio. Her unique artistry landed her a spot on musician Kelela’s debut album Take Me Apart, the remixes; and she has been recognized as a 2018 Sundance/Knight Fellow, a 2017 member of the Detroit Narrative Agency, and a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellow. Initially exploring film through scoring local shorts and independent films, such as Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story, directed by dream hampton, Ahya uses film and sound to explore ideas around identity, vulnerability, language, and existence. She is also co-writer and director of the upcoming fictional narrative series, Femme Queen Chronicles, a story of 4 Black trans women in detroit.