Traverse City Record-Eagle

Arts & Entertainment

August 31, 2012

Concert, theater and film series lineups announced

TRAVERSE CITY — It's September — the season for concert, theater and film series around the region to roll out their new entertainment lineups. Here's a look at what's coming up.

The Bay Film Series

The popular series returns to The Bay Theatre this fall with eight award-winning films from countries including France, Germany, Japan, Iran, Israel/Palestine and Italy.

This year's independent, foreign and arthouse films were selected for their relatable characters, well-told stories and visual engagement, said Denis Sica, manager and programmer for The Bay Theatre. They run the gamut from the compelling family drama "A Separation" and the powerful political activism documentary "5 Broken Cameras," to the uplifting friendship comedy "The Intouchables," the innocent adventure film "I Wish" and the inspiring dance documentary "Pina."

"I look for high-quality films that are also a diverse collection, so that those who subscribe to the series will have a lot of different experiences," said Sica, who announces the final two films in late winter in order to take advantage of new films not yet released. "I look for good stories, but they really have to move me for me to think I want to share them. Sometimes a movie will just reach you and touch you and you don't even know why, exactly. It will stay with you. Those are the ones that mean something. They take you farther than that two-hour slot of time that you watch."

The series begins in September at the theater in downtown Suttons Bay. Subscriptions are $50; subscribers can choose from four screening times including Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

To subscribe online, visit www.thebaytheatre.com. For a season brochure and order form, call 271-5800.

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