Mike's Letter


As is our tradition at the State Theatre post-Oscars, we're showing the Best Picture winner -- MOONLIGHT. It's the first Best Picture winner in history made by an African American filmmaker. It's also the first Best Picture winner with an all-black cast, the first centered on an LGBTQ protagonist, and the lowest-budgeted Best Picture winner ever ($1.6 million). 

But it's the film over at the Bijou -- one you've probably never heard about -- that I want to make sure you get your adventuresome selves out to see! GET OUT is one of the most entertaining, funny, and vital films I've seen this year. And yes -- it's a HORROR movie!

I know what you're thinking. "I don't go to horror movies. I don't want to have nightmares. 2017 has been scary enough for me, thank you." 

Well, imagine a horror film made by an African American about how, um, scary the black experience can be in the USA. This genius work is from Jordan Peele, one half of the comedy team Key & Peele. So it's funny, too, in a TSA sorta way. 

GET OUT isn't your typical scary movie, so if you'd like to see a piece of sharp satire and a suspenseful thriller that wraps a meaningful conversation about race and identity into an ultra-entertaining package -- well, I think you'll love this film. 

The setup is deliciously simple: a young black man is introduced to his white girlfriend's "liberal," Obama-voting family (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford play mom and dad), and in the course of meeting them, things take a strange and very dark turn. It's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" for 2017 -- and everything that implies.

I won't tell you more than that, because I don't want to ruin the crazy plot and the film's incredibly shocking and SMART ending. (Do not watch the trailer, please!  So many trailers these days wreck the movie!)

We've got not one but two movies this week in Traverse City that show us how far we've come in just one year from #OscarsSoWhite. 

Happy March! Spring break is coming! 



P.S. We also have a very special evening planned for Thursday at 7 pm, when Here:Say Storytelling will present "House of Cards" to benefit Safe Harbor. Join us at the State Theatre for stories about housing vulnerability, and get an update on how plans for TC's new homeless shelter are going.