Screening experimental film in Detroit since 2012
/ Co-Director / Co-Founder / Programmer /

In 2012, my partner and I started Mothlight Microcinema inside our downtown Detroit loft. It continues today in various venues around Detroit. The semi-nomadic microcinema screens experimental and avant-garde film, video, and animation. Acting as co-directors, co-curators, and projectionists, we highlight the work of local filmmakers as well as visiting filmmakers through screenings and workshops. For many years, Mothlight ran a filmmaker-in-residence program, partnering with cross-border organizations such as Mobile Frames and Media City Film Festival in Windsor, Ontario. We have been community sponsors at the Ann Arbor Film festival for several years and have collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Film-makers’ Cooperative to present Projection Instructions, a 16mm multiple projection performance in January 2015.

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Past Programs

02.2023 60th Ann Arbor Touring Program, in-person, Trinosophes, filmmaker Jerrod Willis present for Q&A

01.2022 59th Ann Arbor Touring Program, in-person, The Film Lab, Hamtramck, Ahya Simone present for Q&A

04.2021 Malni: towards the ocean towards the shore (virtual; co-presented with The Film Lab, online Q&A with dir. Sky Hopinka)

02.2021 Film About a Father Who (virtual, co-presented with The film Lab; online Q&A with dir. Lynne Sachs)

05.2020 The Wolf House (virtual, co-presented with The Film Lab and Cinema Lamont)

04.2020 Vitalina Varela (virtual, co-presented with The Film Lab)

08.2019 Films in Space (Cosmos + shorts on 16mm, curated by Raul Benitez, Benitez in person)

06.2019 Remember to Remember: New and Old Films from Niagara Custom Lab (curated by Derek Jenkins, Jenkins in person)

11.2018 Chicagoland Shorts, Vol 4 (digital, curated by Full Spectrum Features)

10.2018 Based in Havana: Documentary Shorts (digital, curated by Mary Pena, filmmakers in person)

09.2018 Clicks Inside My Dreams: Short Films by Margaret Rorison (16mm and digital, Rorison in person)

08.2018 Image Bearings: New Video Work by Women in the Midwest (16mm and digital, curated by Sally Lawton, dir. Bree Gant in person)

11.2017 The Maribor Uprisings (digital interactive, dir. Maple Raza in person)

11.2017 Kairos Dirt and the Errant Vacuum (digital, dir. Madsen Minax in person)

08.2017 INAATE/SE/ and ANTI-ETHNOGRAPHY (digital, dir. Adam Khalil in person)

09.2017 Untitled (Just Kidding) (digital, dir. Jesse Malmed in person)

11.2016 Chicagoland Shorts (digital, curated by Full Spectrum Features)

09.2016 Films by Mothlight Filmmaker in Residence Jayne Amara Ross (Ross in person)

08.2016 Films by Ephraim Asili (16mm and digital, Asili in person)

05. 2016 SÖFNUN: Mothlight Microcinema in Iceland (digital)

04.2016 Seeking: Missed Connections & Loose Associations (digital, Chris Collins & LJ Freeza in person)

03.2016 Films for One to Eight Projectors: Multiple Projector Experiments by Roger Beebe (16mm, Beebe in person)

12.2015 Itinerant Spaces: Films by Stephen Connolly (digital, Connolly in person)

11.2015 Minority Report (16mm and digital, curated by Nazli Dincel, dir. Sky Hopinka in person)

09.2015 Frenkel Defects III & Handmade Emulsion workshop with Process Reversal (Kevin Rice in person)

08.2015 Cellular Cinema VI: Mothlight in Minneapolis

08.2015 Films by Mothlight Filmmaker in Residence Dan Smeby (Super8 and digital, Smeby in person)

04.2015 Films by Mothlight Filmmaker in Residence Yasmin Fedda (digital, Fedda in person)

04.2015 PARADISE: Films by Mothlight Filmmaker in Residence Lydia Moyer (digital, Moyer in person)

03.2015 FAILURE: Experimental Animation by Kelly Sears (16mm and digital, Sears in person)

03.2015 PROJECTION INSTRUCTIONS: Selections from Filmmakers Coop (16mm, curated by Josh Guilford, performed by Mothlight)

10.2014 SYNCHRONICITY (16mm and digital, dir. Jason Sudak in person)

09.2014 FILMS BY JULIE MURRAY (16mm, Murray in person)

07.2014 FILMS BY FERN SILVA (16mm, Silva in person)

06.2014 FORM / FRAGMENT (16mm and digital, dir. Jen Proctor in person)

02.2014 Mothlight presents traveling shorts from the AAFF (16mm)

11.2013 MOVING (16mm shorts curated by Mothlight)

08.2013 ON HOLIDAY (16mm and digital, curated by Brandon Walley)

07.2013 PENINSULAM (16mm and digital)

04.2013 HANDMADE (curated by Gary Schwartz)

03.2013 Portraits of America, Part II (16mm and digital, dirs. Katie Barkel & Oren Goldenberg in person)

02.2013 Portraits of America, Part I (16mm and digital, dir. Brandon Walley in person)
12.2012 Mothlight Microcinema Inaugural Screening (16mm)

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles