Become involved in the rewarding tradition of supporting the Detroit Film Theatre. The Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre (FDFT) is dedicated to cultivating awareness, appreciation, understanding and knowledge of the cinematic medium and its history.

Since 1974, the Detroit Film Theatre Program has been regarded as one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema in the United States. Through its special programs and social events, FDFT members have supported not only the Detroit Film Series but also to the restoration and preservation of the historic theatre. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

Complimentary admissions to any regularly scheduled DFT film based on membership level. Members also enjoy free admission to DFT 101 Invitations & discounts for FDFT programs, premieres & lectures by visiting artists/special guests.

Membership Levels

Membership Level Annual Dues
Supporting / 3 tickets $50
Sustaining / 6 tickets $100
Patron / 10 tickets $250
Donor / 12 tickets $500
Benefactor / 1 year pass $1,000
Major Benefactor / 1 year pass for 2 people $2,000

Join/Renew Membership

In order to be eligible for membership in FDFT, you must be a member of The Detroit Institute of Arts.


Caitlin Drzewiecki, President

Lamont Buffington, Treasurer

Bill Sneed, Secretary

Board Members

Lamont Buffington

Jennifer Callans

Caitlin Drzewiecki-Chair

Jane Ferreyra

Chato Hill

A. Andrea Montiel de Shuman

Rola Nashef

Dave Serio

Bill Sneed

Elizabeth Tintinalli

Tim Thomas

Kevin Walsh

Joseph Warnez

Advisory Committee

Matt Bucher

Connie Calhoun

Julie Corbett

Sue Marx

Karen McDevitt

Dennis Moore

Kevin Payne

John Prusak

Kevin Wals


Lawrence Baranski, Public Programming Director

Elliot Wilhelm, Curator of Film

Matthew Breneau, Public Programming Departmental Assistant

Cate Lauerman, Program Operations Manager

Margaret Thomas, DFT House Manager

Alexandra Armstrong, Annual Fund Officer


In 2006 the DFT began the renovation of our seating by combining the best of two worlds: luxurious, state-of-the-art seats fabricated with fabrics matching the 1927 upholstery, selected with durability and comfort in mind. Hundreds of DFT-goers have already chosen to support this project by purchasing a seat dedication. Great seats are still available—as a gift or as a show of support for the DFT—for tax-deductible contributions starting at $500.

For information on how you can Take Your Seats, call 313.833.4686 or email

Detroit Film Theatre volunteer ushers welcome and assist patrons in the DIA auditorium. They give directions, answer questions and seat patrons. The Detroit Film Theatre operates on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings. We particularly need volunteers to fill the late shows and both shows on Saturday.


  • On the job training
  • Introduction and tour of the auditorium


  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Application
  • Interview


At least one show per month (approximately 3 hours)


Contact our Volunteer Council at or call 313.494.5221