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Posted on December 05th, 2011

Ann Arbor Film Fest

52nd AAFF Audience Award Winners

We are very pleased to announce that the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival Audience Awards ($250 each) go to Ja’Tovia Gary for Cakes Da Killa: NO HOMO and Zbigniew Czapla for Toto.

Cakes Da Killa: NO HOMO is Ja’Tovia Gary’s electrifying portrait of Cakes Da Killa (born Rashard Bradshaw), a 22 year old hip hop artist and openly gay man whose provocative lyrics explore sexuality and gender politics.
Ja’Tovia Gary is a visual artist and performer from Dallas, Texas currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work conjures the aesthetics of AfroSurrealism, and confronts traditional notions surrounding representation and identity through video art, documentary film, and installation, with the concept of Black female subjectivity as a point of departure. Gary is an MFA student at the School of Visual Arts where she is currently in production on her graduate thesis, The Evidence of Things Not Seen, an experimental autobiographical film which employs non linear filmmaking techniques while interrogating notions of the self, Black American religious traditions, family, nostalgia and psychoanalysis.
Please visit jatovia.com to see more of Gary's work.


Zbigniew Czapla’s animated film Toto depicts “a universal story about naiveté and irreversibly lost childhood dreams.” Hand-painted frame by frame with ink and acyclic, Toto is one of several films by Polish artist Zbigniew Czapla who is based in Kraków, where he works as a screenwriter, director, animator, painter and graphic artist. Czapla is a graduate of the Graphic Arts Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, and is a scholar of Ellizabeth Greenshields Foundation (Canada), DAAD (Germany) and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a member or International Animated Film Society ASIFA. Toto has screened in seventy festivals worldwide and has received 10 awards.
Please visit zbigniewczapla.pl to see more of Czapla's work.

Posted on July 10th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

51st Tour Programs

Posted on July 09th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

53rd AAFF Call for Entries

THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 53RD ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL!

The AAFF provides at least $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

The 53rd AAFF will take place March 24 – 29, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI.


HOW TO SUBMIT

To submit your film(s) with our online form and payment system, please click here.

- OR -

To submit your film(s) via Withoutabox, please click the link below:

Please only submit your film(s) once with either the onilne form or at withoutabox.com.  If you have questions regarding your submission or the submission process, please contact Ellie White at submissions@aafilmfest.org.

Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates.


POSTMARK DEADLINES

If you are mailing in a physical copy of your film(s) the package must be dated accordingly:

EARLY DEADLINE: AUGUST 15, 2014 - $30 SHORTS / $40 FEATURES
OFFICIAL DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2014 - $40 SHORTS / $50 FEATURES
LATE DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2014 - $50 SHORTS / $60 FEATURES

Please mail all packages to:
Ann Arbor Film Festival
P.O. Box 8232
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

 


SELECTED FILMS

All submitting filmmakers will be notififed regarding acceptance by approximately February 13, 2015 with the email address provided at the time of submission.  Please add mail@aafilmfest.org to your contact list to ensure receipt of notification.  Please contact Ellie White at submissions@aafilmfest.org if your email changes prior to notification.

To see a list of award winners from the 52nd AAFF please click here.

Posted on June 30th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

AAFF DVD Volumes 5 & 6 Available Now!

Volumes 5 & 6 are brand new and available at store.aafilmfest.org.  Both DVD's feature award-winning films beautiful screen-printed cases from our friends at VGKids.  

Volume 5
50th Ann Arbor Film Festival – 2012
Includes films by Hope Tucker, Ben Russell, Jillian Mayer & Lucas Leyva, Stephen Irwin, Hayoun Kim, Kwon, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Minna Parkinnen, Jonathan Schwartz, Suzan Pitt, James Sansing, Laura Heit and Jennifer Reeves.  (NTSC DVD Region 0, 97 min)

Volume 6
51st Ann Arbor Film Festival – 2013
Includes films by Mark Toscano, Matt Wolf, Karen Yasinsky, Alexandra Cuesta, Anna Marziano, Shambhavi Kaul, Joshua Gen Solondz, James Lowne and Naoko Tasaka. 
(NTSC DVD Region 0, 99 min)

Posted on April 28th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

52nd AAFF Awards Announcement

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce the award recipients for the 52nd AAFF as chosen by our esteemed jury Steve Anker, Hope Tucker and Jeremy Rigsby.


Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival

“Lagos Island” & “Lagos Sand Merchants”

(Karimah Ashadu)

 

The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award

“A Study in Natural Magic” (Charlotte Pryce)

 

Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film

“Letter to a Refusing Pilot” (Akram Zaatari)

 

Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film

“Purgatorio” (Rodrigo Reyes)

 

Award for Best International Film

“Mille Soleils” (Mati Diop)

 

Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film

“Main Hall” (Philipp Fleischmann)

 

\aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film

“Touch” (Shelly Silver)

 

Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design

“Hacked Circuit” (Deborah Stratman)

 

Award for Best Cinematography

“Sun Song” (Joel Wanek)

“Rivergarden” (Jack Cronin)

“murmurations” (Rebecca Meyers)

 

The No Violence Award

“Letter to a Refusing Pilot” (Akram Zaatari)

 

Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film

“Gradual Speed” (Els van Riel)

 

Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film

“Velocity” (Karolina Glusiec)

 

The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist

“Division” (Johan Rijpma)

 

Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film

“The Great Rabbit” (Atsushi Wada)

 

Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker

“Will o’ the Wisp” (Andrew Kim)

 

George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award

“Gente Perra (Dog People)”

(Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy)

 

Gil Omenn Art & Science Award

“Gowanus Canal” (Sarah J. Christman)

“Adeline For Leaves” (Jessica Sarah Rinland)

 

The Eileen Maitland Award

“A Million Miles Away” (Jennifer Reeder)

 

Award for Best Music Video

“Metamorfoza” (Martha Colburn)

 

Kinetta Handcrafted Film Award

“Dot Matrix” (Richard Tuohy)

 

Kinetta Archival Film Award

“Off-White Tulips” (Aykan Safoglu)


Jury Awards:

“The Absent Stone (La Piedra Ausente)” (Jesse Lerner & Sandra Rozental)

“Brimstone Line” (Chris Kennedy)

“Cold Open” (Seamus Harahan)

“ELSA merdelamerdelamer” (Abigail Child)

“Fe26” & “sound that” (Kevin Jerome Everson)

 

6:00pm Award Program 1 - Onstage announcement of the 52nd AAFF awards followed by a select screening of awarded films.

8:00pm Award Program 2 - Additional awarded films from the 52nd AAFF.

Posted on March 30th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

AAFF Member Party, Housing needed for filmmakers!

AAFF Membership Party:  Saturday March 15th, 8pm-12am


Please join us at our upcoming special member and supporter party!

Saturday March 15, 8pm-12am
Hathaway's Hideaway
310 South Ashley, Ann Arbor

Featuring two sets of music by the Dave Sharp Band and a live AAFF video remix by David Olsen.
There will be light hors d'oeuvres, generously donated by Jerusalem Garden and beer courtesy of Arbor Brewing Company.
Visit the event page HERE!

Current AAFF members attend at no charge, and temporary memberships for this event are available for only $15 at the door.
Annual memberships with additional benefits may be purchased at the event or online at aafilmfest.org/membership.

It is now time to renew your membership (or become a new member) in this organization that has become a vital fixture of the experimental film landscape as well as an important part of Ann Arbor's vibrant arts culture. We encourage you to become a member at the Hydrogen level ($150 for one or $250 for a couple). This entitles you to a pass (two for a couple) to the ENTIRE Film Festival. Your timely response at whatever level you are able will allow us to focus additional energy on delivering yet another vibrant, stimulating and fun Film Festival.
  
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday, March 15th at Hathaway's Hideaway!

For more information on becoming a member please contact Leslie Raymond at leslie@aafilmfest.org, or call (734) 995-5356.

 


Host Families needed for the 52nd AAFF

Did you know the AAFF provides housing for all our visiting filmmakers and special guests? We’re able to offer this through the generous hospitality of Ann Arborites who have a guest room within walking distance to the Michigan Theater. (Thank you, all past Festival host families!) Festival hosts receive a pass and have the opportunity to make a lasting connection with our visiting filmmakers.
If interested, please e-mail Myrna Rugg at housing@aafilmfest.org.
 


AAFF Tickets on Sale!

Tickets for the 52nd AAFF are available now!  Click HERE to view the full schedule and purchase yours today.

On Tuesday, March 25th, join us for this year's Opening Night Reception, starting at 6pm in the Grand Foyer of the historic Michigan Theater with hors d'oeuvres, an open bar featuring signature Sazerac cocktails from The Ravens Club, wine from J. Trees Cellars, DJ Jeremy Wheeler and more. The festival screenings open with a selection of short films, featuring new works in animation, documentary, experimental and independent cinema.

Celebrate the opening of the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival by joining the Fundraiser Dinner! Enjoy a champagne cocktail as you arrive, strolling dinner by Sava's and an open bar while supporting the future of the AAFF! A red carpet will lead guests from the restaurant to the main event at the Michigan Theater. Tickets for this event are $100 and include reserved seating for Opening Night Screening.

Posted on March 11th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Click Here for 52nd Schedule!

The 52nd AAFF takes place at the Michigan Theater, State Theatre and UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium, March 25-30, 2014. 

More than 200 films including: A retrospective with documentary filmmaker Thom Andersen, two programs of experimental Super 8 films, Penelope Spheeris with early films and The Decline of Western Civilization, Contemporary International Animation Program, LGBTQ Out Night, New Documentaries & Family-Friendly program.

Get your tickets HERE!

 

Posted on March 03rd, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

52nd AAFF Housing Materials

Posted on January 30th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Jurors Announced for 52nd Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce the three esteemed jurors for the 52nd AAFF. Steve Anker, Jeremy Rigsby, and Hope Tucker will each be in attendance throughout the week viewing over 120 films in competition and awarding over $20,000 in cash and film stock/processing. In addition, each juror will present a specially curated program of work during the festival.

Steve Anker is dean of the School of Film/Video at the California Institute of Arts, and formerly served as director of the San Francisco Cinematheque and as artistic director of the Foundation for Art in Cinema. He will present a program of artists’ films in the Super 8mm format, drawn from Big As Life: An American History of 8mm Films, an exhibition he co-curated for the Museum of Modern Art.

Jeremy Rigsby is the Program Director of the Media City Film Festival (Windsor, Canada). Media City will have its twentieth edition in July, 2014. Jeremy, along with fellow Media City Program Director Oona Mosna, will present nine films by artists whose work has been featured in retrospectives presented during the first two decades of Media City.

Hope Tucker, originally from Memphis, TN, is an artist working primarily in film and video. Since 2000, Tucker’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums, galleries and festivals, including four editions of the AAFF. Hope will present work from her ongoing series The Obituary Project, a compendium of contemporary salvage ethnography that documents the passing of cultural markers and ways of being.

Image: HKG (1999) by Gerard Holthuis

Posted on January 29th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Slice Magazine Interview with Executive Director Leslie Raymond

In August 2013, Leslie Raymond became the new Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest independent film festival in North America. Every year, this prestigious six-day event presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries. An experimental media artist for over 25 years, Leslie resides in Ann Arbor with her husband, Jason Jay Stevens.

FAVORITES

Book: Tales from the Texas Gang (1978) by Wild Bill Blackolive

Most Treasured Possession: an ability to persevere

Sanctuary: the physical plane

Film: Inland Empire (2006) by David Lynch and A Darkness Swallowed (2005) by Betzy Bromberg

THE QUERY

When did you first realize that you had a fascination with film?

When I started watching so much of it during college. Responding to my artwork as a senior in high school, a grad student friend at Cranbrook encouraged me to pursue film in college. The aesthetic qualities of film hooked me. I watched art-house and experimental film all day in school, and then after school and on the weekends in both Providence and Chicago.

What genre of film are you most drawn to?

Kung Fu.  It fulfills some of my diversion quota and brings together my interests in moving image and martial arts.

Do you have a favorite cinematic technique?

Memory, dream, time, and reality flow together in the films of David Lynch. He masterfully crafts a peculiar sense of reality only to then destroy it and subsequently, eventually, re-ground the viewer in another plane of existence — shifting the ground yet again once the viewer has grown to accept it.

Who do you consider the most visionary independent filmmaker of today?

The person working with the broadest reach would be Lynch.

What is your greatest challenge as you assume your new role with the Ann Arbor Film Festival?

Sublimating my creative drive to serve the Festival is a huge personal sacrifice, but I am confident that I will be able to continue producing art with my husband as Potter-Belmar Labs. On a more pragmatic level, I hope to be able to succeed in integrating and giving voice to the Festival’s diverse base of constituents.

Where do you find inspiration?

Sometimes, when I look up from my work, I see things like smoke billowing from the stack looking east down Huron or the neighbors’ green parakeet on the branch in the back yard of the office. There is a great deal of beauty in the world and I am somehow reassured by this. I am also incredibly inspired by the innumerable lovers and supporters of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Who would you like to thank, and for what?

The many, many people who have been encouraging and coaching me in this new leadership role at the Festival. You know who you are. I could not do this job without you. I am grateful for your input and energy. You are helping to sustain the Festival in its present transitory moment.

What can’t you live without?

While I do find meaning and reward in work, life would be empty without my family.

Is there a book or film that has changed you?

The book King Hu’s A Touch of Zen (2006) by Stephen Teo because it, in part, examines the female-male dynamic in the King Hu film A Touch of Zen (1971). Teo’s book brings to light how the film’s female swordsman, a skillful and formidable fighter, acts within the construct of the natural order of gendered relations. I find it helpful to be reminded that men and women are just different.

What drives you these days?

Both internal and external demands to rise to the occasion of the Festival and become excellent at what I do certainly propel me, but the “status” column of my budget table always keeps me grounded.

 

For the original interview please visit http://sliceannarbor.com/post/74270156317/leslie-raymond

Posted on January 27th, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Fest

52nd AAFF Passes On Sale!

Festival Passes are a simple cost-effective way to experience the entire 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival!

Maximize your Ann Arbor Film Festival experience and avoid waiting in long ticket lines with a six-day Festival Pass. This pass includes access to the Opening Night Reception & Screening (a $50 value) as well as 30 ticketed programs presented throughout the week at the Michigan Theater. The Festival Pass includes admission to midnight movies at the State Theatre and free or discounted admission to all festival afterparties. 

 

Eventbrite - 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival Full Pass

Eventbrite - 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival Weekend Pass

Posted on December 16th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

AAFF News: Farewell to Maria Feldman, Leslie Raymond at RISD, 16mm Tour Returns

Farewell to Maria Feldman, AAFF Operations Director

The Ann Arbor Film Festival sadly bids farewell to Maria Feldman, AAFF Operations Director. Maria has worked with the festival for over nine years, beginning as a student intern for her first season and soon after joining as a full-time staff member. Maria has been responsible for the operations of the festival, working mostly behind the scenes, in a decade where the festival significantly expanded its scope, scale and activities.  Maria was responsible for creating and implementing many of the systems and professional practices now in place for the festival. The successes the AAFF has had over the past nine years would  have been absolutely impossible without her. We are deeply grateful for her dedication, and especially thankful that she extended herself this past year assisting with the festival's transition. We will greatly miss working with her.


Leslie Raymond at RISD

AAFF Executive Director Leslie Raymond will present the 51st AAFF Traveling Tour Program at the Rhode Island School of Design on Friday, November 15th in the RISD Auditorium. The AAFF Traveling Tour features award winning and select films from the 51st AAFF.  Leslie will be on hand to talk about the festival’s deep history of exhibiting artist made cinema.
On Saturday, November 16th, Leslie and her collaborator Jason Jay Stevens will give a presentation at RISD on their work. Known as Potter-Belmar Labs, media artists working in live cinema and video installation, they have been making work together since 1999.
For more information visit events.risd.edu.

Image: Marcel, King of Tervurin (2012) by Tom Schroeder


AAFF 16mm Touring Program Returns

During its first four decades, the festival solely exhibited works finished on 16mm. The AAFF remains committed to the exhibition of this medium alongside digital and 35mm. For the fourth consecutive year (after a five year hiatus), the Ann Arbor Film Festival is pleased to present a full touring program of 16mm films. This program features select and award winning animated, non-fiction, abstract, and essay films from the 51st AAFF including recent works by Alexandra Questa, Baba Hillman, Jodie Mack, Kathryn Ramey, Kevin Jerome Everson, Mariah Garnett, Mark Toscano and others.

Full description of the program here.

For more information about the tour, email Ellie White at tour@aafilmfest.org.

Image: Places with Meaning (2012) by Scott Fitzpatrick

Posted on October 25th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Penny Stamps Lecture Series presents Mike Kelley: Tribute and Screening

We are very excited for the Mike Kelley tribute and screening this Thursday in Ann Arbor, as part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Mary Clare Stevens, Executive Director of the Mike Kelley Foundation, and Cary Loren, co-founder with Kelley of the artist collective Destroy All Monsters, will speak and present two videos documenting Kelley's Mobile Homestead project. More info here!

Posted on October 08th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

16mm films by Takahiko Iimura- Saturday Sept. 28th

7:30 pm, 401 Miller Ave, Ann Arbor

Takahiko Iimura (b.1937), one of Japan’s pioneering experimental film and video artists, will make a very rare visit to Ann Arbor. In this program, Iimura will present a range of his 16mm films, from some his earliest works in the 1960s, to a series of films from the 1970s that energetically and elegantly explore the relationship of film to space and time, to his landmark 1989 film "MA: Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoan-Ji".

Iimura is a widely established international artist, having had numerous solo exhibitions in major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Reina Sofia National Museum, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, in addition to artist residencies at the German Academy of Arts and Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Study Center.
Recently he has been involved in using computers, publishing more than 20 DVDs/CD-ROMs, and writing several books on film, video, and multimedia, including a book published in English, "The Collected Writings of Takahiko iimura".

 

The program:

KUZU (JUNK) (16mm blown up from 8mm, 1962, 12 min)
AI (LOVE) (16mm blown up from 8mm, 1962, 10 min)
MA: Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoan-Ji (1989, 16 min)
2 Minutes 46 Seconds 16 Frames(100 Feet) (1972, 9 min)
24 Frames Per Second (1975, 12 min)
Timed 1,2,3 (1972, 9 min)
White Calligraphy (1967, 18 min, silent)

TRT: 86 min

Takahiko Iimura’s visit made possible by the Sheldon Cohn Fund
and the University of Michigan Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.

STUDIES AND OBSERVATION no. 11: Takahiko Iimura
Organized by the Studies and Observation Group.


 

Posted on September 25th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Welcome Leslie Raymond, AAFF Executive Director

The AAFF is pleased to welcome Leslie Raymond to Ann Arbor as the festival's new Executive Director. Leslie has been associated with the Ann Arbor Film Festival for over twenty years, as a member of the screening committee in the 1990s, as well as organizing several multi-media exhibitions and programs of video and expanded cinema and in the late 1990s and early 2000’s. In recent years she has participated as a panelist and member of the AAFF Advisory Board. Her own film, video and installation work (including her collaboration with Jason Jay Stevens as Potter-Belmar Labs) has been exhibited in numerous editions of the AAFF since 1995.

Leslie received her BFA in film-video from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. She founded a New Media Program in studio art at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and recently earned an Innovations in Teaching award at Oakland University where she gave lessons in digital, video and new media art.

Image: Leslie Raymond with George Manupelli and Jason Jay Stevens

Posted on August 08th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

52nd AAFF Call for Entries


The Call for Entries is now open for the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival!

The AAFF provides at least $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

The 52nd AAFF will take place March 25 – 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, MI.
 


HOW TO SUBMIT

To submit your film(s) with our online form and payment system, please click here.

- OR -

To submit your film(s) via Withoutabox, please click the link below:

Please only submit your film(s) once with either the onilne form or at withoutabox.com.  If you have questions regarding your submission or the submission process, please contact Maria Feldman at submissions@aafilmfest.org.

Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates.


POSTMARK DEADLINES

If you are mailing in a physical copy of your film(s) the package must be dated accordingly:

Early Deadline: August 19, 2013 - $30 Shorts / $40 Features
Official Deadline: October 7, 2013 - $40 Shorts / $50 Features
Late Deadline: November 7, 2013 - $50 Shorts / $60 Features

Please mail all packages to:
Ann Arbor Film Festival
P.O. Box 8232
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
 


SELECTED FILMS

All submitting filmmakers will be notififed regarding acceptance by approximately February 21, 2014 with the email address provided at the time of submission.  Please add mail@aafilmfest.org to your contact list to ensure receipt of notification.  Please contact Maria Feldman at submissions@aafilmfest.org if your email changes prior to notification.

To see a list of award winners from the 51st AAFF please click here.

Posted on June 06th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

51st AAFF Vimeo Audience Award Winners

The 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival audience ballots have been sorted and tabulated and we are very pleased to announce that the Vimeo Audience Awards ($500 each) go to Sam Easterson for Burrow-Cams and Mike Hoolboom for Buffalo Death Mask.

Sam Easterson’s Burrow-Cams (3 min, 2012) features footage from cameras that have been placed inside underground animal habitats. Easterson is based in Hartford, CT and his videos have been included in the Whitney Biennial, dOCUMENTA (13), and the New Museum of Contemporary Art among many other venues. Burrow-Cams is available through Video Data Bank.

 

Mike Hoolboom’s Buffalo Death Mask (23 min, 2013) centers around a conversation with Canadian painter Stephen Andrews and “returns us to a pre-cocktail moment, when being HIV+ afforded us the consolation of certainty”. Buffalo Death Mask had its world premiere at the 51st AAFF and recently received the prestigious International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) at the 59th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.  Hoolboom is based in Toronto and has made over fifty films and videos over the past three decades, many of which have been included
at the AAFF. More information on Buffalo Death Mask here.

Posted on June 06th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

AAFF Executive Director Opportunity

Posted on May 20th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

AAFF Executive Director Opportunity

The Ann Arbor Film Festival has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, effective and experienced full-time Executive Director to lead the festival into its 52nd year of presenting independent and experimental film. 

Are you looking to become part of an internationally renowned organization that has a true passion for excellence?  Do you have strong organization, fundraising, and leadership abilities?  Do you love experimental film? 

If you answered yes to these questions, you may be just the person we are looking for.

The selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Having an understanding of and passion for AAFF’s mission/values and its commitment to the arts community, and for leading the implementation and continuation of this mission.
  • Providing vibrant leadership with a clear vision for the organization, and providing day to day leadership of the AAFF team. 
  • All aspects of fundraising including major gift work, grant writing, sponsorships, and annual membership.
  • Ensuring the highest level of artistic content and presentation at the film festival and other events.
  • Directing staff in programs and development management
  • Fostering positive, productive relationships and teamwork among staff, board and volunteers.
  • Ensuring sound financial planning and fiscal management.
  • Creating and implementing annual marketing initiatives to target markets and identifies strategies for membership and ticket sales.

The successful candidate will have superb energy, enthusiasm and the passion needed to be an effective ED, and will bring to the AAFF the following experiences/qualifications:

  • 3+ years in a leadership role in a non-profit, preferably in the arts.
  • A knowledge and interest in the fields of film, new media, and/or contemporary art.
  • Familiarity with the Ann Arbor arts and business communities.  An established network of local colleagues is preferred.
  • Strong organizational leadership to maximize existing strategies and develop new directions when needed.
  • Development experience in the form of donor cultivation, working on prospect lists, and organizing fundraising events. 
  • Experience with financial management in a small to medium sized non-profit organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Ability to work with a governing board.
  • Ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers.

Candidates interested in the opportunity to be a part of and lead a dynamic, internationally renowned film festival should submit resume, introductory letter, three or more professional reference letters, salary history, and any other additional information to AAFF via email at julieecrichton@gmail.com.  The AAFF is an equal opportunity employer. 

The Ann Arbor film festival is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963.  Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The AAFF is steeped in a rich tradition of ground-breaking cinema, and is committed to its mission of supporting bold, visionary filmmakers; advance the art form of film and new media, and to engage communities with remarkable cinematic experiences.

Posted on May 06th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

51st AAFF Awards Announcement

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce the award recipients for the 51st AAFF as chosen by our esteemed jury Kevin Jerome Everson, Laida Lertxundi and Marcin Gizycki.

Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival
Our Nixon (Penny Lane)

The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award
I Am Micro (Shai Heredia, Shumona Goel)

Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film
Bite of the Tail (Song E Kim)

Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film
Skinningrove (Michael Almereyda)

Award for Best International Film
2012 (Takashi Makino)

Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film
Da Vinci (Yuri Ancarani)

\aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film
Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin (Mariah Garnett)

Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design
Life is an Opinion, Fire a Fact (Karen Yasinsky)

FotoKem/Colorlab Award for Best Cinematography
Despedida (farewell) (Alexandra Cuesta)
People’s Park (Libbie D. Cohn, J.P. Sniadecki)

The No Violence Award
I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard (Matt Wolf)

Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film
Postface (Frédéric Moffet)

Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film
Burning Star (Joshua Gen Solondz)

The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist
Pareidolia (Maya Erdelyi)

Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film
Liberaceón (Chris Vargas)

Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (Akosua Adoma Owusu)

George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award
Flower (Naoko Tasaka)

Art & Science Award
Dear Pluto (Joanna Priestley)

The Eileen Maitland Award
Lie Back and Enjoy It: A Film About JoAnn Elam (Jessica Bardsley)

Award for Best Music Video
Reagan by Killer Mike (Daniel Garcia, Harry Teitelman)

Vimeo Audience Award
Burrow-Cams (Sam Easterson)
Buffalo Death Mask (Mike Hoolboom)

Jury Awards
Handful of Dust (Hope Tucker)
Solar Sight II (Lawrence Jordan)
Coversong (Eric Dyer)
More Is Always on the Way (Bryan Boyce)
Releasing Human Energies (Mark Toscano)
Circle in the Sand (Michael Robinson)
Phantom of a Libertine (Ben Rivers)
Dad’s Stick (John Smith)

Posted on March 26th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

51st AAFF Full Schedule

March 19th, 2013, 6pm
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
Admission: $9 & $7

The full program and schedule for the 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival is now available! Visit the events calendar for more details or to purchase tickets and passes.

Posted on March 01st, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

51st AAFF Passes On Sale Now!

Festival Passes are a simple cost-effective way to experience the entire 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival!

Maximize your Ann Arbor Film Festival experience and avoid waiting in long ticket lines with a six-day Festival Pass. This pass includes access to the Opening Night Reception & Screening (a $50 value) as well as 30 ticketed programs presented throughout the week at the Michigan Theater. The Festival Pass includes admission to midnight movies at the State Theatre and free or discounted admission to all festival afterparties.

 

     51st Festival Passes

Eventbrite - 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival Pass

 

 

 

Not able to make the whole festival?  The Weekend Pass mght be just for you!  This pass grants access to all screenings from Friday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 24th, including midnight movies and the awards programs.

 

     51st Weekend Passes

Eventbrite - 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival Weekend Pass

Posted on February 15th, 2013

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51st AAFF Tour Materials

Posted on January 29th, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Fest

We’ve Moved!

Update your address book, we've moved from our office on S. State Street to 217 N. First Street Ann Arbor MI 48104. For mailing please use our P.O. Box 8232, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (exceptions: FedEx, UPS and DHL deliveries).

Posted on January 21st, 2013

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Announcing the 51st AAFF Jury

Laida Lertxundi is a filmmaker, programmer and lecturer at University of California San Diego. Her films made with non-professional actors evoke intimate spaces both external and internal. Filled with intricate arrangements of actions and sounds, her work explores how filmic moments can be imbued with emotional resonance. Her cinema questions how viewers’ desires and expectations are shaped by cinematic forms of storytelling. She searches for alternative ways of linking sound and music with found locales, constructed situations, and quotidian environments. Shot in and around Los Angeles, her films map a geography transformed by affective and subjective states.

Her films have been shown internationally in museums, festivals and venues such as MoMA; Tate Modern (London); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Viennale (Austria); the New York Film Festival Views from the Avant Garde; the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid); Anthology Film Archives and many more. She was recently featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

Lertxundi received the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival. She was included in Best of the Decade reviews in CinemaScope Magazine and 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in The Film Comment Avant-Garde Poll. She has programmed film and video at venues in the U.S. and Spain, and has published various articles on film, most recently in the anthology La Risa Oblicua and Bostezo magazine.

Marcin Gizycki is an art and film historian, critic, photographer, filmmaker and senior lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design. He is an expert at the Polish Film Institute as well as the founder and Artistic Director of the Animator International Animated Film Festival in Poznan, Poland. His work includes documentary, experimental, and animated films. Gizycki has curated numerous film programs for international venues including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Cinematography (Torino), and the Centre Pompidou (Paris).

Gizycki has published over 300 essays, papers, and articles on art and film; his books include: Avant-Garde and Cinema: Film in Polish Avant-Garde Circles Between the Wars (1996), Disney Was Not the Only One (2000), The End and What Next? Essays on Postmodernism, Contemporary Art, and the End of the Century (2001), Dictionary of Movements and Key Notions of Art of the 2nd Half of the 20th Century (2002), and Wenders Go Home! (2006).

Kevin Jerome Everson is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. With a sense of place and historical research, Everson’s films combine scripted and documentary moments with rich elements of formalism. They focus on gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent.

He has completed five feature films and more than 70 short films in addition to paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations and photographs. Everson was featured in the 2008 and 2012 Whitney Biennials as well as a major retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2011. Everson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, Ohio Arts Council and the Virginia Museum, an American Academy Rome Prize, grants from Creative Capital and the Mid-Atlantic, residencies at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, and numerous university fellowships. Everson was named an Alpert Award recipient in 2012.

His artwork and films have been exhibited internationally at museums and art institutions including the Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art (NY); REDCAT (Los Angeles); Cleveland Museum of Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York); Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); The Wexner Center of the Arts (Columbus, Ohio); and the Whitechapel Gallery (London); among others.

Everson’s films have screened at many international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, AFI Film Festival, (Los Angeles), Athens International Film Festival (Ohio), Courtisane Festival (Belgium), CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), and the Media City Film Festival (Windsor, Ontario) among many others.

Everson has had several films shown over the past 15 years at the Ann Arbor Film Festival including the film Eleven Eighty-Two (1997) which won the Peter Wilde Award for Technical Innovation.

 

Photo credit: Laida Lertxundi - Harold Abramowitz
                     Marcin Gizycki - Arkadiusz Ścichocki / AG

 

Posted on December 11th, 2012

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52nd AAFF Acceptance Materials

Posted on December 05th, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

AAFF Special Programs in Poland

The Ann Arbor Film Festival has curated two programs of recent films and videos that will be presented at the 19th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima; a festival in Kraków, Poland featuring short films and animation and the longest running festival in Poland focusing on these forms. The AAFF programs include twenty-one 35mm films and videos selected from the past few editions of the AAFF with works by Duke & Battersby, Phil Solomon, Daïchi Saïto, Inger lise Hansen, Scott Stark, Michael Robinson, Laura Heit, Semiconductor, Chema García Ibarra, Tomonari Nishikawa, Minna Parkkinen, James Sansing, Rebecca Baron and Doug Goodwin, among others.

The 19th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima takes place November 23-29th.

 

Image: ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (2008) by Michael Robinson

Posted on November 16th, 2012

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51st AAFF Passes On Sale Now

A Festival Pass provides you access to all screenings during the 51st festival, including the Opening Night Reception & Screening on Tuesday, March 19th. Plus, you avoid ticket lines and secure a seat before any program sells out!

Can't make it for the whole festival? The Weekend Pass might be just for you. This pass grants access to all screenings & events from Friday through Sunday.

Festival Pass: $95

Weekend Pass: $55


Get your passes and don’t forget to check out the rest of our fancy merchandise at the AAFF Store. Our DVD Collections, Postcards, T-Shirts, Keychains, Mug and make terrific holiday gifts!

Posted on November 16th, 2012

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50th AAFF Tour at Shadow Art Fair

July 21st, 2012 10:00pm
Corner Brewery, Ypsilanti, MI
Admission: $0.02

Catch a selection of short films from the upcoming 50th AAFF Traveling Tour programs this Saturday, July 21st during the Shadow Art Fair at Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti.

We are very pleased to again be working with the awesome folks at SAF. The day long event brings together a curated array of local art vendors and musicians yearly in July. The brewery environment makes it easy for guests and vendors to hang out, have conversations, and to spend a leisurely time there. So what better than an outdoor screening of films to wind down the event!?

Come have a beer, check out the vendors and bands, then take in some films!

Films to be screened at the 2012 Shadow Art Fair:

Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke

The Deep Dark

Moxie

Posted on July 16th, 2012

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Ann Arbor Film Festival Michael Moore Award Winners at Traverse City Film Festival

August 02nd, 2012 3:00pm
Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City, MI
Tickets on sale 7/21/12

In honor of the 50th AAFF the Traverse City Film Festival presents three recent winners of the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film: a city symphony on the crazed pace of modern China’s urbanization, a view onto a remote island off the Peruvian coast where workers harvest the droppings of thousands of birds once every 11 years, and a portrait of life in a region of northern Russia that is still contending with the debris from hydrogen bomb testing.

Disorder (Xianshi Shi Guoqu De Weilai) Weikai Huang | 2009 | China | 58 min.

Guañape Sur János Richter | 2010 | Italy, Peru | 24 min.

On the Third Planet from the Sun Pavel Medvedev | 2006 | Russia | 32 min.

Tickets on sale July 21, 2012

Posted on July 15th, 2012

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52nd Tour Programs

Posted on July 02nd, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

51st AAFF Call for Entries


** Our Late Deadline is extended to November 15th due to the Withoutabox data loss. **


The Call for Entries is now CLOSED for the 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival!

The 51st AAFF provides at least $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

The 51st Festival will take place March 19 – 24, 2013 in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

Each film should only be submitted with one option (either on withoutabox.com, with a paper form or an electronic form).  For example, you do not need to fill out a paper entry form if you are submitting via withoutabox.com.

We are currently accepting submissions in the following formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Internet Link (URL) and 16mm.

If you would like to submit your work via an Internet Link (URL), choose from one of the three submission options above, then send an email to submissions@aafilmfest.org with the films URL, director's name, title of entry, withoutabox.com tracking number (if applicable) and password information (if applicable).
 

DEADLINES (POSTMARKED)

Early Deadline: August 20, 2012 - $30 Shorts / $40 Features

Official Deadline: October 8, 2012 - $40 Shorts / $50 Features

Late Deadline: November 8, 2012 - $50 Shorts / $60 Features

Packages must be postmarked on or before each deadline and can be mailed to:

Ann Arbor Film Festival
PO Box 8232
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
 

SELECTED FILMS

All submitting filmmakers will be notified regarding acceptance by approximately February 22, 2013 by the email address provided at the time of submission (please add mail@aafilmfest.org) to your email address book to ensure receipt of notification).

If you have questions regarding your submission or the submission process, please contact Maria Feldman at submissions@aafilmfest.org.

Posted on July 02nd, 2012

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53rd AAFF Submission Form

Posted on June 25th, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Michael Sicinski Reviews the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival

This week MUBI Notebook features an eloquent review of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival written by film critic Michael Sicinski.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which would be a milestone for any cinema-related event in the U.S. But for a festival that has carved out a niche in the area of experimental and avant-garde film and video, AAFF's achievement is especially noteworthy. Even within the rarefied realm of cinephilia, the avant-garde tends to be something on the margins, or even in the best of circumstances (e.g., the Rotterdam, New York, or Toronto film festivals) one part of a much larger whole. So the fact that Ann Arbor and its intrepid citizens have continued to support this strange little festival, and all the bizarre films the festival has thrown their way over the years, speaks very highly of both the town and the festival founders and organizers.

Read the ful article on MUBI.

Sicinski emphasises what a rare opportunity it was to screen contemporary works alongside archival and historical works from the festival's five decades of exhibition. He specifically points to the two Japanese Avant Garde programs presented and co-curated by AAFF Program Director David Dinnell and filmmaker Tomonari Nishikawa.

Download the program notes for the two Japanese Programs SPACE/TIME and IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS.

image: SPACY by Takashi Ito

Posted on May 08th, 2012

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50th AAFF Jury Awards

The 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce this year's award-winning films as chosen by our esteemed jury: Michael Robinson, Kathy Geritz and Peter Rose. The Vimeo Audience Award was determined through balloting in competiton screenings at the 50th AAFF. This year the AAFF awarded over $22,000 in cash and film stock/processing.

Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival  $3,000
Lack of Evidence (Manque de Preuves) (Hayoun KWON)

The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award  $1,000
Voluptuous Sleep (Betzy Bromberg)

Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film  $1,000
Palaces of Pity (Daniel Schmidt, Gabriel Abrantes)

Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film  $1,000
Guañape Sur (János Richter)

Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film  $1,000
Sounding Glass (Sylvia Schedelbauer)

Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film  $1,000 ($500 each)
It’s such a beautiful day (Don Hertzfeldt)
Traces (Scott Stark)

The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist  $1,000
Ceibas: The Epilogue – The Well of Representation (Evan Meaney)

Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film  $1,000 ($333 each)
Walt Disney’s “Taxi Driver” (Bryan Boyce)
Shadow Cuts (Martin Arnold)
Pluto Declaration (Travis Wilkerson)

Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker  $1,000
The Strawberry Tree (Simone Rapisarda Casanova)

Kodak/Colorlab Award for Best Cinematography  $3,000 [$1,500 of film plus $1,500 processing]
Undergrowth (Robert Todd)
Within (Robert Todd)

Art & Science Award  $750
20Hz (Semiconductor)

Award for Best International Film  $500
Untitled (Neil Beloufa)

Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film  $500
Vexed (Telcosystems)

\aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film  $500
The Evil Eyes (Bobby Abate)

The Ghostly Award for Best Sound Design  $500
Remote (Jesse McLean)

The No Violence Award  $512
If the War Continues (Jonathan Schwartz)

George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award  $500
By Foot-Candle Light (Mary Helena Clark)

The Eileen Maitland Award  $500
Irma (Charles Fairbanks)

Award for Best Music Video $500
Go Outside (Isaiah Seret)

JURY AWARDS - $2,250 ($250 each)
As Above, So Below (Sarah J. Christman)
Tin Pressed (Dani Leventhal)
Curious Light (Charlotte Pryce)
Landfill 16 (Jennifer Reeves)
August Song (Jodie Mack, Emily Kuehn)
A Lax Riddle Unit (Laida Lertxundi)
Quest (Cautare) (Ionuţ Piturescu)
The House (Das Haus) (David Buob)
Envelop (Cam Archer)

Vimeo Audience Award  $1,000 ($500 each)
Moxie (Stephen Irwin)
Verses (James Sansing)

Posted on April 03rd, 2012

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Premieres at the 50th

The Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place Tuesday, March 27th through Sunday, April 1st with over 250 films, videos, installations and live performances and more than 30 U.S., North American or world premieres.

            

The Films in Competition 2 program on Wednesday 3/28 at 9:15pm, features the world premieres of TRACES by Scott Stark, IF THE WAR CONTINUES by Jonathan Schwartz and VERSES by James Sansing, the North American premiere of HEAVY EYES, by Siegfried A. Fruhauf and the U.S. premiere of PILGRIMAGE (Pèlerinage) by Marc Pelletier.

On Thursday 3/29 at 9:30pm, the Films in Competition 3 program includes the North American premieres of VEXED by Telcosystems and EMBLEM by Japanese filmmaker Rei Hayama who will be in attendance for the program screening and Q&A.

             

San Francisco-based filmmaker Paul Clipson presents his super 8mm films on Friday 3/30 at 11:30pm with live musical accompaniment from Matthew De Gennaro and Scott Tuma. The program features the world premiere of ANOTHER VOID, a vertiginous study of movement, color and darkness, that continues an exploration of the process of filmmaking and its close relation to music.

[images VERSES by James Sansing, ANOTHER VOID by Paul Clipson]

Posted on March 25th, 2012

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50th Ann Arbor Film Festival

March 27th, 2012 6:10pm
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
Admission: $10

The full program and schedule for the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival is now available. Visit the events calendar for more details or to purchase tickets and passes.

Posted on March 01st, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

WCBN + AAFF at Encore Records

March 09th, 2012 7:00pm
Encore Records, 417 E. Liberty Ann Arbor, MI
Admission: FREE

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is entering its 50th season as 88.3FM WCBN enters its 40th anniversary. To celebrate this occasion the AAFF and WCBN are throwing a show and film screening at Encore Records with Known Moons and Sam Haddix performing. Throughout the show the AAFF will screen select works from this year's upcoming 50th Festival.

Also screening Friday: Installation artist C. Jacqueline Wood presents the opening of her newest installation as part of the AAFF's 50 Screens project: I Will Always Love You (2012) - A multi-channel video work dedicated to Whitney, with love. The installation will be up through the festival in Encore's front window.

Happy Anniversary, WCBN! We are very happy to have you and your music programs in our lives.

               [Still: I Will Always Love You (2012) - C. Jacqueline Wood]

Posted on February 26th, 2012

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Video Tech

Posted on February 23rd, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

50th AAFF Opening Night Celebration

Opening Night for the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival will be a memorable celebration, with a grand reception in the Michigan Theater featuring a host of local DJs, honored guests of the AAFF and a dynamic screening of new and archival films.

The reception will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres from local favorites Café Zola, eat catering, Sava’s Restaurant, Silvio’s Organic Pizza, and The Raven’s Club, coffee by Roos Roast, Arbor Teas, vitaminwater and desserts by Big City Small World Bakery and The Cupcake Station.

L. Mawby Vineyards will provide sparkling wine, including a special 50th AAFF select label and Arbor Brewing Company will unveil a special 50th AAFF beer on tap.

New this year to the Opening Night Reception is The Raven’s Nest, the AAFF’s own bar with signature cocktails created by The Raven’s Club’s, your source for independent and experimental mixology. They’ll be serving fantastic cocktails with Makers Mark, Effen Vodka and many of their handcrafted mixers (*TRC). Drinks on the menu will include the George Manupelli and the Michigan Theater Manhattan. More cocktail names and recipes can be found below:


Anita Ekberg
Effen Vodka - St. Germain - Soda water - *TRC Blackberry citrus syrup - *TRC Grapefruit hop bitters (Served on ice with mint garnish)

Michigan Theater Manhattan
Makers Mark - Punt e Mes - *TRC Aromatic Bitters - (Served stirred and up with *TRC bourbon soaked cherry)

George Manupelli
Makers Mark - Torres (orange liquor)  - *TRC Aromatic Bitters- (Served shaken and up with lemon and orange)

Tiny Bubbles
Effen Vodka - *TRC Chamomile Simple Syrup - Fresh lemon – L. Mawby Sparkling wine  - (Served up with a lemon twist)

Ravens Club Punch
Flor de Cana white rum - Torres - *TRC grenadine - *TRC spiced syrup - fresh lemon and lime - water (Served on ice with lime wedge)

*TRC – The Raven’s Club – they make their own goods!


Creative black tie attire is encouraged for the Opening Night Reception. Buy your tickets ahead of time to ensure you’ll be a part of our anniversary celebration.

Posted on February 16th, 2012

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Attending the 50th Festival

Posted on February 13th, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

50th AAFF Mobile Shorts Contest hydrated by vitaminwater

The Ann Arbor Film Festival Mobile Shorts Contest hydrated by has announced its top 5 finalists (see below), as voted by you the viewer. The winner gets selected by the AAFF, announced 3/27 and screened at the Festival. The winning filmmaker will also earn a full festival pass, an AAFF swag bag and a new Kodak PlaySport Zx5 HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera.

Participants were required to follow our Trailer Guidelines:
• Between 30 - 45 seconds in length
• Create with a mobile device - smart phone, pocket-size camera, or even an iPad
• Editing allowed on any software with no limit to effects, graphics or titles
• Creatively capture the independent and experimental spirit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival
• Include the following text: "The 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival" & "March 27 - April 1, 2012"

The top 5 finalists, based on total number of "likes" via Vimeo:

 



The 50th AAFF Mobile Shorts Contest is hydrated by

 

 

 

Posted on February 13th, 2012

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Testimonials and Stories

Posted on February 13th, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Archival Programs at the 50th AAFF

The 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival will present rare opportunities to look back at five decades of ground-breaking cinema, with programs featuring Bruce Baillie, Barbara Hammer, Tomonari Nishikawa and Irina Leimbacher.

Academy Film Archivist, Mark Toscano, will present a program of films by Robert Nelson (1930-2012) including his rarely seen 1998 film HAULING TOTO BIG which was awarded Best Film at the 36th AAFF. The 50th AAFF will honor avant-garde filmmaker Bruce Baillie, who will make a rare appearance to present three programs of his work from over the past 50 years. Read more about Baillie's programs here. Another trailblazer of avant-garde cinema, Barbara Hammer, will present several of her short works as part of the AAFF's OUT NIGHT on Wednesday, March 28th.     

                                                                                                                             [image: Robert Nelson]

The 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival will present two programs of Japanese avant-garde film from the 70's through the 2000's with special guest curator and 48th Festival jury member, Tomonari Nishikawa. Another 48th AAFF jury member and reknowned scholar, Irina Leimbacher, returns for the 50th to curate two programs of films and videos from the Middle East; one program of recent work from Palestine, Lebanon and Morocco and a program of films by the great Syrian documentary filmmaker Omar Amiralay (1944-2011).

                                                                                                [image: SPACY (1981,16mm) by Takashi Ito]

These programs and all other archival films/programs screened during the 50th Festival are supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Posted on February 12th, 2012

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Volunteer Information Needed

Posted on February 07th, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Announcing the Awards Jury for the 50th AAFF

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is happy to announce the awards jury for the 50th season. This year’s group of esteemed jurors are avant-garde filmmaking legend Peter Rose, Whitney Biennial artist Michael Robinson and renowned curator and scholar Kathy Geritz.
 
Peter Rose has made over thirty films, tapes, performances and installations since 1968, many of which have screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival over the past four decades. His works raise questions about the nature of time, space, light, perception and language. Rose has been widely exhibited, both nationally and internationally, having been included in shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Centre Pompidou, the Rotterdam International Film Festival and many more. As part of his free juror screening (all juror screenings are free to the public) Rose will show new work in addition to earlier works including SECONDARY CURRENTS, which played in 1983 at the 21st AAFF.

As the winner of the Most Promising Filmmaker award at the 45th AAFF, Michael Robinson has garnered critical acclaim for his work and most recently he’s been chosen as one of this year’s Whitney Biennial artists. Robinson’s work strives to cultivate new resonances between seemingly disparate elements, harnessing the surface connotations of specific landscapes, television shows, texts, songs and sounds as psychological triggers, ripe for reconfiguration. His work has been discussed in publications such as Cinema Scope, Artforum, and Art Papers, and he was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment magazine.

Kathy Geritz is a film curator at Pacific Film Archive, where she has worked since 1981. She is co-editor of the recent book, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, and co-curated the accompanying film tour. Her film related activities have included curating the Flaherty Film Seminar in 2002, co-curating an annual program of avant-garde cinema for the San Francisco International Film Festival, and serving as an ongoing pre-selector for the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. She has served as a juror on numerous grant and film festival panels. She teaches an annual film curating internship at UC Berkeley. She will present a juror program of historic and influential films that have screened at the AAFF over the past 50 years.

Please join each of the jurors for their individual juror screenings at the Michigan Theater Wednesday, March 28th through Friday, March 30th. Refer to the official program (announced February 29th) for specific times, locations and films programed.

Posted on February 02nd, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Resources for Press

Posted on February 01st, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Opening Night Event Tickets

Whether you come for the Backstage Fundraiser Dinner, Opening Night Reception or simply attend the screening, March 27, 2012 will certainly be a night to remember. Get your tickets now!

Backstage Fundraiser Dinner - $125
Enjoy a strolling dinner with open bar while experiencing the AAFF backstage lounge and supporting the future of the AAFF. Backstage Dinner guests are welcome and encouraged to join the main party in the Michigan Theater lobby. Dinner will be provided by "eat catering" with bottomless spirits and L. Mawby Sparkling wine. Tickets include reserved seating for Opening Night Screening as well as festival memorabilia.

Tickets available here.

Opening Night Reception and Screening - $50
The 50th Festival opens with a grand reception featuring open bar with L. Mawby Sparkling wine, signature cocktails served in the The Raven's Club, Raven's Nest bar and a special batch 50th AAFF Arbor Brewing Company beer, appetizers from local favorites The Raven's Club, Sava's, Silvio's, eat catering, Cafe Zola and more.

Tickets available here.

Opening Night Screening - $10
A selection of short films, featuring innovative new works in animation, documentary, experimental and independent cinema.

Tickets available here.

 

Check out AAFF membership options for special deals and benefits throughout the year.

Posted on February 01st, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Hotel Information for the 50th AAFF

Attend the whole 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival with a full festival pass and these exclusive festival hotel rates.

The AAFF’s official hotel provider Weber’s Inn is offering a $92 per night rate to anyone mentioning the rate code AAF2012TH. Call 800-443-3050 or book online at www.webersinn.com

If being downtown is a must Campus Inn is offering rooms at $169 per night for a single or $192 per night for a double and includes room upgrade, wine card and appetizer in the hotel’s Victors Bar. To secure your room mention rate code #6559 when you call 800-666-8693 or 734-769-2200 to book.

The best deal close to downtown is Lamp Post Inn at $52 per night for one bed or $57 per night for two beds. Mention the rate code AAFF50 when calling 877-971-8001 or book online at www.lamppostinn.com.

All rates are per room, per night subject to availability, plus applicable taxes.

Posted on February 01st, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Festival Passes Now On Sale

FESTIVAL PASSES FOR THE 50TH AAFF

Experience the entire 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival with a Festival Pass!

Festival Passes are a simple cost-effective way to maximize your Ann Arbor Film Festival experience and avoid waiting in long ticket lines with a six-day Festival Pass. This pass includes access to the Opening Night Reception & Screening (a $50 value) as well as 30 ticketed programs presented throughout the week at the Michigan Theater. The Festival Pass includes admission to midnight movies at the State Theatre and free or discounted admission to all festival afterparties.


 

Festival Pass:
$95 | $80 AAFF Members/Students/Seniors

 

 

 

Not able to make the whole festival?  The Weekend Pass might be just for you!  This pass grants access to all screenings from Friday, March 30th through Sunday, April 1st, including midnight movies and the awards programs.


 

Weekend Pass:
$55 | $40 AAFF Members/Students/Seniors

Posted on February 01st, 2012

Ann Arbor Film Fest

Studies and Observation no. 6: LOST BOOK FOUND

February 19th, 2012 12:00pm
327 Braun Ct., Ann Arbor, MI
Admission: Pay What You Can

Studies and Observation group is proud to present two films by filmmaker Jem Cohen as the sixth installment of our monthly screening series.

LOST BOOK FOUND (1996, 37 min)

The result of over five years of Super-8 and 16mm filming on New York City streets, LOST BOOK FOUND melds documentary and narrative into a complex meditation on city life. The piece revolves around a mysterious notebook filled with obsessive listings of places, objects, and incidents. These listings serve as the key to a hidden city: a city of unconsidered geographies and layered artifacts—the relics of low-level capitalism and the debris of countless forgotten narratives.

The project stems from the filmmaker's first job in New York—working as a pushcart vendor on Canal Street. As usual, Cohen shot in hundreds of locations using unobtrusive equipment and generally without any crew. Influenced by the work of Walter Benjamin, Cohen created "an archive of undirected shots and sounds, then set out to explore the boundary" between genres. During the process, Cohen said, "I found connections between the street vendor, Benjamin's 'flaneur', and my own work as an observer and collector of ephemeral street life."

"Its beauty is quite ineffable. It's the sort of visual experience that transforms everything seen by the viewer for several hours afterward. . . What it actually does is capture the subconscious of the city itself, the dream state of the whole past existing in simultaneous disarray." —Luc Sante

preceded by
THIS IS A HISTORY OF NEW YORK (1988, 23 min)
Jem Cohen constructs a history of New York City from Prehistoric times through the Space Age, composed entirely from documentary street footage.

Organized by the Studies and Observation Group, co-presented by the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Studies and Obersvation Group is happy to have Tita Letty's popping up in the space providing delcious locally sourced vegetarian Filipino lumpia. 

Posted on January 25th, 2012

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Bruce Baillie at the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival


The AAFF is proud to announce a special appearance by renowned avant-garde filmmaker Bruce Baillie at the 50th festival.
 


Baillie will be an honored guest presenting three programs of his work during the 50th anniversary running March 27th through April 1st, 2012.
 


In 1963, during the first AAFF a full program was devoted to Bruce Baillie's short films. Baillie and his work continued to be a strong and consistent presence through the first decade of the Festival.



Programs at the 50th AAFF will include such major works of Baillie's as QUIXOTE, QUICK BILLY, CASTRO STREET among others. A pioneer of the American avant-garde film movement, Baillie will discuss his work and his influence on film culture with the AAFF audience. The Festival is very honored to have Baillie here as he rarely travels for in person screenings.
 


The 82 year-old Baillie, originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, began making work in 1960 with his first film ON SUNDAYS. CASTRO STREET, Baillie’s 1966 film was selected for preservation in 1992 by the United States National Film Registry. His filmography includes nearly 30 films that have screened all over the world.



In addition to his film work, Baillie founded Canyon Cinema, which today is the largest American distributor of experimental and avant-garde cinema. In 1961 Baillie began a screening series in his back yard together with Chick Strand and others. The series became the San Francisco Cinematheque, an acclaimed exhibitor of experimental film, digital media, and performance cinema that continues to this day. Baillie currently resides off the coast of Washington with his wife and two children.


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50 Years Of The Ann Arbor Film Festival: AAFF Archive @ AADL Launch

February 03rd, 2012 7:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi Purpose Room, Ann Arbor, MI
Admission: Free

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is celebrating its 50th year and the Ann Arbor District Library is excited to unveil its new digital archive, chronicling the Festival's history. Join Donald Harrison, AAFF Executive Director, and other voices from the Festival's past as they share behind-the-scenes stories from the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America!


This event features the premiere of AADL's digital archive of the Festival, which will provide online access to posters and program guides from the Festival's half century of film exhibition history. The evening will conclude with light refreshments and the opportunity to mingle with Film Fest fans.


THE ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL ARCHIVE @ AADL This website will document the history of the Ann Arbor Film Fest and its 50 years of experimental cinema. Festival programs, photographs, promotional materials, and behind-the-scenes documents from the Festival's half-century history will be featured.
Original interviews with festival organizers and participants from over the years and media coverage of the event including articles from the Ann Arbor News and Ann Arbor Sun will paint a portrait of the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America.


Join us for a look in the past and an introduction to this valuable online collection!

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Studies and Observation no. 5: STRANDED IN CANTON

January 21st, 2012 3:00pm
327 Braun Court, Ann Arbor, MI
Admission: Pay What You Can

Studies and Observation no.5
STRANDED IN CANTON by William Eggleston

Organized by THE STUDIES AND OBSERVATION GROUP
Co-presented by The Ann Arbor Film Festival

In 1973, America's greatest living photographer William Eggleston shot 30 hours of video in and around Memphis. Recorded in ghostly black & white video in the city’s bars and streets, Stranded in Canton (1973-2005, 77 min) is an extraordinary and deeply personal vision of the Memphis demimonde. 

Preceded by Danish artist Eva Marie Rødbro’s video Fuck You Kiss Me (2008, 6 min), a portrait of youth in the isolated towns of Greenland.

[Image from Fuck You Kiss Me by Eva Marie Rødbro]

More on Stranded in Canton:

"In 1973, the photographer William Eggleston bought two SONY Porta-paks. A black and white camera that recorded on reel-to-reel half-inch video tape, the Porta-pak was the first video rig priced for the consumer market and, although ridiculously cumbersome by today's standards, the first that could be used outside a television studio. Introduced to the U.S. in 1966, it became a favorite tool of artists and political activist documentarians. The great advantage of the Porta-pak, in addition to the immediate feedback that distinguished it from motion picture film cameras, was that it could be used in extremely low-light conditions. And in the right hands, it produced images of ghostly beauty...

If nothing else, Stranded in Canton makes us aware of the chaos outside the frame of every Eggleston photograph. One might venture, on the evidence of this swerving, lurching, ghostly video diary that, for Eggleston, time is chaos, against which still images and the rhythms of music are two forms of defense. Here, the subjects are aware of the camera's presence without being intimidated by it or even taking it seriously. “Put that thing away, Bill,” is the movie's constant refrain. But “Bill,” the ethnographer of that mysterious region called the South, homes in on art and artifacts, on family gatherings where familiarity and hostility are inseparable, on two geeks biting the heads off chickens, on juke joint philosophers and drag queens, on musicians amateur and professional, black and white—all of them grooving on their own sounds. Untroubled by the niceties of focus or any kind of propriety for that matter—at one point, the camera seems irresistibly drawn to the zippers on the pants of every man in the room—Eggleston is part of the scene he chronicles in close-up, and the undercurrent of anxiety it inspires in him motors Stranded in Canton. “This was back in the days when everyone liked Quaaludes,” he reminisces in voice-over. It's a movie that could leave you enervated or drive you as crazy as the people on the screen... " -- Amy Taubin

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AAFF 50th: Retrospective Screening #4

January 25th, 2012 7:30pm
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
Tickets: $5 - $10

Portraits, the fourth Retrospective Screening, curated by Toronto filmmaker, critic and author Mike Hoolboom, features three past AAFF award winners. Films programmed include: Asparagus; Suzan Pitt's celebrated cult animation, a moving meditation on art and the cost of reproduction, Meditations on Revolution Part One: Lonely Planet; Robert Fenz's stunning silent poetic vision of Cuba and Al Neil: A Portrait; David Rimmer's exquisite depiction of jazz iconoclast Al Neil- poet, recluse and shaman.


Asparagus by Suzan Pitt
19 minutes | 35mm | 1979
screened and awarded at the 17th Ann Arbor Film Festival

This candy colored nightmare rocked audiences upon its release and catapulted maker Suzan Pitt to the front ranks of indie animation after showing with David Lynch’s Eraserhead for two years on the midnight movies circuit. Stunning cel animation propels its blank-faced protagonist into the world of the phallus, rendered here as a field of asparagus, which she deep throats, excretes and flushes away. The film’s stunning set piece occurs before a claymation audience who gape as the artist opens her Medusa’s box to release rare wonders. A moving meditation on art and the cost of reproduction, Asparagus remains, 25 years after its release, a benchmark of single frame intensity.

"The animation constitutes one of the most important works of imagination seen in some time, filled with every possible animation technique, all exquisitely rendered, all calculated to produce incredible wonder in the heart of the viewer. It is a children's fairy tale for adults." - B. Ruby Rich

Meditations on Revolution Part One: Lonely Planet by Robert Fenz
12 minutes | 16mm, silent | 1997
screened and awarded at the 37th Ann Arbor Film Festival

A ravishing cine poem of rare intimacy, Fenz delivers a Havana which has never seemed so close. Alternately playful and rhapsodic, Meditations evinces a quietly powerful sense of observation. The filmer concentrates throughout on the ritual gestures of the public sphere – there are no parades in evidence here, no speeches or polemics (the film is notably silent). Instead, forty years after Che turned the impossible into the inevitable, Fenz returns to find the revolution steeped in the faces of those who gather round his camera, playing with him, and us, as they insist that live is lived forward, but understood backward. This is the first of his five part Meditations cycle (1997-2003).

Al Neil: A Portrait by David Rimmer
40 minutes | 16mm | 1979
screened and awarded at the 18th Ann Arbor Film Festival

David Rimmer had already proven himself to be a master of materials, he could look into the smallest corner of the room and find a universe in it. But imagine our surprise when he laid down this bombshell of a movie, featuring jazz iconoclast Al Neil, poet, recluse, shaman. How to get all of those wordless tonalities onto emulsion, how to oversee the conversion of music into film? Unlike today’s digital docs, that often see dozens of recording hours stuffed into hard drives, David shot barely more material than he used in the final film. And like his jazz mentor/subject, the recording is also part of the present moment that is forever slipping by, and this duet of camera and piano legend slips right along with it. “You sure making me work hard, man.” Shot as if inside the body, from the inside/out, passages of Neil’s piano soliloquies are punctuated by the artist’s totemic assemblages and smoke-infused recollections. While Neil is presented as a singular and solitary figure, living in a remote house in the woods, he riffs on influences and movements, all of them digested and thrown away or else spun into something new and unforeseen, lived through the fingers as they reach for the next chord, the music of the next moment. The graveyard cough, the pauses, and then at the end, a final stunning surprise, too fine to be released here. How did the philosophers from Boston put it? More than a feeling.

-program notes by Mike Hoolboom

Advance tickets are recommended. All screenings take place at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. All screenings begin at 7:30pm and tickets are $10 general; $7 students/seniors/Michigan Theater members; $5 Ann Arbor Film Festival members. The series is supported by the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

About the Curator:

Mike Hoolboom is a Canadian artist working in film and video. He has made over fifty films and videos. His work has appeared in  over four hundred festivals, garnering thirty awards. His work has enjoyed retrospectives at numerous international festivals including Visions du Reel (Switzerland), Vila do Conde Festival (Portugal), the Buenos Aires International Festival (Argentina), among many others. He is a founding member of the Pleasure Dome screening collective and has worked as the artistic director of the Images Festival and as the experimental film co-ordinator at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

Mike Hoolboom’s films have been included in thirteen editions of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, beginning in 1988. He was a juror for the 37th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Mike Hoolboom has published a pair of interview books with Canadian media artists, Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Media Artists (Coach House Press, 2008) and Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada (Coach House Press, 2001). In 1998 he authored Plague Years (YYZ Books) a tongue-in-chic autobiography. His first novel The Steve Machine was published by Coach House Press in the fall of 2008. He has published more than one hundred articles on fringe media which have appeared in magazines and catalogues around the world.

Since 2004 he has been working on Fringe Online (www.fringeonline.ca ), a web project which makes available the archives of 40 Canadian media artists. This ongoing project currently consists of hundreds of pages of transcripts, reviews, interviews and scripts, and remains the largest publishing project in the Canadian fringe media sector.

 

Posted on December 12th, 2011

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AAFF 50th: Retrospective Screening #5

February 22nd, 2012 7:30pm
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
Tickets: $5 - $10

The AAFF 50th Retrospective series concludes with Robert Gardner’s feature documentary Forest of Bliss, which played at the 24th Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1986. This landmark and influential documentary film has recently been restored and will be screened on a new 35mm print on loan from the Harvard Film Archive.

FOREST OF BLISS is intended as an unsparing but ultimately redeeming account of the inevitable griefs and frequent happinesses  that punctuate daily life in Benares, one ofthe world's most holy cities. The film unfolds from one sunrise to the next without commentary, subtitles or dialogue. It is an attempt to give anyone who sees it a wholly authentic though greatly magnified view of the matters of life and death that are portrayed.

Of the multitude at work, at play and at prayer, three individuals are seen in somewhat greater detail than others. They are a healer of great geniality who attends the pained and troubled, a baleful and untouchable King of the Great Cremation Ground who sells the sacred fire, and an unusually conscientious priest who keeps a small shrine on the banks of the Ganges.

Seeing FOREST OF BLISS completed, I am quite certain that the animals, especially the dogs, have an importance I merely glimpsed while I was filming. The dogs and, of course, the river... –Robert Gardner

Advance tickets are recommended. All screenings take place at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. All screenings begin at 7:30pm and tickets are $10 general; $7 students/seniors/Michigan Theater members; $5 Ann Arbor Film Festival members. The series is supported by the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Posted on December 12th, 2011

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Studies and Observation no. 4: Journal and Remarks by David Gatten

David Gatten will present a program of his 16mm films. Program includes:

HARDWOOD PROCESS (1996)

SHRIMP BOAT LOG (2006/2010)

JOURNAL AND REMARKS (2009)

FILM FOR INVISIBLE INK, CASE NO.142: ABBREVIATION FOR DEAD WINTER
[DIMINISHED BY 1,794] (2008)

HOW TO CONDUCT A LOVE AFFAIR (2007)

SO SURE OF NOWHERE BUYING TIMES TO COME (2010)

Over the last fifteen years Gatten's work has explored the intersection of the printed word and the moving image, while investigating the shifting vocabularies of experience and representation within intimate spaces and historical documents. Through traditional research methods (reading old books) and non-traditional film processes (boiling old books), the films trace the contours of both private lives and public histories, combining elements of philosophy, biography and poetry with experiments in cinematic forms and narrative structures.

David Gatten was born in Ann Arbor, lives in the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, CO and is currently Visiting Professor and Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence in the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University.

Gatten’s films have been exhibited internationally, he is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and his works are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Gatten's work is the subject of a fourteen film retrospective entitled "Texts of Light" that recently opened at the Wexner Center for the Arts and is travelling to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, MA, as well as other venues.

On November 30th, David Gatten will present a program of historic films at the Michigan Theater as part of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival Retrospective Screening Series.

Posted on November 28th, 2011

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AAFF Newsletter: November 2011

  • Fired Up for Fifty - 50FORWARD
  • 50FORWARD Auction Launches
  • Final Deadline 11/3 - 50th AAFF Call for Entries
  • 50th AAFF: Retrospective Screening #3 - David Gatten
  • Welcome 50th AAFF Sponsors

AAFF Launches 50FORWARD Campaign

The Ann Arbor Film Festival has championed independent, experimental filmmakers and advanced the art form of film for 50 years. Now we ask you to help us ensure a healthy future for the AAFF by participating in 50FORWARD.

What is 50FORWARD, you ask? It's
a public giving campaign to sustain the AAFF into the future by generating more than $50,000 by the start of the 50th Festival. This includes an auction, taking place online and during the festival, with rare and remarkable memorabilia donated by filmmakers who care about the future of the AAFF. 50FORWARD is also a celebration of the AAFF through memorable stories, such as Barbara Hammer's video below.



Visit the 50FORWARD website to learn more and make a contribution to a strong and sustainable future for the AAFF.




50FORWARD Auction - Items from Hammer and Manupelli

Support the 50th AAFF and our 50FORWARD campaign by snapping up some rare and remarkable memorabilia through our online auction via eBay Giving Works. Our online auction offers items for bid from now through the 50th AAFF, at which point we will also present a return of the popular silent auction at the Michigan Theater.

To launch the 50FORWARD Auction, we are offering a beautiful, signed Nitrate Kisses poster from Barbara Hammer and an autographed copy of AAFF founder George Manupelli's Dr. Chicago film trilogy on DVD.

All purchases made at either auction directly support the AAFF and 50FORWARD. Check it out now!




Final 50th Call for Entries Deadline: November 3rd

The final deadline for the 50th AAFF Call for Entries is Thursday, November 3rd (postmarked). We are seeking recent independent and experimental works that advance the art form of film. All genres, lengths, styles and formats, including 16mm, 35mm, Super-8mm, video and HD video are considered.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Artwork: George Manupelli

For more information on submissions, please visit our website.
 


AAFF 50th: Retrospective Screening #3 - David Gatten

Please join us as filmmaker David Gatten (Boulder, CO) selects and introduces influential films from AAFF’s exhibition history. Gatten’s been attending AAFF for more than two decades as a filmmaker, visiting professor and 2007 festival juror.




When: November 30th @ 7:30pm
Where: Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 for students, seniors and Michigan Theater members; $5 AAFF members
Advanced tickets are recommended: aafilmfest.org.


still from "If You Stand with Your Back to the Slowing of the Speed of Light in Water"" (16mm, 1997) by Julie Murray.




Welcome 50th AAFF Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors who have already signed on in support of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival: The Institute for the Humanities at U of M, Ann Arbor Area Visitor & Convention Bureau, Zingerman's Community of Businesses and 37signals.

Our generous and delicious in-kind food sponsors: eat catering and chef services, Sava's State Street Cafe, Jerusalem Garden and Silvio's Organic Pizza. Our fantastic beverage providers: Roos Roast Coffee, Arbor Teas, L. Mawby Fine Sparkling Wines and Arbor Brewing Company. And our visual, creative partners: Elevated Works, Letterform and pot & box.

Thank you for all your support of our creative, community-focused efforts! Interested in sponsoring the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival? Contact us at sponsorship@aafilmfest.org. 

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AAFF 50th: Retrospective Screening #3

November 30th, 2011 7:30pm
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, MI
$10.00

Filmmaker David Gatten (Boulder, CO) selects and introduces influential films from AAFF’s exhibition history. Gatten’s been attending AAFF for more than two decades as a filmmaker, visiting professor and 2007 festival juror.

Still from "If You Stand with Your Back to the Slowing of the Speed of Light in Water"" (16mm, 1997) by Julie Murray.

Posted on October 24th, 2011

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Shadowbox Cinema III

The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) team up again to present SHADOWBOX CINEMA III. This lively program presents 10 short, dynamic independent films making their Michigan premieres and crossing all genres: experimental, animation, documentary and narrative films. The audience will vote to decide cash awards for their favorite films. Shadowbox Cinema III is co-curated by the AAFF's Donald Harrison and
MOCAD's Ben Hernandez. This is a free public screening.

Moving
Sean Curtis Patrick | Austin, TX | 5min
"Moving" is an experiment in Dela, Phasing, and color. Filmed in my new city of Austin, Texas, My process was simple. Filming a fluctuating landscape and visually delaying and multiplying the image with a phased permutation. –SCP



Jeannie
Olivia Jampol | Brooklyn, NY | 14 min
A young girl in a 1970s suburban town grapples with her own desires after a traumatizing first sexual encounter.

 

 



Voice on the Line
Kelly Sears | Houston, TX | 7 min
The era of nuclear anxiety, red scare paranoia and covert CIA plots forever changed how we engaged with the telephone.

 

 


Boys of Summer
Alee Peoples | Providence, RI | 13 min
Mischievous group male bonding and ice cream induced summer love are alive and well in this backwoods town, USA.

 

 


Filmpiece for Bartlett
Scott Nyerges | Brooklyn, NY | 6 min
A tribute to the late filmmaker Scott Barlett (”Off/On”, “Serpent”). A fountain in the Museum of Modern Art courtyard becomes a literal and figurative reflection upon Bartlett’s quote in film historian and critic Gene Youngblood’s 1970 book “Expanded Cinema”: ‘There is a pattern in my film work that could be the pattern of a hundred-thousand movies. It simply is: Repeat and purify; repeat and synthesize; abstract, abstract,
                                                  abstract.”  –SN


A Time Shared Unlimited
Zachary Epcar | San Francisco, CA | 10 min
Near-future leisure time activity and anxiety acted out as a series of minor incidents in continual interruption, alternating between an overcrowded virtual space and a virtually abandoned city space. –ZE

 

 


The Blockbuster Tapes
Daniel Martinico | Los Angeles, CA | 5 min
Documents a three-year endeavor in which VHS tapes were rented, subtly modified, and returned to the store. –DM
 

 



Magic for Beginners
Jesse McLean | Chicago, IL | 20 min
"Magic for Beginners" examines the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing to obsession to psychic connections. The need for such connections (whether real or imaginary) as well as the need for an emotional release that only fantasy can deliver are explored. –JM

 


Possessed
Fred Worden | Silver Springs, MD | 9 min
Sequence with a passing train, passengers in motion and a woman standing still on the platform becomes a study of illusionary movements. This work incorporates clips with Joan Crawford from the classic 1931 Hollywood film "Possessed".



The Orange
Nick Fox-Gieg | Toronto, Canada | 3 min
Suddenly, a humble citrus fruit is granted absolute power over the universe.


 

Posted on October 21st, 2011

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Studies and Observation no. 3: AN INJURY TO ONE

AN INJURY TO ONE (16mm, 2003) by Travis Wilkerson

AN INJURY TO ONE reconstructs the unsolved murder of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana, and provides a corrective - and absolutely compelling - glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history.

Posted on October 21st, 2011

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Studies and Observation no. 2: Marcy Saude and Mark Toscano

Studies and Observation no. 2

Transubstantiation: Rituals, Transformations and Appropriations program curated by Marcy Saude and Mark Toscano (in person)

Using varied techniques including optical manipulation, observation and documentation, and appropriation of found footage and materials, the filmmakers in this program work with film as a transformative tool that's both mystical and mundane. Michael J. Fox is transformed into a totemic stand-in for a woman who survived three shipwrecks. Text and nearly invisible artifacts are transmuted into bleeding abstractions via photocopying. The stuff of a day job at a make-up counter becomes raw material for an exploration of refracted light and color. A ceremony involving the gift of a tuba is recreated; the ritualistic aspects of drug use are explored in order to create alternatives; and Jesus Christ dies, rises, and ascends to heaven.

All films will be projected on 16mm and will include work by Chick Strand, David Lebrun, Peter Rose, Daina Krumins, Alexander Stewart, Courtney Hoskins, Carolyn Faber, Sarah Biagini, and Elwood Decker.

Screening organized by the Studies and Observation Group, co-presented by the Ann Arbor Film Festival

Posted on October 20th, 2011

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AAFF 50th: Retrospective Screening #2

October 20th, 2011 7:30pm
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, MI
$10.00

Mark Toscano, film preservationist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, curates a selection of rare and influential films from the Ann Arbor Film Festival's 50 years of exhibition history, including recently restored works from the Academy Film Archive.

Films in the program include:
DIALECTIC DEFINITIONS
Dana Hodgdon, 1977, 8min.

GRAIN GRAPHICS
Dana Plays, 1978, 6min.

IOTA
Carolyn Faber, 1998, 6min.

ROSEBLOOD
Sharon Couzin, 1974, 8min.

XFILM
John Schofill, 1968, 14min.

WHAT IGNITES ME, EXTINGUISHES ME
François Miron, 1990, 9min.

THE MAN WHO COULD NOT SEE FAR ENOUGH
Peter Rose, 1981, 33min.

Toscano has restored films by Stan Brakhage, Chick Strand, Robert Nelson, Will Hindle, Pat O' Neill, Morgan Fisher and many, many more. He has curated programs for REDCAT (Los Angeles), The Museum of the Moving Image (NY), The International Film Festival Rotterdam among others. He keeps a blog on the particular challenges of preserving and restoring artists' film, titled Preservation Insanity.

Advance tickets are recommended and available here. All screenings take place at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. All screenings begin at 7:30pm and tickets are $10 general; $7 students/seniors/Michigan Theater members; $5 Ann Arbor Film Festival members. The series is supported by the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Posted on October 19th, 2011

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