AAFF Newsletter: February 2010

  • Jurors Announced for 48th festival
  • Special Programs Announced
  • Access AAFF: Passes and Membership
  • Destination AAFF: Hotel Deals
  • Penny Stamps brings Saskia Olde Wolbers
  • AAFF's supporting role at Vintage Hollywood



Jurors Announced

Irina Leimbacher, Tomonari Nishikawa and Ben Russell

The 48th AAFF filmmaker awards competition will be juried by three accomplished filmmakers and curators of experimental cinema. These jurors will award approximately $20,000 to filmmakers in the festival. They will each also present a free public program of their own works throughout the festival week.

Irina Leimbacher is a filmmaker, writer, curator and professor of ethnographic and anthropological film theory at the University of California Berkley. Leimbacher was 2009's guest curator of the Flaherty Film Seminar and stands as a leading historian on the late avant-garde filmmaking legend Chick Strand. Leimbacher will present two Chick Strand retrospective programs paying tribute to this revolutionary feminist filmmaker and co-founder of both Canyon Cinema and SF Cinematheque.

Japanese filmmaker Tomonari Nishikawa made his mark with technically innovative experimental films, videos and new media installations. His film "Market Street" won a Honorable Mention Award at the 2007 AAFF and also went on to screen in the the Festival's traveling tour. Nishikawa spent the past year completing an Artists Residency in Kuala Lumpur where he researched Thai and Malyasian artists' cinema.

Ben Russell, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been featured in solo programs at Anthology Archives NYC, International Film Festival Rotterdam and he has won a Honorable Mention Award at the 2007 AAFF. He will present his rigorous and stunning feature debut, "Let Each One Go Where He May", which challenges ethnographic and narrative conventions as it follows the journey of two brothers in Suriname.



Special Programs Announced

Naomi Uman, Daniel Barrow, Nicky Hamlyn and LUX 

The AAFF's curated special programs will present several acclaimed filmmakers and a featured distributor of avant-garde and experimental documentary work.

Naomi Uman will present films from her series "Ukrainian Time Machine", personal documentaries exploring life in a small Ukrainian village. Uman, formerly of Los Angeles, has lived in the Ukraine since 2006. Her work has been exhibited internationally in festivals and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, Bilbao Guggenheim, Austria's Viennale and the Sundance Film Festival. 

British filmmaker and author Nicky Hamlyn will make his first AAFF appearance to present a special selection of his silent 16mm experimental films. His book "Film Art Phenomena" (2003), a survey of experimental film and video, was published by the British Film Institute. Joining Hamlyn from the U.K. is Benjamin Cook, Executive Director of London-based distributor LUX, to present a select program of new short avant-garde films and experimental documentaries.

Daniel Barrow will bring his newest "manual animation" from Montreal for a special performance which combines overhead lamp projection with video, music, and live narration. "Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry" tells the story of a garbage man with a vision to create an  independent phone book chronicling the lives of each person in his city. Barrow has performed at numerous international venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.



Access the 48Th AAFF

Passes and Membership

Joining as a member of the AAFF provides access to the festival and other great benefits, but did you know that your AAFF membership helps illuminate the screen during the festival? That's right, a $50 membership powers 4 minutes of screen time at the Michigan Theater during the festival. Want to help light up the festival? Click here to learn more about membership and to sign up.

Passes for the 48th festival are now available for purchase. The AAFF offers two different passes: a full festival pass ($95) and a weekend pass ($55). The full festival pass allows access to all festival screenings and events, including the opening night reception on Tuesday, March 23rd. The weekend pass provides access from Friday through Sunday night of the festival, with more than twenty programs on tap. To purchase your 48th festival pass, go to our website here.



Hotel Offers You Can't Refuse

Planning the Perfect AAFF Getaway Just Got Easier

Weber's Inn, the 48th AAFF's official hotel sponsor, is generously offering $89 room rates through the festival week! To ensure you receive the special rate, please refer to the Ann Arbor Film Festival code 48AAFF when making reservations. All reservations must be made before February 20, 2010. Please call Weber's toll free number 1-800-443-3050.

Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast will be offering all of their rooms at a 20% discount to all interested AAFF attendees. If you have a larger group their Farmhouse, which can accomidate up to 12, is available for only $655 per night. Checkout their website  to make a reservation and reference this special AAFF offer.

On Friday night, March 26th, the Fairfield Inn is offering a special package: 4 tickets to the festival and one night stay (1-4 persons) for $99 with the second night at only $69! To reserve your room call 734-995-5200 and ask for the 48AAFF block. The deadline for reservations is March 6, 2010 so don't delay booking your stay!



Penny W. Stamps Series Presents

Saskia Olde Wolbers

Now That Part Of Me Has Become Fiction
The Ann Arbor Film Festival along with UMMA, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, and MOCAD, are excited to support the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speakers Series bringing Saskia Olde Wolbers to Ann Arbor for a free public lecture. Expanding the realm of the believable, Saskia Olde Wolbers makes narrative videos void of actors, where temporary and unstable miniature film sets, often dipped in paint and filmed under water, play alongside a voice-over as an intuitive guide to the visuals. During her presentation she will screen Kilowatt Dynasty, Placebo, Interloper, Trailer, Deadline and a new work. Olde Wolbers has won the Baloise Prize at the Basel Art Fair and the Beck's Future Prize.

WHEN: Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 5:10pm
WHERE: Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI
DETAILS: art-design.umich.edu



Upcoming Events

Hott Lava

One-and-a-half hours of the brainbending, the hair raising, the beguiling & gnarly tempered with that mysterious & otherworldly SOMETHING. Special guests, Chicago Underground Duo, will be preforming not one, but two sets for this event while DJ guests Forest Juziuk, Jeremy Wheeler (The BANG!) and BILJAX will groove after the show.

WHEN: Friday, Februry 5, 2010 @ 8pm - 1am
WHERE: Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron Ann Arbor, MI
ADMISSION: $8 at door
DETAILS: At the Hott Lava Facebook page


Monday Night Screening at eve

Enjoy cocktails, great atmosphere, and film
Our friends at eve the restaurant welcome the AAFF into their elegant space for drinks and a free screening of RiP: A remix manifesto (dir. Brett Gaylor). This documentary features mash-up artist Girl Talk and won an audience award at the 47th AAFF.

WHEN: Monday, February 8, 2010 @ 7 - 10pm
WHERE: eve, 415 N. Fifth St. Ann Arbor, MI


Vintage Hollywood - A Fundraiser for Ann Arbor's Neutral Zone

An Evening of Film, Music, Drinks, Food, and Tinsel Town Glamour
Dress in your finest attire for entertainment from Neutral Zone teens, short films provided by the Ann Arbor Film Festival and DJ Forest Juziuk. Tickets include heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine.

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 7 - 10pm
WHERE: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI
ADMISSION: $25 before February 12; $30 after
DETAILS: For info call 734-214-9995 x231 or visit neutral-zone.org

Posted on February 01st, 2010