“What the Hell Was That?”

What The Hell Was That? is presented by the Projectorhead series from U of M's Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. This is a free, educational event from 7 - 8:30PM at Angel Hall Auditorium A on central campus of the University of Michigan.

Several award-winning short experimental films from the Ann Arbor Film Festival archives will be presented and screened by panelists Terri Sarris (Senior Lecturer, UM Dept of Screen Arts), David Dinnell (Program Director, AAFF) and Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (Assistant Professor, UM Dept of Anthropology) followed by discussion with the audience. This event is hosted by Dan Herbert, Assistant Professor, UM Dept of Screen Arts & Cultures.

Films Presented:

Black and White Trypps #3 (Ben Russell, USA, 35mm, 12 min, 2007)
Filmmaker Ben Russell's third work in a series of films dealing with naturally-derived psychedelia. "Shot during a performance by Rhode Island noise band Lightning Bolt, this film documents the transformation of a rock audience’s collective freak-out into a trance ritual of the highest spiritual order" (BR). Jury Award- 45th AAFF. Presented by David Dinnell, Program Director, Ann Arbor Film Festival.


Lossless #2 (Rebecca Baron & Doug Goodwin, USA, video, 3 min, 2008)
Constructed from a BitTorrent of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid's Meshes of the Afternoon while it is in the process of being downloaded. Its stuttering images form their own ghostly editing patterns and pixilated visual language. Award for Most Technically Innovative Film - 47th AAFF. Presented by Terri Sarris, Senior Lecturer, U of M Department of Screen Arts & Culture.

Notes on the Other (Sergio Oksman, Spain, video, 13 min, 2009)
Each summer, a crowd of Ernest Hemingway doubles meet in Key West, Florida, to choose his best impersonator. There was a day in 1924 when the real Ernest Hemingway also wanted to be someone else. This film is the story of that hypothesis. Presented by Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, Assistant Professor, UM Dept of Anthropology.

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[image from Loseless #2]

Posted on September 18th, 2010