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October 17, 2019

Join us at the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery for a one-time showing of short film highlights from the early days of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Founded in 1963, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. And since its earliest days, the festival has promoted bold, visionary filmmakers, advancing the art of film and engaging the community w...

October 16, 2019

El Mar La Mar masterfully weaves together sublime 16mm shots of nature and weather phenomena, animals, people, and the tracks they leave behind with a polyphonic soundtrack, creating a cinematographic exploration of the desert habitat, a multifaceted panorama of a highly politicized stretch of land, a film poem that conjures up the ocean. — Hanna Keller, writing for the Forum Expanded catalog of the 2017 Internationale Filmfes...

October 15, 2019

For almost a century, the Ann Arbor Art Center’s annual All Media Exhibition has showcased works of diverse media by artists from the American Midwest. This year Ann Arbor Film Festival Director Leslie Raymond was selected to serve as a juror for the 97th annual exhibition. 

As the only juror for this year’s exhibition, Raymond reviewed all of the entries and selected the ones to be exhibited in the program. “It was an honor to...

October 1, 2019

When filmmaker LNZ Arturo came to the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival this past March, she sat down for an interview with the festival, which would soon screen two of her recent works: a feature-length visual album made for the Internet, <3 (an emoticon heart); and the short film 2Missed Calls. “You could argue it’s an album release instead of a film screening,” she says.

LNZ describes <3 as 13 tracks forming a loosely woven narra...

September 24, 2019

Two A.M., by German contemporary artist Loretta Fahrenholz, had its world premiere at the recent 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival in March 2019. The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London will launch the European premiere on October 5, 2019.

Two A.M. takes place in the not-too-distant future in a not-altogether-unfamiliar world. The story begins as our protagonist Sanna leaves behind her family of Watchers. Their unnerving abilit...

September 2, 2019

Jason and Debora Bernagozzi present the expanded cinema performance Ritual for Biological Media at the 57th AAFF. 

The Ann Arbor Film Festival invites proposals for the Off The Screen! program at the upcoming 58th festival, March 24–29, 2020. We host a variety of intermedia installations, performances, and workshops—including (but not limited to) expanded and live cinema performances, new media installations, and educational sa...

August 30, 2019

Artists and scholars: How do you navigate borders in your practice, your research? 

The New Media Caucus (NMC) wants to know—and invites you to come and engage with other artists and scholars on this topic at the NMC’s annual symposium and exhibition. 

This year’s event, “Border Control,” will take place September 19–22, 2019, at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art Design and Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan. The Ann A...

August 15, 2019

The title of the next film in the “AAFF Presents” series is unpronounceable in spoken language. “<3” is an emoticon that lives in the realm of digital communications and the Internet. The title is an icon, a symbol, a wormhole. The film is a love story told in a fierce female dialect, in which what we know IRL is plunged deep into the digisphere as the parable unfolds.

Described by LNZ (Lindsey Arturo)—who is both the subject a...

July 24, 2019

In her first feature film Nothing or Everything, South Korean filmmaker Gyeol Kim says a lot with a little. A limited range of shots, combined with a shallow depth-of-field, place the emphasis on the individual characters as a story of deep emotional trauma unfolds. 

A rich and complex narrative draws from the strength of its two actors, exquisite cinematography, and circular time structure in which the past and prese...

July 17, 2019

Please join the Ann Arbor Film Festival for a night of films, food, friends, and fun! Everyone is welcome.

We will be setting up a special outdoor theater in the Water Hill neighborhood of Ann Arbor on Saturday, August 3, for a screening of films from the 57th festival. Films begin at 7:30 p.m. and the fun lasts until 10:30 p.m.  

This is your chance to view the best of the Ann Arbor Film Festival in a one-of-a-kind setting...

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