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TICKETS ON SALE & 54TH PROGRAM AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Our special week of incredible film experiences is just around the corner. It is now time for you to chart a path through the geography of 40+ film programs, workshops and discussions, after parties, and other special events. Information about the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival is now online! Visit our 54th AAFF website for full program announcement and here to purchase tickets!

LET'S WATCH: A MARATHON EVENT

The sixth episode of CTN's "Let's Watch with the Ann Arbor Film Festival" series is now available to watch here! This episode features an interview with Michigan resident Andrea Eis, whose films reflect her love for the Classics and Archaeology. This episode of Let’s Watch looks at Eis’s most recent film, Penelope’s Odyssey (2015). Penelope’s Odyssey contrasts the ancient landscape and sea of Greece with glimpses of contemporary domestic spaces in images that are simultaneously ordinary and vivid, detailed and generic, precise and ambiguous. Structured in short year-segments anchored by quotes from The Odyssey, Penelope's narrative is built from variations in composition, color, movement, so

A CELEBRATION OF CHANTAL AKERMAN

Chantal Akerman (1950 -2015) was an immensely influential filmmaker and artist whose work contributed substantially to feminist and avant-garde cinema. Three of Akerman's films will be screened during the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival. A special free screening of the 2015 documentary I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema Of Chantal Akerman by Marianne Lambert, will also take place March 8th at 6pm in the Helmut Stern Auditorium at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Many thanks to our Education Partners, the University of Michigan Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women & Gender for helping promote this educational e

LGBTQ SPOTLIGHT AT THE 54TH AAFF

The 54th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival is pleased to announce another year of programming that includes a celebration of the LGBTQ community. This year marks our 15th annual Out Night, a program of recent documentary, experimental and narrative LGBTQ films which typically features historic and influential works. This year, the Festival will also screen films by iconic filmmakers Chantal Akerman and Curt McDowell, as well as Jared Buckhiester and Dani Leventhal's Hard as Opal. OUT NIGHT: FILMS IN COMPETITION March 17 | 9:30pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium Marking the 15th year of this beloved program, AAFF is excited to feature a series of LGBTQ themed works, including Zia Anger's nar

JEM COHEN IN ATTENDANCE AT THE 54TH AAFF

The AAFF is thrilled to announce Jem Cohen’s new film Counting will screen at the 54th AAFF. Cohen will be in attendance for the screening of his film on Wednesday, March 16th at 9:15pm, and will also present a special program of his short films on Friday, March 18 at 9:15pm. In fifteen linked chapters shot in locations ranging from Moscow to New York to Istanbul, Counting merges city symphony, diary film, and personal/political essay to create a vivid portrait of contemporary life. Perhaps the most personal of Cohen's films, Counting measures street life, light and time, noting not only surveillance and overdevelopment but resistance and its phantoms as manifested in music, animals and ever

SIXTY SIX: LEWIS KLAHR

The 54 AAFF is excited to welcome filmmaker Lewis Klahr, who will be present at the Festival for the screening of his recent film Sixty Six. Organized in 12 discrete chapters, Sixty Six (2002-2015) is a milestone achievement, the culmination of Lewis Klahr’s decades-long work in collage filmmaking. The film will screen at the 54th AAFF - 1:15pm on Sunday, March 20th in the Michigan Theater Main Auditorium. Sixty Six is the latest, and perhaps most magisterial entry in Lewis Klahr’s open-ended digital series Prolix Satori, in which the artist mines his vast 30-year archive of collage materials. MoMA Curator Josh Siegel notes, "With its complex superimpositions of imagery and music, and its ra

AH HUMANITY! AT WORK GALLERY

AAFF is excited to announce that Ernst Karel will present his collaborative project Ah humanity! at the Work Gallery, 306 S State St, Ann Arbor, from March 15 - April 1. Ah humanity! was created by Karel in conjunction with Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing- Taylor. An installation for video and four-channel audio, Ah humanity! reflects on the fragility and folly of humanity in the age of the Anthropocene. Taking the 3/11/11 disaster of Fukushima as its point of departure, it evokes an apocalyptic vision of modernity, and our predilection for historical amnesia and futuristic flights of fancy. The images were shot on a telephone through a handheld telescope, at once close to and far from it

THE LIGHTED FIELD: REMEMBERING ANDREW NOREN

The Lighted Field (1987) is a 59 minute, silent black & white 16mm film, and is one of the masterworks from Andrew Noren (1943–2015). The film will screen at the 54th AAFF - 7pm on Wednesday, March 16th in the Michigan Theater Screening Room. "Noren's films were among the most visually intense and overwhelming films ever created, incorporating relentless barrages of imagery, rapid in-camera editing, incredible single-framing and time lapse photography, only pausing for the briefest of moments. Noren was a master 16mm photographer, a master of capturing motion and a master of black & white composition. Shot largely in bustling cities during the course of the artist’s daily life, Noren’s films

EXPANDING FRAMES

Participate in this forum for talking, learning and doing. Enjoy this popular free series, which will take place again this year at North Quad Space 2435, 105 South State Street. AAFF’s educational program started a short two years ago and since then the Expanding Frames program has become recognized as an engaging forum where filmmakers, audience members and the general public can come together to learn more about experimental film. The workshops aim to nurture both community and critical thinking while fostering a deeper understanding of the work showing at the Festival. We wish to open a space for dialogue that explores the boundless possibilities around contemporary moving image culture.

RETROSPECTIVE: CURT MCDOWELL

The AAFF is excited to feature a program of newly restored 16mm films by Curt McDowell (1945-1987), a beloved favorite at the AAFF throughout the 1970s. The retrospective will be held Thursday, March 17th at 7pm in the Michigan Theater. The program will feature Ronnie (1972), True Blue and Dreamy (1973), Stinky Butt (1974), and Wieners and Buns Musical (1972) among others and will be presented by Mark Toscano, archivist for the Academy Film Archive. McDowell's film, Loads (1980) will also be featured in the Out Night program at 9:30pm on Thursday, March 17th in the Michigan Theater and A Visit to Indiana (1970) will screen in the Opening Night program, March 15th. Familiar to most undergroun

STAMPS SPEAKER SERIES: DAVID O'REILLY

We are thrilled to announce that AAFF filmmaker David OReilly will be the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker at AAFF 54 on Thursday, March 17th. Enjoy this free event and hear OReilly speak about his work beginning at 5:10pm at the Michigan Theater. Irish-born and Los Angeles-based, David OReilly is one of the most adventuresome and innovative independent animation filmmakers working today. OReilly's animations include Please Say Something (awarded Best Animation at 48th AAFF), and The External World (49th AAFF). OReilly is the creator of the acclaimed 2014 video game Mountain. He directed "Alien Child", the unforgettably funny and touching faux-animated video game in Spike Jonze’s Her (201

54TH AAFF PASSES ON SALE!

The AAFF 54 Festival Pass is here! The Festival Pass provides access to all screenings including the gala Opening Night Reception & Screening on Tuesday, March 15th. Avoid ticket lines and assure your seat before any program sells out! Can't make it for the whole festival? Consider the Weekend Pass. You’ll have access to all screenings and events from Friday through Sunday including award-winners’ shows. Passes can be picked up at will call. Full Pass: GA- $100 / Students & Seniors - $85 Weekend Pass: GA- $60 / Students & Seniors - $50

YEAR END APPEAL BRINGS IN OVER 10K IN SUPPORT!

We are so grateful to those who contributed $7610 in gifts for the Festival. The added $5000 in matching funds we received made for a nice end to 2015! Please join AAFF donors in supporting the best in independent, artist-made and avant-garde cinema with your tax-deductible gift of $500, $250, $100, or $50. Or, sign up for an automatic monthly contribution of any amount. Donate Now! Your contribution will directly support the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival programs. Many, many thanks to all of our donors! 630 Club Judy & Alec Allen Anonymous Genie Wolfson & Bruce Baker James Roll & Ruth Bardenstein Frank & Gail Beaver Kathy & Steve Bergman Richard Berman Joan Binkow Nancy Brucken Gary & Shelly

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