A Word From Our Executive Director: The Art House Convergence conference took place last week in Midway, Utah. The conference was launched in 2008 by the leadership of the Michigan Theater—our beloved host venue— in collaboration with the Sundance Institute. It has grown, since that time, from several dozen to many hundred attendees, and galvanized the art house theater scene into a power-wielding movement. The conference is smartly run by AAFF board member Barbara Twist, and boasts a film festival track coordinated by the Film Festival Alliance, of which the AAFF is a proud member. The Film Festival Alliance offers opportunities to learn from other professionals in the film festival field,


Our new DVD is here and we want to celebrate the release with you all at Leon Loft on Saturday, February 4th! This DVD includes films from the 54th AAFF, and the screening will begin at 8pm. Our generous sponsor Leon Speakers is hosting the event and we look forward to sharing their performance space with you. Appetizers and drinks will be available beforehand, so make sure to get there early to share in the fun with your friends. Admission is complimentary for AAFF Members, and $10 temporary memberships are available for all others to attend, which includes movies, food and drinks for the night. You will also be able to purchase a copy of the DVD for $15 at the event, so you can share it wi


Always wanted to help out a local non-profit or just want to be involved in the Film Festival? The AAFF is looking for an Assistant Food Coordinator for the Opening night of the Festival! The position will run from February 1st through March 22nd, and your primary duty will be to shadow and assist the Opening Night Food Coordinator and Operations Manager with food donations and arrangements for the much anticipated Opening Night Party on March 21st. We are looking for someone with great communication and organization skills, and experience in food service or sponsorship development is a plus. This is a great opportunity to work closely with local businesses in Ann Arbor as well as support th


In the 3rd episode of this season of “Let’s Watch with the Ann Arbor Film Festival,” Dana Denha speaks with filmmaker Julia Yezbick about her current work. The episode includes a partial screening of Yezbick’s “How to Rust (A Post Industrial Fable),” which was shown at the 54th AAFF. Yezbick categorizes this film as “experimental nonfiction” because it defies some of the classic characteristics of a documentary. The film explores the mythologies of Detroit through the material metaphors of Olayami Dabls' installation piece called: "Iron teaching Rocks How to Rust." As a Michigan native, she began attending the Ann Arbor Film Festival 10 years ago and has enjoyed becoming part of the communit


The AAFF wants to incorporate as many different works of art as possible during Festival Week, which is why we are featuring Off The Screen! at the 55th Festival. This is an intermedia series featuring expanded cinema performances, installations, and educational salons to be held throughout the week. The series features national and local talent. South Carolina-based artist Simon Tarr will perform a live remix of the classic film Nanook of the North, entitled Blood Lust of the Wolf. Also in the category of expanded cinematic performances, local artist and University of Michigan faculty member, Osman Khan will explore the meaning of the word “drone” through choreographed imagery mixed with pr


Allison Buck joined AAFF in October as our Operations Manager and has already proven to be a huge asset to our team! Prior to joining the Festival team, Allison served as the Program Manager at Artrain & The Arts Alliance for nearly four years. While there Allison managed the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Region 9 minigrant program and became involved with the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan. Now co-chair for the New Leaders Arts Council and the newest commissioner of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, Allison clearly has a passion for the arts. The Arts Alliance recently awarded her the 2017 Tamara Real Emerging Leadership Award due to her successful work supporting th



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