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FILMMAKER INTERVIEW: ALISA YANG

Alisa Yang, winner of the 55th AAFF PROCAM Best Regional Filmmaker Award for her film Sleeping with the Devil, sat down with us to discuss her inspirations and process of making a documentary based on a Skype exorcism that was performed on her. While the film presented a cynical view of the benefits of such fundamentalist religious practices, Yang practiced impartiality as she launched the project, saying “I went in with a very open mind that if there are supernatural interferences then I’ll accept that...when he asked very personal questions I gave him very honest answers.” Yang, having been raised in a devout Evangelical environment with her family, made the film as a sort of catharsis, d

SEX, NEW MEDIA, AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION FOR ALL: AAFF EMBRACES THE ZEITGEIST

A Word from our Executive Director The Ann Arbor Film Festival was born in the early 1960s when avant-garde film was experiencing a high point. It was also a time of great cultural upheaval. Typical of art, the experimental films shown at the Festival reflect the social, cultural, and political zeitgeist. The audience wanted to be challenged and the Festival took risks. Political and erotic content was screened. Over time, however, AAFF drifted away from the overt political elements characteristic of its roots. The less obvious, more quietly political tendency that remained was to challenge the common conventions of the movies. Let us not overlook the fact that mainstream forms of storytelli

AAFF INTERN UPDATE

Interns are an essential cog in the always moving, hardworking machine of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and after all of the work that they put in during the 55th AAFF, we wanted to give a follow-up on what our interns are up to in the post-festival season: Kyle Stefek (Assistant to the Executive Director): Kyle acted as a development intern for the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival and stayed on for the 55th as Assistant to the Executive Director, giving him the chance to work closely with Leslie Raymond and all of the interns. He just graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Screen Arts & Cultures and Communication Studies. He continues in his role assisting Raymond at the Festival

AAFF WINS MT DETROIT'S BEST LOCAL FILM FESTIVAL

After the last prize was awarded at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the AAFF itself was on the receiving end of a distinguished award: the Detroit Metro Times’ reader’s choice for Best Local Film Festival! The people have spoken and, again, this staple of the MT Best of Detroit Awards series was awarded to the AAFF, who last won the award in 2014. The work of many, many people makes the Festival happen. We are grateful to all of our staff, volunteers, filmmakers, members, supporters and attendees. The AAFF is honored to receive this award, which is a reflection of the love, dedication and hard work of our Festival community! As a world-class cultural icon, our 55-year-old Festival draws re

AAFF INTERN AWARDED MCACA NEW LEADERS GRANT

This month, the Festival received a New Leaders Grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)! Joan Wind (pictured above), who interned with us through the 55th AAFF season, applied for the funding to continue her research and work with us over the summer. One of Joan’s internship projects as Education Outreach Assistant, which has been prolonged thanks to the grant, focused on distributing the AAFF DVD collections to university libraries and other institutions. This includes identifying institutions that may have an interest as well as researching post-DVD distribution media. The intent behind the grant has far reaching implications for us here at the Festival, a

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