A Word from our Executive Director Last week I travelled to Santa Fe to visit the 8th annual Currents new media exhibition and the immersive art installation Meow Wolf. I stayed at an Airbnb on the outskirts of town, a bucolic garden oasis in the high desert featuring olive and fig trees and a natural swimming hole. There I discovered and read On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, historian Timothy Snyder’s latest publication. Against the backdrop of this former hippie commune, the book inspired me to think about our assumed liberties, in particular the freedom to express ourselves in all of our unique variations. Imagine a world where personal expression —the currency of th


Simon Tarr, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Media Arts at the University of South Carolina, as well as an accomplished experimental filmmaker who has screened at the Festival many times, sat down with us during the last Festival to discuss his latest creative venture. Tarr acknowledged a shift in his filmmaking over the years, stating that “In the last ten years or so my focus has not been on traditional filmmaking but on live cinema.” Tarr’s latest piece, which was showcased at the 55th Festival, was a remix of Robert J. Flaherty’s 1922 documentary Nanook of the North ominously entitled Blood Lust of the Wolf. Tarr explained how he creates live cinema with his laptop: “I take apart


Well, it’s that time of year again...the Call for Entries for the upcoming 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival opens on July 1st and submissions are allowed through the end of September! As always, the 56th AAFF will continue the tradition of pushing the artistic and technical boundaries of film, showing experimental shorts and features, avant-garde new media work, as well as offering over $20k in cash awards, Academy Award qualification, and opportunities to participate in the Festival's DVD and Touring programs. The early deadline for the Festival opens on July 1st and ends on July 31st, with a submission fee of $30 for a short film and $40 for a feature. The official deadline starts August 1st


Ann Arbor Film Festival interns have always been an essential part of our team, and over the years many have proven themselves to be formidable filmmakers in their own right, producing works that have screened at the Festival. Let's take a moment to acknowledge some of these individuals who not only helped make the Festival the premier experimental film event that it is today, but who also contributed artistically. Kate Phelan, who interned during the 30th AAFF in 1992, screened her film Dancespace the following year at the 31st AAFF. David DeOtte interned during the 31st AAFF in 1993, and at the 32nd AAFF, showed his film Drive Thru Detroit. Nicole Cattell, while interning at the 32nd AAFF,



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