AADL Now Showing AAFF Films!

The Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) is now streaming films from the Ann Arbor Film Festival! Walk for Me and My Private Life II, both of which screened at the 55th festival in 2017, have just become available for members of the AADL to watch online. The films were part of Out Night, a Films in Competition program that celebrates queer cinema by highlighting recent experimental films with LGBTQ themes. Walk for Me by Elegance Bratton is a contemporary coming-out story set in present-day New York City. My Private Life II by Jill Daniels features a powerful split-screen view of the effect of the filmmaker’s father’s unacknowledged sexuality on her Jewish family history. Daniels’ film was the

Turning a New Leaf

A Word from Our Executive Director It’s nearly autumn in the northern hemisphere, with the equinox approaching sometime in the next week, depending on where you live. Here in Ann Arbor, school is back in session, and the festival office is buzzing with a full cadre of interns. We are thrilled to be engaging students (and one recent grad!) from the College for Creative Studies, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan. They study film, graphic design, communications, business, the humanities, English, and sociology, to name a few. Check out their polaroids above! Innovative films are streaming in from all around the world, and the review process i

2001: A Space Odyssey

On Friday, September 21, The University Musical Society and Michigan Engineering will present a free showing of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. This Oscar award winning classic science fiction film is praised for its innovative use of effects and technology coupled with beautiful music arrangements. This event will be held at Hill Auditorium with live orchestral and choral accompaniment. You can see the famous cinematic image of a spaceship moving through the universe with a live performance of Johann Strauss’ "Danube Waltz," performed by the Detroit Symphony! Come on out to this amazing event and check out the Ann Arbor Film Festival promotional table while you’r

Off the Screen! Open for Proposals!

The Ann Arbor Film Festival seeks proposals for Off the Screen! an intermedia series featuring expanded and live cinema performances, new media installations (virtual and augmented reality, etc.), and educational salon sessions, to be held during the upcoming 57th AAFF. We aim to present challenging and aesthetically potent works of art, and to create an environment for meaningful conversation about the culture of the moving image. Expanded cinema performances could include, but are not limited to, projector experiments and live performances that interface with film or screen. New media works of all sorts are considered for display in various locations (including the possibility of storefron

The Big House

In March, the observational documentary film The Big House had its North American premiere at the 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Directed by a team of U-M talents, the film has received much acclaim on the international film circuit. The film project came about as the result of a collaboration between U-M visiting professor Kazuhiro Soda and members of the U-M Department of Film, Television, and Media, or FTVM (formerly Screen Arts and Cultures), including professors Markus Nornes and Terri Sarris and 14 of their students. In partnership with the FTVM and the U-M Center for Japanese Studies—which are both part of U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)—the Alumni Association



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