Come Experience YYYAAAOOO

The 57th festival is thrilled to partner with the Stamps Gallery – part of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan – to present an Off the Screen! exhibition by Israeli artist Hamutal Attar. Attar’s video installation YYYAAAOOO explores the gap between the everyday pressures of society and the deeper, hidden desires within one’s soul. The work is composed of a two-channel video and a large-scale charcoal drawing. Together they create an immersive environment where the artist is portrayed trying to mediate between the two worlds. Please join us for the Opening Reception of YYYAAAOOO on March 15 at the Stamps Gallery, 201 South Division Street, Ann Arbor. The e

Live Cinema at the AAFF

The live cinema performance Ritual for Biological Media by Debora and Jason Bernagozzi is a continuation of the artists’ Ritual for Hybrid Media. A Word from our Director The Ann Arbor Film Festival thrives at the edges of film art. In addition to three juror presentations, nine special curated programs, and 26 competition programs of edgy, mind-bending and boundary-pushing films, we are delighted to bring several live cinema shows to the upcoming festival, March 26–31. Performances by Sophie Trudeau and Michaela Grill, as well as Debora and Jason Bernagozzi, will be featured in Films in Competition 4 on Wednesday, March 27, on the Michigan Theater main stage. Preceded by four short films in

Black History Month

Nigerian actress Esosa E stars in Mahogany Too, part of the juror presentation Triple Consciousness: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu. "[Black History Month is] about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America. It’s about taking an unvarnished look at the past so we can create a better future. It’s a reminder of where we as a country have been so that we know where we need to go." —Barack Obama Here at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, we recognize and appreciate not only the contributions of black artists and filmmakers who help make the festival what it is, but also

Filmmaker Q+A: Hiroya Sakurai

Hiroya Sakurai received the No Violence Award at the 56th AAFF for his film The Stream VII. How did you come to know that film would be an important medium for you? Video Gallery SCAN was established by Fujiko Nakaya in Tokyo in 1980, when I was an art university student. I have viewed many video art works that were distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) in that gallery. I have submitted my films to competitions organized by Video Gallery SCAN and they have shown my films. The judges included Gary Hill, Bill Viola, Toshio Matsumoto and other video artists. The video works that were selected differed from the Hollywood movies and TV programs. I learned there are no limits to expression

Vote for the Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival has been nominated by USA Today for Best Film Festival in North America as a part of their 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards! It is an absolute honor to be nominated alongside 18 other incredible festivals from all over the United States and Canada. Voting for this award is now open and will continue until March 12 at 12pm noon EST. Votes can be made once a day. Please vote today – and every day, through March 12 at 12pm noon Eastern time – for North America’s oldest experimental film festival!

Poster-release parties

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is excited to host two poster-release parties this month! Come and learn about some of the amazing films and offscreen events that will be part of the upcoming festival (March 26–31, 2019). The schedule on the back of the 18x24-inch poster will provide an early opportunity for the public to view details of what's to come! A special poster-release party honoring AAFF members will be held on Friday, February 22, 6–8pm, at the U-M Institute for the Humanities. That evening, artist David Opdyke—whose exhibition Paved with Good Intentions is on display in the Institute's gallery through February 26—will be in conversation with writer Lawrence Weschler, who wrote about

57th AAFF Jurors

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is excited to announce the three distinguished jurors for the 57th festival! These accomplished film artists will dedicate their time during the festival to viewing all 143 films in competition and selecting which films will receive one of the more than 20 filmmaker awards, including the Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival and many more. This year’s three jurors are... BRYAN KONEFSKY Bryan Konefsky is the founder and director of Experiments in Cinema international film festival and the president of Basement Films—one of the few remaining first-generation micro cinemas. Konefsky has lectured about alternative cinematic practices in countries such as Argentina,



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