World Premiere of Welcome To Commie High is coming to the 58th AAFF

The final cut of Welcome to Commie High, directed by former AAFF Executive Director, Donald Harrison, will have its world premiere as a special program at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival! This independent documentary film about one of the longest-running alternative public schools, Community High School (aka, Commie High), will be shown on Saturday, March 28 at 5pm in the Michigan Theater's main auditorium. Started as experiment in public education during the early 1970s, Ann Arbor's Community High fought to stay open until the 1990s, when demand for this alternative school led to a craze of lines, camping and lottery systems. Now standing as one of the only surviving schools of the free sc

Special Programs coming to the 58th AAFF

Production Shot From Set of "Sweet Bananas" Image courtesy of Ariel Dougherty The Ann Arbor Film Festival is known for bringing the best of the best in terms of contemporary experimental film, but did you know we also work with curators from around the world to present “special programs” that highlight important historical and culturally relevant films and filmmakers each year? We are very excited to once again have a line-up that brings historical, geographic, and topical perspectives to the 58th festival. Each of these programs are rare to find in any other context so be sure to check them out! You can read more about each below. Animation artist Martha Colburn will be the Penny Stamps Dis

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Thanks to the efforts of our wonderful Ann Arbor Film Festival community, we earned the title of the Best Film Festival by USAToday’s 10-Best Readers’ Choice competition in 2019. We are proud to announce that we have been nominated again for the 2020 competition and we need your help to maintain our title as the best. Please vote today and every day until Friday, March 2, 2020.

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Have a spare room, or a comfy couch? Open your home to filmmakers coming to Ann Arbor during festival week! Each year filmmakers travel from all over the world to attend our festival and the hospitality of our hosts is integral to creating an awesome film festival experience. As a thank you, hosts receive an AAFF pass as well as an invitation to special events. Hosts have found it tremendously rewarding to get to know a filmmaker while supporting us at the same time. Living in close vicinity to downtown, walking distance to the Michigan Theater, or near a bus route is a plus but not a requirement to be a host. Interested? We'd love to hear from you! Just fill our this questionnaire and we'l



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