FULL SCHEDULE

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TUESDAY, MARCH 20

OPENING NIGHT

Off the Screen!

3:00 – 5:00pm | Reception

North Quad Exhibitions featuring work by Peter Rose, Lily Baldwin, & select U-M student reels

Fundraiser

5:30 – 7:00pm | Sava’s

Come for light appetizers and select cocktails. After the fundraiser, join the opening night party in the Michigan Theater Grand Foyer. Reserved seating is provided for the 8:15pm screening of Films in Competition 1.

Opening Night Party

6:30 – 8:00pm | Michigan Theater Grand Foyer

Kick off the festival with cocktails and food from Arbor Brewing Company, Beam Suntory, Bona Sera, Bigalora, Café Zola, El Harissa, Logan, Tavolina, TeaHaus, Unity Vibration, and White Lotus Farms. Open bar and live DJ set by Jeremy Wheeler. Admission includes the Films in Competition 1 screening.

Films in Competition 1

8:15pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: Sky Room (Marianna Milhorat), 165708 (Josephine Massarella), ISLAND (Max Mörtl, Robert Löbel), Ayesha (Yanyu Dong), Casino (Steven Woloshen), Katagami (Michael Lyons), Catastrophe & Convenience (Tommy Becker), Extrapolate (Johan Rijpma), Rhythm of Being (Giada Ghiringhelli), The Trigger of the Cone (Niyaz Saghari), Down Escalation (Shunsaku Hayashi)

Afterparty

10:00pm – 12:00am | HopCat | Free

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

Experimental Film as Psychogeography with Gerry Fialka

Off the Screen! Salon Session

10:00am – 12:00pm | Space 2435 North Quad | Free

Juror Presentation: Cecelia Condit 

1:00 pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room | Free

Cecelia Condit is an artist whose work addresses the fears and displacement that exist between ourselves and society, ourselves and the natural world. She has shown internationally in festivals, museums, and alternative spaces including the 19th and the 55th AAFF. Her work is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). She is professor emerita in the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. This is a program of selected videos from 1981 to 2017.

 

Film Art Forum: a dozen six-minute presentations by film artists

Off the Screen! Salon Session

3:00 – 5:00pmSpace 2435 North Quad | Free

Illustrated Lecture by John Nelson

Special Program

5:00pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium  | Free​

Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor John Nelson will show how he and his team created some of the 1,190 visual effects shots for Blade Runner 2049. Using before-and-afters, he’ll detail the visual effects production process from design to principal photography to post-production.

Honane

Feature in Competition

5:15pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room 

Watching the video that his uncle took, they talk about all kinds of things…. An experimental fantasy directed by Takuya Dairiki and Takashi Miura.

 

Reality’s Invisible

Special Program 

7:15pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

Robert Fulton’s Reality’s Invisible (1971) is a poetic portrait of an iconic Le Corbusier building. “Through candid interviews with Visual and Environmental Studies students, impromptu recordings of faculty lectures, and lingering shots on concrete surfaces and spaces around Le Corbusier’s architecture, Reality’s Invisible is a frenetic, visually lush, almost visceral, portrayal of campus life. The intimate footage captures the pedagogical activities, intellectual ideas, and political concerns occupying students and faculty involved in the nascent days of a new visual arts program and building at Harvard. Pushing the limits of filmmaking, Fulton’s images and sounds, edited and layered, collide into a ‘tone,’ as he later described it, revealing the chaos, fluidity, and motion at the Carpenter Center.” – Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

        Special note: This is a color-reversal sound film from a personal film collection. Through extensive research         it has been found that this 16mm print is a fine cut of the film and several shots have been replaced with             interstitial instances of black leader.

 

Films in Competition 2

7:30pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: Out of the Dark / Into the Light (Constance Strickland), FOREIGN QUARTERS (Rajee Samarasinghe), Longing (Raha Raissnia), FISHY (Carolina Mandia), Silica (Pia Borg), Your father was born 100 years old, and so was the Nakba أبوكي خلق عمره ١٠٠ سنة، زي النكبة (Razan AlSalah), 20160815 (Tina Frank)

Memories of Disintegration: Ibero-American Experimental Film

Special Program

9:15pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

As the profile of Ibero-American cinema, the Spanish- and Portuguese-language films of Latin America, continues to rise on the festival circuit, a strong commitment to experimentation remains in the cinema emanating from the region. First-rate film schools in Cuba, Argentina, and Mexico, among other nations, are producing a new generation of filmmakers who eschew the proliferation of digital techniques, returning to tactical analog modes of production. This program features work made on Video8, Super 8, 16mm, Super 35mm, and VHS. Playing with notions of self-reflexivity and nostalgia, real and imagined, these filmmakers test the boundaries of both narrative and documentary genres. Curated by Josh Gardner of Cinema Lamont, Detroit.

 

Films in Competition 3

9:30pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: It Was Still Her Face (Christoph Girardet), Shape of a Surface (Nazlı Dinçel), black enuf* (Carrie Hawks), Honeymoon (Maya Erdelyi, Daniel Rowe), .TV (G. Anthony Svatek), Cargo (Jasmine Ellis), Scrap (Chris Filippone), Trip (Marko Meštrović)

 

Afterparty

11:00pm – 2:00am | The Ravens Club | Free

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

High-Fructose Cinema and the Movie Industrial Complex: Radicalizing the Technology of Representation in a Domestic Kind of Way with Bryan Konefsky.

Off the Screen! Salon Session

10:00am – 12:00pm Space 2435 North Quad | Free
 

Juror Presentation: Ephraim Asili 

1:00pm | Ephraim Asili's Diaspora Suite

Michigan Theater Screening Room | Free

Ephraim Asili is a filmmaker, DJ, and traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. His films have screened worldwide, including at the New York Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival; San Francisco International Film Festival; Milano Film Festival; International Film Festival Rotterdam; MoMA PS1; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Whitney Museum. As a DJ, Asili can be heard on his radio program In The Cut on WGXC, and live at his monthly dance party Botanica. He currently resides in Hudson, New York, and is an assistant professor in the Film and Electronic Arts Program at Bard College. His work screened at the 53rd and 54th AAFF.

Off the Screen! reception featuring Razan AlSalah, Radical Democracy, & Good Evening Gumm

Reception

3:00– 5:00pm | Ann Arbor Art Center

Yvonne Rainer: A Truncated History of the Universe for Dummies; a Rant Dance

Penny W. Stamps Lecture Series

5:10pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium | Free

Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), made a transition to filmmaking following a 15-year career as a choreographer/dancer (1960–1975). Her experimental feature-length films include Lives of Performers (1972), Privilege (1990), MURDER and murder (1996), and many others. Rainer returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (After Many a Summer Dies the Swan). Museum retrospectives of her work—including drawings, photos, films, notebooks, and memorabilia—have been presented at Kunsthaus Bregenz (Bregenz, Austria); Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany); the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles); le Jeu de Paume, l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, and La Ferme du Buisson (Paris); and Raven Row (London). She is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a U.S.A. Fellowship.

 

Disasters of Peace 

Special Program

7:00pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

The seismic shifts that have risen from the afterburn of the 20th century are a distinguishing feature of our age: the fall of communism; the failed colonial projects giving rise to civil war and mass migration; the unfettered consumption that is slowly destroying the planet; and extremist shifts to the right, to religion, and to the rule of law through mass surveillance. In western democracies we consider ourselves to be in the longest period of peace, but we are beset by unease and forebodings of disaster. We increasingly fear the other; paranoia and anxiety infuse our media. In our age of mass media, where dramatic events come and go on a daily basis, representations of disaster have become mediated by the visually spectacular. Such spectacles preoccupy us while the continued cause and effects, slow-moving and a long time in the making, often pass by us unnoticed. Disasters of Peace draws together artist-filmmakers who in varying ways eschew the visuals of spectacle. In doing so, they seek to challenge our cultural and conceptual interpretations of disaster. Curated by Kamila Kuc and Sam Jury.

 

Films in Competition 4

7:30pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: Blink (Youjin Moon), 601 Revir Drive (Josh Weissbach), North of Eden (Maren Hahnfeld), Industrial Zone (Friedl vom Gröller), Sunken Treasure (Shanna Maurizi), Clonal Renderings 3: Landscape with Clouds (Peter Sparling), Stillness (Marc Pelletier), Re-Vue (Dirk de Bruyn), 

 

Black Radical Imagination 

Special Program

9:15 pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color. Specifically, in the film industry these restrictions are often digested and kept to propel a vicious cycle of negative identification. Black Radical Imagination invokes a futurist aesthetic where artists identify themselves and reclaim their own unique stories. The visual pieces delve into the worlds of video art, experimental film, and narrative shorts. Black Radical Imagination is an ongoing film showcase programmed by Jheanelle Brown and Darol Olu Kae, originally created and organized by curators Erin Christovale and Amir George in 2012. It has explored a wide variety of themes, from Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism to Reclamation of the Black Body and The Black Fantastic.

 

Films in Competition 5: Out Night 

9:30pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

The 17th celebration of queer cinema at AAFF spotlights recent experimental films with LGBTQ themes: jim (Sam Gurry), Fragments 83 (Richard Millen, Corentin Koskas), Bones (Hunter Brumfield), Empty Nightclub (Ben Edelberg), The Source is a Hole (Madsen Minax), Horse Boobs (Katrina Daschner), Outcognito (Wrik Mead), Royal Jelly (Stephanie Burbano)

 

Afterparty

11:00pm – 2:00am | \aut\ Bar | Free

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

Your Homemade DCP with R. Thomas Bray

Off the Screen! Workshop

10:00am – 12:00pm |  Space 2435 North Quad | Free

 

Juror Presentation: Rea Tajiri 

1:00pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room | FREE

Rea Tajiri’s films straddle documentary and art film genres, examining the effects of political, social, and emotional histories within families and across generations. She holds both a BFA and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Tajiri’s films have been shown at the Venice International Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Seattle International Film Festival, the L.A. Film Festival, and several Whitney Biennials. Her groundbreaking film History and Memory is part of the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection. Her current project, Wisdom Gone Wild, is an autoethnography chronicling the 16 years that Tajiri was a caregiver for her mother, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Tajiri portrays her mother as a “time-traveler,” a woman who spontaneously travels to different eras of her life in order to comment on the present moment. Tajiri is an associate professor in the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts at Temple University.

 

Off the Screen! performances & discussion featuring Lyn Goeringer, David Bering-Porter, and Paul Catanese

Performance

3:00 – 5:00pm |  Space 2435 North Quad | Free

Those Who Come, Will Hear 

Feature in Competition

5:00pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

Those Who Come, Will Hear proposes a unique meeting with the last remaining speakers of several indigenous languages of Quebec—all threatened with extinction. The film starts with the discovery of these unsung tongues through listening to the daily life of those who still speak them today. Buttressed by an exploration and creation of archives, the film allows us to better understand the musicality of these languages and reveals the cultural and human importance of these venerable oral traditions by nourishing a collective reflection on the consequences of their disappearance. Directed by Simon Plouffe.

 

Films in Competition 6 

5:15pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: I Think You Should Come To America (Kamila Kuc), The Day (Jake Armstrong), Circles of Confusion (Jason Britski), Strange Case (Zbigniew Czapla), Low Season (Jonathan Johnson), Mad as Hell (Emily Pelstring, Meg Remy), The Kodachrome Elegies (Jay Rosenblatt), keep that dream burning (Rainer Kohlberger), Monte Adrion (Vuk Jevremović)

Off the Screen! Artist talks

6:00 – 7:00pm | Michigan Theater Grand Foyer

 

Privilege 

Special Program

7:00pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

Yvonne Rainer’s 1990 film (her sixth feature) is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been virtually invisible on film, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender, and class. Privilege is set in motion by clips from an old black and white educational film; facts and data shot off a Macintosh computer; and a cast of characters with varied, provocative, and often contrasting political critiques. “[Rainer’s] most accessible film…. Who else could spin hot flashes, Lenny Bruce, Carmen Miranda, and Soul on Ice into such a pungent brew?” – The Village Voice

 

Films in Competition 7

7:15pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: Turtles Are Always Home (Rawane Nassif), Music of Desire (Kristin Reeves), Watching the Detectives (Chris Kennedy), Stop Speaking (Alisa Yang), Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can't Fix (Jennifer Proctor), Untitled (Björn Kämmerer), How Old Are You? How Old Were You? (Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu)

range by Mat Rappaport

Off the Screen! Performance

8:00 – 11:00 pm | Michigan Theater Graffiti Alley

 

BUDDHA.mov 

Feature in Competition

9:15pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

Documentary turned fiction turned cross-media project turned social experiment, this film follows the life of Buddhadev Mangaldas, a cocksure 27-year-old cricketer who plays for Goa. What initially seems to be a classical unidirectional observational documentary of a successful sportsman quickly shifts into a more interactive piece when the cheerful—and, at times, gullible—protagonist of the film begins to linger with the camera. He increasingly gives in to his hedonistic ego, and in doing so unveils the most private parts of his eccentric life and multilayered personality. Directed by Kabir Mehta.

 

Films in Competition 8: Animation 

9:30pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent animated films from near and far: My Catchbasin Runneth Over (George Griffin), Ming (Danski Ting), The Stuff Revolution (Simon Alexander-Adams), Annihilation (Robbie Ward), Pigeon in a Net (Saana Inari), The UnWoods (Alyssa Sherwood), Where Is Eva Hipsey? (Orla McHardy), Red Riding Hood Redux (Danijel Žeželj), TO BE A TREE (Xin Sun), The Hostel/Die Herberge (Ulu Braun), Snake Bomb (Nolan Downs, Chris Kalis, Valerie Paykov), Spank Shot (Gina Kamentsky), Fundamental (ShihChieh Chiu), SDtoHDuprezMaxV2_009.mp4 (Anna Spence), Lotus Lantern (Xingpei Shen), 

Afterparty

10:00pm – 2:00am | Club Above | $5, Free with AAFF Pass

Features an 11pm live audiovisual performance of RGB.VGA.VOLT HD by James Connolly, plus a DJ set by Aaron Batzdorfer

RGB.VGA.VOLT HD by James Connolly

Off the Screen! Performance

11:00pm | Club Above

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

Films in Competition 9: Almost All Ages (Ages 6+) 

11:00am | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium | $6

A family-friendly program of narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films: LINK (Robert Löbel), Perforation Jubilation (Sean Kenny), Guerilla Toss: The String Game (K8 Howl, Jak Ritger), Cococo (Julian Gallese), Corridory (Matt Meindl), Lotte that Silhouette Girl (Elizabeth Beecherl, Carla Patullo), Chase (Páraic McGloughlin), When Time Moves Faster (Anna Vasof), you too (Daniel Schippers), The Stream VII (Hiroya Sakurai), 

Radical Democracy panel discussion

Off the Screen!

11:00am – 12:00pm | Ann Arbor Art Center

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

Feature in Competition

12:30pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

This picaresque essay film by celebrated documentarian Travis Wilkerson chronicles a 1946 murder in Alabama committed by the filmmaker’s great-grandfather S.E. Branch, a white man who killed Bill Spann, a black man. “The killing has become hidden family lore, and when Wilkerson sets out to unravel the mystery, he encounters obstacle upon obstacle, destroyed records, and everyone refusing to talk. He’s accused of bringing shame upon the family, shaking up old trouble nobody wants.” – Greg Evans. With Little Fiel (Irina Patkanian)

The Big House 

Feature in Competition  

1:00pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the prototypical college town: a small city with a huge research university, a tradition of political radicalism, and the largest stadium in the United States. The stadium could hold the entire population of Ann Arbor. Fans affectionately call it “The Big House.” This direct cinema documentary eschews gridiron grandeur to look closely at the labor—from the cooks to the snipers—that goes into hosting 100,000 people. Shot against the backdrop of the 2016 election, it portrays everything but the game. Directed by Terri Sarris, Markus Nornes, Kazuhiro Soda.

Through You: discussion with Lily Baldwin

Off the Screen! Salon Session 

1:00 – 2:00 pmSpace 2435 North Quad | Free
Discussion of the film Through You with Lily Baldwin and members of the Detroit women’s filmmaker collective Final Girls. Screenings will occur throughout the week, 12PM-6PM on Tuesday (3/20) and 10PM-6PM Wednesday (3/21)-Sunday (3/25). Screenings are first come, first serve, with registration onsite.

URe:AD TV (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora Television)

Special Program 

2:45pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

URe:AD TV is a transmedia “network” produced through a global open call for media and comprising fresh, contemporary audiovisual work by and for the African diaspora. Challenging the narrow, stereotypical, and banal aspects of both popular media and art institutional framing of Black representation, URe:AD TV grows and changes with new submissions as new videos are produced in collaboration with artists in the cities on the tour. This iteration shares the work of emerging artists from Brazil, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United States, Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Ethiopia. Curated by Shani Peters and Sharita Towne.

Five Easy Pieces  

Special Program 

4:00pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Featuring a performance by the Freshman Touring Company from the University of Michigan Department of Dance. Between 1966 and 1969, Yvonne Rainer made five short 8mm and 16mm black-and-white films. She incorporated them into live multimedia performances, but they were otherwise rarely seen prior to their 2004 release under the title Five Easy Pieces. Featuring: Hand Movie (1966), Volleyball (Foot Film) (1967), Rhode Island Red (1968), Trio Film (1968), and Line (1969).

 

Rough Remote Rumble

Feature in Competition 

5:00pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

A stone falls from a wall, rolls down the ground and suddenly stops. At that moment, a cloud with a very similar shape passes over. Directed by Jorge López Navarrete. 

 

The Irresistible Joy of Film: The Early Works of Karpo Godina

Special Program

7:00pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

The late Sixties and early Seventies were years of prosperity and unexpected freedom in Socialist Yugoslavia. Later dubbed the Black Wave, it was a time of incredible films that opposed official socialist-realist production. In this brief period, Karpo Godina’s work stood out as simultaneously subversive and optimistic, slightly ironic, while never cynical. These films celebrate life in socialist Yugoslavia and mock the ideological rigidity of the ruling party. They represent the best of Yugoslav cinema of the time. Curated by Marin Lukanović.

 

Films in Competition 10

7:15pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: Pancoran (Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie), An Empty Threat (Josh Lewis), dragons & seraphim (Sasha Waters Freyer), Mariachi Plaza (Misho Antadze), Dessert-Disaster (Alison Nguyen), Almost Nothing: So Continues the Night (Davor Sanvincenti), There for a while and then gone... (Christopher E McNamara), House (Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson), Framelines (Sabine Gruffat)

 

Vick’s Picks

Special Program

9:15pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

Vicki Honeyman directed the Ann Arbor Film Festival for 15 years, spanning the 26th through the 40th festivals. This hand-picked retrospective takes viewers on a visual celebration of some of the most outstanding film art presented at the festival. Honeyman shares a baker’s dozen of mostly 16mm films from the 15th through 38th festivals. Enjoy expertly curated works from past festivals, from George Griffin’s whimsical animated poem Viewmaster (1976) to Gerald Holthius’s lush documentary love letter to a now-closed mid-city airport, Hong Kong (1999). +Film in Competition: Morbid Sheep (Paul Winkler)

 

Films in Competition 11

9:30pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: Growing Girl (Marnie Ellen Hertzler), Making Love Outside (Sofia Caetano), Mahogany Too (Akosua Adoma Owusu), Camera Threat (Bernd Lützeler), Towards the Experimental Control of Dreaming (Ryan Betschart), Blue Movie (Michael Morris), Dead. Tissue. Love (Natasha Austin-Green), The Garden of Delight (Michael Fleming), FUDDY DUDDY (Siegfried A. Fruhauf), 

Afterparty

Live audiovisual set by Chris McNamara and DJ Chad Pratt

10:00pm – 2:00am | Red Room at Necto | $5, Free with AAF Pass

 

Blade Runner

Midnight Movie

12:00am | The State Theatre

Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic, loosely adapted from the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Please purchase tickets through the State Theatre website.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

Off the Screen!

What the Hell Was That? moderated by Daniel Herbert

11:00am – 12:00pmSpace 2435 North Quad | Free

Children are not Afraid of Death, Children are Afraid of Ghosts

Feature in Competition  

12:00pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

Four brothers and sisters, aged five to fourteen, collectively commit suicide by drinking pesticide. What could drive children to such an act of desperation? In 2015, shortly after this horrific event, documentary filmmaker and artist Rong Guang Rong travelled to the Chinese village where the drama took place in the hope of finding the answer. He was not welcomed—he was arrested, intimidated, and sent away, and his footage seized. He was nevertheless able to finish his film, and the result is an experimental, poetic documentary.

 

Strike a Rock 

Feature in Competition

12:15pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

In a deeply personal journey, Strike a Rock follows two South African activists who take on the infamous platinum mining company, Lonmin Plc. Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana are grandmothers and best friends living in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprang up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc. This was the company at the heart of the Marikana Massacre of 2012, when 37 striking mineworkers were killed by police. After the massacre shakes their poverty-stricken community, the women lead a historic fight for justice. Directed by Aliki Saragas.

 

The Impossible Picture

Feature in Competition

2pm | Michigan Theater Screening Room

“Our memory is so unreliable—sometimes what we see might as well be the future.”—Johanna F. Vienna

This is a childhood captured on 8mm film, documented by 13-year-old Johanna—a childhood as it might have been. We see fragments of family life and family secrets and an apartment regularly visited by women, centered around grandmother Maria Steinwendner, who holds weekly cooking clubs in her kitchen (but somehow, the women never actually seem to do any cooking). “Papa always said you have to be quick if you want to see anything because everything vanishes so quickly,” Johanna says to herself as she films the dead body of a cat on the pavement, “but I don’t think that’s true. I think you just have to keep looking.” And Johanna keeps looking—until the camera's gaze suddenly turns on herself. Directed by Sandra Wollner.

 

TREMOR - Es ist immer Krieg.

Feature in Competition

2:15pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

TREMOR is driven by the voices that run through it—the voices of poets and madmen, of a mother or a child. From reflexive thought to spontaneous account, from witness statement to fiction, they talk in turn about their experience of violence and war. We listen to them while our gaze is taken to places and scarred landscapes that are impossible to place. Noises from elsewhere filter through. The image becomes distorted and porous. Music starts to play. The film homes in on the presence of a pianist, before diffracting again…. TREMOR is a sensory journey between memory and nightmare. An act of resistance. Directed by Annik Leroy.

Bitch Thunder: Your Favorite All-Female Party Drumline

Off the Screen!

Various times starting at 4:30pm  | The Michigan Theater

WINNER'S NIGHT: 

The 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival closing events offer a program of select award-winning films as chosen by our jury.

Award Screening 1

5:00pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Onstage announcement of the 56th AAFF awards followed by a select screening of awarded films.

 

Award Screening 2

7:00pm | Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

Additional awarded films from the 56th AAFF

Afterparty

Live musical performance by saajtak

8:00pm – 12:00am | Babs’ Underground | $5, Free with AAFF Pass

 
 
 
 
 
 

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