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The Ann Arbor Film Festival is happy to announce the awards jury for the 50th season. This year’s group of esteemed jurors are avant-garde filmmaking legend Peter Rose, Whitney Biennial artist Michael Robinson and renowned curator and scholar Kathy Geritz.

Peter Rose has made over thirty films, tapes, performances and installations since 1968, many of which have screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival over the past four decades. His works raise questions about the nature of time, space, light, perception and language. Rose has been widely exhibited, both nationally and internationally, having been included in shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Centre Pompidou, the Rotterdam International Film Festival and many more. As part of his free juror screening (all juror screenings are free to the public) Rose will show new work in addition to earlier works including SECONDARY CURRENTS, which played in 1983 at the 21st AAFF.

As the winner of the Most Promising Filmmaker award at the 45th AAFF, Michael Robinson has garnered critical acclaim for his work and most recently he’s been chosen as one of this year’s Whitney Biennial artists. Robinson’s work strives to cultivate new resonances between seemingly disparate elements, harnessing the surface connotations of specific landscapes, television shows, texts, songs and sounds as psychological triggers, ripe for reconfiguration. His work has been discussed in publications such as Cinema Scope, Artforum, and Art Papers, and he was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment magazine.

Kathy Geritz is a film curator at Pacific Film Archive, where she has worked since 1981. She is co-editor of the recent book, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, and co-curated the accompanying film tour. Her film related activities have included curating the Flaherty Film Seminar in 2002, co-curating an annual program of avant-garde cinema for the San Francisco International Film Festival, and serving as an ongoing pre-selector for the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. She teaches an annual film curating internship at UC Berkeley. She will present a juror program of historic and influential films that have screened at the AAFF over the past 50 years.

Please join each of the jurors for their individual juror screenings at the Michigan Theater Wednesday, March 28th through Friday, March 30th. Refer to the official program (announced February 29th) for specific times, locations and films programed.

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