September 2, 2015




AAFF Key Sponsor and UK University of the Year, Edge Hill University, which has shown the AAFF touring program for the past several years, sent the Festival two wonderful interns to support our production of the 53rd in March 2015.


Creative Writing and Film Studies majors Philip Donnelly and Harriet Hirshman travelled overseas to Ann Arbor from Ormskirk, Lancashire to join our intern crew. They arrived about a week before and stayed through Festival week at Ann Arbor Inter-Cooperative Council student housing co-op Truth House.


The students helped out in a variety of ways including delivering tickets, ringing up senators, assembling filmmaker packets, documenting workshops, helping to set up art displays, and even becoming part of an artwork through assisting Flatsitter in its oculus rift performance.


Here is a poem sent to us by Philip, which he included in his final Creative Writing portfolio. It was inspired by the AAFF and the Michigan Theater.



Reel after reel
the scratched film
flickers through 28 sparks
and 53 years of people rolling down
the majestic staircase.
Rows of chairs soak up
the darkness until
snaps of light foams the
red velvet into

Opening night. People take
to their numbered seats in no particular
order. Glacial whiskeys in the hands of well
spoken women who curve their lips around
the word 'fuck' with delight. Thoughts of George
are fond. Spliced and cut with elegant
cinnamon dresses against grainy footage of sex
and parrots.

Vomit out the aisles and spill
into the lobby amongst the salty aroma
of burnt pine and acid tongues burning
holes into subtext.

Philip Donnelly
Spring 2015

Posted on September 2nd, 2015

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