The Ann Arbor Film Festival and the City of Ann Arbor Television Network (CTN) continue their partnership celebrating the work of filmmakers and artists featured at the Festival. Season 8 of Let's Watch with the Ann Arbor Film Festival focuses on four artists participating in the Off the Screen program at the 61st Festival, March 21-26, 2023 (online through March 29).
The guiding presence for all eight seasons of Let's Watch is host Dana Denha. "Being the producer/host of Let’s Watch with the Ann Arbor Film Festival for the past 8 seasons," Denha said, "has been like no other show I have worked on....I am constantly learning about the arts and the mind of the artists, and this season we brought to the forefront the AAFF Off the Screen program with in-depth interviews from 4 very different artists that will be showcasing their must-see talents at venues throughout Ann Arbor during the 2023 film festival."
Festival Director Leslie Raymond, who developed the CTN relationship with Denha, said “Dana is so good at interviewing our artists. She is very down to earth, which helps open the door and make their artwork more accessible to more people, which is not always easy with contemporary art.”
Each year, Off the Screen presents a variety of intermedia installations, performances, and workshops—including expanded and live cinema performances, new media installations, and educational salon sessions. The artists featured on this season of Let's Watch (Troy Ramos, Dawn Roe, Joel Swanson, and Brent Coughenour) will give you an early glimpse of Off the Screen as well as the breadth of programming at the 61st Festival.
Binge watch them now or, if you are in Ann Arbor, treat yourself to the CTN broadcasts on Comcast (XFINITY) Channel 18:
Episode One: Troy Ramos | Sunday, January 1 (7 pm)
Episode Two: Dawn Roe | Sunday, Jan 15 (7 pm)
Episode Three: Joel Swanson | Sunday, Jan 29 (7 pm)
Episode Four: Brent Coughenour | Sunday, Feb 12 (7pm)
Let's Watch with the Ann Arbor Film Festival is available to stream on YouTube and on Channel 18 for local Ann Arbor viewers. All of the episodes are also available on the Let's Watch page of the AAFF website.