TOUR PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE TOUR PROGRAM?

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour which launched in 1964 with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles, and Berkeley. Since that time, the AAFF tour has presented hundreds of influential works by film artists including Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn, and Jay Rosenblatt.

Beginning in June 2019 and continuing through February 2020, the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will visit galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts centers, and cinematheques throughout the world. This year we offer three distinct programs of recent independent and experimental short films from the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival across all genres: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative and hybrids.

The tour provides filmmakers the unique opportunity of having their work screened in front of audiences for whom, in many places, the tour venue is their only access to this form of film art. Each filmmaker participating in the AAFF tour is also paid for each tour stop, thereby helping to directly support their filmmaking.

The 57th AAFF tour offers three distinct digital programs—including, for the first time ever as a tour-stop option, the festival's "Almost All Ages" program. The "Almost All Ages" program is appropriate for people six years and older, in terms of both the content included and the attention span required. It’s also more easily accessible to people of all ages who may be new to experimental film.

DIGITAL PROGRAM ONE [99 Minutes]
Nine contemporary experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative videos, including:
• The Divine Way (La Via Divina) by Ilaria Di Carlo (The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for an Emerging Experimental Video Artist)

La Mesa by Adrian Garcia Gomez (The \aut\ FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film)

Mom's Clothes by Jordan Wong (The Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker)

Screen by Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller (The Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design)

As Above, So Below by Cooper Holoweski (The PROCAM Best Regional Filmmaker Award)

The Leafcutters by Catherine Chalmers (The Gil Omenn Art and Science Award) 

We Were Hardly More Than Children by Cecelia Condit (The Eileen Maitland Award)

Phantom Ride Phantom by Siegfried A. Fruhauf (Jury Award)

2Missed Calls by LNZ Arturo 

DIGITAL PROGRAM TWO [100 Minutes]
Nine contemporary experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative videos, including:

• BIRD MILK by Christopher Strickler (The UMCU Audience Award)

Traces with Elikem by Ariana Gerstein (The Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film)

TÅKE by Inger Lise Hansen (Jury Award)

• 32-Rbit by Victor Orozco Ramirez (The Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film)

Wolves From Above  by Demelza Kooij  (Jury Award)

• 60 Elephants. Episodes of a Theory. by Sasha Pirker and Michael Klein (The No Violence Award)

TROPICS by Mathilde Lavenne (Best Experimental Film)

• Gloria's Call by Cheri Gaulke (Best Documentary Film)

• Under Covers by Michaela Olsen (Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film)

ALMOST ALL AGES PROGRAM [51 Minutes]

Eight contemporary experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative videos, including: 

• Clean Slate by David Opdyke

• The Art of Living While Being Left Behind by Claudia Franzen

 Water Cycle by Tom Hansell 

• Orbit by Tess Martin

• Silo by Gina Kamentsky 

• Circus Movements by Lukas Berger and Mário Gajo de Carvhalho 

• Jane La Onda – "Fly" by K8 Howl and Jak Ritger 

Code Ruth by Caroline Voagen Nelson

TOUR STOPS FOR THE 57TH AAFF PROGRAMS

6.28.19: Rooftop Cinema series, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wisconsin

10.15.19: University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado

10.30.19: Pitzer College in Claremont, California

11.13.19: Pitzer College in Claremont, California

12.10.19: Alabama Museum of Contemporary Arts in Mobile, Alabama

1.18.20: Ludington Area Center for the Arts in Ludington, Michigan

1.26.20: Clinton Macomb Library in Clinton Charter Township, Michigan (Romeo Plank Road)

2.10.20: Ann Arbor District Library in Ann Arbor, MI

WHERE HAS THE TOUR PROGRAM PLAYED?

The 56th programs showed at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in Hawick, Scotland; Cinetopia Film Festival in Detroit; the Indie Memphis Festival in Memphis; Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan; Pitzer College in Claremont, California; the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island; the Mini Microcinema in Cincinnati; Casket Cinema in Minneapolis; Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles; the Ann Arbor District Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Rice University and the Aurora Picture Show in Houston.

BOOKING

For more information about booking the tour, including rates, please email us at tour@aafilmfest.org. The 57th AAFF touring programs are available for booking through March 2020.

COMMENTARY

PROMOTION

To support your promotion of the AAFF tour program, we provide high-quality still images, a customized PDF for printing posters/flyers, a customized PDF program summary, festival graphics and copy. In addition, the AAFF promotes each tour stop on its website and monthly eNewsletter (more than 7,000 active subscribers), and will conduct basic press outreach to each tour stops host city to help ensure media coverage.

 

"The AAFF touring show is a superbly curated collection that allows Filmforum to provide its audience with the latest and best, well documented and supported with publicity materials."  

               – Adam Hyman, Programmer, Los Angeles Filmforum

"The AAFF has been at the forefront of experimental and avant-garde programming for decades

and Brooklyn audiences appreciated the opportunity to see the latest work from both leading and emerging independent filmmakers." 

– Florence Almozini, Director of Programming, BAMcinématek, NYC 

"The AAFF Tour fills our theater whenever it's in town. It's not just an opportunity to see both primitive and cutting-edge cinema, its a chance to see the WORLD—as it is, imagined and re-created by filmmakers." 

– Angel Vasquez, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University

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