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2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival: Special And Free Programs Announced

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The 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival is set to run on March 23-28 and while the specific lineup hasn’t been announced yet, the fest has released information on two separate programs: The Special Programs and the Free Programs.

The Special Programs are a trio of curated events featuring the work of three different filmmakers:

    1. In 2006, filmmaker Naomi Uman moved to the Ukraine — the country of her great-grandparents — and settled into the village of Legedzine. Unfamiliar with the language or the culture, Uman documented her gradual understanding of both in several 16mm short films collectively titled the “Ukranian Time Machine,” which will screen at Ann Arbor., Austria’s Viennale and the Sundance Film Festival.

  1. Nicky Hamlyn, a British filmmaker will screen a selection of his work. His short, silent 16mm films are created one individual frame at a time and focus on rural and urban landscapes and domestic interiors.
  2. From Montreal, Daniel Barrow will perform his latest work in “manual animation,” Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry. Using overhead projection, video, music and narration, Barrow chronicles a garbage man’s attempt to create his own phone book that includes full stories about all the people living in the city.

In addition, AAFF presents six free programs:

  1. March 24, 5:00 p.m.: Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat will perform their collaboration Time Machine; wherein Gruffat guides the audience through the wonderful world of digital and analog hyperspace, while Brown takes viewers on a nostalgic trip through roadside attractions.
  2. March 25, 5:10 p.m.: German experimental filmmaker Matthias Muller will give a lecture on the use of found footage in film. Muller specializes in working with found footage and organized the Found Footage Film Festival. Mulle also won the Best of Festival Award at the 41st AAFF.
  3. March 26, 3:30 p.m.: “Tomorrow’s Obsolescence” is a panel discussion about the new worlds of theatrical and online viewing and DVD distribution. Panelists include Emily Doe of Wholphin, Brigid Reagan of Video Data Bank, and Benjamin Cook of LUX Artists’ Moving Image. The panel will be moderated by Jonathan Marlow, Executive Director of the San Francisco Cinematheque.
  4. March 26, 5:00 p.m.: At “Dream Awake – How James Joyce Invented Experimental Cinema and Disguised it as a Book,” Gerry Fialka presents an interactive workshop based on how the classic Joyce novel Finnegans Wake prefigured experimental cinema.
  5. March 26, 5:30 p.m.: Watch a free Music Video Showcase with videos that are in competition at this year’s AAFF.
  6. March 28, 12:00 p.m.: “What the Hell Was That?” is a free screening and discussion about experimental film. The discussion will be hosted by Dan Herbert, assistant professor at U of M’s Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, who will also screen several short experimental works in this year’s fest.

For more info on the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival, please visit their official site.


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