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Film Festival Coverage

Saturday, 22 March, 2014 12:43 PM

52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival Preview: Features in Competition and Special Guests

The 52nd Festival will feature more than 200 films, videos and live performances with over 30 world, North American and U.S. premieres.

Graphic credit: AAFF

The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival runs from March 25 - 30, 2014 at the Michigan Theater and other locations.

 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Film Festival is pleased to present several feature-length films in its competition programming including A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness, (Friday, March 28th) the long awaited collaboration between Ben Russell and Ben Rivers and featuring musician Robert AA Lowe. Russell and Lowe will be in attendance. Robert AA Lowe, who records as Lichens, will give a live performance Friday late evening at the Performance Network Theatre.

Saturday afternoon, Brett Kashmere will be in attendance for the World Premiere of From Deep, Kashmere’s essay film about the game of basketball and its shifting place within 20th century American history and culture with a particular emphasis on its merger with hip hop in the mid-1980s and the rise of the "Dunkadelic Era."

Also screening on Saturday afternoon will be The Absent Stone, Jesse Lerner and Sandra Rozental’s film about the removal, in 1964, of the largest carved stone from San Miguel, Coatlinchan to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City and its aftermath. Jesse Lerner will be in attendance.

Saturday night the Festival presents two feature-length documentaries: Touch, the most recent film from Shelly Silver is a poignant and lyrical video diary of a gay man who returns, after 50 years away to his old neighborhood – New York City's Chinatown – to care for his dying mother.

The “Coast of Death”, a region in Galicia, Spain, was considered the end of the world during the Roman period. Lois Patino’s documentary Costa da Morte, patiently observes the people who inhabit it: the fishermen, loggers, and artisans who maintain both an intimate relationship and an antagonistic battle with this beautiful and vast landscape.

Purgatorio, Rodrigo Reyes' provocative essay film, which screens Sunday afternoon, re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.

 

A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness
(http://aafilmfest.org/52/films/a_spell_to_ward_off_the_darkness_1/) -
Friday March 28th, 7pm / Michigan Theater Screening Room

From Deep (http://aafilmfest.org/52/films/from_deep/) - Saturday March
29th, 5pm / Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

The Absent Stone
(http://aafilmfest.org/52/films/the_absent_stone_la_piedra_ausente/) -
Saturday March 29th, 5pm / Michigan Theater Screening Room

Touch (http://aafilmfest.org/52/films/touch/) - Saturday March 29th, 7pm
/ Michigan Theater Screening Room

Costa da Morte (http://aafilmfest.org/52/films/costa_da_morte_1/) -
Saturday March 29th, 9:15pm / Michigan Theater Screening Room

Purgatorio (http://aafilmfest.org/52/films/purgatorio/) - Sunday March
30th, 3pm / Michigan Theater Main Auditorium


Announcing the 52nd AAFF Special Programs

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce two special programs from its six-day Festival:

The Films of Joseph Bernard: Wednesday, March 26th, 7pm
Michigan Theater Screening Room | Filmmaker in Attendance

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is very pleased to present a program of films by Detroit-based artist Joseph Bernard. For almost ten years, from the mid-1970s through the mid-80s Bernard made over 100 Super-8mm silent films, “subjective, often highly manipulated, non-narrative observations frequently on filmmaking itself.” This program features a selection from his extensive body of film work, “film-as-film abstractions, … more closely akin to absolute music.” This will be a very rare opportunity to see these films projected from original Super 8mm prints.

Joseph Bernard studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago and was inspired by his teacher Stan Brakhage to make films. After a ten-year period of filmmaking, he returned to work in collage-painting. He worked with objects such as decals (handmade transparencies of photographic images with the paper removed), hair, seaweed, thread, feathers, petals, onion skins, strips of movie film, tape, stencils and crushed cans. After having bleached, painted, taped onto and scrapped into many of his later films — some chopped into thousands of pieces then rejoined by splices — this process of manipulation/collage became a personal vocabulary for newer paintings.

Joseph Bernard taught at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit until his retirement in 2007. A link to the Bernard's artist statement:
http://www.josephbernard.com/statement_mar_09.htm

The Forgotten Space: Allan Sekula and Noël Burch | Sunday, March 30th, 2pm
UMMA Helmet Stern Auditorium | FREE

The Ann Arbor Film Festival and the University of Michigan Museum of Art will present The Forgotten Space, a collaboration between Noël Burch (b.1932) and the late, great artist photographer and filmmaker Allan Sekula (1951-2013). The "forgotten space" of Sekula and Burch's essay film is the sea, the oceans through which 90% of the world's cargo now passes. At the heart of this space is the container box, which, since its invention in the 1950s, has become one of the most important
mechanisms for the global spread of capitalism.

The film follows the container box along the international supply chain, from ships to barges, trains, and trucks, mapping the byzantine networks that connect producers to consumers (and more and more frequently, producing nations to consuming ones). Visiting the major ports of Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Guangdong province, and many places between, it connects the economic puzzle pieces that corporations and governments would prefer remain scattered.

The Forgotten Space will be introduced by Brett Story, a non-fiction filmmaker, writer and geographer based in Toronto. Read her review of the film here: brettstory.com/review-the-forgotten-space

About the Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America, internationally recognized as a premier forum for film as an art form. The AAFF receives more than 3,000 submissions annually from over 70 countries and serves as one of a handful of Academy-Award qualifying festivals in the United States. The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour, and each year visits more than 35 theaters, universities, museums and art house cinemas around the world. The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 25th – 30th, 2014. For more information, visit aafilmfest.org

Source: Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF)
 

 

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