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Film Festival Coverage

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014 12:35 PM

Retrospective: 52nd AAFF Films of Inspiration

PHOTO BY PETE BUBLITZ / AMERICAJR.com

Ann Arbor Film Festival logo on the big screen inside the Michigan Theater

 

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Each year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival hosts and screens a worldwide collection of experimental and independent film/multimedia works, for competitive and retrospective purposes. Usually these films, though not all of them, tend to also bring out their creators for the sake of giving insight into their own work and celebrating those of their counterparts, be it iconic directors, longtime independents, and/or newcomers. It can be said that such exposure to their work brought them here, but exactly what was it that elevated their love of the art form enough to make such works?

Throughout the week of screenings and post-block Q&As, I approached such filmmakers in attendance to ask a simple question that I suspected would not require much difficulty in contemplating, and was proven wrong: What was the specific film or films they can recall influencing them into taking up filmmaking? Here are their provided titles:

  • Thom Andersen: Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)
  • Marika Borgeson: “The Accursed Mazurka” (Nina Fonoroff, 1994)
  • Bryan Boyce: The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, 1962)
  • Jack Cronin: “Un Chien Andalou” (Buñuel and Salvador Dali, 1929)
  • Jim Finn: “Simon of the Desert” (Buñuel, 1965); Mexican Bus Ride (Buñuel, 1952)
  • Shambhavi Kaul: The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
  • Chris Kennedy: “Flaming Creatures” (Jack Smith, 1963)
  • Rebecca Meyers: “50 Feet of String” (Leighton Pierce, 1995)
  • Phil Robinson: “Twin Peaks” (David Lynch, 1990-1991)
  • Ben Russell: “Land Without Bread” (Buñuel, 1933)
  • Joshua Gen Solondz: “2 Spellbound” (Les LeVeque, 1999)*; “Evil of Dracula” (Martha Colburn, 1997)
  • Alexander Stewart: “Save Me” (Stuart Hilton, 1994)
  • Malena Szlam: The works of Carolee Schneemann
  • Richard Tuohy: “Faith” (Bill Mousoulis, 1987)
  • Helena Wittmann: Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
  • Karen Yasinsky: The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)

*Comprised of footage from "Spellbound" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945)

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PHOTO BY PETE BUBLITZ / AMERICAJR.com

AAFF Filmmakers Joshua Gen Solonz, Rebecca Meyers, Ben Russell, Karen Yasinsky, and Helena Wittmann

 

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Filmmakers Alexander Stewart and Bryan Boyce

 

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AAFF Closing Night party at Alley Bar

 

 

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