ARBOR, Mich. -- Concluding Friday night’s program
series, the 50th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival set aside the
Michigan Theater’s Main Auditorium for an in-competition
marathon of animated short films ranging in release dates from
2010 to 2011. Preceded by a dedication to the late Karen Aqua
who passed away last year, the program kicked off with a non-competitive
re-showing of Perpetual Motion, Aqua’s rhythmic
presentation of ancient to present passage that was an entry at
the 1992 Festival.
Fiesta Brava by Steven Woloshen of Montreal, an ode to
old-world Spanish tradition in theme and soundtrack presented
in an etching style reminiscent of 1960s light shows.
in animation and narrative was Los Angeles native Jason Carpenter’s
The Renter, revolving on the common story of a boy residing
in his grandma’s shack alongside a dark guest.
marquee name belonged to the Quay Brothers, whose 20-minute long
Maska is the latest example of their trademark bruised
porcelain doll characters who linger among blurs and blackness.
The plot stems from Stanislaw Lem’s novel of the same name,
presented by the Quays as a nightmare visual of a mission undertaken
in different skins.
familiar, hilarious, and impressive short in terms of splicing
and copyright resolving was “Walt Disney’s ‘Taxi
Driver,’ which really needs no plot explanation. “Assembled”
by Bryan Boyce of San Francisco, the short is a fantastic sync-up
of the Magic Kingdom’s finest descending into Travis Bickle’s
most dismal hot spots, right down to Tinkerbell arriving to “wash
all the scum off the streets.”
total competitive shorts presented, including the North American
premiere of Juan Camilo Gonzalez’s “SiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSi,”
it comes down to Sunday night on what works were visually endearing
to the organized jurors enough to receive the most appropriate
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