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Sunday, 1 April, 2012 9:42 PM

Friday night is an animated one for the 50th Ann Arbor Film Fest

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AAFF Executive Director Donald Harrison discusses the animated films on March 30, 2012.

 

by Pete Bublitz
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ANN 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.

Next was 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.

More traditional 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.

The segment’s 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.

The most 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.”

With 12 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 awards.

For more information on the 50th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, visit www.aafilmfest.org/50/

Related Story: Awards Jury and Special Programs Announced for 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival

 

 

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Attendees are mingling in the lobby of the Michigan Theatre

 

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Festival goers on the first floor

 

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It was very crowded inside the Michigan Theatre

 

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Introducing the films...

 

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Wine glasses in the bar area

 

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