ARBOR, Mich. -- The
Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) announces the awards jury and special
programs for its 50th season. Independent filmmakers and artists
will present a vast body of work, March 27 – April 1, 2012,
including films from the past 50 years of AAFF history.
AAFF jurors are avant-garde filmmaking legend Peter Rose, Whitney
Biennial artist Michael Robinson and renowned curator and scholar
Peter Rose has made over thirty films, tapes, performances and
installations since 1968, many of which have screened at the Ann
Arbor Film Festival over the past four decades. His works raise
questions about the nature of time, space, light, perceptionand
language. Rose has been widely exhibited, both nationally and
internationally, having been included in shows at the Museum of
Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Centre Pompidou, the Rotterdam
International Film Festival and many more. As part of his free
juror screening (all juror screenings are free to the public)
Rose will show new work in addition to earlier works including
SECONDARY CURRENTS, which played in 1983 at the 21st
winner of the Most Promising Filmmaker award at the 45th AAFF,
Michael Robinson has garnered critical acclaim for his work and
most recently he’s been chosen as one of this year’s
Whitney Biennial artists. Robinson’s work strives to cultivate
new resonances between seemingly disparate elements, harnessing
the surface connotations of specific landscapes, television shows,
texts, songs and sounds as psychological triggers, ripe for reconfiguration.
His work has been discussed in publications such as Cinema Scope,
Artforum, and Art Papers, and he was listed as one of the top
ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment magazine.
Geritz is a film curator at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific
Film Archive and has authored many articles on the subject of
experimental film. She recently co-edited the book RADICAL
LIGHT: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area,
1945–2000 and was co-curator of the accompanying ten
program Radical Light film and video series. Geritz has been guest
programmer at many venues including the Flaherty Film Seminar
and the upcoming Brakhage Center Symposium (March 2012). She will
present a juror program of historic and influential films that
have screened at the AAFF over the past 50 years.
Film Archivist, Mark Toscano, will present a program of films
by Robert Nelson (1930-2012) including his rarely seen 1998 film
HAULING TOTO BIG which was awarded Best Film at the 36th
AAFF. The 50th AAFF will honor pioneering avant-garde filmmaker
Bruce Baillie, who will make a rare appearance to present three
programs of his work from over the past 50 years. These programs
and all other archival films/programs screened during the festival
are underwritten with generous grant support from the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Ann Arbor Film Festival will present two programs of Japanese
avant-garde film from the 70's through the 2000's with special
guest curator and 48th Festival Jury Member, Tomonari Nishikawa.
Another 48th AAFF Jury member, Irina Leimbacher, returns for the
50th to curate two programs of films and videos from the Middle
East; one program of recent work from Palestine, Lebanon and Morocco
and a program of films by the great Syrian documentary filmmaker
Omar Amiralay (1944-2011).
its relationship with the University of Michigan Museum of Art,
the AAFF presents a screening of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar
Panahi's THIS IS NOT A FILM. A day-in-the-life documentary
of Jafar Panahi’s experience of being under house arrest
and filmed almost entirely inside his apartment in Tehran, Panahi
creatively expresses his frustration of not being allowed to do
what comes so naturally to this passionate writer and filmmaker:
make films. THIS IS NOT A FILM is a courageous effort
by Panahi and his co-director Motjaba Mirtahmasb to fight against
censorship and for the human rights of, not only his colleagues
in the Iranian film industry, but filmmakers everywhere.
filmmaker and pioneering collage artist Craig Baldwin joins the
50th AAFF as part of the U of M Penny W. Stamps Distinguished
Speaker Series co-presented by the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Several
of Baldwin’s films have screened at the AAFF over the past
three decades. Baldwin is also an AAFF award winner, past AAFF
juror and curator of San Francisco's long-running acclaimed film
series Other Cinema.
and video artist Leighton Pierce will produce a major multi-channel
video installation in the Slusser Gallery on U of M’s North
Campus while at the U of M WORK gallery Phil Solomon will present
his three-channel installation AMERICAN FALLS, which
Art Forum critic Tony Pipolo describes as a “work epic in
conception and form…(and that) anyone still touched by the
poetic viability of the avant-garde should not miss an opportunity
to see it.” Phil Solomon will be in attendance for a program
of his own 16mm films and videos presented in the Michigan Theater.
festival program will be announced February 29, 2012, with tickets
on sale. Passes are on sale now at aafilmfest.org.
The 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 27 –
April 1, 2012, at the historic Michigan Theater and other locations
in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.
Baillie at 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Programs Pay Tribute to Pioneer of American Avant-Garde
ARBOR, Mich. --
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce a special appearance
by renowned avant-garde filmmaker Bruce Baillie at its 50th festival.
Baillie will be an honored guest presenting three programs of
his work during the 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Film Festival
beginning March 27th and running through April 1st, 2012.
At the first Ann Arbor Film Festival, held in 1963, a full program
was devoted to Bruce Baillie's short films. Baillie and his work
continued to be a strong and consistent presence during the first
decade of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which has become the oldest
and largest in the U.S. focused on experimental cinema.
at the 50th AAFF will include such major Baillie works as QUIXOTE,
QUICK BILLY, CASTRO STREET among others. A pioneer of the
American avant-garde film movement, Baillie will discuss his work
and his influence on film culture with the AAFF audience. This
is a special occasion as Baillie rarely travels for in person
The 82 year-old Baillie, originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota,
began making work in 1960 with his first film ON SUNDAYS.
CASTRO STREET, Baillie’s 1966 film was selected for
preservation in 1992 by the United States National Film Registry.
His filmography includes nearly 30 films that have screened all
over the world.
to his film work, Baillie founded Canyon Cinema, which today is
the largest American distributor of experimental and avant-garde
cinema. In 1961 Baillie began a screening series in his back yard
together with Chick Strand and others. The series became the San
Francisco Cinematheque, an acclaimed exhibitor of experimental
film, digital media, and performance cinema that continues to
this day. Baillie currently resides off the coast of Washington
with his wife and two children.
About the Ann Arbor Film Festival
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 2,500 submissions annually from over than 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 50th Ann Arbor
Film Festival takes place March 27 – April 1, 2012. For
more information, visit aafilmfest.org.
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