The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour Digital Program A
Sunday August 7, 2011, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour Digital Program A
Filmforum hosts the 2011 edition of the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour, giving Los Angeles audiences a chance to see the best new experimental works from around the world! One digital show now; 16mm coming in December!
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour concept, starting with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles and Berkeley in 1964. Since that time, the AAFF Tour has presented hundreds of influential works, including films by Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn and Jay Rosenblatt.
Beginning in July 2011 and continuing through February 2012, the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will visit galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts centers and cinematheques throughout the world. Our tour offers several distinct programs of recent independent and experimental short films from the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival across all genres: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative and hybrids.
The tour provides filmmakers the unique opportunity of having their work screened in front of audiences for whom, in some places, the tour venue is their only access to this form of film art. Each filmmaker participating in the AAFF Tour is also paid for each tour stop, thereby helping to directly support their filmmaking.
The AAFF Tour offers a digital program (divided into two 90-minute parts) and a 16mm program. Click here to see the complete listing of programs: http://aafilmfest.org/tour-program
Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members
Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Nulepsy, by Jessica Rinland | Surrey, England | 9 minutes
A chronicle of a pathological need to be nude. An old man tells the story of growing up with a disease called Nulepsy, which causes him to spontaneously remove his clothes. JSR
Home Movie, by Braden King | New York, NY | 14 minutes
[AAFF Best Narrative Award]
Blurring the traditional boundaries between documentary and dramatic fiction, Home Movie reveals an intimate and somber portrait of a woman at home with her two small children as they cope with the unexplained absence of their father.
The Mechanism of Spring, by Atsushi Wada | Tokyo, Japan | 4 minutes
[AAFF Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film]
An expression of the itchy feelings everyone experiences when Spring comes. AW
I Touched Her Legs, by Eva Marie Rødbro | Denmark | 15 minutes
[AAFF Emerging Experimental Video Artist Award]
An extraordinary portrait of a group of Southern teens hanging out in cars, rooms, and neighborhood yards in humid pool-party weather. Rødbro creates a deft and skillful montage in which animals, insects children and adolescents all inhabit an environment easily and warmly shared. Through subtly glancing shots taken at oblique angles and in brief bursts, I Touched Her Legs reaches directly into the soul of this small band of friends and explains everything that is important without a single dull expository declaration on their circumstances.
Pink, by Soon-Mi Yoo | USA/S. Korea | 6 minutes
[AAFF Jury Award]
Pink is a glimpse into a world of Itaewon in Seoul, South Korea. Itaewon was an R & R area for the US soldiers from the Yongsan military base. Although it is still patrolled by US military personnel, foreign workers from Southeast Asia and Africa also frequent the district. In a small concentrated area called Hooker Hill, women sit inside bars and "screen" potential customers. SMY
It, Heat, Hit, by Laure Prouvost | London, England | 7 minutes
It, Heat, Hit constructs and propels an inferred story through a fast-moving sequence of written commentary and excerpts of everyday incidents and pictures that have been filmed by the artist. Innocent and pleasing images, such as a swimming frog or snowy street scene, are followed by statements of love and implied violence. These are inter-cut with strange, disconnected images, such as close-ups of flowers, body parts or food. The mood of the film gradually becomes darker and more unsettling, though nothing is stated directly. The growing intensity of the film is reinforced by the oppressive rhythm of a drum which accompanies snatches of music and speech.
Jan Villa, by Natasha Mendonca | India/USA | 20 minutes
[AAFF Best of Festival Award]
After the monsoon floods of 2005 that submerged Bombay, the filmmaker returns to her city to examine the personal impact of the devastating event. The result is Jan Villa, a tapestry of images that studies the space of a post-colonial metropolis but in a way that deeply implicates the personal. The destruction wreaked by the floods becomes a telling and a dismantling of other devastation's and the sanctuaries of family and home. In its structure, Jan Villa is a vortex, drawing to its center all that surrounds it.
Aliki, by Richard Wiebe | Iowa City, IA | 5 minutes
[AAFF Most Promising Filmmaker Award]
Lake Aliki, Cyprus. For centuries, flamingos have wintered here from Iran. Rimbaud encountered them when he worked a quarry in Larnaca. 7th century Arab raiders described them to mark the burial site of Umm Haram, Aunt of the Prophet Muhammad. It is said that Lazarus spent his days on the shores of this lake after his resurrectionstaring into the sun to shake off the darkness of the grave. The Greeks represented flamingos in poetry, the Romans slaughtered them for their tongues. Today, a man sings:
Pharmacist, oh pharmacist, oh pharmacist,
I want medicine for myself, I want medicine for myself,
My heart, my heart, my heart is beating like this,
My heart is afflicted because of you.
Note that the Egyptian no longer validates for the Hollywood & Highland parking, although that may still be your best bett for parking. You'll have to get validation in the Hollywood & Highland complex though. There is also street parking, some $5 lots, and the Metro Red Line to Hollywood & Highland.
This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.
Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation. 2010 is our 34th year.
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