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The 49th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour Program 2
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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The 49th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour Program 2
Sunday December 11, 2011 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
The 49th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour  Program 2
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd (at Las Palmas), Los Angeles CA 90028

In person: Laida Lertxundi, Paul Gailiunas! (schedules permitting)

Info: www.lafilmforum.org and alternativeprojections.com
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum students

Filmforum presents the 2011 edition of the 49th AAFF Traveling Tour, giving Los Angeles audiences a chance to see the best new experimental works from around the world!  This program of short films includes recent experimental, narrative, documentary and animated films selected from the most recent Ann Arbor Film Festival. The program includes Fern Silva's 2010 film In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails (winner of Best Experimental Film at the AAFF), a journey through Brazil and a mystical tale of creation and destruction inspired by a prayer to the maternal ocean goddess Iemanjá.

Laida Lertxundi's 16mm film Cry When It Happens, "a restrained psychodrama of play, loss, and the transformation of everyday habitats" begins in a dingy motel room with a view of Los Angeles City Hall before traversing into an expansive California landscape (shot in the bucolic Montaña de Oro State Park) punctuated by the Blue
Rondos' 1964 song "Little Baby." "Lertxundi probably has a better sense of bodily relations, suburban detail, and epic landscape, spaces rising deep in the frame instead of receding, than anyone in America, but her accumulation of precisions makes a through line of disembodied gazes, very much of 2011, in which each portal seems to lead forward or back to the next." -David Phelps, The L Magazine

The program concludes with the final film from the late animator Helen Hill (1971-2007), completed in 2010 by her husband Paul Gailiunas. Hill was one of the most well-regarded experimental animators of her generation and began The Florestine Collection upon her discovery of more than 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile one Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. She set out to make a film about the dressmaker, an elderly seamstress who had recently passed away. Other works include Berlin Tracks 18h00-20h00, a mesmerizing and rhythmic view of the railway tracks in Berlin, by Shiloh Cinquemani; Miramare, an animated look at life on the Mediterranean borders of Europe by Croatian animator Michaela Muller; Protoparticluas, a humorous science fiction film from Spanish filmmaker Chema García Ibarra; and Atlantiques, a documentary that recounts the odyssey of Senegalese friends who attempt a life-threatening boat crossing by filmmaker Mati Diop (lead actress in Claire Denis's recent 35 Rhums).

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the leading experimental film festival in the United States, held each March.  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. http://www.aafilmfest.org/

Screening:
CRY WHEN IT HAPPENS by Laida Lertxundi (Los Angeles, CA | 14 min)

BERLIN TRACKS 18h00-20h00 by Shiloh Cinquemani (Cambridge, MA | 3 min)    Los Angeles Premiere!

MIRAMARE by Michaela Müller (CROATIA /  SWITZERLAND | 2010 | 8 min | 35mm on video) Los Angeles Premiere!

ATLANTIQUES by Mati Diop (SENEGAL / FRANCE | 2009 | 15 min | video) Los Angeles Premiere!

PROTOPARTICULAS by Chema García Ibarra (Spain | 2010 | 7 min | video) Los Angeles Premiere!

IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DARKNESS PREVAILS by Fern Silva (Brazil / USA | 2010 | 13 min | 16mm on video) Los Angeles Premiere!
Best Experimental Film Award 49th AAFF

THE FLORESTINE COLLECTION by Helen Hill, Paul Gailiunas (South Pasadena, CA | 31 min)
AAFF Jury Award
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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.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Happy Holidays!  Eight shows in January in conjunction with Alternative Projections!

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2011 is our 36th year
Memberships available, $60 single or $95 dual
Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.  www.lafilmforum.org
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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