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Tue, March 27, 8:15pm

Opening Night Screening

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

A selection of short films, featuring innovative new works in animation, documentary, experimental and independent cinema.

Films Showing:


(Karen Aqua, 2011) 4 min

The animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms reside in a state of constant flux, reflecting a world of transience, mutability, and impermanence. Through the metaphor of visual transformation, this film explores...

River Rites

(Ben Russell, 2011) 12 min

“Animists are people who recognize that the world is full of persons, some of whom are human, and that life is always lived in relationship with others.”—Graham Harvey, Animism A...

Shadow Cuts

(Martin Arnold, 2010) 5 min

The first in a four-film series, Martin Arnold directs his deconstructive impulses to the heritage of Walt Disney. The result is a neurotic re-animation that comes to life in the...

Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke

(Jillian Mayer, 2011) 13 min

"Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke," commissioned by the Borscht Film Festival, is a collaboration between Miami artist Jillian Mayer (video featured in the Guggenheim video bienniale), Raktonur Films...

Pluto Declaration

(Travis Wilkerson, 2011) 4 min

Restore the classical definition of planet! Bring back planet Pluto! The solar system needs its twelfth planet....

Snakes and Ladders

(Katherin McInnis, Brooklyn, NY, 2011) 3 min

A flicker film of possible narratives, including an excavation of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and associated tabloid frenzy, and the cyclical nature of financial crisis. Soundtrack by Akiko Suzuki....

The Sea [is still] Around Us

(Hope Tucker, Boston, MA, 2011) 4 min

The postcard of a vacation spot usually enhances the reality. The contrast is more stark in Corinna, Maine, a former woolen mill town on the shores of Lake Sebasticook, where...

Tokyo - Ebisu

(Tomonari Nishikawa, Binghamton, NY, 2010) 5 min

JR (Japan Railway Company) Yamanote Line is one of the Japan's busiest lines, consisting of 29 stations and running as a loop. The film shows the views from the platforms...

Craig’s Cutting Room Floor

(Linda Scobie, San Francisco, CA, 2011) 2 min

Craig is a collage artist with an eclectic archive of 16mm prints. His floor is full of spliced off and discarded film frames left to pile, corrode and live out...


(Charles Fairbanks, Brussels, Belgium, 2010) 13 min

Irma is an intimate musical portrait of Irma Gonzalez, the former world champion of women’s professional wrestling. Filmed in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl – a notorious district of Mexico City – Irma...

It’s such a beautiful day

(Don Hertzfeldt, Austin, TX, 2011) 23 min

Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems, in this final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt's "Everything will be OK" trilogy....

A Man and his Dog Out for Air

(Robert Breer, 1957) 3 min

"[A] brilliant and astonishing ballet animated with unprecedented virtuosity!" - Burch, Film Quarterly Screening of this film is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...