Documentary Events

Tuesday, March 25

8:15pm
Opening Night Screening

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Filmmaker in Attendance, Films in Competition, Historic Film, Narrative, Short Film

Filmmaker in Attendance

Short films in competition, featuring animation, documentary, narrative and experimental new works, including the North American premiere of A Million Miles Away by Jennifer Reeder (winner of Best Narrative at...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Wednesday, March 26

7:15pm
Films in Competition 1

Documentary, Experimental, Filmmaker in Attendance, Films in Competition, Short Film

A program of experimental and documentary films including Sea Series #9 & 13 by John Price, Akram Zaatari’s film essay Letter to a Refusing Pilot, the North American premiere of...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

9:30pm
Out Night: Films In Competition

Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Narrative, Short Film, Special Presentations

Our 13th annual program of LGBTQ films featuring recent documentary, experimental, and narrative works....

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Thursday, March 27

7:15pm
Films in Competition 2

Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Historic Film, Short Film

Experimental and documentary films including the World Premiere of A Return to The Return to Reason by Sabine Gruffat, Lunar Almanac by Malena Szlam, Starling’s Black Drop, a newly restored...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

9:30pm
Films in Competition 3

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

Experimental, documentary and animated films including new works by Helena Wittmann, Joshua Gen Solondz (awarded Best Animation at 51st AAFF), Karen Yasinksy, Charlotte Pryce, Paul Clipson, Rebecca Meyers, and Ben...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Friday, March 28

5:00pm
Penelope Spheeris: “The Decline of Western Civilization”

Documentary, Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Special Presentations

Penelope Spheeris’s cult documentary on the Los Angeles punk rock scene. Filmed throughout 1979 and 1980, Decline features concert footage of legendary Los Angeles punk bands Black Flag, Germs, X,...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

7:15pm
Films in Competition 4

Documentary, Experimental, Filmmaker in Attendance, Films in Competition, Short Film

New narrative, documentary and experimental films including the World Premiere of Adeline for Leaves by Jessica Sarah Rinland, The Blazing World by Jessica Bardsley, Cars & Killers by Gretchen Skogerson, and...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

9:15pm
Penelope Spheeris: “The Decline of Western Civilization Part III”

Documentary, Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Special Presentations

A very rare screening of the third film in Spheeris’s Decline trilogy. This 1998 documentary focuses on the “gutterpunk” lifestyle of homeless teenagers in Los Angeles....

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Saturday, March 29

11:00am
Films in Competition 5 (Ages 6+)

Animation, Documentary, Films in Competition, Narrative, Short Film

Documentary, animated and short narrative films including the World Premieres of films by Gina Kamentsky, Shannon Lee, and Troy Morgan; with the North American premiere of FFF1 by Marcin Giżycki....

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

12:30pm
Thom Andersen: “Los Angeles Plays Itself”

Documentary, Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Special Presentations

Newly remastered and reedited, Thom Andersen’s 2003 opus, Los Angeles Plays Itself traces the development and evolution of Los Angeles, “the most photographed city in the world”. Composed of hundreds...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

1:00pm
Films in Competition 7

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

New experimental and documentary films including Toros by Robert Fenz, The Disquiet by Ali Cherri, the World Premiere of Winter Present by Robert Todd and the North America Premiere of...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

2:59pm
Films in Competition 8

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

New experimental and documentary films including the World Premiere of Lagos Sand Merchants by Karimah Ashadu, Fresno by Leandro Listorti and sound that by Kevin Jerome Everson. Filmmakers in attendance:...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

5:00pm
“From Deep”

Documentary, Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Films in Competition

Brett Kashmere’s feature essay is about the game of basketball and its shifting place within 20th century American history and culture; focusing on the evolution from its indoor New England...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

7:15pm
Films in Competition 9

Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

New experimental and documentary films including Single Stream by Paweł Wojtasik, Toby Lee, and Ernst Karel and recent work by Jim Finn, Shambhavi Kaul, Wojciech Bąkowski,  Elise Florenty and Marcel...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

9:15pm
“Costa da Morte”

Documentary, Feature Length, Films in Competition

The “Coast of Death”, a region in Galicia, Spain, was considered the end of the world during the Roman period. Lois Patino’s documentary patiently observes the people who inhabit it:...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

9:30pm
Films in Competition 10

Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

New experimental, documentary, and animated films including the World Premiere of Sea of Vapors by Sylvia Schedelbauer and Broken Tongue by Mónica Savirón.  Filmmakers in attendance: Mónica Savirón, Mike Stoltz, Sarah J. Christman, Sylvia...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Sunday, March 30

1:00pm
Films in Competition 11

Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

New experimental and documentary films featuring the North American premiere of Picture Perfect Pyramid by Johann Lurf, Psalm IV: Valley of the Shadow by Phil Solomon, Deborah Stratman’s Hacked Circuit, Model Village...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

2:00pm
“The Forgotten Space”

Documentary, Feature Length, Special Presentations

Directed by filmmaker and author Noël Burch (b.1932) and the late artist, photographer and filmmaker Allan Sekula (1951–2013). The “forgotten space” of Sekula and Burch’s essay film is the sea,...

UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium

3:00pm
“Purgatorio”

Documentary, Feature Length, Films in Competition

Rodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

3:00pm
Films in Competition 12

Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

New experimental and documentary films inlcuding the World Premiere of Gente Perre (Dog People) by Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy. Filmmakers in attendance: Fern Silva, Andrew Kim, Anja Dornieden and...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Documentary Films

Light Plate

(Josh Gibson, 2012)

This whimsical black-and-white film essay explores the Tuscan landscape and the relationship between tradition, modernity and food. Through shimmering, hand-processed, window-framed ruminations, time passes in licks of light, while a...

Showing Saturday, March 29 11:00am

It For Others

(Duncan Campbell, 2013)

With It for Others, Glasgow-based, Irish artist Duncan Campbell has created an impressive study of the web of ideas that we enshroud things, art, consumption, life and death with -...

Showing Sunday, March 30 11:00am

Reconversão

(Thom Andersen, 2012)

Thom Andersen’s 2012 film Reconversão (Reconversion) surveys the work of architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Although Andersen was invited specifically to make the film in Portugal on the occasion of...

Showing Sunday, March 30 12:00pm