Feature Length Events

Wednesday, March 26

4:30pm
“Gradual Speed” screening w/ “White Ash”

Feature Length, Films in Competition, Short Film

Gradual Speed, the latest 16mm film from Brussels-based artist Els Van Riel, is an austere meditation on movement, matter, light and perception. Screening with White Ash, the most recent digital...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Thursday, March 27

3:00pm
Thom Andersen: “Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer”

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

A 35mm print, newly restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive; “Thom Andersen’s first feature announced the arrival of one of America’s most significant documentary auteurs.  Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

6:45pm
“Manakamana”

Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Special Presentations

The newest work from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab—which previously produced Sweetgrass, Leviathan (51st AAFF) and People’s Park (51st AAFF). Manakamana is composed of 11 shots from the inside of a...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Friday, March 28

3:00pm
“From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf”

Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Films in Competition

Comprising over four years of footage, From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf is the result of a collaboration between the Indian art collective CAMP and a group of sailors from...

UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium

4:00pm
Thom Andersen: “Red Hollywood”

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

Remastered and re-edited, Thom Andersen and Noël Burch's revelatory 1996 documentary about films made by "Red" Hollywood—screenwriters and directors who were communists, ex-communists, or sympathizers named by the House Un-American...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

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)

7:00pm
“A Spell to Ward off the Darkness”

Feature Length, Films in Competition, Short Film

Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s collaborative film A Spell to Ward off the Darkness follows an unnamed character (musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe) through three seemingly disparate moments in his life....

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

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)

11:59pm
Midnight Movie: “Suburbia”

Feature Length, Historic Film, Midnight Movies, Special Presentations

Penelope Spheeris’s 1984 cult film, produced by Roger Corman, features street kids and punk musicians (Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers among others) performing as suburban punks squatting in...

State Theatre

Saturday, March 29

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)

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)

5:00pm
“The Absent Stone (La Piedra Ausente)”

Feature Length, Films in Competition

In 1964, through an impressive feat of engineering, the largest carved stone in the Americas was moved from San Miguel, Coatlinchan to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City. The...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

7:00pm
“Touch”

Feature Length, Films in Competition

In Shelly Silver’s most recent film, a man returns after fifty years to Chinatown in order to care for his dying mother. He is a librarian, a gay man, something...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

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)

11:59pm
Midnight Movie: “Suburbia”

Feature Length, Historic Film, Midnight Movies, Special Presentations

Penelope Spheeris’s 1984 cult film, produced by Roger Corman, features street kids and punk musicians (Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers among others) performing as suburban punks squatting in...

State Theatre

Sunday, March 30

11:00am
“It For Others” screening w/ “Statues Also Die”

Feature Length, Films in Competition, Historic Film

Artist and filmmaker Duncan Campbell has taken Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die) as both source and artifact, to pursue a meditation...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

12:00pm
Thom Andersen: “Reconversão”

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

This 2012 film is the final program in the retrospective of Thom Andersen. Reconversão is a combination travelogue and architectural study focusing on 17 buildings and projects by the often-controversial...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

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)