Special Presentations Events

Wednesday, March 26

12:30pm
Juror Presentation: Steve Anker

Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Special Presentations

Big As Life, 8mm Experimental film in the U.S.:  The Boston Underground, 1976–1992 Big As Life was a 76 program series held at The Museum of Modern Art from 1998...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

7:00pm
Joseph Bernard: Super 8 Films

Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

Joseph Bernard, a Detroit-based artist schooled in painting, worked exclusively with Super 8mm silent films for ten years beginning in the late 1970s. He made over 100 films during this...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

9:15pm
Thom Andersen: Films 1964–2014

Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

The first of a five program complete retrospective of the work of Los Angeles based filmmaker Thom Andersen. This program will feature six short films, featuring newly restored prints of...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

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

12:30pm
Juror Presentation: Hope Tucker

Filmmaker in Attendance, Short Film, Special Presentations

The Obituary Project As director of The Obituary Project, a compendium of experimental salvage ethnography that transforms a quotidian form of narrative, Hope Tucker reframes the passing of sites, people,...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

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)

5:10pm
Penny W. Stamps Presents Penelope Spheeris

Filmmaker in Attendance, Special Presentations

Often referred to as a “Rock ‘n Roll anthropologist”, Penelope Spheeris is an American director, producer and screenwriter.  Her groundbreaking exploration of the seminal Los Angeles punk scene, The Decline...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

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)

9:15pm
Penelope Spheeris: Films 1968–1998

Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

A program of short independent films by Penelope Spheeris, who will be in attendance. The program includes her early films I Don’t Know and Hats Off to Hollywood, which screened...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Friday, March 28

12:30pm
Juror Presentation: Jeremy Rigsby

Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

Archaic Beasts, God's Asshole and Other Ideas of the Previous Century Presented and curated by Jeremy Rigsby and Oona Mosna, Program Directors of the Media City Film Festival. Media City...

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

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)

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)

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

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

6:00pm
Award Screening 1

Films in Competition, Short Film, Special Presentations

Onstage announcement of the 52nd AAFF awards followed by a select screening of awarded films.  ...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

8:15pm
Award Screening 2

Films in Competition, Short Film, Special Presentations

Additional awarded films from the 52nd AAFF.  ...

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Special Presentations Films

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