Little Girl » Ann Arbor Film Festival

Little Girl

(Bruce Baillie, 1966/2014, 10 min)

This film by Bruce Baillie, completed in 1966 but unreleased until 2014, is contemporaneous with Castro Street, but is much more formally connected to All My Life or Still Life, also from the same year.  In three sections with three different formal strategies, Baillie shares distilled moments of found natural beauty as he encountered them in the North Bay outside San Francisco.  The first section features a study of plum blossoms, rendered in rich, multiple superimpositions that allow the white flowers to explode into a blizzard of visual complexity, framed by a panning shot of purple mountains.  In the second section, Baillie allows us a furtive glimpse of the titular little girl, waving to cars with her dog on the side of the road, lost in her world and thoughts.  Bruce’s framing remains unadorned, feeling no need to add to or take away from a beautiful piece of simple portraiture.  The third section, of waterbugs on the surface of a pond, remind us how remarkable and sensitive Baillie’s camerawork can be, as he observes their graceful dances, and the subtle light and water effects they produce by their movements. -Mark Toscano

Film is not in competition

16mm


Directed by Bruce Baillie


Showing:

Tuesday, March 25 8:15pm

Opening Night Screening

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)