Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

603 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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

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Wednesday, March 26

3:00pm
Music Videos in Competition

New music videos by Lori Felker, Ben Russell, Sabrina Ratté, Emily Pelstring, Melika Bass, Ian Cheng and others featuring the music of Implodes, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter,

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

7:15pm
Films in Competition 1

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

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9:30pm
Out Night: Films In Competition

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

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Thursday, March 27

5:10pm
Penny W. Stamps Presents Penelope Spheeris

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

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7:15pm
Films in Competition 2

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

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9:30pm
Films in Competition 3

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

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Friday, March 28

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

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,

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7:15pm
Films in Competition 4

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)

9:30pm
Animated Films in Competition

A broad program of contemporary experimental animation from the U.K., Spain, Japan, Poland, and the U.S. featuring the Quay Brother's latest film Unmistaken Hands: Ex Voto F.H.

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Saturday, March 29

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

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.

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

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

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5:00pm
“From Deep”

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

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7:15pm
Films in Competition 9

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

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9:30pm
Films in Competition 10

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

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Sunday, March 30

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

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

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1:00pm
Films in Competition 11

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

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3:00pm
“Purgatorio”

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

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6:00pm
Award Screening 1

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

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

8:15pm
Award Screening 2

Additional awarded films from the 52nd AAFF.  

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