Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

603 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Wednesday, March 26

12:30pm
Juror Presentation: Steve Anker

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

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

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

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7:00pm
Joseph Bernard: Super 8 Films

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

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9:15pm
Thom Andersen: Films 1964–2014

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

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Thursday, March 27

12:30pm
Juror Presentation: Hope Tucker

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,

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

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

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6:45pm
“Manakamana”

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

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9:15pm
Penelope Spheeris: Films 1968–1998

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

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Friday, March 28

12:30pm
Juror Presentation: Jeremy Rigsby

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

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4:00pm
Thom Andersen: “Red Hollywood”

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

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

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.

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

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.

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Saturday, March 29

11:00am
Films in Competition 6

New experimental, documentary and narrative films, featuring the World Premier of Sleeping District by Tinne Zenner and Certain Things by Mark Toscano; also featuring the Senegalese film Mille Soleils by

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1:00pm
Films in Competition 7

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

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2:59pm
Films in Competition 8

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:

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

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

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7:00pm
“Touch”

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

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9:15pm
“Costa da Morte”

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:

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Sunday, March 30

12:00pm
Thom Andersen: “Reconversão”

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

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3:00pm
Films in Competition 12

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

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