The Opening Night screenings offer an electic mix of shorts to begin the festival with highlights including: Ben Russell's "River Rites"; Jillian Mayer's "Life and Freaky Time of Uncle Luke"; Katherine McInnis's "Snakes and Ladders"; Hope Tucker's "The Sea [is still] Around Us; and the animated "It's Such a Beautiful Day," Don Hertzfeldt's final chapter of his "Everything Will Be OK" trilogy.
The festival will be continuing its popular Out Night screenings this year which focuses on LGBTQ-themed films. In attendance will be special guest Barbara Hammer to screen several of her films. Other highlights being screened on Out Night include: "Jerovi," a 1965 short film by Jose Rodrigues-Soltero; Ira Sach's faux-documentary "Lady"; and "In Frank's Cock," the 1994 winner for Best Dramatic Film at Ann Arbor.
In addition to the plethora of short films being screened, the festival is also screening feature-length films with highlights including: Simone Rapisarda Casanova's documentary "The Strawberry Tree," which focuses on one of the last fishing villages in Cuba; Betxy Bromberg's experimental "Voluptuous Sleep"; and Daniel Schmidt & Gabriel Abrantes's "Palaces of Pity."
The Ann Arbor Film Festival runs from March 27-April 1.
A full list of films being screened and in competition can be found here.