By Aaron Bogert | Indiewire March 8, 2012 at 1:5PM
The 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival has announced its full line-up for this year. The festival focuses on short films and experimental work and has almost 200 films being screened this year.
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.