By Brian Brooks | Indiewire March 3, 2009 at 5:24AM
A dozen short films, including Don Hertzfeldt's "I Am So Proud of You," Sam Green's "Clear Glasses" and Danny Plotnick's "Out of Print" will screen as the opening gala of the 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival, taking place March 24 - 29. The event's roster includes 33 screenings of 125 competition films from 20 countries.
This year's festival explores a handful of resonant themes, including "the evolving battle for Fair Use, existential dilemmas, evolving definitions of 'home,' strong female voices, utopian goals gone awry and the inspiration of art." Other highlights of the festival are a screening of "Mock Up On Mu" by animator Craig Baldwin, an "Out Night" with Debra Miller for an evening of LGBT programming and a restored presentation of "Cry Dr. Chicago," by Ann Arbor fest filmmaker and founder, George Manupelli. Don Hertzfeldt will also be feted with a special event, including a Q&A with the Oscar nominee. The final day of the fest will feature a screening of Kief Davidson's "Kassim the Dream."
[For a full list of slated films and other events, visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival website.