The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) has announced the special programs and awards jury for its 48th season, to take place March 23-28.
Naomi Uman will present films from her series “Ukrainian Time Machine,” described as “personal documentaries exploring life in a small Ukrainian village.” British filmmaker and author Nicky Hamlyn will make his first AAFF appearance to present a special selection of his silent 16mm experimental films, while Daniel Barrow will bring his newest “manual animation,” “Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry,” from Montreal for a “performance that combines overhead lamp projection with video, music, and live narration.” Finally, this year’s AAFF will also showcase a program featuring new short avant-garde films and experimental documentaries from London-based distributor LUX, with Executive Director, Benjamin Cook, in attendance to present this program.
This year’s AAFF awards jury is composed of three filmmakers and curators: author and filmmaker Irina Leimbacher, Japanese new media artist Tomonari Nishikawa and Chicago-based experimental filmmaker Ben Russell (“Let Each On Go Where He May”). During the festival they will review all films in competition and grant over $16,000 in cash awards to filmmakers. Each juror will also present a free public program of their work during the festival.
These special program filmmakers and jurors will join legendary avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger at the festival for a career tribute to Anger that includes multiple screenings of his work and an on-stage conversation with the director at the Michigan Theater on Saturday, March 27. The complete Ann Arbor Festival festival line-up will be announced March 2.