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Ann Arbor Fetes Kenneth Anger, Teases Lineup

Ann Arbor Fetes Kenneth Anger, Teases Lineup

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.

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