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October 11 – The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour – Program 1


Sunday October 11, 2009, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents

The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour – Program 1

47th AAFF Tour

At the Echo Park Film Center

1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)

Los Angeles, CA 90026


For reservations, email

Note change in location!

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the original and longest running independent film festival in the United States, recognized as a premiere showcase for risk-taking, pioneering and art driven cinema. The AAFF pioneered the touring film festival concept in 1964 and each year brings a selection of favorite and award-winning short films to more than 25 galleries, universities, art house theaters and cinematheques throughout the world. This program explores themes of life and death within the geography of our surroundings, and includes films from Detroit, Montreal, San Francisco, Berlin, Toronto and Tokyo.

This exciting show mixes new experimental, animation, and documentary work – a great way to catch up on what is happening in film & video art!

The festival:


Dahlia – Michael Langan | San Francisco, CA | 5 minutes


An animated, fast-motion portrait that explores the bustle and permanence of a city: San Francisco. Set to a driving score of vocal percussion, this film is a high-velocity contrast of stable forms and the dynamic patterns of life.

Studies in Transfalumination – Peter Rose | Philadelphia, PA | 5 minutes [winner the Transfalumination Jury Award 47th AAFF]

The visual complexities of the ordinary world – a tunnel, a clump of grass, a discarded table, a piece of rock – are examined with modified flashlights and stripped down video projectors in this otherworldly exploration of place and perception.


Passages – Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre | Montreal, Canada | 24.5 minutes

An exquisitely drawn animation that tells the dramatic story of a mother giving birth to a child. Her enthusiastically awaited delivery day is turned on its head as systems go awry, jeopardizing the lives of both mother and baby.

Reincarnation – Takeshi Kushida | Tokyo, Japan | 5 minutes


An otherworldly and poetic portrayal of one man’s journey between lives, expressed through movement, flesh and color.

Six Apartments – Reynold Reynolds | Berlin, Germany | 12.5 minutes

Six isolated occupants of six different apartments live their lives unaware of each other. Without drama they eat food, wander between rooms, bathe, watch television, and sleep. For them, this is life; for the viewer this is a contemplation of worlds in constant activity and decay.

Video Terraform Dance Party – Jeremy Bailey | Toronto, Canada | 12 minutes  [winner Funniest Film Award 47th AAFF];jsessionid=C82137156768C2F723157F0B7B288F82

Based on his live performances, Bailey shows off his latest software program that allows the user to design a better world. Combining improv monologue, social commentary, and interactive software, Bailey provides a platform to laugh and dance in our seats while contemplating the ways we live together.

A City to Yourself – Nicole Macdonald | Detroit, MI | 24 minutes [winner Best Michigan Film Award 47th AAFF]

In 1950, Detroit’s population reached 1,849,568 people in the city; today there are fewer than half remaining. We hear a lot of negativity about the crumbling infrastructure of a shrinking, post-industrial city like Detroit, but what about the pluses of having a city to yourself?

91 minutes total run-time

This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.