November 22 – The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour – Program 2

Sunday November 22, 2009, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour – Program 2

At the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles 90028

This exciting show mixes new experimental, animation, and documentary work – a great way to catch up on what is happening in film & video art!  Tonight’s touring program highlights several new animated works and three short experimental documentaries. This program explores themes of a changing globalized world through personal, existential journeys and includes films from Paris, London, Winnipeg, New Zealand, and the U.S.

For reservations (not necessary), email us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.

$10 general, $6 students (with ID) and seniors.

Parking is now easiest at the Hollywood & Highland complex. Bring your ticket for validation. Parking is $2 for 4 hours with validation. Enter that complex on Highland or Hollywood. The theater is 1.5 blocks east.

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.

The festival: http://www.aafilmfest.org  Trailer: http://www.vimeo.com/5419558

Show screened from DV Cam except the last film, which will be 35mm

Cattle Call

“Cattle Call”
Mike Maryniuk & Matthew Rankin | Winnipeg, Canada | 4 min

Structured around the mesmerizing talents of 2007 Manitoba /Saskatchewan Auctioneer Champion, Tim Dowler, this film tries to create images as dazzlingly abstract, absurd and adrenalizing as the incredible language of auctioneering itself. It is the filmmakers’ hope that the film will induce near-bovine levels of dumbfoundedness in those who gaze upon it.

“Utopia, Part 3: The World’s Largest Shopping Mall”

Utopia

Sam Green & Carrie Lozano | San Francisco, CA | 12 min
Built in 2005, more than twice the size of the Mall of America, the South China Mall outside of Guangzhou in southern China was designed as a celebration of middle-class consumption and spectacle. Four years after it opened, however, the South China Mall sits almost empty and serves as a foreboding metaphor for the future of global capitalism.

Quiero Ver by Adele Horne

“Quiero Ver”
Adele Horne | Los Angeles, CA | 6 min

On the 13th of each month, hundreds of people gather at a site in the Mojave Desert to see visions of the Virgin Mary appear in the sun. They point Polaroid, cell phone, and video cameras at the sun, and compare interpretations of the resulting images.

“Skhizein”
Jeremy Clapin | Paris, France | 14 min

Skhizein

Audience Award 47th AAFF
Struck by a 150-ton meteorite, Henry has to adapt to living 91 centimeters from himself.

“Retouches”

Retouches

Georges Schwizgebel | Canada | 5 min
Best Animated Film 47th AAFF

A film that mesmerizes with visual acrobatics and a series of passing visions of perpetual motion. Between waves on a shore and a sleeper breathing, Schwizgebel alters the balance of shapes in the world and plays with perception to grasp the fleeting movement of our lives.

“Más Se Perdió”
Stephen Connolly | London, England | 15 min

Best Sound Design Award 47th AAFF
Employing a variety of cinematographic approaches and inspiration from Chris Marker’s “Lettre de Siberie” (1957), Connolly documents socially and politically charged spaces in Cuba, as they relate to notions of utopia and modern ruin.

Nora

“Nora”
Alla Kovgan & David Hinton | Somerville, MA | 35 min

Eileen Maitland Award 47th AAFF

Shot in Southern Africa, this film powerfully illustrates the personal journey of dancer Nora Chipaumire, who was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. With stunning cinematography and choreography, her stories are brought to life through movement, sound, color and text.

“Blue Tide, Black Water”

Blue Tide and Black Water

Eve Gordon & Sam Hamilton | Auckland, New Zealand | 10 min

Amid an ocean of wax one might chance upon a garden of flowering chemicals, where the filmmakers have circumnavigated microscopic reactions, creating an epic in miniature. In 35mm!

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.  Additional support generously provided by the American Cinematheque.

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