DIRtCTOR S WELCOME
March 12, 1996
The fun part of my job as Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival is getting to talk with the filmmakers and view the fruits of their labor on the silver screen, When the going gets tough, when the workload becomes overwhelming, I try to catch my breath and remember that I love the job and I love the Festival, because I love the art when it's at its best.
This has been the year for me to be reminded by participating filmmakers what awonderful Festival we have and how the Festival holds a place in their hearts and careers,Here's a few kind words that helped keep my spirits up this winter while putting together this year's events:
"My first film, Play ball', was shown at your Festival in 1990 and included in the Festival tour, This was a real boost and greatly encouraged me to keep on makâ¢ing films," -Gail Noonan
"Thanks as usual for all the tremendous work you do putting on what, in my mind, is still the most important Festival for this kind of work in the country," -Leighton Pierce
"I appreciate the fact that your Festival does not take video submissions, I for one think that the way a film "plays" in atheatre is a lot different from the way a video plays on aTV,Thanks," -Philip Mayor
For all of us working on the Fest,these messages give us the boost of energy we need, Another energy booster has been the joy of receiving entries from estabâ¢lished filmmakers-artists who have been entering their works here for as many years as I can remember,and even further back than that. It's a pleasure to be conâ¢sidered an important Film Festival to these highly respected artists who are still working in 16mm,
Now that Festival week is here, I'm reminded by an entirely different group of, people about the importance of the Ann Arbor Film Festival and how strongly it is appreciated, Our audience is agreat and much appreciated support and does a wonderful job of letting us know that we're presenting the best, the strongest, and the latest. Thank you for your continued support of the most exciting thing that hapâ¢pens in Ann Arbor in the wintertime, Thank you, a big big thank you, to all the filmâ¢makers for participating in our Festival. I also have a huge thank you to all our sponsors and donators,Most of the Festival operations and all the Festival prize money is funded through your generosity,And an especially big thanks to the long list of volunteers,the Festival interns and coordinators, and most especially to my devoted assistant for time well-spent. Your support and dedication keeps our Festival going and keeps us hard at work!
PO Box 8232 Ann Arbor, MI 49107 313.995.5356 313.995.5396 fax
Board of Directors
Steve Bergman Jackie Campbell Denny Hayes Carol Jacobson Jim Kruz Robert Rayher Michael Schwartz Joe Toboni March 1996
Dear Festival Participants:
With great pleasure we welcome you to the 34th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Throughout its history,the Ann Arbor Film Festival,one of the oldest festivals in the country, has attracted artists from around the world seeking a showcase for their talent and work. The Festival has provided these artists with appreciative audiences as well as rewards for outstanding works submitted to the Festival.
This year we are proud to be providing atotal of $10,000 in prizes for the winners in the various awards categories. We welcome and appreciate Grace &Wild Studios/Film Craft Labs and the School kids Record Label as new annual awards sponsors. We welcome back grant support from the Michigan Council for Arts &Cultural Affairs and the Arts Foundation of Michigan.Also,we are pleased to welcome Bravo/The Independent Film Channel as asponsor of the Festival. We hope that this is the start of a long relationship that will enable us to bring the mesâ¢sage of creative and independent filmmakers to more independent film enthusiasts throughout the country.One of the hopes of the Board this year is to have a videotape available for national distribution which will showcase the winners and highlights of the Festival.
In the coming years the Board hopes to expand the programs provided by the Festival, including an Artist-inâ¢Residence program. To that end,we welcome your comâ¢ments, suggestions,and support for future Festivals.
As government support for the arts dwindles and disappears,we will have to rely more than ever on your support and encouragement. We look forward to this chalâ¢lenge and with your help we can continue to provide the variety and creativity in filmmaking that we have all come to expect each March.
Thank you again.
Board of Directors
Ann Arbor Fim Festival
CITY OF ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
100 N. Fifth Awnue, P.O. Box 8647, Ann AItxlr, Michigan 48107 Phone (313) 994-2766 FAX (313) 994-8297
Welcome to the 34th Ann Arbor Film Festival!
On behalf of City Council and the people of Ann Arbor, I am pleased to have this opportunity to extend official greetings to participants and audience members who are attending this week-long event taking place in the historic Michigan Theater.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival offers a wide range of films that are a wonderful and enjoyable alternative to commercial theaters. In addition, filmmakers compete for awards and an opportunity to represent the Ann Arbor Film Festival in a national tour. This makes the event not only a great chance for the public to view these films, but for artists to gain national visibility they might not otherwise receive.
Ann Arbor enjoys a quality of life not often found in a communiâ¢ty of our size, and the Film Festival contributes to that quality of life. We appreciate the opportunity to host this special event and hope you enjoy the filmmakers' creative efforts.
Ingrid B. Sheldon Mayor
Film festivals are quite popular these days. New ones are cropping up every year. Many seem more interested in their sponsors and receptions than in the filmmakers who provide the films and the audiences who view them.The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a noted exception. As a member of the jury here in 1995, I was astounded by the dedication and respect Vicki Honeyman and her staff gave to the films and the filmmakers.Having served as ajudge at several other festivals, I was amazed to hear that the prescreening panel views every work in its entirety and only on film.This is unheard of at other festivals.The panel would mention films they saw and loved as if they themselves had made them. I was so pleased how much experimental film is revered here.(I have since spread the word at every international film festival that I've attended.) There were people I met who not only knew my last film,but were familiar with my body of work.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival has always had aspecial place in my heart. Besides thoroughly enjoying my fellow jurors, Emily Breer and Midi Onodera,and the whole experience last year, I received my first Film Festival Award for a film I made in 1985 from this Festival. This was such a vote of confidence for me at a crucial point in my filmmaking career. The film went on to tour nationally and I actually got to see the program here in San Francisco. It was quite an honor.
This past year has marked the end of most government funding for filmmaking with the demise of regional grants,AFI grants and most of the NEA.This is tragic and asorry statement about the country's priorities.If there is a silver lining,maybe no money will mean no interference. Challenging, cutting edge, innovative work needs to be supported. Audiences for this kind of art need to be cultivated.This has happened and continues to happen in Ann Arbor. If a Festival like this didn't exist, it would have to be invented.
Have a great 34th Festival.
14" ANN ARBOR fiLM fESTIVAL
About the Festival
As the oldest Festival of experimental film in the United States, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is a showplace for independent and experâ¢imental 16mm film. The goals of the Festival are to encourage the
work of independent filmmakers, to promote the concept of film as art, and to provide a public forum for screening independent and experiâ¢
mental film. High-quality projection is also a priority.We are fortuâ¢nate to have state-of-the-art facilities provided by the Michigan Theater and its staff.
Film entries have arrived from all over the world: Australia, Austria,Canada, England, Germany, Iceland,Japan,Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and all around the United States. Films are chosen for the Festival program based on their overall qualities of creativity,
technical expertise, and artistic expression. The Festival does not program by category. The length of films programmed varies from one minute to two hours. Every show has a mix of every genre submitted, including narrative, animation, docâ¢umentary, experimental, and personal documentary.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is supported by wonderfully kind and generous members of the Ann Arbor community who donate money,food, time,and in-kind supâ¢port. Festival operations are funded by filmmaker entry fees, ticket sales, and dolâ¢lars contributed by local businesses and friends, and by supporters from around the
U.S. The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a non-profit organization with a volunteer staff and a board of directors that oversees its activities.
This year's Festival is dedicated to the memory of Ellen Perley Frank, a friend of the Festival from way back when. Ellen was an enthusiastic supporter of the Festival and volunteered to stuff this, post that, usher here,sell there, and screen uncountable hours of entries. In the mid-1970s, she became a manager of the Festival,and was as energetic and as enthusiastic at that as she had been as a freshman volunteer. Ellen was atrue Ann Arbor Film Festival devotee.
The Festival received atotal of 303 films this year. Each film was viewed in its entirety by a five-member Screening Committee. The Screening Committee selects the films to be shown during Festival week. Committee members are chosen for their respect for and knowledge of independent and experimental film, as well as for their commitment to the Ann Arbor Film Festival's goals. Members of this year's Screening Committee are Ken Bawcom, Lori Boberg,Vicki Honeyman, Alison LaTendresse,and Sara Rogacki.
The committee spent almost every night of the past six weeks together, screenâ¢ing the 111 hours of film entered. Because the amount of film entered exceeds the available public screening time, not every film can be programmed into the Festival week screenings; however, every film entered is still in competition.
Festival Director Vicki Honeyman Assistant to Director AI ison LaTendresse Board of Directors Steve Bergman,
Jackie Campbell ,Denny Hayes,Carol Jacobsen,Jim Kruz, Robert Rayher, Michael Schwartz, &Joe Tiboni
Graphic Designer Don Hammond of Hammond Designs Interns Katharin Ross,Christina Rowell, Emily Shei, & Matthew Strauss Festival Eyes Chef Webster, My Angel , Lor-Lor, Sera Sera, & Aunt Mom
Screening Committee Projectionists
Katharin "Jack" Ross, Emily "Emily Only" Shei Theater Decorators Orin Buck &
Graham Duthie Volunteer Coordinator Alison LaTendresse Silent Auction Coordinators Barbara
Brown,Valerie Mangual Reception Coordinator Nathalie Peterson Dinner Party Coordinators Nicole Cattell,
Suzanne Maniere Publicity Coordinator Steve Bishop Ticket &. Slide Design Dan Bruell Program Design Nic Sims, NVS Design House Manager Rob Fagerlund MC Joe Tiboni Box Office Manager Stephanie Baldwin School kids &. Ritz Camera Window
Display Kaitlin Hanger &Adria Spurr Michigan Theater Projection &. Stage Staff Anne Baker, Rick Berthelot,
Walter Bishop, Scott Clarke,Jim Pyke, & Frank Uhle
Extra Special Thanks Ann Arbor Alarms (always open & ready to receive film deliveries), Liberty Street Post Office (ditto), Hershel "Mr. Mailman," Bob "Mr. UPS" and Ken "Mr. Fed X," Mario Brennan, Dan Bruell, Richard Smith, Partners Press, Kolossos Printing, The Performance Network, Susan Wineberg & Lars Bjorn, Paul Cousins of Cousins Heritage Inn, Phil Boyer, Mary Ellen LeBlanc,Jill McDonough,John Hilton, Ben Thompson,Anders Ramsay, and as always,the customers of Vicki's Wash & Wear Haircuts for their kindness, supâ¢port & patience (I'll be back at 3).
Posterers, Ushers, Box Office, Art,
&. Hospitality Volunteers: Shahaf Abileah,Adeel Ahmad,Mary Assenmacher, Ray Ayer, Elizabeth Ayer,Jim Babcock,Mary Beam, Loralei Byatt, Laura Champion, Christian Chapman,Ginger Chase, Sue Chase,Mabel Cheng,Anita Chik, Diedre Clark,Suzanne Cohen, Gary Coin, Maria Daskalakis, Claire Didier,Mark Dinse, Rochelle Driscoll, Patricia Duque,Zach Evans,Ana Fernandez,Dani Franco, Ian Gray, Mary Groesbeck,Jason Gruss,Lisa Hardy, Mark Homola, Harth Huffman,Nate Jordan,Joscelyn Jurich, Evan Kaufmann, Beth Koivunen,Debbie Kolben,John Kulish, Christine Linder, Kath Lingenfelter,Ali Lotia,John Loughlin,Casey McCarter, Gwynne Macky, Pete Madden, Jodie Magid, Rebecca Marco,Jeffrey Martin,Mike Meade,Wayne Meiggs, Russ Merkow,Tony Miller, Linda Mokdad, Bridget Moore,Dan Moray, Patrick Mort, ReggieMoss,Renee Mroczek,Chris Murray, Mel Naimowiez, Kathryn Neal, Mark Nielsen,Willy Northway, Brian Obeirne,Susan Osterhoff,Annie Otto, Travis Paddock,Kristine Patnugot, Jodie Rice, Anne Ritter, Laura Rodriguez, Fran Rojas, Elisa Rosier,Cynthia Roth,Lee Seelig, Eric Seeve, Leah Sneider,Leslie Soranno, Emmanuelle Stephan,Karen Swi nehart, Rosanna Tavarez, Ross Taylor, Michael Tuttle, Evelyn Velez, Martin Vogelbaum,Donika VonGesjen,Sue Webster,John Weitz, Peter Wilson ,Trudy Wyss, Suzanna Young,and Andrea Zastrow.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is an Equal
Opportunity Employer and provides proâ¢
grams and services without regard to race,
color, religion, national origin, age, sex,
The Awards Jury is composed of internationally recognized filmmakers,artists, and critics who are dedicated to independent and experimental film as an art form,Their function is to screen all entries that have been programmed into the public screenings with the audience at the Michigan Theater, and others as time allows,and to distribute the awards money,Decisions regarding awards and the disâ¢tribution of prize monies are the prerogative of the Awards Jury; its decisions are final. In addition,jurors screen their own films or a curated program on Wednesday, Thursday,and Friday at 3 pm (see Film Program 1996 for detai Is),
1996 Awards Jury Members ROBB MOSS is an independent non-fiction filmmaker teaching filmmaking at Harvard University's Carpenter Center, His recent film, The Tourist, a meditation on fertility,futility,and documentary filmmaking , premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, screened at the Museum of Modern Art, was awarded Best Documentary at Sinking Creek Film &Video Festival, and was included in the 29th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour, He is Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers,
CHRISTINE PANUSHKA is a faculty member and Associate Director of the Experimental Animation Program in the School of Film/Video at CalArts, In 1992 she founded an animation proâ¢gram for the California State Summer School of the Arts, a four-week residence program for high school students who make animated films and visit museums and animation studios, In 1995 she developed an animation program for the Community Arts Partnership, a program sponsored by the CalArts Inner City Arts, which gives CalArts students the opporâ¢tunity to teach animation to Los Angeles inner city kids,
CRAIG BALDWIN has made aname for himself since the mid-1970's as an underground film collagist, painstakingly compiling found images and splicing in homemade footage to create hyperspeed ruminations on history, media and the dubiâ¢ous ways they interact. His masterpiece, Tribulation 99,an image blitz that strings together every imaginable conspiracy theory into a hilarious rant, received the Peter Wilde Award for MostTechnically Innovative Film at the 30th Ann Arbor Film Festival. He serves as an independent programmer for various
arts-presenting organizations in San Francisco and teaches film production and avant garde cinema at UC Berkeley,
Best of the Festival Award $1,500
The Ann Arbor Film Festival established this award to recognize the filmmaker the judges select as having created the most outstanding overall entry. Tom Berman Award $1,250 Most Promising Filmmaker
Tom Berman was a University of Michigan film student and an early supporter and close friend of the Festival. His brilliant early films won many awards.This annual award, endowed by the Berman family, is given in Tom's memory.
Arts Foundation of Michigan Award $1,000 Best Michigan Filmmaker
This award is provided by the Arts Foundation of Michigan for the Best Michigan Filmmaker. The Arts Foundation of Michigan is a 28-year old state-wide arts service agency that focuses primarily on funding individual artists creating new work.
Marvin Felheim Award $500 Best Experimental Film
Marvin Felheim was one of the founders of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. His contributions to the Festival are commemorated by this annual award for the best experimental film. Note: though there is aspecific genre referred to as "experimenâ¢tal ," many of the films entered into the Festival may also be considered as experiâ¢mental-for example, experimental documentary,experimental animation,experimenâ¢tal narrative-and thus may also be considered for an award in this category.
Chris Frayne Award $500 Best Animated Film
Akey participant in the early years of the Festival,Chris Frayne's spirit and approach to life was reminiscent of his cartoon characters.His friends and the Frayne family have endowed this prize with the hope that Chris' spirit will continue through this annual award for the best animated film.
Grace & Wild Studios/Film Craft Lab Award $500 Best Cinematography
An annual award to be given to the film that demonstrates the highest excelâ¢lence and creativity in cinematography. The award is given in honor of the many independent filmmakers who have contributed to the success of Grace &Wild's lab-. oratory division,the Film Craft Lab, over the last twenty-five years.
Lawrence Kasdan Award $500 Best Narrative Film Â·
The Festival is honored to have the support of this popular filmmaker,who got his start in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan.This annual award for the best narrative film is endowed by Mr. Kasdan .
Michael Moore Award $500 Best Documentary Film
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is giving back to the Festival what he received in inspiration from the hundreds of films he's viewed over the years at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Proceeds from his film, Roger and Me, fund this annual award for best documentary film.
School kids Record Label Award $500 Best Sound Design An annual award, sponsored by Schoolkids Record Label, a nationally-distributed independent record label based in Ann Arbor. This award goes to the film that exhibits the best use of sound design.
Telepost Inc. Editing Award $500 Excellence in the Art of Film Editing
The awards jurors shall award this prize to asingle f!lm that demonstrates outâ¢standing creativity and technical excellence in the art of motion picture editing.
Peter Wilde Award $500 MostTechnically Innovative Film
This annual award honors the memory of our friend Peter Wilde, who gave the Festival its standards for high-Quality projection.The award goes towards the film that most respects the integrity of the projected image.
Isabella Liddell Art Award $300
This memorial award has been created by six friends of Isabella Liddell ,who was adear friend and long-time supporter of the Festival,as well as a patron and practitioner of the arts.The award is to be given to the film that best deals with women's issues.
The Old Peculiar Award $300
Named after an English ale,this award represents the nostalgic urge of some former Festival operatives, who can be described as old,peculiar,or both, to award money to films that evidence a high regard for film as a creative medium and are eminently successful as works of art. Without considering the format, length, or genre of films,or the age, gender,address,or background of filmmakers,jurors are asked to exercise extreme prejudice in favor of art. This year,donors of the Old Peculiar Award make their contributions in memory of Ellen Perley Frank.
Judges' Choice Awards
The $1,650 in remaining prize monies will be distributed at the judges' discreâ¢tion. If the judges do not choose to award one of the named awards,they are free to distribute the prize money as they see fit.
Imagemasters Ferguson &Widmayer, PC Afterwords Peter Honeyman & Sheila Jeffrey University of Michigan
Department of Communication Studies University of Michigan
Program in Film &Video Studies Foto 1 Hugh Broder,Young & Rubicam,Detroit Michael & Kim Sperl Rimano Enterprises, Inc.
P f, I ZED () NOH S
The Ann Arbor Film Festival prize fund has increased and several new awards have been added. This year the Festival will award $10,000 in prize money. Prize donations go directly to filmmakers in the form of cash awards.Any remaining prize funds are applied to future Festival awards.Our thanks to the individuals,organizaâ¢
tions, and businesses listed below for generously donating to the prize fund.
Judy Kazis &Berman Family 1,250 John Caldwell &Susan Kalinowski 100 Arts Foundation of Michigan 1,000 Ned 's Book Store 100 Lawrence &Mary Ellen Kasdan 500 Jim Rees 100 Michael Moore 500 Barry M&Meira Miller 100 School kids Record Label 500 Jim Freudenberg 100 TelePost Inc. 500 Kitty & Steven Kahn 100 Grace &Wild Studios/ Walter "Waldamailman" Spiller 100 Film Craft Labs 500 Elliott Wolf 100 Walter Wilde & Susan Warner 500 Wild Bird Center 100 Dan & Fred Bourgoise of Liberty Films 75 Bug Music 413 Prix DeVarti 75 The 630 Club 349 George Fisher 60 Denny Hayes 250 Martin Piszcalski 60 Sheldon Cohn,WB Doner Co. 250 Adrian's Screenprint 50 LaBour Foundation for Forrest Alter 50 Non-Institutional Living 200 Stevenson Keppelman Associates 50 Ellen Wilt (Social Issues/ Mark & Sue Paris 50 Content Award) 150 Scio Systems,Inc 50 Jay Friedman 150 Frank & Gail Beaver 50 Mid America Cine Support 150 Tim Artist 50 Sandy Green & Bonnie Stetson PJ's Used Records 50 "The Fabulous Green Sisters" 150 Diana Raimi 50 Glenn &Teresa Mensching 120 Stuart Klein 50 Ann Arbor Film Coop 111 Fred LaBour 50 Mike Kuniavsky 108 Dan Gunning, KFJC-FM 50 Mark Hardin 100 Michael Gross 50 Daniel Moerman 100 Fourth Ave Birkenstock 50 J Derek Demaree & Pete Castro 100 Alan Blomquist 50 Jessy Grizzle &Julie Wuu 100 Audrey Simon &David Chapman 50 Arbor Springs Woody Sempliner 50 Passing Water Award 100 Steve &Heidi Herrell 50 Ira &Nancy Konigsberg 100 Tasha Lebow 50 Lars Bjorn & Susan Wineberg 100 Matt Fedorchuk & Elizabeth Cox 50 Harold Borkin 100 Martha Berry 30 Peter Michalowski &Deanna Relyea 100 Randel Ball Designs 25 John & Miles Nelson,& Littlefield &Sons Furniture Service 25 Deborah Gaydos 100 Jerry Hosier 15
IN ~IND DONORS
Our thanks to the following businesses and individuals for supporting this year's Festival by donating their goods and services.We encourage you,our Festival patrons,to thank them by patronizing their businesses.
Judges' Dinner Party
Cousins Heritage Inn
General Wine & Liquor
Gri zzly Peak
The Gandy Dancer
Prickly Pear Southwest Cafe
Say Cheese Cheesecake Bakery
Great Harvest Bakery
Vintage to Vogue Shady Tree Service Mark Sandell at Kolossos Printing Michigan Book & Supply Russell Video Services School kids Records Ritz Camera Mercury Signs Cava Java Film Craft Lab Fullserv, Inc.
Judges' Breakfast All Week
S C H E ( N I N (. (. 0
Zingerman 's Delicatessen The Bagel Factory Monahan 's Seafood Market Zingerman 's Bakehouse Say Cheese Cheesecake Bakery
Judges' Dinners All Week
Red Hawk Bar & Grill
The West End Grill
Saturday Night Party
Silver Foam Distributing Co.
Tuesday Night Reception
Whole Foods Market
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M M I r TEE T HAN k S
Screening Committee members offer an enormous Thank You! to the following restaurants and friends for keeping them fed throughout the six weeks of screening
the 111 hours of Festival entries.
Tios Restaurant Shahrayar Restaurant Del Rio Bar Pizza Republic Nancy LaTendresse & Chinu Bhavsar Connie Crump &Jay Simrod Lesley Chace & Bridget Fahrland Richard Smith & Cynthia Greig John Gutoskey & Peter Sparling Virginia Dickie Mike Woodruff Steve Bishop Randy Ball Tom Baird
ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TOUR
Following the Festival in Ann Arbor,four hours of film are selected for the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour. Each film on tour will receive $1.00 per minute per screening.Tour stops at this date (additional tour dates may be added);
March 29 &30
Films From the Margin Boston,Massachusetts
April 2 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo,California
April 5 & 6
Reed College Portland, Oregon April 9& 10
University ofTennessee, Knoxville Knoxville,Tennessee April 18& 19
Colby College Waterville,Maine April 27 & 28
Kent State University Kent, Ohio
Dominick's Open for the Festival!
May 4 &5 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
May 17 & 18
Foothill College c/o KFJC-FM Los Altos Hills,California
Ann Arbor Film Festival Fundraiser "Winners on the Patio" at Zingerman's Ann Arbor,Michigan
June 21 &22 Midwest Media Artists Access Center St. Paul, Minnesota
August 2 &3
Fontana Festival of Music &Art Kalamazoo, Michigan
Detroit Institute of the Arts Detroit Film Theater Detroit,Michigan
Casa Dominick's, a casual restaurant and home to Ann Arbor Film Festival memorabilia, re-opens for the season on Monday, March 11 , in conjunction with Festival week.
Casa Dominick's is located at 812 Monroe,one block east of State Street, south of Liberty Street. If you are an out-of-town visitor to the Ann Arbor Film Festival, please visit the DeVarti family restaurant and take in the vinâ¢tage Ann Arbor Film Festival posters and art-work from the Festival's early days.
As ameans of raising funds, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is holding abenefit silent auction of donated art works and services during Festival week. Last year's initial silent auction was so well-received by our patrons,we realized that this fundraising effort does, in fact,enhance the Festival's tradition of artistic collaboration.
The auction begins Tuesday,March 12, and ends during the end of intermisâ¢sion of the 9 pm show on Sunday,March 17. It takes place in the upstairs lobby of the Michigan Theater. Bid cards are placed in front of each piece. Opening bids are 25% of the donated value of the art work or service (as indicated on each bid card).To place abid,write on the card your name, address,and phone numbers,and your bidding amount. Bids can be raised in $10 minimum increments. Any bid over the donated value is tax deductible. Return to the Festival Sunday,March 17,at 9 pm to see if you are the winning bidder,at which time we would like you to make payment and pick up the piece. If you can't pick it up by Sunday, other arrangements can be made. However,the deadline to pick up and pay for the piece is March 27,at which point you will forfeit your bid to the next highest bidder,whom we will conâ¢tact. More information will be available in the auction area.
We are very excited about this added venue to the Festival week line-up of activities,and hope it will make the Festival more exciting for you. We appreciate the generosity of the following artists, businesses,and community members who have donated their art work and services for this auction.
Jennifer Baker,Ann Arbor Richard Hackel, Molly Reno,Ann Arbor Randel Ball Designs,Ann Arbor Winston-Salem, NC Joan Risgin,Ann Arbor Amy Balogh/Matrix Gallery, Nina Howard,Ann Arbor Sylvia Rowell, Charlotte, NC
Ann Arbor Carol Jacobsen,Ann Arbor Steffanie Samuels,Ann Arbor Lynda Barry, Evanston, IL Madeline Kaczmarczyk, Michael Schwartz &. Julie Bedore-White,Ann Arbor Rockford, MI Martin Bandyke,Ann Arbor Andrea Berg,Ypsilanti, MI Esther Kirshenbaum,Ann Arbor Audrey Simon,Ann Arbor Steve Bergman,Ann Arbor Harriet Kozyn,Ann Arbor 16 Hands,Ann Arbor Glenn Bering,Ann Arbor Jim Kruz,Ann Arbor Ed Special, Ann Arbor Berman Pelletier Gallery &. George Laetz,Ann Arbor Claudette Stern,Ann Arbor
Design Studio,Ann Arbor Christine Linder,Ann Arbor John Sullivan, Aerial Barbara Brown,Ann Arbor Valerie Mangual, Ann Arbor Associates, Ann Arbor Jean Buescher,Ann Arbor Dianne Mansfield,Ann Arbor Joe Tiboni, Ann Arbor Helen Bunch,Ann Arbor Teresa Menching, Ann Arbor ATYS,Ann Arbor Loralei Byatt, Dundee,MI Michigan Theater,Ann Arbor Ray Wetzel,Ann Arbor Harmony Hollow Bell Works, Barbara Miner,Toledo,OH. Nancy Wolfe,Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Jim Minnaugh,Ann Arbor Mike Wolfe,Ann Arbor Cynthia Davis,Ann Arbor Patri O'Conner, Ann Arbor Mike Woodruff,Ann Arbor DeBoer Gallery,Ann Arbor Tom Palozzola,Chicago,IL Sharon Wysocki, Ann Arbor Jules Engel, Los Angeles,CA Robert Rayher,Ann Arbor Rob Ziebell, Houston,TX John Gutoskey,Ann Arbor Abbie Read,Ann Arbor
In the Spotlight On the organ all week long: John Lauter brings the curtain up before each show with his fingertips on the keys of the grand Michigan Theater organ.
You Can Be a Filmmaker
Here's your chance! Go to the table in the lobby and make your mark on the clear leader.The finished film will be projected Saturday night at the end of the 9:30 show.Clear leader is donated by Film
Craft Lab in Detroit.
Fundraising for the Festival in the Lobby Festival T-shirts, $15,and Festival Bumperstickers, $1 ,are on sale in the lobby. All proceeds support general Festival operations. The very cool shirts and bumperstickers were designed by Don Hammond of Hammond Designs,and were magnificently printed by Adrian's Screen print, Festival Party!
The Ann Arbor Film Festival cordially invites all Festival patrons to
dance and celebrate 'til the wee hours at the Festival party,which is Saturday night at midnight,following the 9:30 film screenings at the Performance Network, 408 West Washington. THE GHOULS will be playing, please join us!
Festival FundraiserThis Summer
"Winners on the Patio" at Zingerman's on Friday evening,June 7: the 34th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour Screening plus food & drinks. Call the Festival office for more information: 313.995.5356
SEEYOU NEXT YEAR! The 35th Ann Arbor Film Festival will be held March 11-16, 1997.
Tuesday 7-8 pm Five Guys Named Moe perform in the lobby of the Michigan Theater at this year's opening reception.
Tuesday 8 pm Artistic Director of Dance Gallery/Peter Sparling & Co,Peter Sparling, is joined by cellist Lynne Tobin. The complete piece, entitled New Bach,will be perâ¢formed June 27 at the Power Center during the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
Thursday 7 pm Hilary Ramsden of Walk & Squawk Performance Project,with guest artist Jeremy Steward,presents an excerpt from a new show "Foreign Bodies:Tales fr.om the Outside," which will open September 5, 1996.
Friday7pm Dr, Arwulf and the FPS Celluloid Squadron present: "'Huh?' AState of the Art Celebration of the 16mm Medium ." Music by Gustav Mahler.
I WANT MY IFe
Where can independent film lovers turn to see the best of independent films on television? Since September 1994,film fans can turn to The Independent Film Channel,available to over three million viewers on both cable and satellite services around the country.
This 24-hour, unedited, commercial-free channel was launched by Bravo, the Film and Arts Network,successful schedulers of independent films as part of their programming for the past fifteen years.
Sitting on the Independent Film Channel 's advisory board are some of the most important filmmakers working today including chairman Martin Scorcese, Robert Altman,Joel and Ethan Coen,Martha Coolidge,Spike Lee,Tim Robbins, Ed Saxon, and Steven Soderbergh.Advisory board members are helping the Independent Film Channel with programming decisions as well as bringing pet projects for considerâ¢ation to develop on the channel. For example,The Independent Film Channel's first full-length production, Gray's Anatomy was recently filmed by di rector Steven Soderbergh and stars Spalding Gray.
Tune into The Independent Film Channel and see original programming like: IFC's The Independent Spirits Awards, simulcast on The Independent Film Channel and Bravo, Monday, March 25,9 pm ET, 6 pm PT. IFC's Whatever It Takes, hosted by Matthew Harrison (Rhythm Thief): aseries of seminars on film production,April 7,8 pm ET. IFC's Real Filmmakers: Jodie Foster &. Oliver Stone,directors talking about filmmaking,April 15,8 pm ET. The Typewriter, The Rifle And The Movie Camera, a documentary about Sam Fuller produced by Tim Robbins, June 2, 8 pm ET. Raw Footage, a series hosted by Alec Baldwin exploring independent films and filmmakers working today, Fall, 1996.
Gray's Anatomy, starring/written by Spalding Gray, Winter, 1996.
For more information about The Independent Film Channel,contact your local cable operator or write to: The Independent Film Channel 8725 W. Higgins Rd, Suite 585 Chicago, Il 60631
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All screenings take place at the Michigan Theater.Showtimes are Tuesday 8 pm; Wednesday 7 & 9:30 pm;Thursday 7, 9:30, & 11 pm; Friday 7 & 9:30 pm;Saturday 1,7, & 9:30 pm.In addition,Awards Jury members screen their own film programs at 3 pm on Wednesday,Thursday, & Friday (for details,see following schedule). There is no charge to attend the Thursday 11 pm, Saturday 1 pm,or the Awards Jury screenâ¢ings. Awards will be announced at 4 pm on Sunday March 17 and then shown at 5, 7, & 9 pm. Tickets for all shows go on sale 45 minutes before showtime .
tuesday 8: " "
GARDEN OF REGRETS Jeffrey Noyes Scher New York, NY 7
This animation is an homage to the bizarre juxtapositions which occur while channel hopping on the tube.Using collage animation and rotoscoping,it's full of half realized narratives of life and fragmented TV programming. Over 10,000 drawings and paintings are packed into this densely woven montage of images of love,lust, life,and regret.
SWEETNESS Rachel Davies Wellington, NEW ZEALAND 9.5
This experimental contains one simple continuous shot that challenges and redefines the question: fiction or documentary? Speaking in another's voice and appropriating another's experience of abuse leads the issues of gender difference and identity into unmapped territory.
ONE: TERRA Sabrina Schmid Richmond, AUSTRALIA 1.5
The first of four one-minute films, in this short animation one alchemical element (terra, earth) is investigated when two primeval land-creatures meet.
ECLIPSE Jason Ruscio New York, NY 27
Anarrative about loss and fear,seen through the war-torn eyes of ayoung boy.
MOAT Laura Heit Chicago, I L 6 This animation is about the emotional fences people build as shields from change and confrontation. 20 paper cut-out characters were shot using multi-plane technique.
RECONSTRUCTION Laurence Green Greensville, CANADA 21
Astirring documentary about the invalidated memories of adysfunctional famiâ¢ly.The film received the National Film Board Best Short Film Award in the 1995 Toronto Film Festival.
NON-ZYMASE PENTATHLON Roberto Ariganello &, Chris Gehman Toronto, CANADA 5.5
The filmmakers animate collaged materials drawn from post-war consumer culture,juxtaposing them in astrictly arbitrary and improvised fashion. The film includes two compelling sections of complex multi-plane animation.
THOSE PRECIOUS MINTS Michelle Warner Whiteside, AUSTRALIA 7
This experimental is a cool tale of mint addiction which explores memories of childhood through the eyes of achild. .
UNTITLED Simon Lund Chicago,IL 8
This experimental is a nonsensical grouping of acts, including an opera singing mother with a killer lap dog and a fence-climbing acrobatic roller skater. Shot on 8, 16 and 35mm and entirely hand-processed.
FRACTURES IN LIGHT Yeretzian Lena St Laurent, CANADA 12
Parajanov called his films visions... visions in light...ln the end his visions were fractures... fractures in light.
MY GOOD EYE Alfonso Alvarez Oakland, CA 4
Kinochestvo is the art of organizing the necessary movements of objects in space as a rhythmical artistic whole, in harmony with the properties of the material and the rhythm of each object.
UNDERTAKER Rachel Libert &. Barbara Parker San FranCiSCO, CA 6
The death of young men in our streets and schoolyards is not unfamiliar to Americans. This short gives these children an identity,and avoice to the pain and loss of the families left behind.An interpretation of apoem written/performed by Patricia Smith.
fl wednesday'~:OO .
Awards Juror Screening: ROBB MOSS
Robb lived with acommunity of river guides during the mid-70's while working for awhite-water rafting company. In 1978 the group took a month-long trip through the Grand Canyon,during which Robb shot Riverdogs. Since then,these river guides have become wage earners,establishing families and re-orienting their sense of val~ ues to grown-up life. Shooting fresh footage and combining scenes from Riverdogs, Robb is creating a new film about the onset of adulthood: Middle-Aged Dogs. Program of Films RIVERDOGS 1981 34
While it is not explicitly political,the film is about akind of utopia in which the grandness of the group's surroundings magnifies the intention of the guides to live by acode of simplicity,rigor,and community.
THE TOURIST 1991 58
This personal essay is an apt metaphor for aprofound emotional experience. The heart of the film is Moss's account of his and his wife's 4-year attempt to conceive a child,an experience he likens to being a "tourist" in the world of families.He is also an outsider in his work as acameraman who travels to foreign countries. The story comes full circle when the couple decide to adopt. The result is heartbreaking,proâ¢found,and sometimes hilarious.
URBANA ' Brien Burroughs San Francisco, CA 7
This experimental film is astop-motion journey through atwisting downtown environment. Edited in-camera,then cross-processed, it is adeconstruction of film as a process and astrong manipulation of film as amedium.
EGGS AND SOUP David Russo Seattle, WA 3
An experimental poem-film centered around an infant who repeatedly wakes up crying in the night only to be coerced back to sleep by the rhythm of objects around her. By the end, her predicament becomes representative of the city she sleeps in.
TIME OUT FOR SPORT Paul Winkler Sydney, AUSTRALIA 18.5
Ashort piece of found footage is optically reworked as text versus image versus the spoken words of a "narrator" telling the audience astory about afamous golf player.
PARTICLE PHYSIQUE John Turk San Francisco, CA 8
This experimental film is an exploration of the chemical properties of the film medium. Within the disintegrating stability of the emulsions surface, is adepiction of an urban landscape in decay. The human figure is left suspended in the inferno.
VIVUS FUNERATUS Stephan StratiI Vienna, AUSTRIA 4.5
High heels of pitiless plastic women push the hero into infinite depth. Helpless, he flies into aworld of suffocating,subversive isolation and barely escapes total destruction.Dramatic lighting,flowing cuts, super close-ups, and undersodawater takes create a disturbing dreamy atmosphere of dark confidences.
WHERE Tracy German Toronto, CANADA 13
An experimental film carved from a period of intense personal introspection. Images incessantly search for roots, reverberate into the past,struggle with the future,and dismantle what is known to reconstruct a place in the present.
POSTAL EXCHANGE Bradley J. Gake Los Angeles, CA 6 Two mailmen,one Soviet and one American,deal with on-the-job curiosity and suspicion in this short animation.
TIME LINE Andra Whittico Belleville, MI 7.5
This experimental film is about the spiral pattern of life-"time". Repetition, rotation, and cyclical movement of imageryand sound are woven into visual stanzas that symbolize the memory and progression of awoman 's life.
UNBOUND Claudia Morgado Escanilla Vancouver, CANADA 19
Adocumentary featuring 15 different women who explain how they feel about their breasts.The film is a series of brilliantly colored, lush and vibrant tableaux which draw upon historically-significant paintings for reference. Each woman breaks out of the constraints of art history to reveal her relationship-sensual and otherwise-to her own body.
CICATRIX Liz Roberts Iowa City, IA 10
This short docoumentary film is about the step-daughter of aconvicted serial rapist who escaped from amaximum security prison in 1994. He was apprehended with the help of "America's Most Wanted." The film explores the stepdaughter's memories while contrasting her perspective with the media's portrayal of the four months he was afugitive.
HORSE/KAPPA/HOUSE Abraham Ravett Florence, MA 33.5
Inspired by an early 20th century book of Japanese folk tales,this experimenâ¢tal records the surrounding landscapes in a number of small villages throughout Northeastern Japan. The film creates a cinematic space which echoes by implicaâ¢tions and associations the external and unseen world in the environment.
\ wednesday 9: " "
THELMA &. LOUISE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Anne Chamberlain San Francisco, CA 11
Acritique of mainstream depictions of rape and female bonding through retracing,and geographical and narrative paths traveled by the characters,Thelma & Louise.The misogynist subtext of Hollywood's represention of female empowerâ¢ment is exposed through repetition,appropriation,and reenactment.
SIJJIL Yasmin Karim NW Calgary, CANADA 3
This animated film celebrates the dot,its joyous movements and continuous motion become part of the natural cycle,where everything is circular and orbital. The film explores creation within creation,inviting the imagination to enjoy the multiplicity of particles.
THE IDEA OF NORTH Rebecca Baron LaJolla, CA 14.5
In 1897,S.A. Andree and his assistants made an optimistic attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon. Nothing was heard of them for three decades until 1930,when a Norwegian fishing boat discovered their mortal remains,along with their diaries and several rolls of film.Some images were successfully printed,depicting their 3-month strugg Ie across the ice.
ORNITHOLOGY Michele Fleming Chicago,lL 19.5
Adarkly rendered portrait of people the filmmaker knows,sees,and observes...and of herself,the sole human(e) character in the piece is the puppet master who desperately attempts to untangle the strings being pulled as the nesting material for this viscous collection of birds.Made in collaboration with lack Stiglicz.
18% GREY Donald Joh Ann Arbor, MI 7
Anarrative short. 18% grey is a photographic term for neutral grey-exactly halfway between black and white.
ABSENCE Robin Barr Vancouver, CANADA 5
Alyrical evocation of the inner journey of loss. The cycling of the elements of fire,water, and earth parallel the human cycle. Movement, color and rhythm are the language of this experimental narrative.
THOMAS Keith Behrman Vancouver, CANADA 14
Two brothers are separated by adisease that will claim the older in this narrative. Although the geography surrounding their farmhouse plays apart in this drama,it is the younger brother's emotional separation that provides the greatest obstacle.
THE SAME ARK Laura Colella Providence, RI 5
This short experimental film was shot in Volterra,Italy. The text, spoken by the filmmaker's native Italian mother, is from a play that was written and directed by filmmaker Paul Ruiz for the Volterra Theatre Festival.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS Steve Bognar Yellow Springs, OH 63
Filmed over 8 years, this personal documentary is an intimate chronicle of a tumultuous change in one family's life. The filmmaker's father took up a rifle against Soviet tanks in Budapest. The revolt failed, and he fled Hungary,walking across the border with only the things he could carry. Begirning before the Cold War's end, the film follows him on amomentous return to Hungary. Unflinchingly told by his confused and concerned son, his story is humorous and heartbreaking.
thursday 3!~ ,
Awards Juror Screening: CHRISTINE PANUSHKA
An award winning artist/animator whose films have been screened internationâ¢ally uses time, rhythm,and motion to bring her drawings to life. Sh~ is dedicated to promoting animation as a viable art form.Her current films-in-progress, Marrow and Singing Sticks,will be released in the summer of 1996. Today Ms. Panushka is also showing slides: a retrospective of drawing,prints,and painting 1975-1996 Program of Films NIGHT'S LAST CHILD 2 THE SUM OF THEM 4 NIGHTTIME FEARS AND FANTASIES: ABEDTIME TALE FOR AYOUNG GIRL 7 CANDY JAM 5 MARROW 4 (35mm) Work-in-progress.
friday 3:00 . '
Awards Juror Screening: CRAIG BALDWIN
While working on his MFA at SFSU,Craig studied under Bruce Conner, where he became increasingly drawn to collage film form, Since then he has become a notorious underground media pirate with his films RocketKitKongoKit (1986) , Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1991), 0 No Coronado! (1992) ,
Film program SONIC OUTLAWS 1995 87 "Copyright Infringement Is Your Best Entertainment Value," This experimental documentary is adiscourse on controversies of copyright infringement, "fair use," appropriation,and culture-jamming. Beginning as a porâ¢trait of Oakland-based noise band Negativland (sued by Island Records for releasâ¢ing an album which, Island claimed, infringed on the rights of their artists, U2).The film is a montage of interview,music,and stock footage.
friday 7:00 iT
SUPERHERO Emily Breer New York, NY 10
Live-action,hand-drawn and computergraphic animation drive this high-speed aniâ¢mated narrative about adionysian-like superhero who sometimes has to punch out Batman for being too goody-goody, Superhero is being shown on acontinuous monitor at the American Museum of the Moving Image's exhibit "Behind the Screen,"
THE SILENCE BETWEEN Jacqueline Turnure New York, NY 8
The film examines the transition that occurs within amother &daughter's relaâ¢tionship,made abruptly and painfully for the filmmaker &her mother,reunited after 3 years,on a 10-day road trip to Death Valley/Yosemite.Made up of optically printed landscape imagery from Super 8 footage taken on the trip,
ASK-ME Carol Beecher Calgary, CANADA 2
Acameraless animation worked directly on 16mm leader with permanent markâ¢ers,Ask the spirit what you will,and the answer could reveal itself within the forms of light. dark and color that appear,
STATUARY Laura Colella Providence, RI 27.5
Combining melancholy and humor,this experimental narrative follows two women,each at adifferent stage in her life,
THE SWEETEST SANDWICH Thad Povey San Francisco, CA 5.5
Dry and Crusty on the ends,full of chicken,tomatoes, honey.and corn in the middle, Kinda Neo-Norman Rockwell.
SIGNAL Su Rynard Toronto, CANADA 3
This experimental parallels an eye exam with semaphore codes to suggest that the modern visualizing technologies in science &the military have colonized the body,forever changing the boundaries reached.
SHOOTING BLANKS Mike Hoolboom &. Shawn Chappelle Toronto, CANADA 8
Ameditation on silence and the difference between Canadian and American cinema.
CLOSET CASE Wrik Mead Toronto, CANADA 3.5
Afigure of speech is made literal as a human figure tries to escape the conâ¢fines of the closet in this experimental film.
TENDER FICTIONS Barbara Hammer New York, NY 61.5
This pioneer lesbian-feminist filmmaker constructed her autobiography before someone else does it for her in this post-post-modern sequel to her 1992 awardâ¢winning documentary Nitrate Kisses.Childhood stories of the artist as ayoung lesbian and the intimate tales of the lesbian as ayoung artist underscore the filmmaker's life of performances in this experimental documentary film.
friday 9:30 "
Ann Arbor Film Festival