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To the participating filmmakers, audience members, and generous sponsors: welcome to the 36th Ann Arbor Film Festival! We're pleased to bring all of you together for another exciting year of independent and experimental films. Our energy level is at a higher pace this year as a result of all the positive reinforce•ments we've received for this year's festival.
Last May, the Washtenaw Council for the Arts honored the festival by awarding me with an Annie Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts. I admit that I felt like Queen for a Day, but I stepped off my throne, threw off my glass slippers and got back down to business! That energy paid off in many ways.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs granted this year's festi•valour full $20,000 grant request. This is an honor that is rarely bestowed upon grant applicants as grant funds are spread out amongst many non-profit organi•zations. We feel very privileged to have been validated in this manner.
Absolut Vodka has become a major sponsor. For several years, Absolut Vodka has been sponsoring a wonderful on-line experimental animation festival, Absolut Panushka, representing the works of animators from all over the world. The site can be found at -and it can be found right here all week long. Be sure to check out the Absolut Vodka kiosk in the theater lobby where a video-loop of the website is on display throughout festival week.
Sundance Channel is sponsoring the festival and the Festival Tour. The additional financial support of the tour has enabled us to increase rental fees paid to each participating tour filmmaker. Feeling gung-ho about the tour, I decided it was time to double the number of tour stops. New locations have been added, including The 111 Minna Street Gallery in SF, Lark Theater in Mill Valley, Grand Illusion Theater in Seattle, Webster University Film Series, Cleveland Cinematheque, Brooklyn College, Northwest Film Center in Portland, Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston, and Olympia, Washington Film Society. A listing of tour all the stops and dates can be found in this program book, p16.
Other new sponsors this are the Ann Arbor News and the State Street Area Association who made it possible for us to increase our coverage in the paper. Thanks ever so! Loved the full-page, 1/4 page, & 1/8 page ads! Also joining us is Nickelodeon Movies, a film production company that develops and produces smart, edgy, innovative kid/family movies.
Additionally, an advisory committee has been formed for this year's festival. The committee members, filmmakers well-known to the festival, have entered their works here for many years. My welcome is extended to experimental film•makers Jay Rosenblatt from San Francisco, Leighton Pierce from Iowa City, Richard Kerr from Saskatchewan, Canada; and animator Deanna Morse from Grand Rapids, Michigan.Thanks for being with us this week.
We have many other visitors from all around the globe. A filmmaker is attending from as far away as New Zealand, as well as groups of students and filmmakers from Chicago, Toronto, Iowa City, and Syracuse. Welcome to all of you as well as to all other filmmakers and visitors.Thanks for spending your vacation here with us in Ann Arbor!
Big big big thanks to our other sponsors and supporters! You make us great! And thanks to all of you who have joined us to watch the latest and the greatest in 16mm independent and experimental film.We think there's some wonderful stuff in store for you all week.
Vicki Honeyman
Festival Director

Ann Arbor Film Festival PO Box 8232 Ann Arbor, MI 49107 734.995.5356 phone
734.995.539 fax vicki @honey
Board of Directors Frank Beaver Steve Bergman Barbara Brown Edie Herrold Margarita de la
vega Hurtado Denny Hayes Jim Kruz Michael
Schwartz Claudette Stern Joe Tiboni Tommy York
Dear Festival Enthusiasts:
Welcome to the 36th Ann Arbor Film Festival. It is your good fortune to be participating in this year's well-represent•ed and generously sponsored week of events. We are proud to have received grant support and sponsorship this year from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Sundance Channel, Absolut Vodka, and Nickelodeon Movies. Such generous support encourages the independent 16mm filmmaking that is our reason for being. Without continuously expanding our base of individual and corporate support we would not have survived to glimpse nearly forty years of experimental films.
There is a cyclical nature to all things and the arts are no exception. This year's submissions attest to a renewal of interest and activity in avant garde filmmaking and we are very pleased to introduce you to this year's selections and filmmakers.
We are a rarity in festival circles for numerous reasons but our insistence on screening only on film, not video, allows us to remain a truly film-centered event. There is noth•ing like the luminescence of film and the screeners' excite•ment as each reel advances.
This is a week of collaboration that is twelve months in the making. Our community of artists, filmmakers, film enthu•siasts and supporters rally to provide a venue that celebrates the independent and the untried in the filmmaking world. We are proud of our continued success and of our Festival Director Vicki Honeyman's on-going commitment to 16mm film and our festival.
To all of you who have made another festival possible, thank you, and to those of you returning or joining us for the first time please celebrate and enjoy the films, the silent auc•tion and the multitude of traditions that are the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Ann Arbor Film Festival Board of Directors

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March 1998
Welcome to the 36th Ann Arbor Film Festival!
On behalf of City Council and the people ofAnn Arbor, it is my pleasure to extend official greetings to the participants and audience mem•bers at this week-long event taking place once again in the historic Michigan Theater.
We are fortunate as a community to be home to this event, which brings festival goers a wide range of unique wonderful films not available in commercial theaters. It is not only the audience who benefits, though. This competition offers award recipients the opportunity to represent the Ann Arbor Film Festival in a cross-country tour and gain national visibility for their work that they may not otherwis~ receive.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is one of the events that helps set Ann Arbor apart as a community that welcomes and encourages art in its many forms. We are pleased once again to have you here, and hope that you enjoy the filmmaker's creative efforts.

Ingrid B. Sheldon Mayor

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest film festival dedicated to the art of film, a festival that has stayed true to its founding vision. This week at Ann Arbor, we celebrate film as art.
In recent years, some "independenf film festivals have dismissed the art film and the short form, defining independent film as non-studio theatrical fea•tures, films we can see at our local Cineplex. This focus on the feature means often that the films are not reflecting the voice of an artist, but are like most of the popular media, a collaborative effort balancing commercial interests against a director's vision.
Ann Arbor honors the short film, the film poetry. And it continues to be a place where filmmakers stretch our definition of what we think "films" are, where we play with the form of film, the underlying structure, where filmmakers push the boundaries. For viewers, it's a fresh breath of film, a visual playground that challenges our assumptions about what media should be.
At a time when the arts in America are under pressure to play it safe and conform to a conservative standard, it is refreshing to find a haven where film•makers are encouraged to take risks and the diversity of film art is celebrated.
As an animator, Ann Arbor has always been a special festival to me. I casu•ally attended several festivals when I moved to Michigan in the late 70's, and in 1982 my film Help! I'm Stranded was accepted for screening and included in the festival tour. Over the next few years, I was surprised when people I met recog•nized my name and remembered my animated crayon rubbings from that festi•val and tour. This experience has been repeated over the years: audiences at the Ann Arbor Film Festival read the credits!
I've juried several festivals but my best experience was in 1988 when I served as a member of the awards jury along with Leighton Pierce and Jim Duesing here at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Jim, Leighton, and I discussed each film at length, working to reach consensus on our awards, seriously considering every film in competition. But our process was only continuing the passion for film that the staff and screening committee had brought to the festi•val process for many weeks before we arrived. In this festival, the films are respected and taken seriously. Ann Arbor is probably the only festival where each entry is screened, in entirety, and only on film.
Leighton and I return to the festival this week, along with Jay Rosenblatt and Richard Kerr, to meet with the Ann Arbor Film Festival Board of Directors to discuss the festival and how it is perceived outside of Ann Arbor, as well as to provide feedback from some of the artists who contribute to the festival. I encourage you to lend your support and encouragement to this festival as well.
Vicki Honeyman, her staff and Board of Directors are to be commended for holding firm to the festival's vision-a vision that celebrates the film artist, the individual maker who expresses a personal vision through film. Film artists thank you, Vicki!
Deanna Morse, Professor Grand Valley State University Member, Board of Directors, ASIFA (l'Association Internationale du Film d'Animation)
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 experimental 16mm film. Founded in 1963 at the University of Michigan School of Art by filmmaker/ artist George Manupelli, the festival is now independent of the university, and continues to cater to independent works by film artists under the direction of Festival Director Vicki Honeyman. 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 experimental film. High-quality projection is also a priority.We are fortunate 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, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and all around the United States. Films are chosen for the festival program based on their over•all 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 experimental, animation, documentary, personal documentary, and narrative.
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 support. Festival operations are funded by filmmaker entry fees, ticket sales, dollars contributed by local businesses and friends and supporters from around the U.S., and by grant and sponsorship funds.The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a non-profit organization with a volunteer staff and a board of direc•tors that oversee activities.
This year's festival is dedicated to the Girl From Ipanema.


The festival received a total of 371 films this year. Each film was viewed in its entirety by a four-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, Susan Fink, Vicki Honeyman, and John Loughlin.
The committee spent almost every night of the past seven weeks together, screening the 129 hours of film entered. Because the amount of film entered exceeds available public screening time, not every film can be programmed into the festival week screenings; however, every film entered is still in competition.
Screening Committe Thanks
Screening Committee members offer an enormous Thank You! to the follow•ing restaurants and friends for keeping them fed throughout the seven weeks of screening festival entries.
Festival Fundraising in the

36th Ann Arbor Film Festival Commemorative T-Shirts $15 Bumperstickers $2
All proceeds support festival operations.
The very sweet shirts were
designed by Lisa Levit Newman.
The adorable bumperstickers were designed by Nic Sims.

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Vicki Honeyman ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR Huey Copeland BOARD OF DIRECTORS Frank Beaver, Steve Bergman, Barbara Brown,
Denny Hayes, Edie Herrold, Margarita de la vega Hurtado, Jim Kruz, Michael Schwartz, Claudette Stern, Joe Tiboni, & Tommy York GRAPHIC ARTIST Lisa Levit Newman
INTERNS Josh Glauser, Rob Lundy, Mahesh Murthy, Nathan Oliver,
Matt Ostasiewski, Kristine Patnugot, Elizabeth Rieth & Bill Sy
FESTIVAL EYES Daddi-O, A-Frick'N Violet, The Pun Gent, Colour Girl,
Herb-A Licious, & Rodeo Spice
SCREENING COMMITTEE Ken Bawcom, Susan Fink, Vicki Honeyman,
& John Loughlin
Rick Berthelot, Walter Bishop, Scott Clarke, Scott McWhinney, Jim Pyke,
& Frank Uhle
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS Ann Arbor Alarms (always there & ready to
receive film deliveries), Liberty Street Post Office (ditto), Lynn & Carolyne
"Ms. Mailpeople", Paul "Mr. UPS" and Ken "Mr. Fed X", Mario Brennan,
Dan Bruell and Film Projection Service, Felicia Cassanos & .-A-...


Jim Forrester of Partners Press, Anders Ramsay, Steve Bishop, Susan
Wineberg & Lars Bjorn, Paul & Pat Cousins of Cousins Heritage Inn, John
Hilton, Jill McDonough, Jessica Frost, Huey "My Newest Angel" Copeland,
Nic "My Kick-Ass Savior" Sims, and as always, the customers of Vicki's
Wash & Wear Haircuts for their understanding & patience.

Ray Ayer, Mary Beam, Sarah Bendit, LeeAnn Benkert, Penny Boddington,
Nina Brennan, Lisa Bueno, Gary Coin, Tiziana Cristarella, Mark Dinse, Erica
Dunham, Zach Evans, Sue Fruchey, Elena Garcia, Maya Gensen, Jay Gira,
Ariela Gittlin, Nadia Grooms, Julie Harrison, Jeff Honeyman, Jodie Hughes,
Pam Hughes, Kim Jackson, Annie Janusch, Evan Kaufmann, Jodi Kay, Debbie
Kolben, James Lauer, Emily Linn, Ryan Malkin, Isa Markevitz, Rebecca Marko,
Toni Newell, Michael Nissa, Kyle Norris, Willy Northway, Travis Paddock, Jon
Parvis, Andrea Pastor, Melynda Price, Ken Priebe, Tim Pulice, Emily Raine,
Sarah Rosaen, Leah Sneider, Miguel Solari, Alana Stern, Senja Thomas,
Stacy Tiderington, Nate Todd, Eric Trickey, Leah Tury, Danika Vin Gesjen, Tilman
Walsh, Sue Webster, Ellie White, Annie White, Peter Wilson, Alex Wright & Rie
Yamaoka thank you thank you thank you thank you!

Casa Dominick's, a casual bistro and home to Ann Arbor Film Festival memorabilia, re-opens for the season on Monday, March 15, 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 vintage Ann Arbor Film Festival posters and art-work from the festival's early days.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Zingerman's Delicatessen Celebrate the Third Annual "Winners on the Patio"
An Evening of Food, Film, Music, and Fun! Come watch two hours of your favorites from this year's film fest under the stars on the Patio of Zingerman's Delicatessen.
Featuring dazzling delectables from Zingerman's Catering and authentic Southern Barbecue from the Carolinas!

Friday, June 5, 8 pm $20 for adultsl$10 for children, tickets available at Zingerman's. Call the festival office for more information: 734.995.5356.

The Awards Jury is composed of internationally recognized filmmakers, artists, and critics who are dedicated to indepen•dent and experimental film as an art form. Jurors view all public screenings with the audience at the Michigan Theater. They also screen non-programmed entries of their choosing at the festival office.
The function of the Awards Jury is to screen all entries that have been programmed into the public screenings, and others as time allows, and to distribute the awards money. Decisions regarding awards and the distribution 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 3:00 p.m. (see "Film Program 1998" for details).
DOMINIC ANGERAME is the Executive Director of Canyon Cinema, one of the world's renowned distribu•tors of avant garde and experimental films and Videotapes. He has been teaching filmmaking and cinema studies since 1984 and currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, and at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has also taught film production at the New College of California, as well as the Graduate School of Theology in Berkeley. Since 1969, Mr. Angerame has made more than 25 films that have been shown and awarded in film

festivals around the world. He has been awarded film production grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Samuel B. Mayer Foundation, several AFI Western Regional Fellowships, and a Film Arts Foundation grant.

JAN KRAWITZ has been an indepen•dent documentary filmmaker since 1975. Five of her films have been screened over the years at the Ann Arbor Film Festival beginning with Styx in 1977 and most recently In Harm's Way which won the Isabella Liddell Art Award at last year's festival. Her films Drive-In Blues, Little People, and Mirror Mirror have been broad•cast nationally on PBS and have been shown at festivals here and abroad. Her films are in distribution with Women Make Movies, Direct Cinema Limited, and the Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Krawitz is currently a Professor in the graduate Documentary Film and Video Program at

Jan Krawitz Stanford University. She previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a BA in Film/Photography from Cornell University and an M.FA from Temple University.
CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN is an independent filmmaker and performance artist who has been making media art for 18 years. His films Master of Ceremonies (1987), Rumes (1989), and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (1994) have all been screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. As well as Ann Arbor, his films have been screened at Black Maria, Ottawa, Zagreb, Humboldt, and New York Film Festivals. He has per•formed at LAC.E. in Los Angeles, Franklin Furnace in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and was a featured performer at the Cleveland
Performance Festival. Christopher Sullivan Mr. Sullivan is an Associate Professor of film and animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently working on a feature animation,
Consuming Spirits.

The Mosaic Foundation Best of the Festival Award $2000
Recognizing the filmmaker of the most outstanding entry, the award is sponsored by the Ann Arbor-based Mosaic Foundation of Rita and Peter Heydon. It honors the film that best represents the artistic and creative standards of the festival.
Tom Berman Award $1000 Most Promising Filmmaker
Tom Berman was a University of Michigan film student and an early sup•porter 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.
Screening Committee's Choice Award for Narrative Integrity $1000
Endowed by an anonymous donor who has been a fan of the festival since the late 70's, this award is to be granted to one filmmaker by the screening com•mittee to ensure that a deserving entry has the opportunity to win multiple awards. The award winner is to be selected prior to the Awards Jurors' selection and made public following the Awards Juror's announcement of winners. "Narrative" includes all films except pure abstractions or visual studies. Verbal narrative is not required, but the film must be at least in part an account or story. "Integrity" means marked by wholeness, clarity of vision, and strict adherence to ethical or esthetic standards.
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 award for best experi•mental film. NOTE: though there is a specific genre referred to as "experimental; many films entered into the festival may also be considered as experimental-for example, experimental documentary, experimental animation, experimental nar•rative-and thus may also be considered for an award in this category.
Chris Frayne Award $500 Best Animated Film
A key 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 contin•ue through this annual award for the best animated film.
Lawrence Kasdan Award $500 Best Narrative Film
The Festival is honored to have the support of this well-known filmmaker, who got his start in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan.This award for best narrative film is endowed annually 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.
Film Craft Lab/Kodak Award $500+16mm or 35mm film stock
Best Cinematography
This award is given to the film that demonstrates the highest excellence and creativity in cinematography. It is presented in honor of the many independent filmmakers who have contributed to the success of Grace & Wild's laboratory division, Film Craft Lab, over the last 25 years. Kodak has generously donated film stock to be included as part of this award. (4,000 ft. of 16mm or 2,000 ft. of 35mm Eastman EXR Color Negative Film.)
Telepost Inc. Editing Award $500 Excellence in the Art of Film Editing
The Detroit-based editing firm Telepost Inc. funds this $500 annual award. The awards jurors shall award this prize to a single film that demonstrates outstanding creativity and technical excellence in the art of motion ~1

picture editing. W Libe~ St. Video Award $500 Best Gay/Lesbian Film
This annual award is sponsored by Liberty St. Video, Ann Arbor's alterna•tive video store that promotes diversity and excellence in filmmaking.This award honors the film that best deals with gay/lesbian issues.
Borders Books & Music Award $500 Best Michigan Filmmaker
This award of $500 is intended to support and encourage the local filmmak•ing community by rewarding excellence in a Michigan-produced film within any genre. Sponsored by the international bookstore that got its start in Ann Arbor.
Michigan Vue Magazine Award $500 Best Sound Design
This award is sponsored by metro Detroit-based Michigan Vue Magazine, which is dedicated to promoting Michigan's film, video, and multi-media produc•tion industry. The award is intended for the film with best use of sound design.
Peter Wilde Award $500 Most Technically 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..
Ann Arbor Film Co-op Award $500
For 26 years the Ann Arbor Film Cooperative was dedicated to showing films that others wouldn't. A Film Co-op film is one that is not afraid to say that the emperor has no clothes and to graphically depict what he looks like without them. It is brash, irreverent, subversive, or obscene, but first and foremost it is unique, challenging and original. This award is intended to go to the film that best embodies that spirit.
Tio's Red Hot & Spicy Award $500
Ann Arbor's Tios Restaurant has been serving up the spiciest salsa around since 1987. Interpretation of "red hot & spicy" is the judges discretion in deter•mining allocation of this award, which can be given to any film, based on form or content.
Isabella Liddell Art Award $300
This memorial award has been created by six friends of Isabella Liddell, who was a dear 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 a powerful English ale, this award represents a nostalgic urge on the part of some former Festival operatives who can variously be described as old, peculiar, or both. The award is for the film(s) 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.
Honorable Mentions
The $1,400 in remaining prize monies will be distributed at the judges' dis•cretion. 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.
Detroit Filmmakers Coalition Award
The Detroit Filmmakers Coalition is a member-based non-profit media arts center providing production support to the local independent filmmaking commu•nity. The award is intended for a Detroit-based filmmaker, providing the reCipient up to $1500 in waived rental fees towards use of production and post-production equipment from the DFC.


The Ann Arbor Film Festival is happy to acknowledge that this year's festi•val was made possible with grant support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. We also offer very special thanks to the businesses, organi•zations, and friends of the festival listed below for their very generous donations towards general festival operations.
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