2022 marks a banner year for the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF); not only for the festival’s 60th anniversary, but also because the AAFF will be hybrid for the first time ever. Founded in 1963, AAFF is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. Internationally recognized as a premier forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.
For its 60th anniversary, AAFF received nearly 2,900 films from over 90 countries, narrowed down to 145 films in competition across 26 programs. Specially curated programs will also reflect on the history of AAFF and experimental film.
Artists Mariam Ghani, Gina Kamentsky, and Thomas Renoldner are jurying this year, in charge of conferring $23,300 in cash and in-kind awards. Each of them will also present a curated program of their own work that will be ticketed online and free in person.
AAFF will continue to pay filmmakers to show their work at the festival for the second year in a row, doubling the amount from last year.
Festival highlights include:
- Lydia Lunch is featured as part of the University of Michigan (U-M) Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series, alongside Joseph Keckler.
- Berlin-based artist Tracey Snelling, a U-M Stamps School Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence, presents an art installation as well as a film in competition.
- Premieres — 27 world, 27 North American, and 13 US film premieres, including:
- World premiere of elephant by Maria Judice (San Francisco, CA)
- World premiere of Weak Connection by José Cardoso (Ecuador)
- North American premiere of What We Saw by Kamila Kuc (Georgia)
- Return of themed programs: Animation, Almost All Ages (6+), Music Videos, and Out Night.
This week, artist studios in Harlem, Tennessee, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn.
The museum enlisted the help of Linda Bove, the first Deaf actor to be part of Sesame Street’s recurring cast, to help bring artworks from the collection to a Deaf audience.
This exhibition marks 20 years of Arrechea’s solo career with watercolors, sculptures, and multimedia installations created specifically for ArtYard in Frenchtown, New Jersey.
The student screening of Till emphasized an important aim of the film: to educate young people about the fierce love and activism of Mamie Till-Mobley, which played no small part in igniting the Civil Rights Movement.
A painting now exhibited at the Nasjonalmuseet captures Judith and her maidservant in the moment after slaying Holofernes and before their escape, as though veritably peering out of frame.
The New York-based, globally linked, and practice-focused curatorial program for professionals at the School of Visual Arts offers the opportunity to create three funded exhibitions.
The statue was found in a town square in Philippi and adorned a building that may have been a public fountain in the Byzantine period.
In an age dominated by narcissism and material excess, Acheson’s anti-heroic position as an admirer of other artists should be something that we reflect upon.
Featuring over 70 installations and performances at the George Washington University’s historic Flagg Building, the Corcoran’s end-of-year showcase is now available for virtual viewing.
Inspired by Charles Babbage’s idea of air as “atmospheric memory,” In the Air considers air as a common space that belongs to and affects the whole of humanity.
The episode focused on Western museums’ hesitant repatriation efforts and auction houses’ questionable consignment practices.
The committee’s main responsibilities will be to shape policy goals, stimulate arts philanthropy, and advocate for the expansion of federal backing of the cultural sector.