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016_53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival #2 - Digital Program

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The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour #2 - Digital Program

Poster Art By: Leah Busch

Installation Art By: Lorain Wible

Director Leslie Raymond presents two programs, one digital and one 16mm, that include award-­winning works  from  the  53rd edition  of  the  Ann  Arbor  Film Festival,  the nation’s  longest  running  festival  for  experimental  and independent  film. The  AAFF has  had  an  annual  traveling  tour  since  the second  edition  of  the  festival  in  1964. For  the  first  40  years  of  its existence, 16mm  was  the  sole  format shown at the festival. The  53rd  AAFF  Touring program  presents  12  new  films  all  projected  in their original cinematic  glory, as well as a separate program of digital shorts.  The Thursday screening will be followed by a live cinema performance by Potter-Belmar Labs (Ann Arbor, MI).


Pablo Lobato
Belo Horizonte, Brazil | 2014 | 7 min | Digital
Círio de Nazaré, held in Belém (Brazil) since 1793, is one of the biggest Catholic processions in the world. Each year millions of pilgrims accompany the saint’s statue competing for the privilege of holding the long sisal rope that leads the carriage throughout the city streets. In disarray with the rules of the celebration, and in order to assure their relics, some promisors cut the rope in the middle of the ritual. The video brings two different fluxes closer: one linear, guided by the entirety of the rope, the other chaotic, responding to the cut. – PL
Courtesy of the collection of Egbert and Loes Dommering

Ashley Sabin & David Redmon
Canada / USA | 2014 | 12 min | Digital
There is mystery to the sound and image. The focus is on an animal, but what animal? The image contains subtle movement. Gates slam as percussion to the quiet nighttime sounds. The delicate movement of the animals fur and flesh is contrasted against its sound, almost musical in pitch and tone. The beast creates a symphony of sounds. – AS & DR

Mike Hoolboom
Toronto, Canada | 2015 | 19 min | 16mm on digital
Pat O'Neill Perseverance Furthers Award
53rd AAFF Audience Award
Lensed in Ohio’s Broadview Developmental Center in 1967 by secret camera genius and audio visual healer Jeffrey Paull, Scrapbook tells the story of audacious autistic Donna Washington in her own words, as she encounters pictures of one of her former selves fifty years later. – MH

Katarzyna Płazińska
53rd AAFF Juror Award
Iowa City, IA | 2015 | 6 min | Digital
Light, shadow, and sound imprint themselves onto ephemeral making. – KP

Sightings: Habitat
Sabrina Ratté
Montreal, Canada | 2014 | 6 min | Digital
Sightings: Habitat explores the visual and sonic relationship between modular synthesis and simulated space. Ratté uses her signature modulator technique to intricately layer a series of moirés and checkerboards that bring depth to the otherwise flat surface of the screen. Ratté bends the signal of the video itself to carve out corridors of an undetermined distance. The simplicity and exactness of the vertical lines that dance across the screen suggest a kind of transcendental arrival at a near-perfect modular frequency where the input and output harmonize. With an elegant score by long-time collaborator Roger Tellier-Craig. – Nicholas O’Brien

Two Ways Down
Laura Heit
Portland, OR | 2015 | 3 min | Digital
Fall into the underworld, walk, slither, wriggle, fly, burn, and return to dirt. – LH

Kingdom Come: Rituals
Vika Kirchenbauer & Martin Sulzer
Berlin, Germany | 2014 | 7 min | Digital
Kingdom Come: Rituals is composed of aerial footage shot by pigeons equipped with lightweight Digital cameras flying over a political protest in Berlin. Kirchenbauer and Sulzer’s rediscovery of pigeon photography references a method used mainly for military purposes during World War I in the field of what would nowadays be called ‘unmanned reconnaissance’, a precursor of modern drone warfare.

Lessons of War
Peggy Ahwesh
Brooklyn, NY| 2014| 5 min | Digital
Five little narratives, ‘newsworthy’ stories from the most recent war in Gaza--retold to not forget the details, to reenact the trauma and to honor the dead. The footage is lifted from a Youtube channel that renders the news in animation, fantastic and imaginative and several protective layers away from reality. The footage is re-purposed here to critique that safe distance from the violence, the antiseptic nature of the virtual narrative. – PA
Courtesy of Microscope Gallery, New York

John Skoog
Skåne, Sweden | 2014 | 14 min | Digital
In the early 1940s the farm-worker Karl-Göran Persson started to fortify his small house in the flat farmlands of southern Sweden. He wanted to build a place where he and the people in the village could find refuge in the event of a Soviet invasion. He took any metal he could get cheap or for free from the neighboring farmers and used it as reinforcement for the cement casting of the house’s new exterior walls. Karl-Göran lived alone in the house and continued his re-construction until his death in 1975.
Courtesy of Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

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