51st Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Mar. 19-24. The oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America features 6 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and parties that culminate in screenings of the award-winning films on Mar. 24. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres and of generally high quality. Past contributors have included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Brian De Palma.
Mar. 24: “Films in Competition 9,” including animated and experimental films appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. $5, 11 a.m. “Regional Films in Competition,” including narrative, experimental, and documentary films made in Michigan. $5, 11 a.m. “Music Video in Competition.” FREE, UMMA Auditorium (525 S. State), noon. “Films in Competition 10” (1 p.m.), including new documentary and experimental films by Dani Leventhal, Mike Hoolboom, and others, as well as Spend It All, Les Blank’s 1971 portrait of Cajun culture. The Radiant (1:30 p.m.), the Otolith Group’s film, part of the AAFF competition, that explores the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake that triggered a tsunami and contributed to the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. Our Nixon (3:30 p.m.), H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin’s documentary, part of the AAFF competition, that compiles previously unseen archival footage of Nixon’s presidency, filmed by White House aides on Super 8 home movie cameras and subsequently seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation. “Award Program 1” (6 p.m.). “Award Program 2” (8 p.m.). Followed by an after party (10 p.m.-1 a.m.) at Arbor Brewing Company.
Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted). Tickets: $95 (members, students, & seniors, $80) for the entire festival & $55 (members, students, & seniors, $45) for weekend passes in advance at aafilmfest.org, and $9 (students, seniors, & members, $7; midnight movies, $6) per evening show at the door. 995-5356. [map]