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The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour 16mm Program
Echo Park Film Center
Los Angeles, CA
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The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour 16mm Program
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour 16mm Program
At the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Festival Director David Dinnell in Person!

Los Angeles Filmforum is thrilled to welcome back David Dinnell with the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour 16mm Program.

Please join us for an evening of contemporary, award winning, and acclaimed 16mm films from the latest edition of North America's longest running independent and experimental film festival. With many Los Angeles premieres, this program highlights the eclectic depth of the festival programming and functions as an illuminating cross-section of some of the most interesting independent artists' films being created today. Featuring works by Ben Balcom, Mark Toscano, Mary Helena Clark, Friedl vom Gröller, Andrew Kim, Margaret Rorison, Ben Rivers, Mike Gibisser, Robert Todd, Jennifer Reeves, Jonathan Schwartz, Sarah J Christman, and Tamara Henderson.

Program Director David Dinnell will participate in a Q and A with featured local filmmakers following the screening.  
For more event information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238
Tickets: $10 general admission, $6 students (with ID)/seniors, free for Filmforum members. Tickets available in advance at INSERT LINK or at the door

A Symptom
Ben Balcom, (Milwaukee, WI, 2014, 16mm, 7 min)
The Colorlab / Niagara / ORWO Award for Best Cinematography
A mirrored discourse. The object we see is that which craves articulation, but is never said quite right. We are looking at speech from both sides of the mirror, listening to that wretch who elaborates upon the grid of desire.  BB

The Song Remains The Same
Mark Toscano (Los Angeles, CA, 2014, 16mm, 5 min)
Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film
When feelings are reduced to keywords, it's a lot easier to find just the right soundtrack. And when an emotional response can be so readily activated via musical triggers, it's a lot easier to make a moving film.  MT

Poetry for Sale
Friedl vom Gröller (Vienna, Austria, 2014, 16mm, 3 min)
In Poetry for Sale, Friedl vom Gröller impressively contrasts the intimacy of the act of writing and the publicity of its presentation. The difficulty of the undertaking, selling poems in the subway, shows the difficulty of material survival for poets. The double breaking of the rules on which the film is basedboth selling and filming are forbidden in the subwayexposes both poetry and filming as criminal acts, thus revealing the true status of poets and filmmakers.  Nicole Streitler

The Dragon is the Frame
Mary Helena Clark (Berkeley, CA, 2014, 16mm, 14 min)
An experimental detective film made in remembrance: keeping a diary, footnotes of film
history, and the puzzle of depression.  MHC

The Peacock
Andrew Kim (Los Angeles, CA, 2015, 16mm 12 min)
53rd AAFF Juror Award
A meditation on our fantastic condition of mortality and impermanence... "The peacock painted on the window will never dance or speak. It is only the peacock that lived in the forest which used to speak, dance, and walk in a sweet manner."  AK

Margaret Rorison (Baltimore, MD, 2015, 16mm, 3 min)
The Colorlab / Niagara / ORWO Award for Best Cinematography
A study of the monolithic wind turbines along the shores of Amager, Copenhagen, Denmark. Triple exposed on one roll of color film, then finding four generations of grain. The soundtrack is a recorded live-improvisation by artist Mario de Vega using unstable media and acoustic resonators. - MR

Ben Rivers (London, UK, 2014, 16mm, 21 min)
The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit's End Award
This film was a challenge set by a friend, to make something in my home over the course of the year. Coming from a country where the seasons are very evident, I am interested in how they effect people's sense of the world, moods, and our understanding and relationship to our environment. These mood changes feed into the film - in the Winter section the film is very internal and reflective, looking at the details around the house, and back to the things I've collected. In Spring, the atmosphere brightens, there are humans, hands holding a book or drawing, an eye reading. Summer is a mix of both the joy of these things, countered with a sense of unease. Autumn then becomes a further remove of representation of the space I live in, and in an uncertain state--are the walls crumbling around me? Is this the future, partly foretold in Fable, the book read in Spring? - BR

Blue Loop, July
Mike Gibisser (Iowa City, IA, 2014, 16mm, 5 min)
The Colorlab / Niagara / ORWO Award for Best Cinematography
Chicago's summertime blazes, unanchored. Skywriting out of time. Part of a series of nighttime long exposures, Blue Loop, July creates an odd document of a long-standing celebratory tradition in one of Chicago's lower west side neighborhoods. By leaving the camera's shutter open for seconds at a time, the film transforms a summertime spectacle into a light-trace animation that unseats reliability of spatial and temporal direction.  MG

Robert Todd (Boston, MA, 2015, 16mm, 7 min)
Moving through fall's end and beginning, falling.  RT

Color Neutral
Jennifer Reeves (New York, NY, 2014, 16mm, 3 min)
Anything but gray, a color explosion sparkles, bubbles, and fractures in this hand-crafted 16mm film. Reeves utilized an array of mediums and direct-on-film techniques to create this exuberant, psychedelic morsel of cinema as material. But it speaks of the end of one era or another, a time for letting go and celebration.

a certain worry
Jonathan Schwartz (Brattleboro, VT, 2014, 16mm, 3 min)
a certain worry enveloped in the covering of the ground, illuminated around a face, light on something ferocious, touch upon something gentle. JS

Sarah J Christman (Brooklyn, NY, 2015, 16mm, 6 min)
Coda for a film stock. A cresting wave, a pregnancy in the third trimester, a tennis match in the fourth set, the cicadas' song - a stream of precarious moments of falling action, caught before their end.  SC

Accent Grave on Ananas
Tamara Henderson (with sound by Dan Riley) (Vancouver, Canada, 2013, 16mm, 3 min)
Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design
"Henderson's work emerges from dreams and the movement of their images and experiences into her waking life. In processing these subconscious traces the narratives slip through memories and clichés, desires and trauma. She persistently establishes quotidian objects as near characters before altering them in abrupt or impossible ways: a play of expectation and surprise. The film's succession of events is carefully planned so it can be edited in camera, captured in single shots as if experiencing the dream. In this Surrealist tradition, everyday objects are manipulated by unseen hands and the sequenced juxtaposition of these moments creates a narrative that is at once absurd and highly familiar. These sequences allude to chain reactions, operations carried out with focused concentration to meditate on the banal and uncanny with equal attention, troubling out their esoteric truths."  Mouse Magazine

TOUR - The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival concept, having launched an annual tour program in 1964. The AAFF selects films from the past years festvial to screen in art house theaters, museums, universities, cinematheques and media art centers. All filmmakers participating on the tour are paid to screen their work, providing direct support to these independent artists.

FILMS - A selection of films from the AAFF Tour are available on limited-edition DVD collections, which can be purchased on our website: aafilmfest.org.

FESTIVAL - The 54th Festival will take place March 15  20, 2016 at the historic Michigan Theater. The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 200 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, narrative, hybrid and performance based works.


Executive Director:
Leslie Raymond

Program Director:
David Dinnell

Technical Director:
R. Thomas Bray

Operations Director:
Ellie White
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies.  Additional support generously provided by The Echo Park Film Center. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2016 is our 40th year.

Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student
Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.
Find us online at http://lafilmforum.org.
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Echo Park Film Center (View)
1200 N. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
United States


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