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Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-8301.

Mar. 14: "Determined 2 Make It" (Javier Pescador, 2016). Documentary featuring the oral histories of incarcerated youth in Michigan and their participation in art and performance projects developed by the Michigan Youth Arts Alliance. Discussion follows with Pescador, an MSU history professor, as well as representatives from several local teen services. 7-8:30 p.m., Downtown multipurpose rm.

Mar. 24: "Little Stones" (Sophia Kruz, 2017). Documentary about 4 women from around the world who use art to empower women and girls. Followed by a Q&A with the director. 4-6 p.m., Westgate.

6th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Mar. 20-25. The oldest and one of the most prestigious avant-garde 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. 25. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres. Tickets: $100 (members, students, & seniors, $85) for the entire festival (including the Opening Night reception) & $60 (members, students, & seniors, $50) for weekend passes in advance at $12 (students, seniors, & members, $8) per show at the door. 995-5356. Michigan Theater (except as noted), various times.

Mar. 20: An opening reception at U-M North Quad (Rm. 2435) features video screenings of work by experimental filmmaker Peter Rose, filmmaker-dancer Lily Baldwin, and U-M students. FREE, 3-5 p.m.

Opening Night. The festival kicks off tonight with the first "Films in Competition" screenings of experimental, documentary, and animated films. 8:15 p.m. Preceded 6:30-8 p.m. by a reception ($50; members, students, & seniors, $40; screening only, $12) with art installations in the foyer. Also, an open bar & appetizers from local restaurants.

Mar. 21: "Experimental Film as Psychogeography," a talk by L.A.-based writer, lecturer, and media ecologist Gerry Fialka. 10 a.m.-noon, 2435 North Quad. Cecilia Condit. This festival judge shows several of her short films exploring displacements between individuals and their society and the natural world. FREE. 1 p.m. "Film Art Forum." Filmmakers and other festival guests present 20 slides each at a rate of 20 seconds per slide to create a dozen 6-minute talks on film as an art form. 3-5 p.m., 2435 North Quad. John Nelson. This veteran visual effects artist presents an illustrated talk on how he and his team created the 1,190 visual effects shots for Blade Runner 2049 (2017), a current Oscar nominee for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Free. 5 p.m. Honane. Takuya Dairiki and Takashi Miura's fantasy (in competition) about a boy and his uncle who talk about all sorts of things as they watch a video the uncle made. 5:15 p.m. Reality's Invisible. Robert Fulton's 1971 documentary about the Harvard University Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the only North American building designed by Le Corbusier. 7:15 p.m. "Films in Competition 2." 7:30 p.m. "Memories of Disintegration: Ibero-American Experimental Film." Screening of 6 Spanish- and Portuguese-language shorts by Latin American filmmakers. 9:15 p.m. "Films in Competition 3."9:30 p.m.

Mar. 22: "High Fructose Cinema and the Movie Industrial Complex: Radicalizing the Technology of Representation in a Domestic Kind of Way." Talk by University of New Mexico film studies lecturer Bryan Konefsky. 10 a.m.-noon, 2435 North Quad. "Diaspora Suite." Festival judge Ephraim Asili shows his 5-part documentary about his travels across the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Jamaica, and the personal and cultural connections made. FREE. 1 p.m. "Off the Screen." Reception with installations by Razan AlSalah and Radical Democracy and live music by Good Evening Gumm to accompany a screening of their experimental shorts. 3-5 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center. "Yvonne Rainer." This renowned 83-year-old experimental filmmaker and choreographer gives a talk on A Truncated History of the Universe for Dummies: A Rant Dance. FREE, 5:10 p.m. Disasters of Peace. Kamila Kuc and Sam Jury's curated program of short films responding to the troubled structures of international peace in the modern world. 7 p.m. "Films in Competition 4." 7:30 p.m. "Black Radical Imagination." Screening of films exploring a wide variety of themes from Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism to reclamation of the black body and the black fantastic. 9:15 p.m. "Films in Competition 5." 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 23: "Your Homemade DCP." U-M video technologies adjunct professor Tom Bray presents a workshop for filmmakers. 10 a.m.-noon, 2435 North Quad. Rea Tajiri. This festival judge shows 2 of her films, the experimental landscape documentary Lordville and Wisdom Gone Wild, a documentary chronicling 16 years of caregiving for an elder in dementia. FREE. 1 p.m. "Off the Screen." Filmmaker Paul Catanese presents his experimental performance piece Century of Progress/Sleep, and Lyn Goeringer and David Bering-Porter perform their improvised audio-video piece Bed-Stuy to Beebe. Followed by discussion. 3-5 p.m., 2435 North Quad. Those Who Come, Will Hear. Sam Plouffe's 2018 documentary about the indigenous languages of Quebec, all threatened with extinction. 5 p.m. "Films in Competition 6." 5:15 p.m. "Off the Screen." Laurie O'Brien discusses Swarm House, her installation on the lamppost in front of the Michigan Theater. Wenhua Shi discusses his Senses of Time installation projected in the Michigan Theater mezzanine, and Matt Wilken and Shane Law discuss Textures, their storefront-window video projection at Arbor Brewing Company. 6-7 p.m. Privilege. Yvonne Rainer's art film about menopause. 7 p.m. "Films in Competition 7." 7:15 p.m. range. Columbia College (Chicago) interactive arts & media professor Matt Rappaport uses a box truck mounted with external cameras to capture live images which are mixed with pre-existing video and projected onto a screen mounted in the back of the truck. Michigan Theater Graffiti Alley, 8-11 p.m. Kabir Mehta's documentary (in competition) about a 27-year-old cricketer from Goa who starts authorizing unrestricted access into the most private parts of his life when he is offered the chance of being the protagonist in a documentary film. 9:15 p.m. "Films in Competition 8." 9:30 p.m. "RGB.VGA.VOLT HD." Audio and video artist James Connolly demonstrates this synthesizer at an after-party at the Heidelberg Restaurant Club Above. 11 p.m.

Mar. 24: "Almost All Ages: Films in Competition 9 (Ages 6+)." Family-friendly program of narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films. $6. 11 a.m. "Radical Democracy." Radical Democracy activist David Olson moderates a panel discussion with former Weather Underground members Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, former SDS member Alan Haber, Moumita Ahmed of People for Bernie Sanders and Millennials for Revolution, and others TBA. 11 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Art Center. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? Travis Wilkerson's 2017 documentary (in competition) exploring a murder mystery involving his Alabama family. 12:30 p.m. The Big House. Kazuhira Soda's 2018 documentary (in competition), set against the backdrop of the 2016 election, of the working-class labor involved in hosting a U-M football game. 1 p.m. "Off the Screen." Filmmaker Lily Baldwin discusses and screens Through You, a dance-theater film exploring the story of love across a lifetime. 1-2 p.m., 2435 North Quad. "United Re:Public of the African Diaspora Television." Screening of contemporary audiovisual works made by and for the African diaspora. 2:45 p.m. Five Easy Pieces. Jack Nicolson stars in Bob Rafelson's 1970 drama about an angry alienated pianist who runs away from his upper-crust background and ends up oil rigging. FREE. 4 p.m. Rough, Remote Tumble. Barcelona filmmaker Jorge López Navarrete's documentary about what happens when a stone falls from a wall. 5 p.m. "The Irresistible Joy of Film: The Early Works of Karpo Godina." Screening of some early short films by this 74-year-old Slovenian filmmaker. 7:15 p.m. "Films in Competition 10." 7:15 p.m. "Vick's Picks." A festival retrospective curated by former festival director Vicki Honeyman. 9:15 p.m. "Films in Competition 11." 9:30 p.m. Blade Runner. Harrison Ford stars in Ridley Scott's renowned 1982 sci-fi cult classic about a former cop who battles a group of mutinous androids in a dark, decaying L.A. circa 2019. Midnight, State Theater.

Mar. 25: "Off the Screen: What the Hell Was That?" Panel discussion, moderated by U-M film professor Daniel Herbert, with panelists TBA, of films screened during the festival. 10 a.m.-noon, The Neutral Zone. Children Are Not Afraid of Death, Children Are Afraid of Ghosts. Rong Guang Rong's 2017 documentary (in competition) about a group suicide by children in a poor village in the mountains of Guizhou. Chinese, subtitles. Noon. Strike a Rock. Liki Saragas's 2017 documentary (in competition) about 2 South African mothers fighting for social and economic justice in a community dominated by an exploitative platinum mining corporation. 12:15 p.m. The Impossible Picture. Sandra Wollner's 2016 drama (in competition) about the daily life of a 1950s Viennese family seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl documenting her life on 8mm film. German, subtitles. 2 p.m. "Bitch Thunder: Your Favorite All-Female Party Drumline." Performance by this 8-member percussion ensemble from Toledo. Various times beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tremor: Es ist immer Krieg. Annik Leroy's 2017 documentary (in competition) exploring the dark side of European history and art. German, Italian, Dutch, Icelandic, French; subtitles. 3 p.m. Award Screening 1 (5 p.m.). Award Screening 2 (7 p.m.). Followed 8 p.m.-midnight by an after party ($5) at Babs' Underground, with live music by the local electro-punk free-jazz improvisational quartet Saajtak.

Ann Arbor Public Schools/Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-8301. Skyline High School, 2552 North Maple. 6:30-9 p.m.

Mar. 6: "Screenagers" (Delaney Ruston, 2016). Documentary exploring family conflicts over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Followed by a discussion led by Community High School college prep counselor John Boshoven.

Ann Arbor Senior Center. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin. 12:30-3 p.m.

Every Mon.: "Movie Matinee," a DVD screening with films TBA.

Fathom Events. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20). Tickets available in advance at and at the door. Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), different times.

Mar. 11 & 12: "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie" (Hatsuki Tsuji, 2004). Animated adventure fantasy adaptation of the Japanese manga about a mythical hero who struggles to rid the world of an evil spirit. Japanese, dubbed. $12. 12:55 p.m. (Mar. 11) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 12).

Mar. 18 & 21: "Vertigo" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958). Mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. Kim Novak. Ann Arbor 20 only. $12.50. 2 & 7 p.m.

Mar. 19: "The Riot and the Dance" (Gordon Wilson, 2018). Creationist nature documentary. $11.50, 7 p.m.

Mar. 24 & 26: "Ice Dragon: The Legend of the Blue Daisies" (2015). Animated musical adventure fantasy about 2 young children with special powers who are the only hope for a village being threatened by a fearsome creature. $12 (kids, $10). 12:55 p.m. (Mar. 24) & 6:30 p.m. (Mar. 26).

Mar. 30 & Apr. 2 (tentative): "Best F(r)iends" (Justin McGregor, 2018). Black comedy about a lonely mortician who is sucked into a wild misadventure when he teams up with a young drifter. Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero. Time & cost TBA.

Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth), 7 p.m.

Mar. 23: "Ender's Game" (Gavin Hood, 2013). Screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel about a gifted boy sent to a military academy in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. Discussion follows.

Michigan Theater Foundation. Unless there is a live show in the main theater, 2 or 3 different films are shown, usually 2-3 times a day. For complete, updated schedules, see,, or call 668-TIME. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted), times TBA unless otherwise noted. Mar. 1: "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (Adam McKay, 2004). Will Ferrell is perfectly hilarious as a perfectly coiffed local TV news airhead. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 2: "Fly Fishing Film Tour." An anthology of cutting-edge films aimed at both entertaining and educating outdoor enthusiasts. $18 in advance at and at the door; discounted tickets available at Schultz Outfitters (4 E. Cross, Ypsilanti). 7 p.m.

Mar. 5: "All or Nothin'" (Charles Campbell, 2018). Historical drama about 28 slaves who escaped from Boone County (KY) in 1853. FREE, 5 p.m.

Mar. 5: "The Hidden Fortress" (Akira Kurosawa, 1958). In feudal Japan, 2 peasants escort a princess and her general across enemy lines in hopes of securing a large share of the gold they're carrying. Japanese, subtitles. FREE, 7 p.m.

Mar. 7: "Me, the 'Other'" (Shidan Majidi & Dino Tsaousis, 2017). Documentary chronicling the daily prejudices faced by a diverse group of students living in Washtenaw County, including an African American athletic coach, a Taiwanese gymnast, a Pakistani student leader, a 66-year-old transgender woman, an American-Peruvian-Japanese romance, a bisexual Republican, and a Mexican student on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 7 p.m.

Mar. 8: "Step Brothers" (Adam McKay, 2008). 2 aimless middle-aged men still living at home are forced against their will to cohabitate when their parents marry. Will Farrell, John C. Reilly. 9:30 p.m. Mar. 9: Sundance Film Festival. Official 2018 Sundance Festival screening and world premiere of a film TBA. $15 (MTF members, $12). 7:15 p.m.

Mar. 10: "The Villainess" (Byung-gil Jung, 2017). Action flick about a female assassin seeking revenge. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 1 p.m.

Mar. 12: "Yojimbo" (Akira Kurosawa, 1961). Samurai spoof about a drifter who comes into a town divided into 2 warring factions and skillfully plays one side against the other. Japanese, subtitles. FREE, 7 p.m.

Mar. 15: "Zoolander" (Ben Stiller, 2001). Comedy about a washed-up, addle-brained male fashion model hoodwinked into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia. Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 19: "Sanjuro" (Akira Kurosawa, 1962). Sequel to Yojimbo, once again starring a lone samurai employed by 2 warring factions. Japanese, subtitles. FREE, 7 p.m.

Mar. 26: "Red Beard" (Akira Kurosawa, 1965). Drama about a revered 19th-century physician in a small country clinic. Japanese, subtitles. FREE, 7 p.m.

Mar. 28: "The Crash Reel" (Lucy Walker, 2013). Documentary about a snowboarder who struggles with substance abuse after suffering a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Free. 6 p.m.

Mar. 29: "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (Adam McKay, 2006). Satirical send-up of NASCAR culture. Will Ferrell. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 31: "The Bacchus Lady" (Je-yong Lee, 2016). Drama about an elderly prostitute who serves male senior citizens. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 1 p.m.

State Theatre. For complete, updated schedules, see,, or call 668-TIME. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). Times TBA, unless otherwise noted.

Mar. 3: "My Neighbor Totoro" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988). Anime tale about 2 girls who move to the Japanese countryside and befriend strange and delightful nature spirits. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 10: "Kiki's Delivery Service" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989). Coming-of-age anime about a teen witch trying to find her place in the world. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 17: "Howl's Moving Castle" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004). Anime love story about an 18-year-old girl cursed into an old woman's body and a wizard who can see through the curse. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 20: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). Adaptation of Kazuo Koike's manga series about a wandering assassin for hire who seeks vengeance for his wife's murder while accompanied by his young son. 1st of 6 films in the series, all shown this week. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m. [5z the descriptions for the remaining 5 films if we're really tight for space]

Mar. 21: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). This 2nd installment finds the assassin for hire trailed by female ninjas hired to kill him as he tries to assassinate a clan traitor protected by 3 killers known as the Gods of Death. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 22: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). In this 3rd installment, the assassin is ready to kill an alluringly tattooed female assassin, but an old enemy from his past threatens his son's life. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 23: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). In this 4th installment, the assassin volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 24: "Spirited Away" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001). Oscar-winning anime fantasy about a young girl who discovers a secret world of strange spirits and sorcery. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 24: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons" (Kenji Misumi, 1973). In this 5th installment, 5 swordsmen hire the assassin, and when each is defeated, more of his mission is revealed, which is to save a clan's honor by killing its royal family. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 25: "Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell" (Kenji Misumi, 1974). This last installment depicts the final conflict between the assassin and the Yagyu clan. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 31: "Ponyo" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2008). Anime fantasy about a young boy who develops a relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human after falling in love with him. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 31: "Persepolis" (Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi, 2007). Visually breathtaking, darkly observant and witty animated film about a rebellious girl's childhood in 1980s Tehran. Based on codirector Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novels. French, subtitles. 10 p.m.

U-M Armenian Studies Program. FREE. 763-0622. Space 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State.

Mar. 16: "Singing in Exile" (Turi Finocchiaro and Nathalie Rossetti, 2015). Documentary following an Armenian liturgical singing master who takes a group of young European actors to the home of Armenian liturgy, in Turkey. 6:30 p.m.

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