61st Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Mar. 21–26. The oldest and one of the most prestigious avant-garde film festivals in North America, showcasing new experimental and independent films in a wide range of genres. Also, “Off the Screen” round-table discussions, exhibits, and parties (see aaFilmFest.org for full schedule). Tickets: $150 (buy before Mar. 1, $125; members, students, & seniors, $100) for the entire festival; $85 (buy before Mar. 1, $75) for weekend passes, or $60 (buy before Mar. 1, $60) for an online-only pass in advance at aafilmfest.org. $12 (students, seniors, & members, $8) per screening at the door. All feature films eligible for online viewing are available Mar. 21–29. 995–5356. Michigan Theater (except as noted), various times.
Mar. 26: “I have not been afraid of going blind for a long time.” Yannic Mosimann’s competition film, an experimental documentary about the filmmaker’s experience of connection and disconnection from the world. Noon, State Theatre.
“Life/Ritual/Cinema: The Experimental Films of Donald Richie.” A collection of this Japanese-based writer and experimental filmmaker’s strange, dirty, sexy, and funny short films, which he began making in the 1940s. Curated by Markus Nornes and Hannah Glass-Chapman. 12:30 p.m.
“Answering the Sun.” Rainer Kohlberger’s competition film uses overstimulation and deception of the senses with sound, silence, color, and geometry to create a hallucinatory effect. 2:30 p.m.
“Between Resilience and Resistance.” A program of films on the themes of resisting injustice and the capacity to persevere through time. 3 p.m., State Theatre.
“Awards 1.” The announcement of the 61st AAFF Award winners and screening of films. 5 p.m.
“Awards 2.” Screening of more award-winning films. 7 p.m.