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Ann Arbor Film Festival March 21-March 26

22. March 2006 • Juliew
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The 44th Ann Arbor Film Festival begins tonight. The schedule is now posted. Since this is “A Celebration of Independent & Experimental Film,” there is no telling what the films will be like. You will probably love some and hate some, but they are always thought- and conversation-provoking.

Of course, don’t forget that the Film Festival experience isn’t quite the same unless you stop by Dominicks for dinner first (check out the many years of Film Festival posters on the first floor). Dominicks is open until 10:00 pm.

  1. Go David Chai!

    “Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot”

       —Miss Devore    Mar. 22 '06 - 01:33AM    #
  2. Opening night is always a great party! Hope to see you all there – I’ll be the one in the red chuck taylors. Ok, probably not the only one, but if you say hi to everyone wearing them, you’re sure to find me eventually.

       —Laura F    Mar. 22 '06 - 04:10AM    #
  3. The AAFF isn’t the same unless you’re already drunk and high. And since the Michigan has cracked down on those smoking pot in the balcony, that means doing more earlier…

       —js    Mar. 23 '06 - 11:17PM    #
  4. Just in time for the 2007 Ann Arbor Film Festival (Day Two is today with films plus various and sundry other events running through Sunday), the ACLU is suing the State of Michigan on behalf of the AAFF.

    I wasn’t able to get the piece to actually link here, but here’s the first couple of paragraphs:

    “The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the State of Michigan on behalf of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, citing violation of First Amendment rights.

    The suit, filed Tuesday federal district court in Detroit, claims the state set out to punish the festival for screening films that the state deemed “objectionable,’‘ by withholding arts grants.

    The troubles began last spring, when a few state legislators accused the festival of violating the guidelines of its grant from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs – specifically, the stipulation that state funds can’t support work that features “displays of sex acts.’‘ This came after The Mackinac Center, a conservative think tank, published an essay against use of tax dollars in arts funding, and had specifically cited the festival.”

       —HD    Mar. 22 '07 - 01:55AM    #