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An image from "Whatever You Destroy" shot in digital video by filmmakers Yoni
Goldstein and Max Sussman
is an artist-in-residence.
"'The film also touches on the history
of Jewish symbolism," Nagler says. "I
was influenced by Chagall and the way
Goldstein and Sussman, students at
the University of Michigan, took their
film title from graffiti on the wall of the
..."The actual phrase was 'Whatever
you destroy, we'll create again,'"
explains Goldstein, of West Bloomfield,
who met Sussman, of Huntington
Woods, while they both attended Hillel
Day School. "We wanted to document
what had been going on in the building
and have found that a lot of people
didn't know the space existed."
The documentary, shot in digital
video for this debut project, includes
interviews with former tenants, other
artists and members of local govern-
ment. It shows the fire and references
art lost with the building.
"We were motivated because of the
exciting and creative community that
was and is being destroyed," says
Sussman, part of a team that plans to
work in some field of communica-
tions. "Most people in Ann Arbor are
not at all aware that their new exer-
cise center will have displaced an
entire colony of artists.
"I hope we can make people aware of
the importance of having a community
of autonomous, spontaneous and
sometimes dissident art and artists and
what makes that community unique."
Among the other festival films that
relate to Jewish people and issues are
Worst Case Scenario, which starts out as
a series of still photos depicting daily
life on a Viennese street corner and
adds movement as Sigmund Freud casts
his shadow and influence across the
city, and I Am Palestine, which gives the
point of view of people living in the
territories and expresses their reasons
for believing in the future.
"We have a very exciting political
evening for everybody on Wednesday,
[March 17]," says Chrisstina Hamilton,
festival director. " The Lost Film Festival
from Philadelphia tackles various issues,
while The Fourth World War is about
the corporate world and globalization
and was made by Richard Rowley, who
grew up in Ann Arbor."
Festival week also offers presentations
by filmmakers, seminars, art installa-
tions, stage appearances by dancers,
musicians and other performers and a
silent auction of artworks and services
to benefit the festival.
"Because we opened to digital for-
mat this year, we have many more
voices," says Hamilton, who noticed
lots of split screen techniques in the
2004 submissions. "We had hard
decisions to make about which films
to show, but that has made for a very
strong program." ❑
The 42nd Ann Arbor Film
Festival runs March 16-21 at the
Michigan Theater in downtown
Ann Arbor. Screenings in the
main viewing room are at 8 p.m.
Tuesday; 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday; 3, 7 and 9:30
p.m. Saturday; and 5, 7 and 9
p.m. Sunday. Show times in the
screening room are 8 and 10 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday and 3, 8 and
10 p.m. Saturday. $81$6 stu-
dent/$5 member/$60 festival
pass. For more information and a
complete schedule, go to
wvvw.aafilinfestorg or call
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