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ARTS

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, March 6, 1984

Page 6

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Ann Arbor Film Festival arrives

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By Paul Clipson
TONIGHT WILL mark the 22nd year of Ann Arbor's
oldest and most renowned film event, the aptly
named Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Actually, it's one of the oldest 16 mm film festivals
anywhere.
This year, like the past three, the festival will be
held in the largest cinema in Ann Arbor, the Michigan
Theater. The festival starts tonight and will run until
Sunday; winners night.
There are three separate showings every evening,
each screening a different package of films: All for
reasonable prices - either $2 dollars a show, or an
economical $6 dollars for all three showings. There
are a lot of special activities planned for this year's
festival and most importantly, the festival will give
everyone, film fanatics, filmmakers or curious film
goers, both young and old, a chance to see a huge
assortment of creative, and interesting films from all
over the world. It is also important to remember
these are films made by uncommercial filmmakers,
allowing for more personal expression and artistic
freedom.
This year's entries come from such areas as
Scotland, Poland, Canada and of course from all over
the U.S.Not surprisingly, there will be a large amount
of varying film styles and types. The film festival has
always strived for variety for everyone's own tastes.
Whether you crave for animate stuff or documen-
taries, there will be films. of all types: Abstract,
narrative, independent or experimental.

Among those that have submitted films is film-
maker-poet, James Broughton, as well as the
documentary production group, Green Mountain
Post. Their film, The Secret Agent, delves into the
issues surrounding Agent Orange. Currently in New
York, former Ann Arborites John Tintori and Mary
Cybulski, past festival winners themselves, have also
entered a film.
Here's just a few of the many films entered to give
an idea of what's going to be shown:
* Barbara Klutinis' Trumpet Garden' can best be
described as a sort of film poem. A beautiful and sen-
suously mysterious film about a woman wandering
around a colorful garden Trumpet Garden, from
San Francisco, is underscored with a soundtrack of a
person laughing in the distance, casting a slightly
disturbing quality to the film.
" From New York comes a documentary, The
Shadow Project, by Zachary Winestine and JoAnn
Pawowski. The film details a performance happening
with a group that painted shadows of themselves on
the sidewalks of New York, like the burned remains
of the victims of Hiroshima. There are also inter-
views with those that participated and witnessed the
project.
" On the lighter side is Tom Bullock's Millie's Mor-
ning Movements, a very funny parody of those
popular health and cuisine programs that appear on
television so much today. Cooking and exercising are
taught simultaneously,as Millie kneeds dough with
her knees and cracks eggs while exercising her

fingers!
* Godzilla meets Mona Lisa is another documen-
tary, from Ralph Arlyck in Poughkeepsiem, New
York. He examines the aspects of museum-going as
well as how museums are designed and their dif-
ferent uses. The entire film is coupled with an
amusing, understated English humor as both
American tourists and locals are asked what they
think of the modernist George PompideauCenter, in
Paris. Further delving into the controversies
surrounding "what museums are" there are inter-
views with the architects that design them. Fun.
* On a more political note is Matthew Ettinger's
"Clip, from San Francisco. Serious in its tone and
perhaps at times a little upsetting, this avant-garde
work teams a new wave soundtrack with footage of
Ronald Reagan, medical films and other stuff, which
creates a really strange mood.
Besides the films that will be screened for the
festival, a number of other activities have been plan- 4
ned. On Saturday night, an avant-garde band, G.K.W.
will r-ay some of their tunes including a special
"medly?" of all the great Led Zepplin songs played
all at once. Also planned is a public-participation
event to take place in the lobby. Everyone present
will be invited to help in the making of a film; a table
with materials for drawing directly on film will be in
the lobby.' This film made by the audience will be
screened on Sunday night.
This year's festival promises to be a very exciting
one.

Some girls give me children ^Photo
Mick Jagger and 12-year-old daughter Jade (of Mick's marriage to Bianca)
visit Jerry Hall and the new Jagger addition at Lennox Hill Hospital Friday.

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By Joseph Kraus
THE BOXERS move in closer. The one suddenly grabs
for the other and holds on to him. The referee shouts,
Break.
Well, not quite.
More like 'break' as.in "Hey man, the Jefferson Airplane
are going to break up." And we do mean the Jefferson Air-
plane. They were the original volunteers, weren't they.
Today's Break isn't a pair of boxers or a rock group, but a
movie put out by a bunch of volunteers.
Break is the first project of the newly founded Community
Films, a group whose goal it is to help students produce films
on campus. It is the story of a college student's dilemma
over whether to sign up for the draft or to forfeit his financial
aid from the government. Unfortunately funding for the film
is running out-and that's where the volunteers came in.
To begin with, every member of the cast and production
crew is a volunteer for the project. But it doesn't stop there.
In order to raise the additional money needed to finish the
film director Eilen Goldsmith sent out the call for a second
wave of volunteers to put on a benefit bash.
And her call was far from unheeded.
Two local bands, the Evadors and King Kong and the Ex-
cons, agreed to play free for the benefit and when Joe Tiboni
opened up his Star Lounge, again without asking for money,
the benefit was off the ground.
And the benefit was an impressive success. At 9:30 on a
Sunday night, the benefit filled Joe's to capacity. Said Gold-
smith, "I'm very happy (with the turnout), I was afraid it
was just going to be me and my two friends."
The Evaders played the first two sets, and with their mix of
punk and rock kept the dance floor crowded for most of the
time they were playing.
King Kong and the Ex-Cons followed up with two more sets.

For their first they came on stage with paper bags over their
heads and glasses atop the paper bags. The whole set was
devoted to calypso-flavored music and it was obvious the
band members were having as much fun as the audience,
which judging by the jammed dance floor was quite a bit.
One point about the-project that Goldsmith stressed was
that the film was a group project-not just hers or anybody
else's.
Cristy Carlson, lead actress and assistant editor for the
film, summed it up well in saying, "There's so much more to
a film than the actors. . . everybody works for hours setting
up the lights and all, and then the shooting only takes a
minute and a half."
Carlson went on to point out some of the advantages in
having a program that allows undergraduates to produce
their own films. "You can graduate from here (Michigan)
with a film degree without doing anything but watching
movies... that isn't very practical when it comes time to ap-
ply for a job," she said.
Another key person in the project, cinematographer Pete
Mercurio, had similar sentiments. "'We used to be in film
classes together, now we're making a film together. It's dif-
ferent," he said.
Mercurio and Carlson stressed that as a result of Gold-
smith's competence as a fundraiser, they were able to use
more professional equipment than might have been expec-
ted. But fancy equipment didn't make the need for individual
dedication any less. Mercurio related the story of how, when
filming outdoor shots during winter, Goldsmith had to keep
the remote camera battery under a coat just to keep it warm.
Assuming they raised enough funds on Sunday, 'Break
should be released for its first public showing sometime in
the second week of April. And since so riany other people in
the project have been unselfish, they are going to make that
first screening free.

Miss Julie'

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By Julie Edelson
IT'S SO RARE that we get an op-
portunity to see Strindberg perfor-
med," said Christopher Markel, direc-
tor of the Michigan Ensemble Theatre's
production of Miss Julie.
Miss Julie, by August Strindberg, is
the story of the daughter of a count who

offers herself to her father's valet.
during the night. She consequently
loses her position in society, and finds
herself in a tragic situation.
Markel describes the play, one of the
major pieces of modern theater, as
"very brief and dense. The power of
the writing is. truly phenomenal," he
said. Markel went on to add that,
"Very few writers have the grasp of

human emotion that Strindberg has."
Markel was attracted to Miss Julie
because he is interested in the play's
treatment'of obsessions. "Obsessions
are what drive people's passions. We
live in an age where we have to keep in
touch with the core of our passions," he
said.
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