The Michigan Daily
Tuesday, March 21, 1989
16mm festival returns
for its 27th year in A2
sitions); and Jack Wright, a film-
BY ALYSSA KATZ maker and former Festival winner,
AND MARK SHAIMAN whose works will be shown at a
free screening on Friday at 3 p.m.
There will also be a retrospective of
A NN Arbor isn't Cannes, and Dutch Cinema shown free Wednes-
that's not just because it's colder day at 3 p.m., offering one more
here and completely landlocked. look at different filmmaking styles.
And this isn't New York, either; In the past, the Festival has
people here are a little more shown everything from the instant
easygoing. But you don't have to classic Face Like a Frog, a vi-
go that far to see great new films. brantly twisted animated work, to
Ann Arbor has its very own film early films by George Lucas and
festival, which is as much a reflec- other now-famous filmmakers.
tion of life in this city as the other Over 250 pieces were submitted
festivals are of theirs.. this year to the screening commit-
To begin with, the 27th Annual tee, which has selected approxi-
Ann Arbor Film Festival will be mately 90 films to be shown. So
much smaller-scale than its more prepare to be bombarded by a range
famous counterparts. All its entries of works, as each nightly showing
will be shown in 16mm. As a re- is designed to provide an assortment
sult of this format, which is less of films, offering something for all
costly than the standard 35mm, the tastes.
Festival will present works by a Certain trends seem to pervade
wide variety of artists: students, the Festival each year, and this time
professionals, amateurs, animators, blood, cemeteries, road-trip films,
experimentalists, documentarians, found-footage films, fewer docu-
satirists, and any and every other mentaries, and more animated
kind of filmmaker imaginable. works will characterize the show-
The Festival begins tonight with ings. The Festival has been unoffi-
a free gala reception at 7:30 p.m., cially subtitled "The Year of the
followed by a film screening at Angst," but don't let that scare you
8:30 p.m. at the Michigan Theater, away. Instead, let the following
for which admission will be previews entice you.
charged. The competing films will POV is a Canadian-produced
be shown through Saturday, with short that plays upon the conven-
:ifferent programs every night at 7 tion of cinematic point of view.
and 9:30 p.m. Sunday is winners' Are the characters watching a film
night, when the judges' picks from just as you are, are they creating it,.
lhe previous nights will be shown are they imagining it, or are they
it 5, 7 and 9 p.m. really living it? As seen through
The jury consists of Connie detailed shots, any of those cases
Bosley, a broadcast producer from could be true, which leaves one
Detroit; Sarah Fitzsimmons, thinking about subjectivity and ob-
Director of Corporate Affairs for jectivity in the visual arts.
HBO (she's also looking for acqui- Isadora's Dress is a wonderfully
BY MARIE J. WESAW
KENNETH McClane describes his
poetry as the reflections of "a city's
boy in the woods."
"Urban rhythms are very impor-
tant to me," remarks McClane,
whose Harlem background plays an
integral part in his work, although he
spent most of his academic and pro-
fessional careers in Ithaca, New York
at Cornell University.
The "pastoral life" of his nearly
20 years in Ithaca has helped him
"make sense of" his urban world,
McClane says. This setting is distant
enough from New York CIty to have
allowed him to create a voice for his
readers that fulfills a "sense of a
poet's responsibility to the world and
McClane, who has published five
works of poetry and several essays
and has recently been honored as the
Dr. Martin Luther King/Rosa Parks
Visiting Scholar Series at Wayne
State University in 1987, tries to
keep his academic and urban world
experiences in perspective. He points
to the idea that there exist beyond the
academic world "people with more
authenticity with ideas that have to
be said. People who need to be lis-
tened to, need a platform."
collection of autobiographical es-
says, Walls, attempts to provide
such a platform for some of these
unheard voices. The "center of every-
thing, the hub of the collection," ac-
cording to McCLane is his brother, a
jazz drummer who committed sui-
"It's an attempt to pay homage
and in a large sense to understand
him," the poet explains, "...Deep
down inside him he was filled with
an incredible rage...that ultimately
killed him. We were brothers, but it
was as if we lived in totally different
worlds....We would do the same
things, and I would get a pat on the
back, and he would get arrested."
The writer's attempts to explore
See McClane, Page 8
expressive film of a dancer perform-
ing a routine in a flamboyant dress
once worn by Isadora Duncan. Us-
ing multiple images and stop action
photography adds a new dimension
to both the dress and the dance.
An untitled film from Kent State
concerns the addiction of smokers
in a serio-comic way, and includes a
not to be misssed bit of commer-
cial footage in which Fred and Bar-
ney push Winston cigarettes.
Then there is Making A Baby,
an stop-action animation film in
which the natural method of repro-
duction is replaced by the assembly
of a plastic doll that must first un-
defgo some bizarre contortion.
These films will be scattered
throughout the week's worth of
showings, but whether or not you
see these particular ones, there will
surely be others that capture your
interest. As the emcee quipped last
year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival
is like Michigan weather: if you
don't like it, just wait a minute and
it will change. With spring just
around the corner, the change will
surely be for the better, especially
because the Fest promises a great
selection of films and fun.
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