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AAFF kicks off tonight!
Go to the Michigan Theater at 7 p.m.
for the opening reception or check out
this evening's other showings at 8 and
9 p.m. Every day is a different program
at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
michigandaily.com /arts

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TUESDAY:
MARCH 13, 2001

Ann Arbor Film Fest to
showcase filmmakers
from around the world

Dick gets:-
sick in MTV
vanety show
By Rohith Thumati
Daily Arts Writer
MTV's core audience must be dying for more
"comedy" in the vein of "The Tom Green Show;
or Andy Dick would never have gotten on the air
"The Andy Dick Show" is like a horrible wreck or

B3y Lyle Henretty
Daily Film Editor
Attending this week's 39th Annual Ann Arbor
Film Festival at The Michigan Theater will be a
revitalizing experience for those who decry the
current state of world cinema. The experimental
festival, the oldest one in America to showcase
16-millimeter films, draws talent from Ann Arbor
to Australia and boasts an array of visual tech-
niques and styles, ranging from animation to cin-
ema verite to narrative to documentary. The
screenings begin Tuesday night and continue
through Saturday, ranging from two to five shows
on any given evening. The festival's $16,000 in
prize money will be handed out to the winners on
Sunday, and the winning entries will be screened
that evening. Past winners include Gus Van Sant,
Brian DePalma, Agnes Varda and George Lucas.
Tickets are seven dollars for individual shows
and $50 for a weeklong pass. "I encourage people
go to as much as they can, because [each film] is
Only shown once' suggests Vicki Honeyman,
who is directing the festival for the 14th year.
Honeyman is expecting around 5,000 attendants
from across the country, and strives to maintain
'heindependent flavor of the festival. "My goal is
to prevent it from becoming way off base from
what it intended to be"
The main 16-millimeter entries are the only
films competing for awards, and will be screened
on The Michigan Theater's main screen. This year
the festival will also be utilizing the theater's
'smaller screening room for special "sidebar" pro-

grams. Sidebar programs include films that are
shown as part of a theme, such as a gay-themed
or a relationships-themed evenings. There will
also be a virtual reality program in The Michigan
Theater's main lobby.
The festival was started in 1963 by University
School of Art filmmaker and artist George
Manupelli. Manupelli's vision was to create a fes-
tival for those who saw film as an art form, and
give them a forum to express their ideas without
the conformity of categories, censorship, or
"media tastemakers." In 1980, the festival broke
away from the University and became an inde-
pendent entity, a not-for-profit organization that
not only has headquarters in Ann Arbor, but also
sponsors a tour of the winning films, taking them
across the country.
The festival gets larger every year, and saw a
particular jump in the number of film submis-
sions this year, the first time entries were allowed
to be submitted via videotape. There were several
more entries from Michigan this year, including
the ten that won admission. While two of these
films are from Ann Arbor, Honeyman assures
that there is no student category, as AAFF is "not
an amateur festival."
While other media is being explored this year
("Because it exists," says Honeyman), the main
focus is, as it has always been 16mm films. Most
of the filmmakers agree that this is an important
part of the festival." I love the image quality of the
film. The texture, grain, saturation, details in
shadow areas are still superior to video,' says Jay
Rosenblatt, a California filmmaker who has two

Peter Miller's "The Internationale" brings communists and capitalists together through song.

of his films, "Nine Lives (The Eternal Moment of
Now)" and "Worm" competing in this years fes-
tival. Roach, a veteran of the film-festival circuit
and past winner in Ann Arbor, feels that film
shorts allows for an important exercise of creative
prowess. "I believe in minimalism. Less is more.
If you overstate something you actually diminish
its power. I try to find a form that best suits the
content."
Artist Maria Vasilkovsky, who brings her short
animated feature "Fur & Feathers" to the festival
this year, agrees with the importance of form and
content. This is Vasilkovsky's first endeavor into
painting on glass, a tedious process that took her
over two years to produce her stylish five minute
short. The film meditates on love and passion
between two seemingly opposite personalities,
showing the two individuals flawlessly morphing
into different shapes and ideas. "Firstly I was not
confident that I could realize my storyboard in
this unfamiliar medium;' Vasilkovsky told The
Daily. "Soon after I started, however, it was clear
that my only true concern should be the content of
my message: what it is I'm trying to say and how
interesting it is. As long as the concept was pre-
sent, its realization was wishes coming true"

The festival is often a vehicle for conflicting
ideas and emotions, both of the filmmakers and
their subjects. While New York's Dean Kapsalis'
"Jigsaw Venus" invests the viewer in the lonely
life of refreshingly normal looking naked people,
British filmmaker Suzie Templeton's "Stanley"
shows an animated man's deadly obsession with
his cabbage. Two striking documentaries, Peter
Miller's "The Internationale" and Elida Schogt's
"The Walnut Tree" show how beautiful and terri-
fying history can be, on both a worldly and deeply
personal level. "Two colliding worlds," suggests
Schogt. "This is how 'The Walnut Tree' is struc-
tured in terms of both image and text. There is a
constant movement between facts and history
(the tangible) on one hand and emotions and
memory (the abstract) on the other." "The
Internationale" tells the absorbing history of how
one song can represent both freedom and oppres-
sion, sometimes at the exact same time.
The festival brings this emotion to the masses,
and many artists are given a chance to showcase
their work for the first time. So if you are inter-
ested in seeing the next Lucas, Van Sant, or
DePalma, the Ann Arbor Film Festival can be a
once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Andy
Dick Show
MTV
Tonight at 10:30 p.m.

the freeway: You don't want
to slow down and look, but
you can't help but stare at
the carnage.
The funny thing is that
Andy Dick just ma> a
better Tom Green than
Green himself, as he
showed in a segment during
the first episode. Done up as
Green, replete with a wig
and fake mustache, Dick
proceeded to harass people

coming out of a grocery store, and even smashed
the guitar of a guy playing it outside of the store.
Andy Dick does possess some comic ability,
which was proven during the run of "NewsRadio,"
but letting him do what he does unrestrain s a
very, very scary sight indeed. Witness the las seg-
ment of the first episode: A mock-"Making of the
Video," with Dick, who writes, directs, and pro-
duces the whole show, playing "Daphne Aguilera,"
Christina Aguilera's "cousin." There are some
bright spots, but the song and the video, "Naughty
Baby Did A No-No" (a parody of Britney Spears'
"Hit Me Baby One More Time") prove that some-
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Sponsored by
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Comed
showcase

The Front
Page
Ann Arbor Civic Theater
Through March 18
stories intertwine

classic of
American the-
ater. Anything
but simple and
sweet, "The
Front Page"
takes audiences
back to a 1920s
Chicago press
room, where
journalists are
covering a jail-
break, an execu-
tion, a political
scandal and a
shooting. All
and connect, and

the original fast-paced ideal of the
show. When the film "His Girl.
Friday," which is based on "The
Front Page," came out, it was known
for some of the most fast-paced
scenes ever designed for film.
Bugala structures this production in a
similar manner with actors speaking
extremely quickly and overlapping
one another's lines. With the
extremely fast-paced discourse, one
*might have thought they were at an
auction. Likewise, the actors running
and jumping around the pressroom
resemble a whirlwind. After adjust-
ing to the fast tempo, however, one
gets caught up into the world of the
pressroom, and even finds that the
extreme pacing brings out tension,
humor and overall craziness of the
play.
Earl Williams, Bolshevik and
accused murderer of a cop, is the
man on everyone's mind, as he is
awaiting his execution outside the
window of the pressroom. The excla-
mations of his escape on the eve of
conviction makes each journalist
jump up and run from their guitar or
their poker game out onto the streets,

amazingly enough, all take place
within the pressroom, down the hall,
or outside the window.
Originally written in 1928 by
comics Ben Hecht and Charles
MacArthur, Ann Arbor Civic Theater
Director Glenn Bugala exemplifies

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courtesy o Glenn Bugal
Walter (Charles Sutherland) stands
over Hildy (Carl Hanna) in "The Front
Page."
as they are all competing for the lat
est news. After retrieving differen
sides of the stories, each journalist i
off racing once again to the ss
room phones to relay their ates
news.
The lazy pressroom scene makes
complete transition to hysteria at th
slightest announcement of a news
grabbing event.
Within, yet straying from the cyni
cal race for the latest, star reporte
Hildy Johnson begins the play wit
the announcement of his reti en
of the press and his new joblK hi
fiancee's uncle's business in Ne
York. Delaying his departure to mee
Peggy, his fiancee, at the train statio
at least five times, Peggy and he
mother add to the hysteria of th
newsroom by showing up in sears
for Hildy. It was obvious fron th
get-go that the pressroom would nc
be the same without Hildy's old-fash
ioned attitude and wisecracks. Hi
love and desire to get the bes fron
page story possible takes t
incredible lengths, like hiding Ear
Williams in a pressroom desk, an
keeping such news from his fellov
newsmen.
The action of "The Front .Page,
echoed with gunshots, shouting an<
the fast-paced movement, is also dis
played in the characters themselves
Sheriff Hartman comes off as..a car
toon character, with his bugg yes
big glasses, and wide mouth thus
his interior character of a complet
idiot is depicted in his outsid,
appearance. In fact,eeverything ii
this world seems to be corrupt sym
bolized by the handcuffing of chic
editor, Walter Burns, and the sta

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