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The Michigan Daily michigandaily.com I Thursday, March 19,2009
woo vI r101W ,., 1;weekend
essentials
Mar.19 to Mar. 22
TELEVISION
Craig Ferguson, the
exaggeratedly Scottish
host of "Late Late Night
with Craig Ferguson,"
* has a new stand-up
special called "Craig
Ferguson: A Wee Bit
0' Revolution" airing
Sunday on Comedy
Central at 10 p.m. The
" t humor should be a wee
bit of Scottish national
pride and a whole lot
of vulgarity as the
late-night host jokes
about his time in rehab
and his wild and less-
than-legal endeavors.
FILM
This Saturday, grab
your coconuts and
head over to the State
Theater at midnight for
a special presentation
of "Monty Python and
the Holy Grail." Recon-
nect with King Arthur,.
Brave Sir Robin, the
Black Knight and the
rest of the film's loony
cast as they bumble
around medieval Eng-
land in this comedy
classic. If you've never
seen this film before,
you should be tried
for witchcraft. Now go
away or I shall taunt
you a second time.
ON STAGE
4 You may not know it,

but Michigan's Musi-
cal Theatre program is
a really big deal. This
SI Saturday at 8 p.m., the
program celebrates its
25th anniversary with
a gala concert at Hill
Auditorium. Gradu-
ates will return from
their Broadway gigs
to join current stu-
dents in what's likely
to be an uproarious
evening of impossibly
catchy show tunes.
Tickets available at
the League; $9 to $35
BY ANDREW LAPIN // DAILY FILM EDITOR
elcome to the new world of suit filed by the AAFF and the Michigan sions to the festival this year (a 25-per- tival. Hertzfeldt, known for shooting all
independent cinema," pro- chapter of the American Civil Liberties cent increase from last year), which of his films using antique 35mm camer-
claims the tagline for the 47th Union successfully got the charges dis- were whittled down to the 125 films as, will also hold a question-and-answerCO ER
annual Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF). missed. screening in competition. Combined discussion after the screening. CO NCE RT
The choice of words seems odd, because Now, with that storm fading in the with the numerous out-of-competition Several programs at this year's AAFF
AAFF has been screening the cutting rearview mirror, it's time for filmmak- screenings and special events scheduled will explore the history and origins of
edge of experimental film since the fes- ers and festival directors to keep look- to take place between March 24 and 29, experimental film, highlighting the fact Looking to add some
tival's conception in 1963, smack in the ing ahead to see what cinematic ground even the most knowledgeable connois- that even the festival itself is on its own international music fla-
middle of a pivotal decade for indepen- has yet to be covered. Whenever there seurs of independent and experimental journey forward. Two separate retro- vor to your weekend?
dent films in America. The festival's are new boundaries to cross within the cinema are guaranteed to plunge into spectives of the late visionary director Head over to the EV
website bills the annual event as "the continuously evolving artistic medium, uncharted territories when they take a Bruce Conner ("A Movie") will also be t '
longest-running film festival of its kind no one wants to be left behind. gander at the programs offered by the screened, presenting a rare opportunity Moore Building at 3
in North America." Maybe today's film- "We're trying to make (our program) AAFF. to view the filmmaker's work, which is p.m. on Sunday for an
goers are being welcomed into this new as accessible as possible without sac- One of the most anticipated events not currently commercially available on Indonesian gamelan
world of cinema, but the AAFF settled rificing the artistic quality - without at the festival will be the appearance DVD or anywhere else. concert featuring
into the frontier long ago. watering down our programming what- of Oscar-nominated animator Don. Harrison is especially excited about
Perhaps that's what makes this year's soever," said Donald Harrison, executive Hertzfeldt, who will present the region- the Conner retrospectives, which he legendary Javanese
theme, a journey into unexplained ter- director of AAFF, at a press preview on al premiere of his latest short film "I am billed as a "must-see attraction." He musician Sumarsam.
ritories, so profound. In 2006, a cen- March 3. He added that the idea of this. so proud of you." The film is a sequel to noted that Conner's work is "for anyone Gamelan is known
sorship controversy over a handful of year's program is to make audiences feel his previous effort, "everything will be who cares about art, about important,
submissions jeopardized the festival's as if they are visiting a brand new place. ok," which won the Short Filmmaking intellectual artists, not just in terms of for its pronounced
state fundinguntil asuccessfuljointlaw- There were a record 2,650 submis- Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Fes- See FILM FESTIVAL, Page 4B rhythms and the
incredible synchro-
nization its perform-
ers display. Free.

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