Interview with filmmaker David Sherman

During the Ann Arbor Film Festival's 50th anniversary last year, filmmaker David Sherman spoke with us about his fourth AAFF entry, “Assassination in Dreamland." He also touches on Ann Arbor's connection with San Francisco area filmmakers and the importance of the creative discourse fostered by Festival communities. Check out additional interviews, posters, photographs, and information about this history of the Ann Arbor Film Festival at our Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive.

AADL Talks To: Donald Harrison about the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival

For half a century now, the end of March has meant one thing to Ann Arbor: the Ann Arbor Film Festival. This year's 50th festival will be both a celebration of that half-century history and the opportunity to see the latest in experimental and independent cinema that AAFF has always been. In this podcast, AAFF Executive Director Donald Harrison talks with us about the process of planning the 50th, deciding what films to highlight from the festival's history and what artists to bring back. We also talk about the new work on offer this year and some of the events around town that Ann Arborites can look forward to. The 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival runs from March 27 - April 1, 2012.

To learn more about the history of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive, a collaboration between AADL and AAFF that brings historic festival programs, posters, flyers, newspaper articles, and photos together with contemporary interviews to tell the story of AAFF's first 50 years.

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Donald Harrison talks with former AAFF director Vicki Honeyman

In this clip, former Ann Arbor Film Festival director Vicki Honeyman remembers the all-night process of pulling together a festival program prior to the grant-funded multi-page booklets of recent years.
[1:39 min]

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Donald Harrison talks with former AAFF director Vicki Honeyman

In this clip, former Ann Arbor Film Festival director Vicki Honeyman recalls the graphics of the 31st Festival.
[1:44 min]

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Donald Harrison talks with former AAFF director Ruth Bradley

In this clip, former Ann Arbor Film Festival director Ruth Bradley talks about taking over the directorship in the Festival's 20th year.
[1:30 min]

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Donald Harrison talks with former AAFF director Ruth Bradley

In this clip, former Ann Arbor Film Festival director Ruth Bradley talks about her approach to festival program graphics and the recurrent theme of Manupelli's horse.
[1:45 min]

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Donald Harrison talks with former AAFF director Chrisstina Hamilton

In this clip, former Ann Arbor Film Festival director Chrisstina Hamilton talks about the changes when the 41st Festival opened up to 35mm and 8mm films.
[1:24 min]

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Donald Harrison talks with former AAFF director Chrisstina Hamilton

In this clip, former Ann Arbor Film Festival director Chrisstina Hamilton talks about the importance of the first twenty years and the growth of the Festival.
[1:25 min]

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Donald Harrison talks with former AAFF director George Manupelli

In this clip, former Ann Arbor Film Festival director and founder, George Manupelli, recalls the controversy and accusations of pornography surrounding the 1965 Festival.
[2:18 min]

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AADL Productions Podcast: Donald Harrison on the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival

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In this episode, Donald Harrison, executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, talks about what we can look forward to in the upcoming 49th Festival, March 22-27, 2011. Donald highlights several of the programs this year, including some of the free public events, family events, special programs and opening night celebrations. He also talks a little about the jury process and what we have to look forward to when the AAFF celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

The Library has set up a discount code for the AADL community to receive $2 off advance online tickets for the Safe As Milk (Ages 6+) program on Saturday, March 26 at 11:15am at the Michigan Theater. Order advance tickets and use the discount code AAFF49AADL.

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