Wow. The Ann Arbor Film Festival turns 50 in 2012. Just in time for the world to end (if the Mayans are to be believed). In preparation and celebration, the festival is launching a five-part "Retrospective Screening Series" at the Michigan Theater. You should go. Really..
"The monthly series will continue on Oct. 20 with archival films selected by Mark Toscano, a film preservationist for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. On Nov. 30, filmmaker David Gatten presents short films he has selected from the festival’s past. Jan. 25, 2012, filmmaker Mike Hoolboom shows his picks. And Robert Gardner will screen a restored version of his feature-length documentary “Forest of Bliss,” on Feb. 22, 2012.
Harrison says that the retrospective is “part of a greater effort to preserve, organize, present the history of the film festival, and then create special opportunities for people to engage with the films,” he says. He mentions two archival projects that will preserve AAFF’s history. On Oct. 13, festival members will be invited to celebrate AAFF’s permanent collection at the U-M Bentley Historical Library, and an online archive of materials is planned to be launched by the Ann Arbor District Library in 2012."
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