The Ludington Area Center for the Arts will play host to the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour Saturday evening, Jan. 18.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour which launched in 1964 with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles, and Berkeley. Since that time, the AAFF tour has presented hundreds of influential works by film artists including Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn, and Jay Rosenblatt.
Beginning in June 2019 and continuing through February 2020, the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will visit galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts centers, and cinematheques throughout the world.
This year the film festival offered three distinct programs of recent independent and experimental short films from the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival across all genres: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative and hybrids. The tour provides filmmakers the unique opportunity of having their work screened in front of audiences for whom, in many places, the tour venue is their only access to this form of film art. Each filmmaker participating in the AAFF tour is also paid for each tour stop, thereby helping to directly support their filmmaking.
Tickets to the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) showing of the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors and a concession stand featuring a selection of beer and wine, soda, water, popcorn and candy will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. screening. The screening will take place in the art center’s performance hall and will be shown on the new 197 inch LED screen.
LACA will be showing the film festival’s “Program Two” featuring Nine contemporary experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative videos.
Films included are:
• BIRD MILK by Christopher Strickler (The UMCU Audience Award)
• Traces with Elikem by Ariana Gerstein (The Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film)
•TÅKE by Inger Lise Hansen (Jury Award)
• 32-Rbit by Victor Orozco Ramirez (The Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film)
• Wolves From Above by Demelza Kooij (Jury Award)
• 60 Elephants. Episodes of a Theory. by Sasha Pirker and Michael Klein (The No Violence Award)
• TROPICS by Mathilde Lavenne (Best Experimental Film)
• Gloria's Call by Cheri Gaulke (Best Documentary Film)
• Under Covers by Michaela Olsen (Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film)
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization located at 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington. The center’s Local Artist Exhibit will be on display in the main gallery and performance hall lobby gallery prior to and after the screening.