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MMoCA Rooftop Cinema: Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour Animation Program

August 28, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour Animation Program | Various artists and countries | 2018-2019 | 63 minutes

The Ann Arbor Film Festival (aafilmfest.org) has been an essential showcase for experimental and animated films for since 1963. Rooftop Cinema will conclude with a survey of animated films from around the world selected for the 2020 edition of the Festival. All of the films explore the personal, technical and aesthetic possibilities of the animated form.

“The Ride,” Huh Hyunjung, South Korea
While running along the riverside, lights are slowly flowing, sparkling and making narratives of reflection and refraction.

“Nod. Wink. Horse.,” Ollie Magee, United Kingdom
Self sabotage. Obstruction of narrative. A film behind a horse.

“There Were Four of Us,” Cassie Shao, China
In a room, there are four people.

“The Last Bottle,” Max Majoros, Detroit, MI
A cycle of disposal is revealed through the actions of industrious life forms on an unnamed bottle-shaped planet.

“Drawing. Dancing,” Nicci Haynes, Australia
A short experimental animation that sits between visual and performing art.

“Goodbye Mommy,” Jack Wedge, Katonah, NY
A detective is hired to go look for an exiled king.

“Aphasia or (It Fell Upon My Mind),” Brynne McGregor, Cincinnati, OH
Hand-painted rotoscoping and digital animation document the voices of seven individuals living with aphasia.

“Umbilical,” Danski Tang, Los Angeles, CA
An animated documentary that explores how the filmmaker’s parents’ abusive relationship shaped her own experiences in a boarding school as a child in China.

“Lickalike,” Rebecca Blöcher, Germany
If man divides invisible, time-grown connections in nature, this has uncontrollable consequences. The collapse leads to a reorganization.

“Garnet Graves,” Flavourcel Animation Collective, Canada
The twisting, neon discomfort of body parts pulsates and trembles from the depths of the deepest ocean up to the cold and unforgiving vastness of space.

Rooftop Cinema is $5 per screening/free for MMoCA members and anyone age 21 and younger. Purchase tickets beginning July 29 through brownpapertickets.com; advance online ticket sales only.
Rooftop Cinema will follow Forward Dane guidelines for outdoor gatherings. As a protective measure, seating will be in designated areas; come prepared with a blanket or camp chair. Masks are required inside MMoCA.

Screenings are cancelled if rain is likely.

Rooftop Cinema is a program of MMoCA’s education department and is curated by James Kreul, with technical support provided by Tanner Engbretsen. MMoCA’s films programming is generously funded by maiahaus and Venture Investors. LLC.

Still image from: “Lickalike,” 2019.


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