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Like the 60-degree days in March, the 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival sneaked up on us this year, and we didn’t get a chance to show any of the films before the event started on Tuesday, March 23.

But here are all the relevant details to help you get started with this year’s edition:

The 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival will take place online from March 23-28, 2021. Every program is different. Films are not rated. All programs are intended for a mature audience unless otherwise noted. Some films have images that are stroboscopic in nature.

All short films in competition screenings will take place as an online live event during our planned program. After the first live event, the programs can be viewed on demand until March 31st at midnight EDT.

Unless otherwise stated, features in competitive and special programs are available for on-demand viewing 3 / 23–3 / 31. All programs are presented in Eastern Standard Time (EDT). While most movies are streamed online, there are several personal ones In The Screen! Installations around Ann Arbor that are visible from the street.

Passes are on sale now, get yours here.

In addition to all of the experimental, indie and art films that brought the festival to worldwide fame, In the Screen! The section has all of the cool side events, performances, workshops, lectures, and art. While we couldn’t get the virtual art galleries working, your less fiddly browsers may be more open to the experience designed by Ann Arbor startup Saganworks. There are also four real works of art that you can see in the city. More information here.

Two outstanding performances are one by Negagland, an experienced collagist stroker, in collaboration with SUE-C and the sound-video-multimedia artist Paloma Kop:

Tuesday, March 23rd at 9:30 p.m.
It is normal for some things to come to your attention
Negative country, SUE-C
Live collage cinema and live collage sound! Legendary sound collage group Negativland works with legendary live cinema artist SUE-C to bring you an audiovisual streaming performance about our nervous systems, our realities and the evolving forms of media and technology that inevitably blend in between them. Original music, found sounds, uniquely organic graphics, manipulated media, boopers, and some surprises are normal to grab your attention.

Saturday, March 27th at 5 p.m. (included in the FIC 14 ticket)
Electromagnetic Environments: Sound Image Performance
Paloma Kop
Electromagnetic Environments is a solo performance by artist Paloma Kop who works with extended media processes to produce generative time-based works that combine electronic and digital systems with analog and material processes. This experimental performance combines live video and audio synthesis, transmission and interference as well as echo-like synaesthetic landscapes adapted to the medium of online streaming. Patterns and behaviors generated by video feedback systems can resemble natural phenomena such as fractals and fluid dynamics, while radio signals that permeate the space we inhabit are collected, made audible and manipulated spatially and temporally. All of these elements together form an evolving audiovisual environment.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival has also put together a helpful How to Fest page in case you’re wondering how this is going to work in a virtual environment (where it’s always over 60 degrees).

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