“Asparagus” is part of the March 23 Suzan Pitt retrospective. (Ann Arbor Film Festival)
There's plenty to see at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. And little of it will resemble what's showing at your local multiplex.
Now in its 51st year, the AAFF is the longest-running experimental film festival in North America. This year's program, which runs from Tuesday-March 24, will feature more than 200 films, videos and live performances, including more than 30 world, North American or U.S. premieres. A small sampling of this year's program includes:
"Out Night: History, Glamor, Magic," the festival's annual gay-themed program on March 22, with six short films. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Two retrospectives of the animated works of Suzan Pitt, spanning the past four decades. Pitt will be in attendance at the screenings. 9:30 p.m. March 21 and 7 p.m. March 23
Two programs of avant-garde animation from Poland spanning 1958-2012. 5 p.m. March 22.
"Our Nixon," an assemblage of home movies taken by Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman, John Erlichman and Dwight Chapin during Nixon's presidency. Showing at 3 p.m. March 24, the films were confiscated by the FBI and forgotten for nearly 40 years.
A program of 12 psychedelic films from Los Angeles in the '60s and '70s. 7 p.m. March 20.