Your Gay Guide To The Ann Arbor Film Festival

By |2014-04-20T09:00:00-04:00April 20th, 2014|Entertainment|

Cakes Da Killa: No Homo will screen during Out Night: Films in Competition at 9:30 p.m. March 26

The 13th edition of Out Night at the Ann Arbor Film Festival includes short animated, narrative and documentary films from Morocco, Turkey, Canada and the U.S. Besides the recent work from Chris Vargas, whose “Liberacion” was awarded Funniest Film at the 51st AAFF, here’s what else you shouldn’t miss:

Steve Anker Juror Presentation, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 (Free)
Includes a very rare screening on Super 8mm of Luther Price’s “Sodom” the subject of a retrospective at the 2012 Whitney Biennial. “Sodom” uses found footage gay porn and physical carvings into the small 8mm material itself to create a horrifying glimpse into a particular imaginary hell. Price’s sensational imagery is both confrontational and meditative, and “Sodom” recalls such earlier films as Jack Smith’s “Flaming Creatures” and Barbara Rubin’s “Christmas on Earth.”

Penelope Spheeris Retrospective Program, 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 27
A program of short films of independent films by Penelope Spheeris, who will be in attendance. The program includes her early films “I Don’t Know” and “Hats Off to Hollywood,” which screened at the AAFF in the early 1970s. Spheeris’s early work was ahead of its time in playing with the boundaries of fiction and documentary as well as depicting the emerging queer culture of the 1970s.

Touch, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29
After 50 years away, a gay man returns to his old neighborhood – New York City’s Chinatown – to care for his dying mother. Like him, the city has changed and yet the past still haunts his familiar streets. Bradford Nordeen of OutFest says “Touch” is a poignant and lyrical video diary, a tapestry of verite camerawork, stolen moments and probing observations, challenging the manner in which we engage with the communities that created us and how we embrace and chronicle images of the everyday.
The recent feature film by Shelly Silver has been screened at prominent film festivals including Rotterdam, the Cinema du Reel in Paris, France (where it won the Grand Prize) and Los Angeles OutFest, where it premiered in their Platinum section.

A variety of shorts will be shown during “Out Night: Films in Competition” starting at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 in the Michigan Theater’s Main Auditorium. The screening will be followed by an afterparty at autBAR at 11 p.m. And now for a peek at the films:

The Thing
Rhys Ernst
Los Angeles, CA | 2013 | 15 minutes | Video
A woman, a transgender man and their cat travel toward a mysterious roadside attraction known as “The Thing.”

100 Butches #9: Ruby
Elisha Lim
Toronto, Canada | 2012 | 1 minute | Video
A catholic convent schoolgirl remembers her first gay crush.

Falling in Love … with Chris and Greg: “Work of Art! Reality TV Special
Chris E. Vargas and Greg Youmans
Hamilton, NY | 2012 | 14 min | Video
Through the magic of DIY video effects and voice redubbing, Chris and Greg become contestants in a reality-TV competition to be The Next Great Artist. The challenge: “Make a successful piece of queer art about failure.” Can they make it through a double elimination?

Cakes Da Killa: No Homo
Ja’Tovia M. Gary
Brooklyn, NY | 2013 | 13 minutes | Video
An electrifying portrait of a young artist determined to create and live life on his own terms.

Ghost Syndrome
Rita Piffer
US | 2013 | 7 minutes | Video
A portrait of a Moroccan lesbian who immigrated to the United States, and the emotional resonances of living in-between cultures.

Off-White Tulips
Aykan Safoglu
Berlin, Germany | 2013 | 24 minutes | Video
North American Premiere
Concentrating on James Baldwin’s extended stays in Istanbul in ’60s and ’70s, the film explores the limits of an autobiography mostly relying on found materials such as Sedat Pakay’s photography.

Chase Joynt
Toronto, Canada | 2012 | 8 minutes | Video
“Akin” powerfully engages in a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past.

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