Programs and Tours
Helmut Stern Auditorium
In-person stories shared from the festival's 50 years, including AAFF founder George Manupelli, performance artist Pat Oleszko, past festival director Ruth Bradley, longtime festival goer and presenter Gerry Fialka and other special guests. Attendees are encouraged to participate and contribute their own festival experiences and stories.
George Manupelli founded the AAFF in 1963 and was the festival's director for two decades. As an artist he designed the first 20 years of AAFF posters and participated as a filmmaker with more than a dozen of his films, including the iconic Dr. Chicago. Manupelli was a Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Architecture and Design, Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Professor at York University. He resides in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.
Ruth Bradley was AAFF Director for the 20th through 24th festivals, incorporated the festival as a non-profit in 1983 and was actively involved for many years prior. In 1985 she completed her dissertation The Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1963-1982: A History of Illustrating the Genres of American Avant-Garde Cinema for a doctoral degree in American Culture at the University of Michigan. She is currently the Director of Ohio University's Athens Center for Film and Video, Executive Director of the Athena Cinema and has served as Director for Athens International Film and Video Festival for 25 years.
Pat Oleszko created legendary performances and wearable artworks during the early years of the AAFF. The body is Oleszko’s armature for ideas; utilizing elaborate costumes and props, she has created lithe performances, films, and installations that include trees, knees, breasts, and elephants. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990 and was a Witt Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design in 2009. She currently resides in New York City.
Gerry Fialka began attending the AAFF in 1971, participated a presenter six times and was actively involved for many more. He is a film curator, writer, and lecturer and has conducted research into the history of the AAFF, with more than 50 interviews of filmmakers and audience-goers. In 1990 he founded the PXL THIS film festival, one of the longest running in Los Angeles. He currently resides in Venice, California.
March 27 through April 1, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America. The festival will present over 40 programs with close to 200 films over the six-day event.
categories: Film, Special Events
Helmut Stern Auditorium
One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends—a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.
categories: Writers Series
Led by UM professor and composer Steve Rush, the UM Digital Music Ensemble is in a Fluxus state of mind, presenting Robert Ashley's In Memoriam…Kit Carson (1963) and the premiere of Rush's own new opera U. S. Grant, rife with electronics and Civil War songs. According to Rush, "There is great freedom not thinking the only way to present ideas to performers is through the traditional 'dots-on-a-page' technique. Fluxus reinterprets performance as possibility and the celebration of the ordinary in contradistinction to the exceptional."
The SMTD@UMMA performance series is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund. The exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA's installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.
categories: Performing Arts, Special Events
UM Student Programming
UMMA's annual Student Late Night will be a fun-filled night of Fluxus! Featuring one-of-a-kind, off the wall performance events, music, food, and countless wacky wonders, come join the third annual Late Night exclusively for students. Conceived in conjunction with the exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, this is a night not to miss! Explore the exhibition, make your own Fluxus artwork, roam the galleries traveling from ancient times to the contemporary sound and sculpture artist Haroon Mirza's installation and find yourself contemplating some essential questions: Change? Danger? Freedom? Happiness? And Art (what's it good for)?
Sponsored by the UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Council and WCBN, with support from the University of Michigan Credit Union. The exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Constance and Walter Burke, Dartmouth College Class of 1944, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund. UMMA's installation is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Arts at Michigan, and the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.
The title for this event was inspired by Roberts Watts's 1963 work Events, courtesy of the Robert Watts Estate.
categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Special Events, UM Student Programs