Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Awards 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival with Tribute to Avant-Garde Film Icon Kenneth Anger

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Ann Arbor Film Festival scores Academy support for tribute with American avant-garde film icon Kenneth Anger. Legacies collide as the 82-year-old Anger returns to Ann Arbor, home of the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America.

It's significant that the Academy recognizes the importance of paying tribute to Kenneth Anger at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, a forum renowned for screening avant-garde films made outside of the movie industry.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) has received a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) to pay tribute to American avant-garde icon Kenneth Anger at the 48th festival (March 23 - 28, 2010). This tribute to Anger will include multiple screenings of his work and a live on-stage conversation with him at the historic Michigan Theater.

The tribute will include recent 35mm restorations of Anger’s films by UCLA, preserved through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation. The highlight of this tribute will be Anger’s appearance onstage at the historic, 1,700-seat Michigan Theater for an interview and audience Q&A by a contemporary film critic well versed in his body of work.

Anger’s participation in the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival supports the organization's commitment to providing audiences with an understanding of the historical context for independent filmmaking. With the 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Film Festival approaching, the AAFF is focusing attention on the festival’s important contributions to the history and success of independent filmmakers.

As one of the seminal figures of post-war American avant-garde filmmaking, Anger’s imprint on the contemporary film world is pervasive, with direct influences on filmmakers Martin Scorcese, David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, Andy Warhol, George Lucas, and Guy Maddin. Anger’s early works were exhibited at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in the 1960s/1970s.

"We are honored to receive support from the Academy to bring Kenneth Anger to Ann Arbor for our 48th festival," states Donald Harrison, Executive Director of the AAFF. "It's significant that the Academy recognizes the importance of paying tribute to Kenneth Anger at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, a forum renowned for screening avant-garde films made outside of the movie industry. We are thrilled to share this rare appearance with our audiences."

The Academy-supported tribute to Kenneth Anger will take place on March 27, 2010 during the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival. The six-day festival screens nearly 200 independent films from dozens of countries, featuring the finest of experimental and independent films of all genres and lengths, as well as panel discussions, lectures, parties and live performances. The full program of films will be announced March 1, 2010.

About the AAFF
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running North American independent and experimental film festival, internationally recognized as a premier showcase for film as an art form. The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour, and each year visits more than 30 theaters, universities, museums and art house cinemas around the world. The festival's mission is to support bold, visionary filmmakers, advance the art form of film and new media, and engage communities with remarkable cinematic experiences.

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