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Date & Time
February 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm8:45 pm
Free; no reservations required.
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

This free screening features six short films from 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963.

A panel discussion will follow the screening. Panelists:

  • Shambhavi Kaul (Assistant Professor of the Practice of Filmmaking, AAHVS)
  • Anna Kipervaser (Instructor, AMI)
  • Laurids Sonne (MFA|EDA ‘18)
  • Evan Morgan (Trinity ’19)


Commodity City
(Jessica Kingdon, 2017, 11 min, USA, Color, Digital)
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.

(Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, 2016, 15 min, Germany, Color, Digital)
personne – this is somebody, nobody, anyone. This is us in the course of time. Persistently, in vain. The self is the need for permanent self-assertion.

Pokey Pokey
(Junjie Zhang, 2015, 7 min, Honk Kong/USA, Color, Digital)
A father starts a journey to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing filthiness of this crime-ridden city.

The Interior
(Jonathan Rattner, 2015, 22 min, USA/Canada, Color, Digital)
January, the Alaskan Interior, 56 dogs, four humans, five hours of sunlight. This observational work — shot on both 16mm and digital video— is a sensory journey that follows Brent Sass, an award-winning dog musher, and his community of dogs living in isolation in the rural inland of Alaska.

Walk For Me
(Elegance Bratton, 2016, 12 min, USA, Color, Digital)
Walk For Me is a contemporary coming out story set in present day New York City. Hassan Kendricks is a conflicted teenager torn between his devotion to his single mother and his desire to Vogue, as Hanna Continental, her true self.

(Shunsaku Hayashi, 2017, 9 min, Japan, Color, Digital)
In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement have accelerated and gradually cause a distortion.

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