Ann Arbor Film Festival 16mm Short Films: Los Angeles Filmforum

by Andre Soares

Owl Short Film Undergrowth Robert ToddAnn Arbor Film Festival 16mm films at the Los Angeles Filmforum

The Los Angeles Filmforum will present the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival's 16mm short-film show, featuring recent U.S.-made experimental, narrative, documentary and animated movies. The program, which will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, at the Steven Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre complex on Hollywood Boulevard, also includes two films from the Los Angeles area and several L.A. premieres. L.A.-based filmmaker Charlotte Pryce, whose Curious Light is part of the program, is expected to attend the screening. (Image: Owl in Robert Todd's Undergrowth.)

Among the other 16mm short films screening at the Spielberg Theatre are the following:

  • Fern Silva's Passage Upon the Plume (“Plumes dust the arid land, east to west, shapeshifting as they lift in ascension.”)
  • Tomonari Nishikawa's Tokyo-Ebisu, which “shows the views from the platforms of 10 stations in Yamanote Line, from Tokyo Station to Ebisu Station clockwise.”
  • Jodie Mack's Point de Gaze, described as a “spectral study [that] investigates intricate illusion and optical arrest.”
  • Robert Schaller's Under the Shadow of Marcus Mountain (“This film is part of an ongoing project to show where I am in a natural landscape in a way that reflects those structures of thought.”)
  • Norbert Sheih's The Electrical Embrace, described as a “silent, hand-processed and optically printed film [that] shifts like an electric current between positive and negative spaces to examine the electric pylons by the Los Angeles River.”
  • Linda Scobie's Craig's Cutting Room Floor, featuring a “collage artist with an eclectic archive of 16mm prints” and described as “a fragmented journey through cinema's history taken right off the cutting room floor.”
  • Robert Todd's Undergrowth, in which “a blind predator dreams through its prey's eyes.”

Click here for more information about the Los Angeles Filmforum's presentation of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival's 16mm short-film program.

Owl in Robert Todd's Undergrowth image: Courtesy of the Los Angeles Filmforum.

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