This week, the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will make its first ever stop in Rochester, hosted by the University of Rochester's Film and Media Studies Program and the Visual Studies Workshop. Now in its 53rd year, the festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. Program Director David Dinnell will attend the events, which take place Thursday, January 28, and Friday, January 29.
The digital program, held on Thursday, 6 p.m., at Hubbell Auditorium in Hutchinson Hall (University of Rochester), includes "Symphony No. 42," a series of 47 surreal, absurd, and poignant vignettes by Hungarian animator Réka Busci; "Seven Signs that Mean Silence," by Brooklyn-based artist Sara Magenheimer; Daisy Jacobs' innovative "The Bigger Picture"; and Ephraim Asili's "Many Thousands Gone, a portrait of Harlem, New York, and Salvador, Brazil," with an original improvised soundtrack by legendary jazz musician Joe McPhee. The 16mm program, held on Friday, 8 p.m., at Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince Street) includes 13 new films from Austria, the UK, Canada, and the United States and three works that received the 53rd AAFF Best Cinematography Award.
A discussion with David Dinnell will follow each program, and both events are free and open to the public. For a complete program description, visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival website at aafilmfest.org/53rd_tour_programs.