Hampshire College will be well-represented at the 2013 Ann Arbor Film Festival, with screenings of films by alums Ken Burns 71F, Emily Hubley 76F, Rhys Ernst 01S, and Josh Weissbach 05F and film and video professor Baba Hillman (pictured right).
The festival is scheduled for March 19-24.
Established in 1963, the Michigan event is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America. It is internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the diverse work of these different generations of Hampshire filmmakers,” says Professor Hillman, who was chair of Ernst’s Division III at Hampshire.
The festival marks the U.S. premiere of Hillman’s 16mm film Decroux’s Garden. The film was inspired by a return after many years to the home of a beloved teacher in Paris. Hillman writes, “I am less than a trace returning to this garden, but I am here and my heart turns, hearing again, though differently, the songs that hang here still, in the breath of this place.”
Weissbach will show his documentary 106 River Road. The six-minute short is described as connecting “the recorded document to the generated artifact, which move together on a two-way timeline between the literal and the abstract.”
Ernst’s 22-minute film She Gone Rogue chronicles the story of Darling (played by transgender artist Zackary Drucker), who “chases a lost love down a rabbit hole and encounters legendary transgender performers Holly Woodlawn, Vaginal Davis, and Flawless Sabrina” in a twist on the traditional mythological tale of a hero’s journey.
Hubley’s animated short and/or depicts an artist who engages his muse in a debate as he “struggles to navigate the territory between despair and epiphany.”
Burns will screen his latest documentary, The Central Park Five. The film, which Burns presented at Hampshire in January, chronicles the story of the Central Park Jogger case, told for the first time from the perspective of five African American and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were arrested and then convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. They spent between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, resulting in their convictions being overturned. The cinematography is by Hampshire alum Buddy Squires 74F, and Burns directed and produced the film with David McMahon and his daughter Sarah.