Last night I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival. I took in the first round of Films in Competition. I was taken aback by the incredible diversity of the films being shown--everything from minute long psychedelic animations (Mindframe)to two touching films about elderly couples. LUIS & I which documents the marriage of an aging human cannonball and the dance form Liverpool who fell in love with him was hart warming. Victor & Isolina in which director William Caballero interviews his grandparents after his grandmother kicks his grandfather out of the house. It's pretty funny and you can see the trailer here.
All of this reminded me what I love about the Film Festival: it's a chance to see incredible films you would never otherwise see; it's a reminder just how diverse, weird, and wonderful the world of film is. The Film Festival is an antidote to the formulaic films that Hollywood keeps churning out. If you're interested in checking out the Film Festival for yourself, Thursday's retrospective, 100 Years of Dada, looks great. Though you really can't go wrong checking out any of the Film Fest.