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The Best of the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2018 shorts. Shorts Descriptions Coming Soon!
Although HAL ASHBY directed a remarkable string of acclaimed classics throughout the 1970s—Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Coming Home, Being There—he’s often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. AMY SCOTT’s exuberant portrait—drawn from rare archival materials, interviews, letters, and audio recordings—explores that oversight, revealing a passionate, obsessive artist. Having hitchhiked to LA, Ashby landed in the editing room, where a chance encounter with Norman Jewison brought his big break (
In the newest film from Cinetopia vet BRETT HALEY (whose The Hero opened Cinetopia 2017), single dad Frank (NICK OFFERMAN) prepares to send hardworking daughter Sam (KIERSEY CLEMONS) off to UCLA pre-med. He also reluctantly has to accept that his own record-store business is failing. Hoping to stay connected with his daughter through their shared love of music, he urges her to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into an actual band. Channeling Sam’s resistance into a band name, they unexpectedly find We’re Not a Band’s first song turning
Night is Short, Walk on Girl takes place over the course of one strange and alcohol-drenched night, as a young woman known only as The Girl With Black Hair drinks her way through Kyoto. Along the way she encounters a panoply of odd and fantastical characters, all the while criss-crossing paths with senior student Senpai, who creates increasingly contrived reasons to run into her in an effort to win her heart. Winner of the Grand Prize at Ottawa Animation Festival, Night is Short, Walk on Girl is an “I guess it’s romantic?”
SPECIAL PREVIEW! Fumi and Kazu are partners in love and law; they run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. As lawyers driven by their own experience of being ?outsiders?, they attract a range of clients who reveal the ?hidden diversity of a country that prides itself for collective obedience, politeness and conformity. Tired of being silenced and made to feel invisible, ?the lawyers and their misfit clients expose and challenge the archaic status quo that deems them second-class citizens.read more
When police officer Asger Holm (JAKOB CEDERGREN) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him.