Films in Competition 9: Almost All Ages

  • System
  • Sit Down
  • what are you looking at
  • Boom
  • Salin
  • Back to School
  • Menagerie
  • Enough Time
  • Nico

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Main Theater - Michigan Theater Sat, Mar 25, 2023 1:30 PM



Sesi Mazda



Ann Arbor District Library
Ann Arbor Summer Festival



Dana Sink

Harrisburg, PA | 2022 | 3 | Digital File

An animated film intersecting machinery, life, and our subconscious. System.

Sit Down, Don't Touch Anything 

Frederic Siegel
North American Premiere

Zurich, Switzerland | 2022 | 6 | DCP

A face is born out of chaos. It struggles to exist. It struggles to find its purpose. It struggles to sit on a chair. In fact, it struggles with many things. But, thank God, it’s trying. ¯\_(?)_/¯

What Are You Looking At? 

Liberty Smith

Crewkerne, UK | 2021 | 15 | Digital File

The visual artist Angela Charles shares her story of unexpectedly losing her sight, and her experience of “coming out” as a blind artist after years of hiding it as the self-proclaimed Queen of Bluff. The film integrates audio description and captions for increased inclusivity—and explores notions of seeing, the power and limitations of language to describe the visual world, and questions our preconceptions in asking us, “what are you looking at?”


Diane Nerwen

New York, NY | 2022 | 6 | Digital File

BOOM weaves together images from New York City luxury real estate listings into a single virtual tour. Cutting between multimillion dollar apartments with “soaring cinematic views,” BOOM depicts a city that has undergone a dizzying transformation into perhaps the world’s largest gated community.

Red House 

Barry Doupé

Vancouver, Canada | 2022 | 3 | DCP

Red House is an animation that playfully explores metamorphosis in relation to the stability and structure of housing. Created using the Amiga computer console and Deluxe Paint IV software, hand-drawn sequences delight in the constant reconfiguration of images, characters, and forms.


Anne-Marie Reine Bouchard

Percé, Canada | 2021 | 4 | Digital File

The director revisits a family film shot by her grandfather. The images, shot in Super 8 in 1966, are masked and revealed by an organic film made from algae. Formed by visual and sound loops, this work explores organic textures related to the images. “My grandfather's nervous camera, combined with his fascination for certain innocuous movements, resonates with my artistic practice.”

Back to School 

Tyro Heath

London, UK | 2022 | 5 | 16mm

United States Premiere

As another London lockdown comes to an end, a neurodiverse 13-year-old skater reflects on being in and out of the classroom.


Jack Gray

US | 2022 | 5 | DCP

Day after day, inhabitants of the Menagerie play out their daily lives like clockwork. Menagerie is a study of the daily motions and mundane tasks of contemporary city life. Featuring hundreds of looping animated characters, the film explores how the repetitive actions of our day-to-day lives quickly spiral into an endless kaleidoscope of abstraction. 

There is exactly enough time 

Oskar Salomonowitz

Vienna, Austria | 2021 | 2 | DCP

Oskar Salomonowitz, the 12-year-old son of filmmakers Anja Salomonowitz and Virgil Widrich, had drawn 206 frames of a flip book when he died in an accident. Using the remaining blank sheets, his father continued drawing the film.

*WOMEN (Nico) 

Karin Fisslthaler

Vienna, Austria | 2021 | 3 | Digital File

United States Premiere

Nico was a musician, a model, muse, actress: an icon who evaded descriptions, broke expectations, and cultivated a self-destructive lifestyle. Karin Fisslthaler’s homage dissects Nico’s image and puts it back together in broadly based audiovisual body collages. An exciting remix, a resounding portrait in incessant transformation.