Lights, Camera, Austen: the screen adaptations of Jane Austen

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

U-M graduate student instructor Anne Mecklenburg will discuss the many, many adaptations of Jane Austen's work. Have you seen every Jane Austen miniseries multiple times? Remain devoted to the Greer Garson/Laurence Olivier Pride and Prejudice? Really liked that one with the zombies? Loved Clueless? No matter your favorite, this event is a chance to learn more about the history and context of Jane Austen novels on film. Naturally, we'll be watching a lot of clips!

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet Exhibit.

Film: Resilience

Wednesday January 10, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 7 - adult

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, incarceration, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

This 60-minute 2016 film is not rated.

Ann Arbor Film Festival 55th Tour

Thursday January 25, 2018: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour which launched in 1963 with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles and Berkeley. Since that time, the AAFF Tour has presented hundreds of influential works, including films by Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn and Jay Rosenblatt.

This event will feature digital program one which contains six new experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative videos including:

  • Jessica Kingdon's Commodity City (Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker)
  • personne by Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller (Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design)
  • Jonathan Rattner's The Interior (Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary)
  • Elegance Bratton's Walk For Me (\aut\Film Award for Best LGBTQ Film)
  • Railment by Shunsaku Hayashi (Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film)
  • Pokey Pokey by Junjie Zhang (Jury Award)

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America.