49th Ann Arbor Film Fest shines a spotlight on experimental films

Mar 21, 2011

The 49th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival kicks off Tuesday, March 22 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

It's the longest running independent and experimental film festival in the country.  

So while you won’t see a George Clooney flick at the festival, you could catch a documentary about industrial music, or a two minute short about London street life filmed using an iPhone.

Donald Harrison is the festival’s executive director. He says "we're seeing a lot of different approaches to telling stories or to working within the art form, and that’s very much what our festival’s been about for 49 years."

More than 180 films will be screened during the six-day festival. Harrison says about 15,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which ends Sunday, Mar. 27.

You can see the full Ann Arbor Film Festival schedule here.