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Our reviews of Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Collection, Volume 1: Time Pieces (published January 17th, 2009) and Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Collection, Volume 2: Unexplored Territories (published January 14th, 2010) are also available.
"The longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America."
With 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival: DVD Collection Volume 3, it's time to get weird, with alien invasions, robots, a cat and mouse couple, blood and body parts, and talking animals on the program.
The disc has nine short films:
• "Black Rain"
• "The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5"
• "From the Archives of an Inventor"
• "Please Say Something"
• "Travelling Fields"
• "The Presentation Theme"
• "Sleeping Bear"
• "Beauty Plus Pity"
Minimal extras include two ad spots for the festival, a short on the making of one of the spots (it's interesting, actually), and bars and tone, presumably for viewers looking for something comforting and familiar from TV's past. The picture quality varies, but most of the source material could be described as rough.
If you aren't particularly a fan of short films, I didn't see anything here that's likely to change your mind. However, if you're already into the experimental, particularly if it's just plain strange, you'll want to check these out. While I was only impressed about half the time, I only found one ("From the Archives of an Inventor") tedious.
If you're in Los Angeles, you might want to check out that drive-in, too.
Not guilty. Bend your mind nine times, if you wish.
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