The Next New: Ann Arbor Film Festival After 50 Years

25th Apr 2012, 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Edge Hill University

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences invites you to attend a free public lecture where America’s Donald Harrison, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, makes a rare visit to the UK to talk about the future of the event.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is internationally recognised as a premiere showcase for films that are cutting-edge, experimental, bold, and beyond the mainstream.  As the longest-running film festival of its kind in North America, the AAFF is steeped in a rich tradition of ground-breaking cinema. Thousands of influential film-makers have showcased early work at the AAFF, including luminaries such as Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, Lawrence Kasdan, and George Lucas. The AAFF is committed to supporting visionary film-makers, promoting the art of film, and providing its audience with new films that challenge, inspire, innovate and give voice to diverse perspectives.
Donald first joined the Festival’s efforts in 2006 and became Executive Director in 2007.  Prior to his move to Michigan, he served as Director of Membership for Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco, where he began working in 2003.

A native of Detroit and graduate of the University of Michigan, Donald began studying documentary and experimental cinema at the Film Arts Foundation in 2001.  He has produced short experimental documentaries, several festival DVD collections, and many film-related events.  Donald currently serves on the board of the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, the Detroit Film Centre and the advisory board of the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas.


  • 5.00pm – Arrival & Refreshments
  • 6.00pm – Lecture
  • 7.00pm – Networking and Refreshments
  • 8.00pm – Screening of Ann Arbor films

Please register your attendance by completing the online form