Off the Screen! – 61st Ann Arbor Film Festival

Film Festival in Downtown Ann Arbor

Off the Screen! – 61st Ann Arbor Film Festival

Exhibition On-view: March 11 – 26, 2023

Opening Receptions

Art Center: Friday, March 17, from 5-8 pm
Film festival: Thursday, March 23, from 3-5 pm

About the Exhibition

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is North America’s oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with over 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works.

The Ann Arbor Art Center has partnered with the Ann Arbor Film Festival since 2016 to present Off the Screen. During this year’s 61st annual AAFF, the A2AC Gallery hosts work from Christopher Pavsek, Troy Ramos, Alexandre Roy, and Lilan Yang, along with a live cinema performance by Mattieu Hallé. These five artists investigate the history of film, the American landscape, movement, shadow, and sound. This exhibition includes a darkened gallery experience and moving images.

Visual Artists

Performing Artist


A2AC Opening Reception

Friday, March 17, 6pm – 8pm

A2AC Gallery
117 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI

In attendance: Troy Ramos (artist) and Leslie Raymond (AA Film Festival Director).


AAFF Opening Reception

Thursday, March 23, 3-5pm

A2AC (Ann Arbor Art Center)
117 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI

Artist in attendance: Christopher Pavsek, Troy Ramos, Alexandre Roy, Lilan Yang, and Mattieu Hallé

A live cinema performance by Matthieu Hallé in Studio 201 at 4pm-4:30pm.

Free drop-in event

A2AC PlayLab

Sunday, March 26

  • KIDS 3-5 YEARS: 10:30am – 11:45am
  • KIDS 6-9 YEARS: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

A2AC (Ann Arbor Art Center), Studio 201
117 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI

A2AC PlayLab is a new monthly family event series geared towards caregivers with young children ages 3-9 years of age.

Come see March’s film/video-based exhibition, Off the Screen: 61st Ann Arbor Film Festival. Join guest artist Sean Kenny from the Pickle Fort Collective in an interactive workshop to create your experimental 16mm film! Each caregiver and child will receive a length of 16mm to paint/scratch/mark up, and then watch as Sean Kenny creates a “loop” and debuts your very own 16mm film in the projector! Hand-held instruments and shakers will be provided to create a custom soundtrack. Film loops are free to take home.

This month’s A2AC PlayLab has two age groups. Please select the time that best reflects your group’s needs and abilities.

Considering your child’s sound sensitivities, this workshop includes a medium noise level, mainly from shakers, hand drums, and voices.


A2AC PlayLab is supported with a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation.