"Korean Cinema Now" returns to the Michigan Theater with 8 celebrated films


Korean Cinema Now 2018 at the Michigan Theater

The Korean Cinema Now festival, sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies, returns for its annual occupancy in the Michigan Theater’s 200-seat Screening Room theater. This year’s screenings are two Saturdays per month at 1 pm from Jan. 20 through April 21.

South Korea is known for its robust film industry, and the eight feature-length movies being shown at the Michigan Theater represent many high points from the peninsula's 2016-2017 movie scene.

But the best part of Korean Cinema Now? It's free.

Check out the trailers, dates, and synopses below:

Ann Arbor Tech Film Showcase features 8 shorts that analyze the consequences of technology


A collage of stills from the 2018 Ann Arbor Tech Film Showcase.

The total combined running time of the eight movies in the first Ann Arbor Tech Film Showcase is 59 minutes -- which seems the perfect length in our age of hyper-accelerated information cycles. 

Sponsored by Duo Security, Ann Arbor SPARK, A2Geeks, and Q+M, the Ann Arbor Tech Film Showcase is at the Michigan Theater on Friday, Jan. 19, 5-9 pm. Its mission is “to increase cultural diversity and interest in tech films and to promote, discuss and educate in the medium of science fiction and technology. We encourage rich storytelling, filled with infinite possibilities that challenge us and question our perception of the future.”

The evening kicks off with a pre-screening meet and greet in the lobby and the night will include a panel discussion with the filmmakers whose movies “explore a selection of short films that highlight the consequences of technology.”

The Ann Arbor Tech Film Showcase is free, but you have to register for tickets.

Here's a rundown of the shorts being shown:

Woven Together: Threads All Arts Festival returns for 2018

Threads All Arts Festival

The Threads All Arts Festival has finally been rescheduled. The second edition was originally set for August 2017 at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company, but when the city put a temporary kibosh on live events at the artisanal spirits space due to parking issues, Threads was called off. It took the U-M student-run festival a while to reorganize, but it has now found a home in Ypsilanti’s Historic Freighthouse and will present its rangy mix of live music, dance, film, poetry, and art on March 10-11.

The idea for Threads began in 2015 when Nicole Patrick (U-M 2016, percussion and jazz and contemporary improvisation) and her friends "wanted to find a way to share, with many people, all the amazing art they saw coming out of their friends and neighbors," they told Pulp contributor Anna Prushinskaya for piece meant to preview the 2017 edition.

But along with the break came a new mission statement that shows Threads has expanded its focus:

Life, Stories: "Me, the 'Other'" makes its world premiere at the Michigan Theater


Me, the "Other" is a documentary that explores the ways race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender have impacted 12 Washtenaw County college students. The film makes its world premiere on Monday, Jan. 15, at the Michigan Theater.

"'Otherness' is never one thing" is the doc's guiding light as the filmmakers allow the students to tell their disparate tales in full so viewers can understand and appreciate their humanity. “I’ve come to see our differences in beauty like different flowers in one garden," said Shahrzad Mirafzali, co-producer of Me, the "Other" and University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty member.

AADL 2017 Staff Picks: Books, Movies, Music & More



Ann Arbor District Library's Pittsfield branch at night, 2007.


Ann Arbor District Library's Pittsfield branch at night, 2007.

The list below is a collection of books, music, movies, and more that made an impression on our eyes and ears in 2017.

Remake, Remodel: The State Theatre rises once again


State Theatre, grand opening, March 1942

The State Theatre's grand opening, March 1942. Eck Stanger/Ann Arbor News photo from [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0067_001|oldnews.aadl.org].

The March 17, 1942, edition of The Ann Arbor News was mental about the [http://statetheatrea2.org|State]. The paper’s entire second section was dedicated to the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19420317-state_first_new_pg19|first movie theater to open] in Ann Arbor since the Michigan Theater flung open its doors Jan. 5, 1928. “[http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19420317-ablaze_with_radiant|ABLAZE WITH RADIANT BEAUTY]” trumpeted the all-caps headline above a glowing black-and-white photo of the State Theatre’s gorgeous marquee. At least 18 stories were published about the State (“[http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19420317-new_local_theater-pg14|New Local Theater Most Modern Found in Michigan]”), its owners (“[http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19420317-butterfield_theaters_inc_pg16|Butterfield Theaters, Inc. Now Operating 114 Houses]”), and other film-related tales, including “[http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19420317-opening_of_new_theater_pg14|Opening Of New Theater Revives Memories Here Of Student Riot In 1908],” which destroyed Ann Arbor’s original movie house, The Star. And the section was filled with congratulatory advertising, including one headlined “[http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19420317-ad_new_pride_pg17|The New Pride of Ann Arbor],” purchased by the George W. Auch Co., the State Theatre’s general contractor, though [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/34829|35 different firms worked on the build]. That edition of the newspaper was a full-on love letter to the State Theatre, and The Michigan Daily was similarly smitten, dedicating [https://digital.bentley.umich.edu/midaily/mdp.39015071756113/205|six pages to movie-house-related stories]. There’s [http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/07/state_theatre.html|akin ardor] in today’s digital-media realm about the venerated movie house’s [http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/devnews/statetheatre0436.aspx|latest reinvention], which opens its doors to members on Friday, Dec. 8 and to the public on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Jamm on It: Jon Glaser talks "Parks and Recreation," "Girls," & more at AADL


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Michigan native and U-M grad Councilman Jamm -- nee Jon Glaser -- sat down with us to discuss his television and comedy career on Nov. 26 at AADL's downtown branch.

He created, starred in, and co-wrote the TV shows [http://www.adultswim.com/videos/neon-joe/|Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter], [http://www.trutv.com/shows/jon-glaser-loves-gear/index.html|Jon Glaser Loves Gear], and [http://www.adultswim.com/videos/delocated/|Delocated]. He is perhaps best known as the aforementioned Councilman Jamm on [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/series/%22Parks%20and%20Recreation%2…|Parks and Recreation] and and Laird on HBO's [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/series/%22Girls%2B%2528Television%2B…|Girls]. Other TV credits include

[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/series/%22Inside%2BAmy%2BSchumer%2B%…|Inside Amy Schumer], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/series/%22Curb%20Your%20Enthusiasm%2…|Curb Your Enthusiasm], and [http://www.mtv.com/shows/wonder-showzen|Wonder Showzen].

Glowing Highlights: Laverne Cox at U-M's Center for the Education of Women symposium


Laverne Cox

Nailed it: Laverne Cox photo shoot for her collaboration with [https://www.orlybeauty.com/celebrate-yourself-by-laverne-cox.html|Orly nail polish].

When [t:Orange Is the New Black|Orange Is the New Black]'s [http://www.lavernecox.com|Laverne Cox] walked out onto the Rackham stage, my immediate thought is that she is even more beautiful in person than on screen or in photos, and I don’t exactly understand how this is possible. She looks as though the sun is shining directly on her. I think maybe this is what actually mastering the art of highlighting looks like, but I’m also sure I could put on all the makeup in the world and I would still never look like that.

I’d like to say that as soon as she started speaking, all such frivolous thoughts left my head, but frankly, that would be a lie. I did settle in with the rest of the sold-out crowd that has come to see her as the keynote speaker on Nov. 15 for the 2017 CEW Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium put on by the [http://www.cew.umich.edu|Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan], and for the next hour and a half, listened to a great (if slightly scattered) talk that encompassed gender and race theory, her life story, and how the Ann Arbor community should respond should white supremacist Richard Spencer come to campus.

Catching a Classic: "Casablanca" is 75 & everybody has seen it ... right?


[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/title/casablanca?search_format=u%7Cg…] is 75 years old.

I was invited to see the film at Saline's extra fancy [http://www.emagine-entertainment.com/locations/saline|Emagine] movie theater, with its leather recliners and cafeteria-style concessions. Casablanca is a beloved favorite of the person who invited me, and despite watching it numerous times, he was looking forward to seeing the film on the big screen.

I, on the other hand, was embarrassed by my reaction to his invitation. A normal person, a person with better manners would have answered the invitation with a polite "yes" or a polite "no." Instead, I said, “I bet I could write about it from the perspective of a first-time viewer.”

Active Culture: "INAATE/SE" meditates on Sault Ste. Marie's Ojibway tribe


Adam and Zach Khalil’s [http://www.inaatese.com|INAATE/SE] is not a film to view if you’re looking for escapism. INAATE/SE is about the Ojibway community in Sault Ste. Marie and the movie bends and flexes filmmaking conventions and linear storytelling in order to tell about this tribe’s past and present as well as ask questions about its future. This film will make you think about our relationship to time and history, about the stories we tell, and the stories that are silenced.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Ypsilanti Experimental Space (YES) screened followed INAATE/SE, followed by a Q&A with Adam Khalil. The day before, Khalil was generous enough to meet me at Henry Ford Museum and spend a portion of his afternoon talking with me about his film and his process, opening himself up to an organic and wide-ranging conversation centered in this work. He allowed us to think together for a moment. We talked about survival, representation, what it meant for him and his brother to create this work and how, in some ways, both the past and the future live within us in the present.

This conversation has been edited for brevity and clarity.