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Columbia College Chicago

Experimental Film Society Field Trip

Sixteen students and alumni of the CA+S Experimental Film Society, advisor Ted Hardin along with CA+S faculty member Peter Hartel traveled to the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival during spring break. They met up with experimental, narrative, and documentary filmmakers from around the worldsome well established, some just beginning their careers. 

Students were able to see Penelope Spheeris present and discuss many edgy works from her multi-faceted career, including her early short films, the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy, and Suburbia. Many CCC students also interacted with University of Michigan students by spending the night in the various cooperative housing opportunities as arranged by the festival staff.  No Florida beaches, but great music, spirited conversation, and many, many programs of provocative, innovative, and captivating films literally from all over the world. 

Tim Desrochers ('14) said, “It’s really great to immerse yourself into so many experiments in cinema….what’s also important, is to see that such experimentation goes on outside a university.  It’s not just in school where people ask questions, but there’s a whole community of filmmakers still asking questions in their work.”