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Monday May 23rd, 2011

Posted at 1:15pm

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The 17th Annual Media City Film Festival kicks off on Tuesday May 24th and will screen over 60 new films and videos over a 5 day period  in both Windsor and Detroit.

Artists will be in attendance from Switzerland, Chile, Germany, France, England, Japan, The Netherlands, and across North America.

The festival Kicks off Tuesday with a Jaap Pieters: the Eye of Amsterdam, a super 8mm retrospective.  Show time is at 8:00 pm at the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA (5200 Woodward Ave). Tickets are $5.00.  The filmmaker will be in attendence.

The film is described as:

Dutch artist Jaap Pieters is a stalwart specialist of Super 8mm filmmaking, creating dozens of films on the small-gauge “amateur” medium over the course of three decades.

Confining himself to the duration of a 3-minute Super 8 reel, working with minimal equipment and manipulation, most of Pieters’s films are shot from the window of his Amsterdam apartment and concentrate on a single subject – unusual happenings on the sidewalk, or the recurring appearance of peculiar individuals.

Well-known in Europe where his films are seen regularly at a bewildering variety of microcinemas and alternative venues as well as at major festivals such as the IFF Rotterdam, Pieters’s ephemeral creations rarely find their way to North American screens. Media City is pleased to present an extensive selection of Jaap Pieters’s films, chosen by the filmmaker himself to fit the occasion and enlivened by the presence and commentary of the artist.

Jaap Pieters North American tour presented in co-operation with Double Negative (Montreal), Early Monthly Segments (Toronto) and the Burton Theatre (Detroit)

Keep reading all week as we preview the following days shows.

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