Filmmaker, painter, collagist, activist and contrarian George Manupelli is the founder of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. In 1963, while teaching at the UM School of Art & Design and collaborating with the ONCE Group, he established the Ann Arbor Film Festival as a counterpoint to the New York destination art world. Manupelli directed the festival for 20 years defining it with his aesthetic sense of festival as event and film as art. He made numerous films while in Ann Arbor including the “Dr. Chicago” trilogy. Over 400 exhibitions of his art works, films, music, and performance pieces have been held throughout Europe, North, Central and South America.
With support from the 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival.