Directed by Dolores Wilber
Two headless chests bash into each other. Over and over.
Chests was premiered at the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2005.
Ann Arbor Film Festival
“Chests” by Dolores Wilber, that was screened the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2005, is among a few other films that have been cited as “pornographic” by certain right-wing groups and legislators in the state of Michigan. “Chests” is a short film that presents two bare-chested men, from the waist up, bashing their chests together over and over. That’s it. It is about conflict and war and repetition, endless bashing into one another. It is disturbing and funny.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007, the AAFF announced an important victory for artist rights and protection of the First Amendment with a successful settlement in their federal lawsuit against the State of Michigan. Unconstitutional state arts funding restrictions, which the AAFF challenged with a lawsuit, are being repealed and replaced with guidelines mirroring those of the National Endowment for the Arts, which have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“This decision isn’t only a victory for artistic freedom of expression, but a reminder to stand up and ensure that our government is held accountable for the power they wield,” said Christen McArdle, AAFF Executive Director. “We are pleased that arbitrary guidelines will no longer be used to deny artists their creative rights.”
One of the AAFF’s prominent supporters, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, shared his thoughts about the lawsuit, “I am thrilled by this decision–it protects us all, even those who might be inclined to limit this great Festival’s free expression.”