Welcome to Groupon, Ann Arbor! For our inaugural deal, $45 for a weekend pass or $25 for a weekday pass to the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Since this is everyone's first Groupon, allow us to briefly explain how it works.
How Groupon Works
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Ann Arbor: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."
If you want to get the deal, just click BUY before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (25 for today's deal) sign up by the end of the day, you'll be emailed a gift certificate the next morning. You can print your Groupons, or redeem them with our mobile app. Use them whenever you want until the deal expires—today's expires on March 27, 2011. If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won't be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
Film, unlike watching an outdoor presidential debate during a lightning storm, is a safe and exciting way to engage the senses of sight and sound. Achieve sensory satisfaction with today’s Groupon to the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival, which will take place from Tuesday, March 22 to Sunday, March 27. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a festival pass (up to a $95 value).
- For $25, you get a weekend pass (valid Friday–Sunday) (up to a $55 value).
Alive and flicking since 1963, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is one of the longest-running experimental and independent festivals of film in the country and was recently graced with grants and hand-hugs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. This year, the festival will present 188 films, videos, and live performances over the span of six days.
With the festival pass, guests are granted access to the opening-night reception and screening, and are invited to take advantage of appetizers, drinks, and inadvertent eye contact with famous key grips. Throughout the festival's weeklong run, pass-holders have access to 30 ticketed programs at the Michigan Theater, including imagination-fueling animated films, head-bobbing music videos, and brain-boggling experimental presentations such as Sonic Acts: Modulating the Human Sensory Apparatus. Late at night, you can flash your pass at the doors of the State Theatre to skip ticket lines and watch the midnight movies for free. To wrap up a day of watching quality films or filming quality watches, prospective hobnobbers can enjoy free or discounted admission to the festival's after-parties.
Alternately, guests that opt for the weekend pass have access to all screenings Friday–Sunday, including Keita Kurosaka's Midori-Ko––a food-ethics fantasy flick featuring 20,000 hand-drawn images––the family-friendly Safe As Milk program, and the enigmatic works in the Strange Attractors program. Like the festival pass, the weekend pass also offers free admission to the midnight movies, free or discounted entrance to after-parties, and the distinguished privilege to applaud after viewing a satisfying film.
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