The experimental Ann Arbor Film Festival kicks off its 50 th season Tuesday, March 27. More than 5,000 films have been screened at the festival over the past five decades. The festival has gone through its ups and downs during that time, too, including cuts to state funding and a high-profile censorship controversy several years ago. Donald Harrison, the festivals executive director, says more than 230 films will be shown this time around, many by obscure filmmakers. We really encourage people just to have that open mind, that sense of discovery, says Harrison. We guarantee that people will see things that really affect them in a rewarding way, and of course theyll see things that maybe they dont care as much about, but thats probably someone elses favorite film in the festival. We caught up with two longtime fans of the festival - an audience member, and a filmmaker to hear some of their favorite film fest memories.