George Manupelli  (1931-2014) was a filmmaker and the founder of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Manupelli died in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where he lived, on Sunday, Sept. 14 at age 82. He was a filmmaker, artist and professor at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. He was also a member of the ONCE Group, an Ann Arbor art collective in the 1950s and ’60s.

From there, Manupelli took on all sorts of cinema work. He created the “Dr. Chicago” trilogy, all of which were filmed in Ann Arbor. He presided over the Ann Arbor Film Festival for 20 years. And Manupelli was a professor here at the University of Michigan in the School of Art & Design, a place where he felt he needed to share new insight into art through sight and sound.