|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival

  • The 13th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival will host a series of feature films, short films, documentaries and more from the Rogue Valley and around the world. This year's schedule boasts about a 100 films that include many Oscar winners and nominees.
    • email print
      Comment
    • If you go
      What: 13th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival
      When: Thursday through Monday, April 3-7
      Where: Varsity Theater, Historic Ashland Armory, Ashland Street Cinemas and Ashland Springs Hotel...
      » Read more
      X
      If you go
      What: 13th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival

      When: Thursday through Monday, April 3-7

      Where: Varsity Theater, Historic Ashland Armory, Ashland Street Cinemas and Ashland Springs Hotel

      Tickets: $12, $11 for seniors, $6 for students

      See: www.ashlandfilm.org
  • The 13th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival will host a series of feature films, short films, documentaries and more from the Rogue Valley and around the world. This year's schedule boasts about a 100 films that include many Oscar winners and nominees.
    In the offbeat "Forev," written and co-directed by James Leffler and Molly Green, having a romance is as easy as eating a hot dog and maybe just about as lasting, says Mail Tribune reviewer Bill Varble.
    When struggling actress Sophie thinks she's blown an audition for a hot dog commercial, she flops on neighbor Pete's floor and says she might just stay forever. Pete jokes that they should get married, which Sophie agrees to.
    The pair takes a trip to Phoenix to pick up Pete's sister, Jess, from college, who raises objections about their sudden engagement, complicating things for the couple.
    When the group's car breaks down in the middle of the desert, a drinking binge at the local bar leads to Jess disappearing with a stranger. This brings Pete and Sophie into a world of flaky wanderers, each with an angle on relationships and notions of wandering or being lost.
    The impulse of comedy is inclusive, even if you're just finding out how far you can go without saying what you mean, Varble says.
    The festival kicks off Thursday, April 3, and runs through Monday, April 7. Films will show at the Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St.; the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.; Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St.; and Ashland Street Cinemas, 1664 Ashland St. The Opening Night Bash will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St. Tickets cost $30.
    The animated short "Mr. Hublot" — which won this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film — will be screened along with other Oscar-nominated short documentaries and live-action narrative shorts, including "Facing Fear," "The Voorman Problem" and "CaveDigger."
    "Facing Fear," a short doc directed by Jason Cohen, has a story line out of a Hollywood movie, but it's as real as the mean streets of Los Angeles, says Varble.
    When 13 year-old Matthew Boger's mother threw him out of his home for being gay, he lived on the streets of Hollywood. One night, a group of neo-Nazi skinheads out for trouble beat Boger nearly to death. The last thing he saw was the young man who delivered the kick that knocked him unconscious.
    Now working at L.A.'s Museum of Tolerance, Boger meets Tim Zaal, a former neo-Nazi skinhead scheduled to speak at the museum. The two quickly realize they met 25 years earlier in an alley, when Zaal kicked Boger nearly to death.
    In a Hollywood picture, Boger would either have his revenge on Zaal or quickly forgive him. Real life is more complex, Varble says.
    This year, the festival will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Kopple earned Academy Awards for her 1976 documentary "Harlan County USA" — which will screen at the festival — and her 1990 documentary "American Dream."
    A discussion panel with Kopple is set for 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the armory. The panel will also feature music by David Morris — a musician featured in "Harlan County USA" — and his son, Jack.
    Writer Mark Monroe and actor Ty Burrell will receive AIFF's Rogue Awards. Monroe was a writer on the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove," along with documentaries "Chasing Ice" and "The Tillman Story." Monroe will be featured as part of the free filmmaker panel titled "Not the Same Old Story" at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, at the Ashland Springs Hotel. The panel examines the role of screenwriting in documentary filmmaking.
    Burrell grew up in Southern Oregon and is a graduate of Southern Oregon University. He has appeared in the films "Black Hawk Down," "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Incredible Hulk," to name a few. He voiced Mr. Peabody in the recent adaptation of the "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" cartoon and won an Emmy for his role as Phil Dunphy in ABC's "Modern Family." Miles Inada, professor of art and emerging media at SOU, will host "A Conversation with Ty Burell" at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the armory. The panels will include a Q-and-A session.
    The award ceremony will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the armory. Winners of the jury-selected and audience-selected awards will be announced and food and drinks will be provided by many local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Tickets cost $75.
    Tickets for films cost $12, $11 for seniors, $6 for students and can be purchased online — along with tickets for all parties and filmmaker panels — at www.ashlandfilm.org or at the Varsity Theater box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the festival. For the complete schedule of films, visit www.ashlandfilm.org.
Reader Reaction

      calendar