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Review: Student Film Festival Showcases Artistic Talent

With over 34 entries, the 2014 Student Film Festival was sure to be jam-packed with all the film artistry SOU could muster. Chazlyn Lovely, the student coordinator for the event, thanked the student film contributors, saying she and the judges were “blown away by the time and effort put into each and every film…we were […]

Review: “The Amazing Spiderman 2” a Worthy Sequel

Ashland, Ore. – I’m actually very surprised at the mixed reviews for the newest Spiderman installment. I thought it was a thoroughly enjoyable film, and I like it as much as last month’s The Winter Soldier. The fact that the latter has a 35 percent higher approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes shocked me. Many viewers […]

Review: “Captain America 2” is Smart, Bold, but Limited

Ashland, Ore. – Captain America: The Winter Soldier  is the ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and potentially the boldest. Though the original Captain America doesn’t hold up nearly as well as its predecessors’ debuting films (Iron Man and Thor), its sequel is not disappointing. Cap 2 focuses on Steve Rogers adjusting to the modern […]

AIFF Presents a Conversation With Ty Burrell

ASHLAND, OREGON – Ty Burrell, more commonly known as the lovable dad Phil Dunphy from Modern Family, filled the Ashland Armory Saturday night with a discussion focusing on the actor’s upbringing and career. The Armory was so filled, in fact, that this writer was only able to enter the Armory thanks to a young man […]

AIFF: “Hank and Asha” is a Twist on Classic Romantic Comedies

There are several “boy meets girl” films showing at the Ashland Independent Film Festival this weekend. It is a simple, classic tale, and one that pleases a wide audience. However, few of them have as much depth as Hank and Asha. A series of video logs between the titular characters make up the entirety of […]

ECOS to Host “Happy” Screening This Week

Ashland, Ore. – Does money make people happy? Kids and family? Work? What kind of living environment values and promotes happiness and well-being? How is happiness part of sustainability? These are some of the questions raised by the documentary Happy, premiering at Southern Oregon University this Wednesday. Happy is a 2011 documentary film produced by […]

Review: “The Lego Movie” is Very Well Put Together

Legos are one of the most influential toys of all time. Over 560 billion of the interlocking toy bricks have been produced between 1958 and the present day, and there are no indications that this growth is slowing. Legos seem to only expand in scope and popularity, and today have transcended the physical form into […]

AIFF Executive Director Anne Ashbey to Step Down

Anne Ashbey, the two-year executive director of the The Ashland Independent Film Festival, will be stepping down from her position. The board of directors officially accepted her resignation. “I have made the decision to step down following the 13th annual festival,” said Ashbey. “This was a difficult decision for me to make, but one that is […]

Rogue Valley High School Honor Band: Entertainment for All!

Wouldn’t you rather spend Saturday night listening to some entertaining music instead of sitting and thinking of something fun to do? If the answer is yes, then come see the Rogue Valley High School Honor Band perform on Saturday, February 1st at 5:00 p.m. in the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. The Rogue Valley […]

Review: “Lone Survivor” a True Story of Courage

This is the best movie that I have seen in a very long time. Lone Survivor will remind you what Navy Seals truly do in order to protect our country. Lone Survivor (directed by Peter Berg) is based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings”. In it, four members of SEAL Team […]