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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 […]

13th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival Runs April 3 – 7

Ashland, Ore. –   The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) unveiled its complete program for the thirteenth annual Festival, to be held in the heart of historic downtown Ashland, Oregon, April 3-7. Over 7,500 film lovers are expected to gather for five days of world-class independent film at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, the […]

Ashland Independent Film Festival Awarded $25,000 Grant

The Meyer Memorial Trust has given the Southern Oregon Film Society, which operates the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) the $25,000 Grassroots Grant to support operating expenses associated with the Festival. The Meyer Memorial Trust has given AIFF funding twice in the past, and is a private foundation that has awarded almost $607 million to […]

2014 Ashland Independent Film Festival Looking for Volunteers

The Ashland Independent Film Festival is looking for volunteers for the upcoming festival in April 2014, and they’re inviting SOU students to come join in. The AIFF is a five day event, beginning April 3rd, 2014 at the Varsity Theatre downtown. Though the films for this year have not yet been announced, the AIFF has […]

Ashland Independent Film Festival 2013 Award Winners

The Ashland Independent Film Festival announced the 2013 juried and audience award winning films at a gala Awards Celebration at the Historic Ashland Armory on Sunday, Apr. 7. Twelve awards were presented to attending filmmakers, honoring their work screened at the 12th annual festival. The 2013 Rogue Award was presented to AIFF alum director Lucy Walker, […]

AIFF 2013: From Nothing, Something – A Documentary On The Creative Process

From Nothing, Something is perhaps (in my opinion from what I’ve seen) the documentary of this year’s Ashland Independent Film Festival. The documentary, directed by Tim Cawley, chronicles the creative process. But where this diverges from most creativity based documentaries, is that some of the participants are not who you would expect. Cawley interviews the […]

AIFF 2013: Jake Shimabukuro – Life On Four Strings

“When I’m on stage, all I want to do is connect with people…” narrates Jake Shimabukuro over video of him performing for senior citizens in Sedai, Japan. It’s a common sentiment expressed by musicians, but perhaps it rings more true during the closing minutes of the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The documentary about the Hawaiian-born […]

AIFF 2013: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

“George Plimpton was one of the twentieth century’s most interesting characters…” reads the Ashland Independent Film Festival guide book entry for Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself and throughout the film, nothing is more apparent. The documentary, directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling, looks at the life of writer, editor, journalist and professional amateur […]

Film festival attendee causes commotion

When Suzanne Savoie’s face first appeared on the screen, several audience members booed and hissed. One person even called out “Snitch!” The second time she appeared in the documentary, being interviewed by the director, there was some grumbling and hissing, but more subdued than the first time. Savoie’s face was popping up in the documentary […]

Reviewing animated shorts of the Ashland Independent Film Festival

It has been a week full of film watching for Ashland as the Tenth Annual Ashland Film Festival kicked off this last Thursday. There have been many great pictures to be seen, yet so little time – and for us students, so little money. That is why opting to see a selection of shorts is […]

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