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AIFF 2019

Billed as a dark comedy, International Falls is, at once, a simple story about a middleage woman clawing her way out of a Midwest rut; but it is simultaneously a complicated, knotted ball of yarn about standup comedians, desperation, emotional fatigue and unsinkable optimism. It is funny, and in equal

  It is tricky to preview the 10-minute film Made Public without trip-wiring any spoiler. The storyline begins with a groom standing alone at the alter. A smattering of friends and family fill in the pews, and the minister sets the shot clock ticks by entering the screen to inform

Looking for an origin story of a hero? Grit picks up the story a young woman Dian, whose village in East Java—and 15 others—were wiped out 13 years ago by a tidal wave of hot, toxic sludge that had been uncorked by a reckless Indonesian company drilling for natural gas

Afghan director, Hassan Fazili, has documented his family’s arduous journey to a safe country, over 3000 miles in as many years. Fazili and his wife, Fatima Hussaini, have filmed life in Afghanistan before (Peace in Afghanista, Mr. Fazili’s Wife), pushing the boundary of restrictions they’ve been under during years of

A standout film at the festival is The Rescue List, equally uplifting and depressing. In one single scene, when a young boy recently rescued from slavery is being interviewed about whether he wishes he had never been born, there is more heartfelt emotion and honest resolve than the entire junket

One Man Dies a Million Times paints a bleak picture of humanity at it’s most raw. In a post apocalyptic world, people reveal their true selves when faced with cold and hunger. In turn two young scientists, Alyssa (Alyssa Lozovskaya) and Maksim (Maksim Blinov) learn what they themselves are capable

How far would you go for someone you love? 12-year-old Alicia (Tayler Buck) takes this test as we see her innocence begin to slip away in Princess of the Row. In this tale of the ultimate role reversal we see a young girl’s profound love for her father, a father

Pahokee documents the final year for high school seniors at Pahokee Junior/Senior High School in Florida, as it is experienced through four of the students; each with different paths, but similar hopes of leaving their hometown and circumstances to better themselves. In a town locally nicknamed “the muck” for its

Rusty is a marvelous individual with incredible talent, charisma and warmth, and yet one decision in his life dictates how the world sees him. His story is like many that have come out about their sexuality; many friends left him, and his family struggles to accept him. Rusty displays an

They’ve got the Lowe’s. They’ve got the fancy off-ramps and an overpass—construction of which slowed traffic on I-5 for what seemed like eons last year. For Rogue Valley residents, we don’t often give Phoenix too much thought as we whiz past on our way to Ashland or Medford. But, the