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Winemakers and Film Lovers Fundraiser
June 16 @ 3:00 pm$275
This June, winemakers and film lovers are again pairing up to help Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) raise money to close out their fiscal year in style. The exclusive $275 per person event is featuring three of the top Pinot noir winemakers and growers in the Rogue Wine Country, Vince Vidrine of Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, Eric Weisinger of Weisinger Family Winery and Michael Moore of Southstage Cellars and Quail Run Vineyards.
Hosted by AIFF Emeritus Board President J. Oddo and Brock Dumont, and moderated by local wine savant Dr. Peter Adesman of Peter William Vineyard, the sponsors hope to raise $10,000 to support the ongoing work of Southern Oregon’s award-winning independent film festival. A five senses immersive experience that offers cello music by Javier Mitchell Vargas and massage by Brook Golling of Ashland Natural Medicine, the boutique fundraiser’s unique symposium-style format gives wine and film geeks a rare opportunity to enjoy in-depth engagement with leaders in winemaking.
From the Tempranillo Winemaker Event in 2015
The afternoon will be fueled by food pairings created by San Francisco Chef Tom Herndon of The Hipp Kitchen. Chef Tom is creating custom dishes designed to pair with Pinot noir donated by DANCIN, Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, Weisinger Family Winery and Wooldridge Creek Winery. Additional wines donated by Hycomb Marketing include Willamette Valley wines from Argyle and Domaine Druhin; Santa Barbara wine from Sanford, and French burgundy from Girardin Savigny-lès-Beaune.
“In past we have we have featured Tempranillo and Cabernet Franc as examples of varietals that are uniquely expressive of the microclimates in the Rogue wine region. This year we chose Pinot noir. Our neighbors to the north are better known for this varietal but Southern Oregon actually has the perfect terroir for growing Pinot noir. In fact, some of the grapes used in Willamette Valley wineries come from the Rogue Valley,” shares Emeritus Board President and host J. Oddo. “We wanted to give AIFF wine lovers an opportunity to explore the local expression of Pinot noir from our region’s leading makers side-by-side with wines from the Willamette Valley, coastal California and the Burgundy region.”
A MovieMaker Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called “a dream you’ll never want to leave.” Every spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 7000 film lovers gather at the art-deco Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and other venues to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films in five days. Filmmakers from around the world engage with the audience after each screening and at festival events such as Opening Night Bash, the AfterLounge, and Awards Celebration, which include local wine, beer, and gourmet food. Special guests have included Eleanor Coppola, Chris Cooper, Ty Burrell, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Helen Hunt, and Bruce Campbell.
The Ashland Independent Film Festival: Celebrating the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film—enriching, educating and inspiring audiences of all ages.