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Christopher Lucas

Christopher Lucas

When my partner and I moved to the Rogue Valley about eighteen months ago, two of the people we first chanced to meet were Oliver Fix and his wife Gilda Montenegro-Fix. Oliver was working at Thai Pepper in Ashland, and Gilda is a diversity trainer and consultant. Their remarkable backgrounds

Pride 2017 is around the corner, and for the LGBT community in the valley, this annual celebration may be more important than ever. Just last year, a deadly rampage took the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, shocking the world. Nine

Local production company Twin Heroes just put the wraps on a summer of artistic events that invited audiences into works of compassion and common ground, anchored by Transcend: Queer Arts Festival in August. Local artists and producers Alex Vassos and Tulsi Florence produced Transcend, which featured three Ashland spaces given

Sunset. Check. Horse. Check. Cowboy hat. Check. iPad on a monopod. Huh? By turns riveting, frustrating, and troubling, No Man’s Land goes deep behind the scenes of the six-gun spectacle that attended the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the winter of 2016. Luckily for us, filmmaker David Byars’ experience following the

The future of wilderness firefighting may include unmanned flight, but for the gritty, ridge-by-ridge work of fighting wildfires, this promising tool is still in its fledgling stage. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are aircraft without human pilots onboard. The military applications of these craft are well known,

Short films are the incubator of cinema. Whether from a new talent stretching their wings or experienced hands trying out new visual styles and techniques, short films present a less expensive, faster alternative to the epic struggles of long-form filmmaking. Often, a short film—typically, five to thirty minutes in length—is

In the opening scenes of UniSon, the character Poet (Steven Sapp) finds himself pulled back, unwillingly, to the land of the living when his Apprentice (Asia Mark), like a latter-day Pandora, opens a trunk of his unpublished work. This postmortal invasion of his carefully hidden secrets unleashes the Poet’s seven

On April 11, a diverse audience crowded into Meese Auditorium at Southern Oregon University for a screening of Kyle Simpson’s student short Junk, and a panel discussion on the opioid crisis in the Rogue Valley. The size and composition of the crowd testified to the broad reach of this epidemic

When the Mountains Tremble, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, and 500 Years Revisiting When the Mountains Tremble (1983) for the first time in years is apt to take the viewer back to their first encounter with this remarkable documentary. I first watched the film in the 1990s, not long

A great marriage is a work of art, and the charming Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story is a heartfelt tribute to a couple that put their hearts and souls into a lasting creative and romantic partnership. Harold Michelson had an enviable career as a storyboard artist, art director,