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Ashland Independent Film Festival

May 22 - June 14

$10 – $20

Three-Week Virtual Festival Starting May 22

Tickets and memberships, which include access to special events, are available at www.ashlandfilm.org.

The Festival launches on Thursday, May 22, with Barbara Kopple’s Desert One, her new documentary about the secret mission to free American hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Kopple, winner of AIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, will discuss the film in a post-film Q&A with film critic Godfrey Cheshire.

Kopple’s opening night film will be followed by a Virtual Opening Night Bash, an online party with live music, dancing, and filmmaker presentations open to viewers with AIFF memberships, available online now. The festival will continue through June 14 and end with an Awards Night event open to AIFF members and hosted by Bruce Campbell, the actor best known as Ash from The Evil Dead. Campbell will present jury award winners with $10,000 in prize money raised during a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Once again, Herskowitz has assembled a provocative collection of new independent films that feature diversity and take on themes long neglected by the Hollywood mainstream, including activism and immigration.

“We are devoting individual days of the week to thematic tracks that bring out the current concerns of independent filmmakers,” says Herskowitz. “Our filmmakers address the situations of immigrants and ethnic groups whose voices have been neglected or demonized by mainstream films.”

The full festival program is being presented beginning Thursday (April 30) in an online preview presentation by Herskowitz and linked from the festival’s website at www.ashlandfilm.org. Starting that day, audiences can preview the full program guide at FilmFestivalFlix.com and purchase an AIFF Channel subscription for $19.99/$9.99 (Seniors/Students/Festival Partners/Financial Hardship). “Feature of the Day” tickets (individually $3.99 – $7.99, with some free of charge to subscribers), and membership packages that support the festival and offer additional benefits.

The Ashland festival is adopting an innovative structure for the presentation of its selections. More than 75 short films have been collected into nine curated programs with themes such as “American Portraits” and “CineSpace” that will be accessible to AIFF2020 subscribers throughout the 24 days of the festival. Feature films will be released as “Features of the Day,” with most films available for 24-hours (and a handful for shorter periods), each introduced by their directors and followed by prerecorded Q&A’s. Among the 30 feature films highlighted are narrative features Murmur by Heather Young and The Twentieth Century by Matthew Rankin and documentaries such as David Garrett Byars’ Public Trust and Sara Dosa’s The Seer and the Unseen. Most filmmakers will be available to answer questions from audience members on the festival’s Facebook page on the days of their screenings.

The Ashland festival is adopting an innovative structure for the presentation of its selections. More than 75 short films have been collected into nine curated programs with themes such as “American Portraits” and “CineSpace” that will be accessible to AIFF2020 subscribers throughout the 24 days of the festival. Feature films will be released as “Features of the Day,” with most films available for 24-hours (and a handful for shorter periods), each introduced by their directors and followed by prerecorded Q&A’s. Among the 30 feature films highlighted are narrative features Murmur by Heather Young and The Twentieth Century by Matthew Rankin and documentaries such as David Garrett Byars’ Public Trust and Sara Dosa’s The Seer and the Unseen. Most filmmakers will be available to answer questions from audience members on the festival’s Facebook page on the days of their screenings.

AIFF2020 will be hosted online by Film Festival Flix and can be accessed on its website or on Film Festival Flix TV and mobile apps from May 22 – June 14. Over 75% of the festival’s programs will be available nationwide, and 100% can be accessed throughout the state of Oregon.

Details

Start:
May 22
End:
June 14
Cost:
$10 – $20
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Website:
www.ashlandfilm.org

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