September 2016 Newsletter
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GATHER!: Fall Friend-Raiser
Varsity World Film Week
Special Screening - AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY
The Ashland Literary Festival
Welcome Steven Remington! AIFF Executive Director

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GATHER! Fall Friend-Raiser

Be a part of our first Fall Friend-Raiser: GATHER! Join with us on Friday, September 23, at Grizzly Peak Winery, from 5:00-8:00 pm to celebrate AIFF—welcome our new executive director Steve Remington and be among the first to see the official AIFF2017 festival art by local artist, Claire Burbridge. We will have Varsity World Film Week Passport Discount Film Cards and AIFF T-shirts for sale. Plus a raffle for an Indie Membership, Two VWFW Passports, and $50 gift certificate to Sunrise Café in Medford.
TGIF: Enjoy gathering with friends. Dance to the Rogue Suspects. Sip wine. Feast on fabulous food from Sultan’s Delight food truck. Advance tickets and details at

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27th Annual Varsity World Film Week

Take a trip around the world!

Films guaranteed to spark your imagination, enlighten your global awareness, and delight your senses. Comedy. Musical. Documentary. Drama.

Single Film Tickets:
Adult:  $9
Discount: $7 (AIFF Member/Senior/Student/Child/Military w/active ID)

Six-film Passport Cards:
Adult: $40
Discount: $35 (AIFF Member/Senior/Student/Child/Military w/active ID)

Twelve films screened daily from 12:50-9:30 pm at Ashland’s Varsity Theatre. VWFW is a co-production of Coming Attractions Theatres and AIFF. A portion of each ticket benefits the nonprofit AIFF. Single tickets are available at or at the Varsity Theatre box office. Passports are only available at the Varsity Theatre box office. Details and film trailers at

 Author: The JT LeRoy Story 

Official Trailer - Click to Play

Skype Q&A with Director Jeff Feuerzeig

6:00 & 9:10 pm
Varsity Theatre

The documentary film Author: The JT LeRoy Story opens at the Varsity Theatre for a week-long run on October 7. Following the 6:00 pm screening AIFF will host a Skype Q&A with the filmmaker, Jeff Feuerzeig. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Tickets on sale September 23 at the Varsity Theatre box office or online at
SYNOPSIS: On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. The film takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert—like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids—breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade.
REVIEW: “It’s an ingenious approach, for it takes the film out of the realm of exposé or straight journalism and essentially turns it into a poetically inflected conversation between Laura Albert and JT LeRoy—a kind of freewheeling meditation on the liminal self. The resulting film is wildly entertaining and informative, but also alive and ever-changing, provoking new questions at each turn. It’s the movie this crazy, endlessly fascinating story deserves.”
-Bilge Ebiri (
Jeff Feuerzeig is an award winning director and non-fiction filmmaker whose feature film The Devil and Daniel Johnston won top documentary directing honors at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
This event is co-sponsored by Coming Attractions Theatres and the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and held in conjunction with the Ashland Literary Festival.

5th Annual Ashland Literary Festival

The Ashland Literary Festival is an annual event that celebrates the literary arts by bringing together authors, publishers, and community organizations from throughout the Pacific Northwest. This all-day event takes place at Hannon Library, at the heart of the Southern Oregon University campus, and is an opportunity for the local community to connect with the university and its students while engaging in a variety of activities. The festival features a full schedule that includes author readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, short presentations, and an exhibition table fair where visitors can meet authors and purchase books. There is also a dedicated Kids Corner, with crafts and activities for children led by Jackson County Library Services.

The festival is open to the general public, with free admission and free parking. Sponsored by Hannon Library, Friends of Hannon Library, Southern Oregon Literary Alliance, Jackson County Library Services, Stars & Dreams Gluten Free Paradise, and the Human Bean.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the festival website at

Welcome Steven Remington!
AIFF Executive Director

The Ashland Independent Film Festival has selected the former Executive Director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival to its top job. Steven Remington of Moscow, Idaho will succeed Cathy Dombi as the festival's new executive director.
Maylee Oddo, president of the AIFF board, described Remington as "intelligent, dynamic and resourceful, with proven successes in his field. Steven brings over 20 years of festival and arts administration experience to AIFF, offering a deep background in nonprofit management, past fundraising successes, strength with budgets, an ability to connect with individual in a meaningful way that demonstrates his strategic thinking, clear communication and relationship-building skills.”

"I’ve come to realize that building community by nurturing the collaborative spirit is one of my callings. I love the work, and it allows me to provide value to the world," Remington said.“I am deeply honored to have been selected to join this organization; it really has all of the critical components—the dedication of supporters, volunteers and staff, a committed and knowledgeable board, and a great community. And the reputation of the festival is unmatched in connecting filmmakers and their audiences. For me, being able to advance the work of these independent story tellers and expand upon the accomplishments of an exceptional community of volunteers, staff, and board members is like a dream come true."
Remington, though most recently from Idaho, has spent over half his career in Oregon, having worked for the University of Oregon, Downtown Events Management, Inc. and da Vinci Days, Inc. "Steven’s remarkable success in building and running well-regarded festivals and nonprofits has all the ingredients needed to not only strengthen AIFF but also take it to new levels," Oddo said. Continued here.

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