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AIFF2017 Day 2


Tickets are still available for many films today including the following!
View our full schedule for availability.


Fri 3:00 pm, Sat 9:00 pm, Sun 6:00 pm RUSH
Varsity Theatre
Documentary | 88 minutes | Director: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen |
Oregon Premiere
Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany, Italy found a remarkable way to confront their issues, personal and political. They turned their lives into a play. Every summer for the past 50 years, their piazza becomes a stage, but like so many important artistic traditions, Teatro Povero is struggling to survive. Funding for the arts has disappeared, younger generations are losing interest, and playwright and director Andrea Cresti, now 75, who’s devoted his life to helping his village tell its story, may not return for the “Poor Theatre’s” 51st year. Subtitles
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Fri 6:20 pm, Sat 9:20 pm, Sun 3:10 pm RUSH, Mon 12:20 pm
Varsity Theatre
Documentary | 97 minutes | Director: Jennifer Brea

Jennifer Brea is a 28-year-old Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by ME, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome and precipitated by a high fever that leaves her in so much pain she is barely able to move. When doctors can’t diagnose her and tell her that nothing’s wrong or it’s all in her head, she grabs a camera to film her darkest moments. Eventually, she connects by Skype and Facebook to others in the same situation, all of them striving to make life meaningful in the face of life-altering illness.
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30th Anniversary Screening

Fri 9:00 pm
Historic Ashland Armory
Feature | 140 minutes | Director: James Ivory (will be in attendance)
Set against the stifling​conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. At a time when homosexuality was a crime, two young men at Cambridge must keep their relationship completely secret.

Starring: Denholm Elliott, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Judy Parfitt, Billie Whitelaw, James Wilby

This 30th anniversary screening will be accompanied by a clip from Call Me by Your Name, the upcoming Sony Classics release co-written by James Ivory
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Filmmaker TalkBack: Filming Activists

Ashland Springs Hotel
212 E Main Street
10:00 to 11:30 am ​
FREE (ticket required)
90 minutes

AIFF2017 filmmakers Peter Bratt (Dolores), Pamela Yates (Skylight’s Resistance Saga), Jennifer MacArthur (Whose Streets?), and ​Nanfu Wang (I Am Another You) will discuss the responsibility of documentary filmmakers to the political activists they portray. How do filmmakers work collaboratively with their subjects while retaining artistic independence and how do they work together to achieve maximum impact and engagement once the film goes out into the world?  

Wine Tasting 

Ashland Wine Cellars
38 Lithia Way
5 to 7 pm

Join us for a tasting of the AIFF 2014 Cabernet Franc at Ashland Wine Cellars. This wine will also be available for purchase by the bottle ($35) or by the glass ($10). All proceeds benefit AIFF.

Community Conversations: City of Joy

Elks Club
255 E. Main St. (2nd Street & Lithia Way, please enter through alley)
5:15 to 6:45 pm
FREE (no ticket required)

Join expert discussion facilitators Marla Estes and Kay Sandberg and special guests for in-depth conversations about how three provocative films affected you and other attendees. Your personal responses to the films’ revelations and possible social action points will be the springboard for discussion.  


Thai Pepper
84 N. Main Street
5 pm to 1 am 

Mingle with filmmakers and friends at this no-host gathering that starts around 5 p.m. No cover charge. No host bar. No ticket required. (Usually you must be 21 or older to hang out at a bar in Oregon.)

Thank you to our Sustaining Sponsors!

Oh no! The film you wanted to see is in RUSH. Don’t give up.

Come down to the theatre and stand in the RUSH line. At a few minutes to show-time, if there are empty seats, we’ll sell you a ticket to the film. RUSH lines usually start to form anywhere from 60 - 30 minutes before show time, but the really dedicated could be there much earlier. The RUSH lines are separate from the lines for ticket holders. Please look for the RUSH Line signs.

A couple of important things: 
  • RUSH is cash only.
  • Your membership time-block privileges won’t get you a RUSH ticket.
  • AIFF RUSH tickets are the same price as the box office.
  • There is no discount for RUSH
Your friends and neighbors are seeing films in RUSH, and you should too.
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AIFF 2014 Cabernet Franc

AIFF 2014 Cabernet Franc
A unique collaboration of grape growers and winemakers.
100% of proceeds benefit AIFF!
Thank you South Stage Cellars and Weisinger Family Winery.

Available for purchase at Ashland Wine Cellar (Ashland), Weisinger Family Winery (Ashland), and South Stage Cellars (Jacksonville).

$35/bottle | $210/half case | $420/case

Also available at the following Ashland restaurants:
Pie & Vine
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