December 2016 Newsletter
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Become a Member
Sponsor Spotlight: Rogue Creamery
Save the Date
AIFF Wishlist
AIFF on the Small Screen

Become a Member

Photo by Brooke Turner
If you’ve been a member, you know how vital your support is for the Ashland Independent Film festival. And you know why MovieMaker Magazine named the Ashland Independent Film Festival one of the "Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2016," because we are cool!

When you become a member, you support creative expression; you help make better films happen. You play an important role, and you're joining hundreds of people that have already become members this year. And you get access to some benefits that make you cooler too!  

Visit to renew your membership (or join if it's your first time) and be ready to enjoy the upcoming parties, special screenings, and release of the schedule for one of 2017's best independent film festivals.

Give the Gift of Membership

Memberships also make a unique and wonderful gift. Memberships start at just $85 and are tax deductible*. Gift Memberships can be purchased by using our online form.
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Sponsor Spotlight: Rogue Creamery

Photo by Steven Addington

At the heart of Rogue Creamery’s mission are “people dedicated to sustainability, service, and the art and tradition of creating the world’s finest handmade cheese.” At the center of that heart has always been the Ashland Independent Film Festival. In 2003, the Creamery hosted the very first Savor the Rogue® Opening Night Bash pairing award-winning cheeses with artisan food and drink from all around Southern Oregon. Opening Night Bash continues to be one of AIFF’s most popular—and most fun—events! 

Beginning in 2006, AIFF’s documentary audience award was renamed the Rogue Creamery Audience Award for Best Documentary. Filmmakers have been known to receive a gigantic wheel of cheese with their award!

About Rogue Creamery
In 2002, David Gremmels and Cary Bryant planned to open a wine bar in Southern Oregon. In search of a hand-crafted blue cheese to pair, they visited the historic Rogue Creamery in Central Point, OR, originally founded as a small dairy by Tom Vella during the depression. Inspired by a cheese-making trip to Roquefort, France in the 1950’s, Vella returned home determined to make great blue cheese, designing a building that simulated the caves used in France. Oregon Blue was a success, but by the end of the century, the Creamery itself was struggling. Having loved Oregon Blue all their lives, Cary and David bonded immediately with Tom’s son Ignazio. Ig, known as “the Godfather of the artisan cheese industry” immediately offered to sell them the business and a handshake sealed the deal.

Today, Rogue Creamery is thriving. David and Cary have dedicated themselves to upholding the principles of community and sustainability established by Tom and Ig Vella. The Creamery’s cheeses have won countless awards, including a Super Gold Medal for Caveman Blue Cheese in 2014 at the World Cheese Awards in London, England, a decade after being the first U.S. creamery to win World’s Best Blue Cheese in London in 2003.

You can visit Rogue Creamery in Central Point. Wander through the “caves,” explore the packing room and visit the Cheese Shop. Here you can taste samples of all Rogue Creamery cheeses, enjoy a mouth-watering solar-powered Grilled Cheese sandwich, and wash it down with a selection of Rogue ales, root beer, or local wine. They also have a dairy farm stand in Grant’s Pass!

Save the Date!

January 6, 2017
LAUNCH Submission Deadline

January 10, 2017
New Volunteer Orientation

photo by Christine Mitchell
February 26, 2017
® Night Gala
photo by Judith Pavlik
March 14, 2017
Festival Preview Night

photo by Alex Georgevitch
March 15, 2017
Festival Program Goes Live

AIFF2017 Festival Art by Claire Burbridge
March 16, 2017
Volunteer Training

photo by Christine Mitchell
March 20, 2017
Box Office opens to Members
photo by Sean Sullivan
March 26, 2017
Box Office Opens
to the General Public

photo by Christine Mitchell
April 6-10, 2017
16th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival
photo by Christine Mitchell

AIFF Wishlist

'Tis the giving season! AIFF is looking for the donation of supplies and equipment!

Should you have any of the items listed below that are new (or almost new) or would like to buy an item directly from the list, please let us know by contacting us at and send us a photo. We want to make sure your item is a good fit! 

Thank you in advance! You actively become a part of our mission to celebrate the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film by enriching, educating and inspiring all audiences.

AIFF Wishlist - New or Almost New

  • Rotary Paper Trimmer-Click for Amazon link
  • Laminator-Click for Amazon link
  • Lamps - standing and small desk
  • Microwave - New or in excellent condition
  • Gift Certificates to retail shops or restaurants for Volunteer Appreciation Events
  • Forever Postage Stamps


Winter weather is perfect for cozy nights on the couch, watching a great film. Why not take in a film from AIFF past on the small screen? Here are three films that played at AIFF2016, to entertain and inspire on a dark winter's night.
The 100 Years Show
Short Documentary
30 minutes
Director: Alison Klayman
Year: 2016
Country: USA

Cuban-born painter Carmen Herrera is approaching her 100th birthday, but that doesn’t stop her from continuing to work in her modern style of geometric forms and bright colors. A pioneering abstract painter in the 40s and 50s, she only recently found the recognition that eluded her for most of her career.

AIFF2016 Best Short Documentary 

Find it on:  Netflix | Vimeo
94 minutes
Director: Richard Bracewell
Year: 2015
Country: United Kingdom

What really happened during Shakespeare’s “lost years”? When terrible lute player and general layabout Bill Shakespeare leaves his home and family behind to follow his dream of becoming a playwright in London, he finds himself caught up with murderous kings, foreign spies, lost loves, and a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth in this Monty-Pythonesque British romp. Can one man prove the quill is mightier than the sword? With a cast of six actors playing forty roles, this comic re-envisioning of Shakespeare’s life will amuse the whole family.

Find it on: Amazon | iTunes
The Birth of Saké
93 minutes
Director: Erik Shirai
Year: 2015
Country: USA

In our modern mechanized world, where heavily automated, mass produced goods predominate, an eclectic brotherhood of manual laborers brave un- usual working conditions to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a small, 144-year-old family-owned brewery in northern Japan. In this character-driven story, the men — and they are only men — range in age from 20 to 70. Leaving their families and homes behind to live and work at the brewery, this surrogate family must cope with harsh six-month winters as they pay painstaking attention to the art of saké-making. This intimate, nuanced documentary is a rare and fascinating look at a 2,000 year-old tradition.

AIFF2016 Les Blank Best Documentary: Honorable Mention

Find it on:  iTunes

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