October 2016 Newsletter
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AIFF Benefit Screening
AIFF2017 Art Revealed!
FREE Film with SOPTV
Call for Entries: LAUNCH
We're hiring!
Festival Flashback
Donate Now!

AIFF Benefit Screening

AIFF Benefit Screening
SEED: The Untold Story

Saturday, November 5 at 6:30 & 9:30 pm
Varsity Theatre - Ashland, OR
$9 Adult, $7 AIFF Members

No other discounts or passes.
Runtime 94 Minutes | Rated: NR

AIFF and Coming Attractions Theatres are honored to co-host an AIFF benefit screening of the documentary film, SEED: The Untold Story.

Stay in your seats! The 6:30 screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Taggart Siegel and Ashland Food Coop’s Outreach and Owner Services Manager Annie Hoy. Additionally, Siegel will be presenting outtake footage shot in Josephine County. Community members will be tabling in the theatre lobby showcasing issues relevant to the film.
The film will open at the Varsity Theatre on Friday, November 4, followed by a week-long run. More information
Grants Pass Fans! The film will also screen at SouthGate Cinemas in Grants Pass on Friday, November 4 at 6:30 pm and will feature an appearance by Director Taggart Siegel. More Information

About the documentary: 
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a story both harrowing and heartening, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
TAGGART SIEGEL | Director/Producer 
Taggart Siegel has produced and directed Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentaries including QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US? and THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (ITVS, Independent Lens).These films received critical-acclaim during their theatrical release and garnered over 40 international awards. THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN was also screened at AIFF2006.

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Tickets may be purchased online through Coming Attractions, or in person at the Varsity Theatre Box Office.
SEED: The Untold Story (Official Theatrical Trailer)
SEED: The Untold Story  -- Official Trailer
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Proceeds to benefit the non-profit Ashland Independent Film Festival.

AIFF2017 Official Art Revealed!
Claire Burbridge

“I encountered the extraordinary visual art of Claire Burbridge and her husband Matthew Picton while I was attending the Miami Art Basel art fair last December. A mutual friend informed me that they lived in Ashland, and I sought them out. I have now gotten pleasurably lost in the intricately drawn, phantasmagoric foliage and fungi of several of Claire’s works, and watched them evolve slowly through her painstaking drawing process before they were sent off to her galleries in San Francisco and Cincinatti where they were snatched up by collectors. We’re very lucky to have this original “reel mandala” from Claire as our festival art this year!” - Richard Herskowitz, AIFF Director of Programming

Discover more about Claire Burbridge at claireburbridge.com.

We’re also lucky to have the ongoing help of local artist Bruce Allen Bayard, of Studio A.B., who adapts the artwork for our different publications, in collaboration with our artists each year.

Ashland, Oregon:  Claire Burbridge
Ashland, Oregon: Claire Burbridge
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Sponsor Spotlight: SOPTV

Military Family Documentary - While Time Stands Still Trailer
While Time Stands Still - Trailer
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SOPTV FREE Screening
While Time Stands Still

Wednesday, November 16 at 3pm & 6pm
Varsity Theatre - Ashland, OR
FREE, first come, first served

No advanced reservations. Tickets will only be available at the door.
Runtime 92 minute | Rated: NR

AIFF sponsor SOPTV invities you to join them for a FREE screening of While Time Stands Still, a documentary about love, courage, and sacrifice of America’s Military Families during war.

Stay in your seats! Both screenings will be followed by a 30 minute post-show discussion with filmmaker Elena Miliaresis.

In this gripping documentary filmmaker Elena Miliaresis recounts her own experience as she follows two military wives confronted by the ordeals of wartime. As these young women navigate the challenges that come their way, they not only find the strength to survive, but also discover their own self-worth. Six years in the making with nearly one hundred interviews from families and experts, 'While Time Stands Still' uncovers the rarely seen dramatic impact war has on families before, during, and after combat deployment. This heartfelt film honors the service and sacrifice of America's brave, yet often overlooked, military families, and celebrates their to the journey to healing. More Information About the Film.

Serving Southern Oregon and Northern California, SOPTV is our local PBS member station and a leader in promoting local programming in educational and informational media. Along with such well-known nationally produced PBS shows as the PBS NewsHour, Charlie Rose, and Sesame Street, SOPTV carries and creates local programming, includingThe Jeffersonian (a collaboration with the advanced video class at Southern Oregon University) and Stories of Service, about U.S. military veterans. 

SOPTV supports the Ashland Independent Film Festival by airing TV spots and online ads to promote the April film festival, our regional student LAUNCH contest, and theVarsity World Film Week, held annually in October. These efforts help meet SOPTV’s goal to foster an informed citizenry and to spread the word about the life of the arts, sciences, and humanities available to the public. SOPTV and AIFF work as partners to bring independent film to the widest possible audience. SOPTV and AIFF have been proud partners in the visual arts since 2007.

Call for Entries: LAUNCH

photo by Mary WilkinsKelly

LAUNCH Student Film Competition

We are looking for storytellers with short films that are innovative, inventive, creative, original, inspiring, relevant, compelling, entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, and unique.

Do you have a great story to share?  Here’s what you need to know:
  • No entry fee—it’s FREE!
  • Films need to be 5 minutes or under.
  • Genres include animation, claymation, documentary, or narrative—it’s up to you!
  • Five categories: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, college undergrads, and PridePrize.
  • Winners receive CASH prizes!
  • Students must live in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties in OR; Del Norte or Siskiyou counties in CA.
  • Fill out the LAUNCH Entry Form today!
  • Have a question? Check out our LAUNCH FAQs, or contact us at entries@ashlandfilm.org.
  • LAUNCH winning films from past festivals can be viewed on our website.
  • The deadline to submit is January 6, 2017.
  • Filmmaker will be notified if they made it into the film festival on February 1, 2017.
PridePrize is a component of the Launch offering a special prize for outstanding student-made films that speak to the LGBTQ+ experience. All regional student filmmakers, grades 9-12 and college undergrads, are eligible.
More Information

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust

Join the AIFF Team

We're Hiring! 
2016-2017 Development Associate

Application deadline: October 28, 2016

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Development Associate provides administrative support for all development (revenue generating) activities and is directly responsible for associated record management in Salesforce database system and related correspondence. This position, working in collaboration with other staff, supports all fundraising activities, which includes sponsors, donors, in-kind contributors, advertisers, and members; and contributes to the day-to-day operations of the organization.
This position is part-time, FTE 0.5. The schedule is seasonal with some full-time weeks December-April. Start date: October 31, 2016

For complete job description and how to apply, visit ashlandfilm.org/jobs.

Festival Flashback: GATHER!

Thank you to all of our new and old friends who joined us this fall for GATHER! at Grizzly Peak Winery. A lovely night of sipping on local wine, feasting on Sultan's Delights, and dancing to the tunes of the Rogue Suspects, was had by all. Check out the photos below.
Photos by Tim Hallam, member of our stellar volunteer photography team.
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