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Films, shorts and docs

Ashland Independent Film Festival enters 13th year
 Posted: 2:00 AM April 03, 2014

The 13th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival will host a series of feature films, short films, documentaries and more from the Rogue Valley and around the world. This year's schedule boasts 97 films that include many Oscar winners and nominees.

The festival begins Thursday, April 3, and runs through Monday, April 7. Films will show at the Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St.; the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.; Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St.; and Ashland Street Cinemas, 1664 Ashland St. The Opening Night Bash will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St. Tickets cost $30.

The animated short "Mr. Hublot" — which won this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film — will be screened along with many other Oscar-nominated short documentaries and live-action narrative shorts, including "Facing Fear," "The Voorman Problem" and "CaveDigger."

If you go

What: 13th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival

When: Thursday through Monday, April 3-7

Where: Varsity Theater, Historic Ashland Armory, Ashland Street Cinemas and Ashland Springs Hotel

Tickets: $12, $11 for seniors, $6 for students, $5 for Oregon Trail Card holders

See: www.ashlandfilm.org

This year, the festival will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Kopple earned Academy Awards for her 1976 documentary "Harlan County USA" — which will screen at the festival — and her 1990 documentary "American Dream." There will be a discussion panel with Kopple at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the armory. The panel will also feature music by David Morris — a musician featured in "Harlan County USA" — and his son, Jack.

Writer Mark Monroe and actor Ty Burrell will receive AIFF's Rogue Awards. Monroe was a writer on the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove," along with documentaries "Chasing Ice" and "The Tillman Story." Monroe will be featured as part of the free filmmaker panel titled "Not the Same Old Story" at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, at the Ashland Springs Hotel. The panel examines the role of screenwriting in documentary filmmaking.

Burrell grew up in Southern Oregon and is a graduate of Southern Oregon University. He has appeared in films that include "Black Hawk Down," "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Incredible Hulk," to name a few. He voiced Mr. Peabody in the recent adaptation of the "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" cartoon and won an Emmy for his role as Phil Dunphy in ABC's "Modern Family." Miles Inada, professor of art and emerging media at SOU and one of Burrell's childhood friends, will host "A Conversation with Ty Burell" at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the armory. The panel will include a Q-and-A session.

The award ceremony will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the armory. Winners of the jury-selected and audience-selected awards will be announced and food and drinks will be provided by many local restraunts, breweries and wineries. Tickets cost $75.

Tickets for films cost $12, $11 for seniors, $6 for students and can be purchased online — along with tickets for all parties and filmmaker panels — at www.ashlandfilm.org or at the Varsity Theater box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the festival. For the complete schedule of films, visit www.ashlandfilm.org.



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