The new documentary short film, "A Thousand Mothers," with Ashland-connected producers,  will premiere at the 2017 Ashland Independent Film Festival.

"A Thousand Mothers" is produced by award-winning filmmaker Kim Shelton, a former Ashland resident and director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival 2011 Audience Award winner "The Welcome." Joanne Feinberg, former director of programming at the AIFF, is an associate producer. She is currently a producer and editor at FeinFilm, based in Ashland.

“ 'A Thousand Mothers' is a poetic glimpse into a little-known world, where women in community tenderly care for one another while practicing Buddhism with unshakeable faith,” Shelton said in a release. “I was deeply moved and inspired by their generosity and dedication despite the challenges of living with extreme hardship due to poverty and discrimination. I look forward to sharing the film with audiences around the world with the hope that they are as inspired by the nuns as I am.”

"A Thousand Mothers" will premiere at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Ashland Street Cinema and again at 10:10 a.m. Monday, April 10, at the Varsity Theater. Shelton and the film’s editor, Chris Brown, will answer questions from the audience immediately following the screenings.

Steve Armstrong, co-founder of the Vipassana Metta Foundation and a leading Buddhist Dharma teacher internationally, said Shelton's film “Masterfully reveals the simplicity, dedication, shared community love, respect and humility of the nuns’ life."

A trailer and more information about the film is available at