Ambitious online schedule for Ashland Independent Film Festival

From 'We Feed People': José Andrés working with his nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, in the Bahamas. Sebastian Lindstrom photo
March 18, 2022

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 18

By Lee Juillerat for Ashland.news

More than 60 feature films and six short film compilations are in the offing for the Ashland Independent Film Festival’s 21st season that will run virtually April 1-10. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 18.

Along with the films, the 10-day event will include question-answer sessions, free children’s and education programs, all through a new and reportedly user-friendly platform, Eventive.

Special festival programs include “We Feed People,” which spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s incredible mission and evolution over 12 years from being a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. The film, directed by Ron Howard, will be screened on April 1 only. This is an Oregon-only film with a limited number of tickets available.

Other special limited screenings are “The Territory” on April 6 and “Fire of Love” on April 10, the festival’s closing night. A scheduled screening of “B-Boy Blues” has been canceled.

The films will include documentaries, narrative features, and short film documentaries and narratives.

Among the 28 documentaries are “a-Ha-a – The Movie,” “Diamond Hands,” “The Forgotten Ones,” “River,” “Salaryman,” “A Taste of Whale,” “Framing Agnes,” The House We Lived In,” “Song for Cesar,” “Hello Bookstore,” “City of a Million Dreams” and “Let the Little Light Shine.”

The 28 narrative features include “Cadejo Blanco,” “Private Desert,” “Queen of Glory,” “Run Woman Run,” “Holy Island,” “Ludi,” “Homebody,” “The Pact,” “Porcupine,” “I Can Feel You Walking,” “Mirror Game,” Porcupine,” “Plan A” and “Montana Story.”

A Locals Only category will feature several short films: “Lithian Tradition” (after engaging with the tradition of trying the Lithia Water in downtown Ashland, a student goes on a journey of discovery as they find their way home in order to take a test), “Artifact,” “Black Sea,” “White Whale,” “Life & the Art of Fly Fishing,” “Future’s Rising (The Futures We Dream),” “Something Different” and “The Puppeteers for Fears Story.”

Films in the Spotlight on Iran program include “Hit the Road,” a narrative feature; “The Pylon, People & the Arts,” a short narrative; along with “At His Eight,” “Time to Lose,” “Libido,” “Parizad,” “Shi” and “Where the Winds Die.”

The free children’s and educational programs include “Go Green,” “Richard the Duck” for kindergarten through fifth grade; “Inspire” for sixth to eighth grade, “Quicksand” for ninth to high school seniors, “Post-Hu-Mous,” “He Sold his Soul” for college, along with “Raise Your Hand,’ “Play Animatic,” “Bagel,” “The Interview,” How to Tie a Shoe,” “It’s Your Turn,” “Save our Show,” “The Next Best Documentary,” “One Wheel,” and “The Culture and Community.”

Themes for the documentary and narrative short films include “Difference,” “Legacy,” Stranger in a Strange Land,” “People & the Arts” and “The World.”

The schedule of films is available on the web at https://aiff2022.eventive.org/welcome. Films can be ordered at that address. Tickets range from $13.50 to $20. The festival is offering ticket value packages at https://aiff2022.eventive.org/passes/buy.

Once viewers begin a feature film or program they have 24 hours to finish watching. The festival center office is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by calling 541-488-3823 or, after hours Mondays through Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. at itadmin@ashlandfilm.org.

For more information, visit ashlandfilm.org.

Email freelance writer Lee Juillerat at 337lee337@charter.net.

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