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It must be April; the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and hundreds of people are gathering in Ashland to sit in dark rooms.  With movie screens, we hasten to add. 

The Ashland Independent Film Festival returns for another whirlwind set of days (April 7-11) catching up on notable independent films. 

The offerings include "Bastards y Diablos," produced by and co-starring Dillon Porter, who hails from the Rogue Valley. 

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One harsh reality about the Ashland Independent Film Festival: it's physically impossible to see every film all the way through. 

But with more than 100 offerings in documentary, feature, and short categories, the choices are remarkable.   This year they also include some mixed-media presentations.

AIFF brings the films and events to screens and rooms in town for five days starting April 7th. 

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Maybe you're old enough to remember those starchy educational films that played on 16mm projectors in elementary school; subjects included trustworthiness and hygiene, among many others. 

And the film usually fluttered and often broke in the projector. 

The state of Oregon used to have quite a pile of those old films, and not just for youngsters. 

Titles like "Fumigating Strawberry Fields" and "Dungeness Crab Meat Extraction" may not have packed movie houses, but they served their purposes. 

For reasons we'll explore, more than 12,000 such films from Oregon are now housed at Indiana University.  A few of these so-called "orphan films" will be screened in Oregon starting this weekend. 

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As fall deepens, the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter (in theory).  It's a great time to head indoors for a movie. 

Which probably explains at least part of the motivation behind "Varsity World Film Week" at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland (October 2-8). 

The week is co-produced by the Ashland Independent Film Festival, under new Program Director Richard Herskowitz.

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Film festivals keep popping up all over the landscape, and this year the Scott Valley gets into the act. 

Fort Jones will be home base for the first ever Jefferson State Flixx Fest, September 24th through 27th. 

It is dedicated to showing films reflecting the rugged spirit of the mythical State of Jefferson. 

Mexico And Drug Violence In Focus At AIFF

Apr 8, 2015
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Ashland's annual Independent Film Festival returns to screens in the city this weekend, with nearly 100 films all lengths and subjects.  Today we visit with some of the filmmakers displaying their work.

Matthew Heineman is the director of "Cartel Land," about the drug war and carnage in Mexico. 

And Bill and Turner Ross join us to talk about "Western," dealing with similar themes in the cities of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Niegras, Mexico. 

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple At AIFF

Apr 4, 2014
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Barbara Kopple is one of the featured guests at the Ashland Independent Film Festival taking place this weekend (April 3-7). 

Kopple is the winner of a pair of Oscars for her previous efforts. 

And her film on the Hemingway (as in Ernest) family, "Running From Crazy," will screen at AIFF this weekend as well. 

Ashland Film Festival Gets Ready

Mar 21, 2014
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From the burning issues of the day to animated shorts, the Ashland Independent Film Festival offers a huge variety of films. 

AIFF returns to Ashland's Varsity Theatre and a couple of other venues, April 3 through 7. 

The festival has grown in size and stature over the years, making it attractive to both filmmakers and filmgoers. 

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Our region is home to a vigorous environmental movement. 

It is also home to a large number of film buffs.  Both crowds will gather for the 2014 edition of the Siskiyou Filmfest in Grants Pass next weekend. 

Spanning The Globe: Varsity World Film Week

Oct 3, 2013
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Voices and views from around the world fill the screen at Ashland's Varsity Theater this week, as the theater and Ashland Independent Film Festival team up for the annual Varsity World Film Week. 

We visit with the festival programmer and the director of The Forgotten Kingdom, a film from Lesotho and South Africa.