Ashland Independent Film Festival – Redwood Highway to Premiere at Festival

With AIFF just a little more than one month away, we wanted to update you on some new info.  A full schedule of events should be up on AIFF’s website in a few weeks but here’s what has been announced to date.

“Redwood Highway”, produced last year in Southern Oregon, will premiere at the festival.  from AIFF

A World Premiere of a Southern Oregon Production

We are very excited to announce the World Premiere of Redwood Highwaydirected by Gary Lundgren (Calvin Marshall, 2011 AIFF, Wow and Flutter, 2005 AIFF) and produced by James Twyman and Gary Kout.

Shirley Knight, Tom Skerritt, James LeGros and Catherine Coulson star in a moving and humorous adventure about Marie, a reluctant resident of a retirement community in Southern Oregon, as decides to walk 80 miles down the Redwood Highway to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years. The film features Rogue Valley locals and locations, and many cast and crew members will be at the screening.

Previously announced on The Confluence is this year’s eMerge Transmedia Showcase.  Robert Arellano, director of Southern Oregon University’s EMDA program has been spearheading several student projects that will be integrated into the Showcase this year.  Included a multi-platform effort titled “Follow the Food”.  Also scheduled is a special panel featuring professionals from Second Story Interactive Studios and Intel.

Other news from AIFF:

2013 Oscar Winners at the AIFF!
The AIFF had a lot to celebrate at the Oscars on Sunday evening! Many Ashland alumni were nominated for Awards across many categories. We are thrilled to announce that Inocente, directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine (War Dance, AIFF 2007) received the Award for Best Documentary Short.  Inocente will screen in our Oscar Short Docs 2 program at the 2013 AIFF.  This program, and Oscar Short Docs 1, also includes the Oscar nomineesMondays at Racine, Open Heart, and Redemption. And look for Andrea and Sean’s new documentary, Life According to Sam, also at the festival.

We will also screen the winner of the Best Live Action Short award,Curfew, directed by, and starring, Shawn Christensen. You can see the film in our Short Stories program, which includes the nominees, ASAD and Buzkashi Boys as well!

And the Rogue Award goes to…
This year, the festival honors celebrated director, Lucy Walker, with our 2013 Award.  Walker is an AIFF alum, and has been nominated twice for an Academy Award—in 2010 for Waste Land (AIFF 2011), and in 2012 for The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (AIFF 2012). Walker’s latest film, The Crash Reel about champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and his ongoing fight to recover from a massive brain injury incurred while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, will screen during the festival.

Lucy’s diverse and moving portraits of four athletes from around the world as they meet the challenges of preparing for the Olympics will also be featured.  Going for Gold: Olympic Shorts with Lucy Walker includes the films Crooked Lines, about the best rower in Brazilian history, Ailson Eraclito Da Silva; The Red Pill featuring the deeply inspiring US paralympian Anjali Forber-Pratt;The Rein of Mary King, a profile of UK equestrian champion Mary King, and the Buddhist calm that helps athletes stay on target in Secrets of Mongolian Archers.  Walker will be present for an extended Q&A with the audience following the films.

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