Out & About: October 2-5, 2014

Fall is in full effect in Southern Oregon with a long list of spooky and sweet autumn events. This weekend the hay maze opens near the Jackson County Fair Grounds. This haymazing family-friendly event will run through the month. The maze is created completely out of bales of straw, so an allergy pill might be … Continue reading »

AIFF Gets New Executive Director

ASHLAND, Ore. – The Ashland Independent Film Festival has new leadership. Former AIFF Advisory Council member David Margulies has been picked to replace Anne Ashbey as Executive Director of the festival. Margulies says they’re currently working on transitioning him into the role, but as director he says his plan is to stay the course. “It’s … Continue reading »

AIFF Announces New Executive Director

ASHLAND, Ore.– The Ashland Independent Film Festival announced a successor for the executive director position. The CEO of High Sierra Music of Berkeley, California, David Margulies, will replace Anne Ashbey. Ashbey resigned recently after two years in the festival’s top position. She will continue to be a part of the organization as a member of … Continue reading »

2014 AIFF Winners

ASHLAND, Ore.– Filmgoers attending the Ashland Independent Film festival are wrapping up its final day, Monday. Last night twelve awards were handed out at the gala at the Ashland Armory for both audience choice and jury picks. The Feature Documentary, “The Case Against 8″, won the Rogue Creamery Audience Award and the jury pick for Best Documentary. … Continue reading »

Last Chance for AIFF

ASHLAND, Ore.– The 13th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival closes out its final day on Monday. Over the weekend, the festival saw sold out crowds and record breaking ticket sales. The Varsity Theatre was the center of the event, booking all five theaters for the festival. Though AIFF administrators do not have final counts of … Continue reading »

AIFF and First Friday Brings Business

ASHLAND, Ore.– Ashland’s Main Street is busier than normal thanks to the 13th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival. Since Varsity Theatre is where most of the films are held, it is also boosting business of several shops and restaurants around it. AIFF administrators say that last year they had more than 7500 attendees of the festival … Continue reading »

AIFF Ticket Sales Top 16,000

ASHLAND, Ore. — Gayle Slates was the first in line on the first day of the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) Thursday. “You get here early to get a good seat,” Slates said. She’s going to see 24 films in five days. While Slates went in to the first showing at noon on Thursday, Mardy … Continue reading »

AIFF Kicks Off Opening Day

ASHLAND, Ore. — Today, NewsWatch 12 This Morning got to speak with Anne Ashbey, Executive Director for the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and hear about all the events and shows planned for this weekend. The Festival opened today at 12 noon at the Varsity Theater in Ashland. The Opening night party will be held at … Continue reading »

Ashland Film Festival Starts Thursday

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland  Independent Film Festival getting ready to kick off it’s 13th annual film festival. The festival will begin on Thursday at noon and runs through Monday night. At this year’s festival they will show more than 100 films in and presentations in 9 theaters. Those films include narratives, documentaries, and short … Continue reading »

Karen Greenstein Remembered by AIFF

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local organizations are remembering Karen Greenstein this week. Greenstein was killed in a deadly crash when her car was hit by a wrong-way driver on I-5 early Thursday morning. The Ashland Independent Film Festival is making its final preparations for the event to begin this Thursday. Those who run the event are … Continue reading »

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