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Ashland Independent Film Festival

Rogue Valley Community Television and the Southern Oregon Digital Media Center are proud to partner with the Ashland Independent Film Festival to honor both our artists and our documentarians engaged in grassroots filmmaking.

The DMC & RVTV not only promoted the 12th annual AIFF and provided facilities, equipment and space on our cablecast/webcast television networks, but also coordinated with multiple academic departments at Southern Oregon University to involve students at every level of the festival.

Our student crews filmed and edited the following events which are now available on our DMC video player:

Filmmaker TalkBack – Transmedia 101, The Future of Storytelling

AIFF hosts a discussion on digital technologies expanding the boundaries of story-telling. Moderated by Project A co-founder Jim Teece and featuring Ian Greenfield of the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television, SOU Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts director Robert (Bobby) Arellano, Theo Rigby of the Immigrant Nation project, Tawny Schlieski of Intel labs, Thomas Wester of Second Story Labs and Academy Award-winner Roger Ross Williams, the director of God Loves Uganda. Held at the Ashland Springs Hotel.

Filmmaker TalkBack – Close Up & Personal

AIFF hosts an in-depth conversation with documentary filmmakers who disclose how their intimate encounters reveal the nuances and subtleties of the human experience. Moderated by Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker, winner of this year’s AIFF Rogue Award and the director of the new documentary The Crash Reel; the panel included Sam Cullman and Benjamin Rosen, who made the short documentary Black Cherokee, and Riley Hooper, who made the short documentary Flo. Also included was Jill Orschel, who made the short documentary Like a Dance, director Tad Nakamura (for Jake Shimabukuro – Life on Four Strings) and director Greg Finton (for The World According to Dick Cheney). Held at the Ashland Springs Hotel.

Filmmaker TalkBack – No Borders

AIFF hosts a discussion with filmmakers who are exploring international topics in both short- and long-form narratives and documentaries. Moderated by Barbara Boyle, former chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at UCLA, participants shared how their work fills the gaps in our understanding and expands our cultural world-view beyond our borders.