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Kish 
Short Documentary
15 minutes
Director: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari
Year: 2016
Country: USA
Thu 12:20 pm RUSH , Sat 09:50 am RUSH , Sun 9:20 pm , Mon 3:00 pm RUSH , Mon 6:20 pm RUSH

US Premiere

AIFF alumni filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari (T-Rex-AIFF2015; The Bionic Man and The Dog-AIFF2016) tell the inspiring story of Daniel Kish, a blind man who has earned the moniker “the remarkable Batman” by navigating his world of darkness using sound, or echolocating, making clicking sounds in a conversation with his environment. Having taught himself to “see” with sound, he now teaches others to do the same. 


Directors’ Statement: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper 

Drea woke up one morning to a random email. It was from a person in France who had seen our California is a Place series. He read an article about Daniel Kish and thought we might be interested. We quickly read the story and couldn’t believe it. Could someone really teach himself how to echolocate like a bat? How is this even possible? We had to find out. 


Short Docs sponsored by Ashland Home Net/Project A (Jim Teece & Dena Matthews)

 

Virtual Reality Hands-on Gallery and Docs

Saturday, April 8, 2-5pm | FREE (no ticket required) | ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum

1-2pm & 4-5pm VR Gallery: Experience a sampling of innovative animations created expressly for VR. Available for viewing on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Samsung Gear headsets and suitable for ages 12 and older.

3-4pm Docs on VR:
AIFF2017 filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari (Kish) will answer questions and discuss the shooting of their VR doc, Policing Flint, and guide viewers through some of their favorite online VR doc experiences.

Don’t forget to bring your IOS or Android smartphones and earbuds/headphones so we can provide you with VR headsets and help you set up VR apps.

 


Plays with:

Balloonfest 
Short Documentary
6 minutes
Director: Nathan Truesdell
Year: 2016
Country: USA

Oregon Premiere

Cleveland attempts to overcome its nickname, “ The Mistake by the Lake” by launching 1.5 million balloons. Original news footage from the 1986 event captures both the excitement of the event and its serious, unplanned consequences. 


Director’s Statement: Nathan Truesdell 

Sometimes, when you start a project, you can’t imagine the journey that awaits you. When I started Balloonfest, in 1986, I was only 7 years old. Like Cleveland, at the end of a long journey, we all got something we had never expected.


Short Docs sponsored by Ashland Home Net/Project A (Jim Teece & Dena Matthews)


 

Pickle 
Short Documentary
16 minutes
Director: Amy Nicholson
Year: 2016
Country: USA
https://twitter.com/filmsbyamy


Let us reflect on the brief existence of Pickle the fish. Born without the ability to swim, he was lovingly cared for by Tom and Debbie Nicholson (the filmmaker’s parents) who kept him propped up in a sponge to keep him from sinking to the bottom of the aquarium. This whimsical celebration of man’s eternal capacity to care for all creatures—an obese chicken, a cat with a heart condition, and a paraplegic possum among them—celebrates the all-too-brief lives of this offbeat menagerie. They will be dearly missed. 


Director’s Statement: Amy Nicholson 

I try to find a funny side to everything and tragedy is no exception. Pickle’s unrelenting march of death is intended to entertain, but hopefully between morbid curiosity and chuckling at the sheer volume of casualties, the audience will find a bit of themselves in this film.


Short Docs sponsored by Ashland Home Net/Project A (Jim Teece & Dena Matthews)



 

Plea 
Shorts
20 minutes
Director: Joe Oppenheimer
Year: 2016
Country: USA
plea.film


Oregon Premiere

A public defender has minutes to save her 16-year-old client from a life sentence for murder by convincing him to take a plea deal for a crime he only technically committed. To save this boy, she will have to break him. 


Director’s Statement: Joe Oppenheimer 

In the majority of cases I handled as a criminal defense lawyer, a plea was the worst option. This was especially so in juvenile cases concerning opportunistic crimes where youth who lacked a capacity for consequential thinking often also lacked a defense. These kids faced far graver sentences at trial then they could have ever anticipated. At some level I feel complicit in the system that condemns children like this. I had always wanted to make a difference. However, mostly my job was about making the inevitable a certainty.

 

The Boatman 
Short Documentary
13 minutes
Director: Zack Godshall
Year: 2015
Country: USA

Oregon Premiere

As their 71st wedding anniversary approaches, Selina and Joseph Gonzales reflect on endurance, love, and fortitude after the years of living in Yscloskey, Louisiana a decade after Hurricane Katrina. Joseph, the boatman, navigates the onset of blindness, hoping to finish building the boat he started decades ago and put it in the water before the next hurricane arrives. 


Director’s Statement: Zack Godshall 

In The Boatman, I combine the themes of several of my previous films—life along Louisiana’s disappearing coastline, surviving floods and hurricanes, and building big things—in this case a house and a 65-foot oyster boat. Given my familiarity with the main themes, I did my best to step back and allow Joseph and Selina Gonzales tell their own story of resilience and triumph.


Short Docs sponsored by Ashland Home Net/Project A (Jim Teece & Dena Matthews)




 

The Function of Music 
Short Documentary
4 minutes
Director: Mac Premo
Year: 2016
Country: USA
macpremo.com/video/the-function-of-music


Oregon Premiere

Jad Abumrad, host of the popular NPR program RadioLab, sits down with director Mac Premo to discuss what sound and music are and what function music plays in our lives. Abumrad’s surprising and humorous insights are punctuated by Premo’s mix of collage, live action film, and stop-motion animation. 


Director’s Statement: Mac Premo 

There’s a shitload I don’t know. This is the first in what I hope will become a series of films where I speak to people who are smarter than me about things that they are smarter than me about. And then I turn that conversation into a film. 


Short Docs sponsored by Ashland Home Net/Project A (Jim Teece & Dena Matthews)


 

The Last Leatherman of the Vale of Cashmere 
Shorts
14 minutes
Director: Greg Loser
Year: 2016
Country: USA
lastleathermanfilm.com


Oregon Premiere

Men have always met men in the Vale of Cashmere. An aging man takes an irreverent trip down memory lane as he visits the cruising destination of his youth, tucked away in a corner of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Here amidst the thickets where secrecy once reigned, he contemplates a new world. 


Director’s Statement: Greg Loser 

I’m fascinated by old men. Principally because I’ll be one before long. 

 

The Man is the Music 
Short Documentary
19 minutes
Director: Maris Curran
Year: 2016
Country: USA

Oregon Premiere

A reflection on art as a way of life, The Man is the Music draws us into the imaginative and captivating world of artist and musician Lonnie Holley. Raised in Jim Crow Alabama, he finds beauty in the discarded objects he discovers on roadsides and in accumulations of what other people might call trash, creating a unique perspective on what it means to be socially discarded. 


Director’s Statement: Maris Curran 

Holley’s work is a means of connection, a way to deal with loss, and a means to survive. He compulsively creates— often without editing. As an artist and the daughter of an artist, I understand that it is in the process where the magic happens.


Short Docs sponsored by Ashland Home Net/Project A (Jim Teece & Dena Matthews)


 

The Tables 
Short Documentary
15 minutes
Director: Jon Bunning
Year: 2017
Country: USA

World Premiere

A pair of outdoor ping pong tables draws players from disparate groups to a park in the heart of New York City. From the homeless to investment bankers to gang members—they all come for the love of the game. Playing through wind, dust, or rain, powerful and surprising connections are made and a heartwarming community is formed. 


Director’s Statement: Jon Bunning 

When I discovered the tables, I was immediately drawn to the diverse group of characters who played there, but I connected with one person in particular, an older African American gentlemen who unbeknownst to me at the time was in fact homeless. He had such a captivating personality and was instrumental in helping me make the film.​
 

Short Docs sponsored by Ashland Home Net/Project A (Jim Teece & Dena Matthews)


 
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