Third Annual

2004 FILMS: FEATURE FILMS | DOCUMENTARIES | SHORT FILMS | STUDENT FILMS

feature films
feature films | documentaries | short films | student films

Assisted Living
77 minutes
Feature Film/Drama - Comedy
Showing: Fri 3:30 pm, Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 6:30 pm, Mon 9:30 pm

Plays With: Persistence & Side Show
An unlikely friendship between a blissed-out stoner of a nursing home janitor and an increasingly insane resident shows how a minimum-wage worker who hates his job can bring special qualities to the lives around him. Shot on location with a cast that includes residents of a nursing home. This quirky and poignant documentary-like feature film won numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance 2003 and the Grand Jury Prize at 2003 Woodstock Film Festival. Web site: http://www.assistedlivingthemovie.com/

Bubba Ho-Tep
92 minutes
Feature Film/Comedy - Drama
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis
Showing: Fri 9:00 pm, Sat 9:00 pm

Finally, the truth about Elvis! An elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his supposed death, then missed his chance to switch back. He and a fellow nursing home resident (President John F. Kennedy played by Ossie Davis) battle an evil Egyptian entity, who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds. Official selection of the Toronto Film Festival, the Hong Kong Film Festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival. "Campbell's Elvis stands as one of the very best screen interpretations of the King seen thus far." - Todd McCarthy / Daily Variety [Adult content, language, and violence] Web site: http://www.bubbahotep.com/

Best Cinematography
The Gerald Hirschfeld ASC Award, Feature

The Dogwalker
99 minutes
Feature Film/Drama
Showing: Fri 3:10 pm, Sat 12:10 pm, Mon 9:10 pm

Plays With: Food Chain & Woman In The Attic
Life on the edge for two women: one abused, attacked, and out of options, and the other who has carved out a hiding place from the world by taking a job as a dog walker. They begin a rocky friendship of disillusionment and hard lessons in an uncompromising view of a difficult road back for people with few resources. Best First Film at 2003 San Jose Film Festival. [Violence, Adult Language, Nudity]

Best Feature Film
The Failures
87 minutes
Feature Film/Drama - Comedy
Showing: Fri 6:00 pm, Sun 3:00 pm

Plays With: BugGirl & From Woodside, Queens
"What's that on your face?" (She rubs the ink on her cheek) "Oh, I fell asleep on your suicide note." So begins an odd coupling of two slackers who stand up for the idealism of suicide. With odd twists and comic family conflicts, it brings iconoclastic freshness to an America where the search for meaning is so elusive. [Adult content, language, and violence] Web site: http://www.thefailuresmovie.com/

Best Acting Ensemble
Frankie and Johnny are Married
98 minutes
Feature Film/Drama - Comedy
Showing: Thurs 9:20 pm, Fri 6:20 pm, Sat 3:20 pm, Mon 9:20 pm

Plays With: Hills Like White Elephants
What starts off as a simple idea to revitalize a marriage turns into an on and off stage nightmare. Real-life TV Producer/Director Michael Pressman (ER, Chicago Hope, The Practice) and his wife, actress Lisa Chess take a creative leap off the Hollywood - and the relationship - merry go round as they mount a production of Terrence McNally’s play Frankie And Johnny In The Claire De Lune. When their leading man goes wildly out of control, Pressman is forced to not only direct, but star opposite his wife in the production. Winner of the 2003 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Renaissance Prize. [Language] Web site: http://www.frankiejohnny.com/

The Incident
107 minutes
Feature Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 6:20 pm, Fri 12:40 pm, Sat 9:40 pm, Sun 3:40 pm, Mon 3:40 pm

Plays With: Easy Street
This year the ashland independent film festival screens—for the first time in more than three decades—a fully restored 35mm theatrical print of long-neglected American classic, The Incident. This 1967 film, photographed in black and white, follows a group of ordinary New Yorkers and two psychopathic thugs on a nightmarish train ride across the darkened landscape of a sleeping city. The ensemble cast, including Martin Sheen in his first film role, Ed McMahon, Tony Musante, Beau Bridges, Ruby Dee, Jan Sterling, Brock Peters, Donna Mills, Gary Merrill and Thelma Ritter in her last role, deliver flawless performances. Made the same year as the first Super Bowl, the Summer of Love, an escalating War in Vietnam, and films like The Graduate, Cool Hand Luke, Bonnie and Clyde, and In the Heat of The Night, this film foreshadows the era of social, political and cultural unrest that would follow. Rarely seen outside of truncated late-night TV versions, The Incident is an American post-noir classic. [Adult content, violence]

The aiff 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award: Gerald Hirschfeld, A.S.C.

This year the ashland independent film festival is proud to honor cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld, A.S.C. with its first ever aiff Lifetime Achievement Award.

Indigo
92 minutes
Feature Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 6:00 pm, Fri 3:00 pm, Sat 3:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm, Mon 9:00 pm

The highly anticipated Northwest Premiere of the first Rogue Valley film by accomplished feature film producer, Stephen Simon (What Dreams May Come, Somewhere in Time), in which a grouchy capitalist (Neale Donald Walsch) begins to see things differently as he gets to know his gifted granddaughter (Meghan McCandless). A film about the “Indigo child” phenomenon made with many Rogue Valley locals. Winner of the Audience Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival and an impressive step forward both for local filmmaking and for cinema that speaks to the questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" Web site: http://www.indigothemovie.com/

Invisible Mountains
100 minutes
Feature Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 12:10 pm, Sat 9:10 pm, Sun 3:10 pm, Mon 6:10 pm

Plays With: 2000 Dragons
For everyone who has ever known an artist. This film brilliantly reveals a young painter's inner life as he grapples with the challenges of making a living and finding his voice. Paintings that merge with the world create astonishing visuals and add power to the appealing performances in this creative film. [Adult language] Web site: http://www.invisiblemountains.com/

Kwik Stop
108 minutes
Feature Film/Adult Drama - Comedy
Showing: Thurs 9:30 pm, Fri 9:30 pm, Sun 9:30 pm

Plays With: bobbycrush
When Mike, a hopeful actor, sets out for Hollywood his plan is derailed by 18-year-old Didi, who spots him shoplifting at an off-road convenience store. An uncanny story of love, loss, and renewal; a road movie in which the events are all unexpected and no one seems to get very far from home—or from who they are. Winner of St. Louis International Film Festival Special Jury Prize and Buenos Aires International Film Festival Best Director award. [Adult content, language]

Nightingale In A Music Box
96 minutes
Feature Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 3:10 pm, Fri 9:10 pm, Sat 6:10 pm, Sun 12:10 pm

Plays With: Non-Disclosure
Recovering the memory of a woman who participated in an experiment may uncover a larger mystery. This is a tour de force that puts higher budget films to shame by relying on the most basic elements of a thriller: acting, writing, and original ideas that keep the string taut throughout. Winner of Slamdance 2004 Best Screenplay Award. [Language, violence] Web site: http://www.nightingaleinamusicbox.com/

Nosey Parker
103 minutes
Feature Film/Comedy
Showing: Thurs 9:00 pm,  Fri 12:00 pm, Sun 6:00 pm, Mon 6:00 pm

Plays With: Gossip: The Evil Tongue
For Nick Newman, a 55-year-old psychiatrist and 30-something wife Natalie, a monumental dream house in Vermont seems like the perfect getaway—and just the thing to revive their marriage. When Natalie hires George Lyford, an elderly local farmer, as a handyman, they begin an oddly infectious and deeply satisfying friendship. An improvised script and a few real actors amidst a host of down-home Vermonters playing themselves make it feel as if YOU have moved to Vermont. A most unusual and enjoyable film. Awards include Best Film at the Port Townsend Film Festival and Central Standard Film Festival in Minneapolis. Combining the improv tradition of Cassavetes, the neurosis of Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and a near documentary of life in Vermont, O'Brien depicts the invasion of city slickers with an unmistakably human touch and without contrivances or broad comedic devices. –Robert Koehler, Variety. Web site: http://www.noseyparkermovie.com/

The Olive Harvest
92 minutes
Feature Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 6:10 pm, Fri 3:40 pm, Sat 6:40 pm, Sun 9:40 pm, Mon 12:40 pm

Plays With: A Life of Death & Burning the Bed
An all-Palestinian cast and all-Israeli crew joined together with a Palestinian filmmaker to create this work of art. This sumptuous depiction of the conflict of traditional Palestinian life with the current stark military realities of war will haunt, frighten, uplift, and redefine your view of this troubled land. Winner of the Special Jury Prize and Best Arabic Film at Cairo Film Festival ‘03. [Subtitled] Web site: http://www.theoliveharvest.com/

Reversal
104 minutes
Feature Film/Family Drama
Showing: Thurs 9:10 pm, Fri 12:10 pm, Sun 6:10 pm, Mon 3:10 pm

Plays With: The Meter Maid
A loving but domineering father puts his son in training from childhood so that he will win a wrestling scholarship to college. Now a high school senior, the boy’s eyes have turned to love and to a wider world that demands he follow his own dreams. Reversal is a coming-of-age story that presents authentic views of wrestling and of breaking from both the hold of a father and a hometown. Won Malibu Film Festival 2002 Audience Award and Durango Film Festival 2003 Best First Film award. Web site: http://www.reversalthemovie.com/

The Ride
93 minutes
Feature Film/Family Drama
Showing: Fri 6:30 pm, Sat 12:30 pm, Sun 3:30 pm, Mon 12:30 pm

Plays With: The Plunge
When David, a modern-day, arrogant, world champion surfer nearly drowns in a competition off Oahu's North Shore, he learns a valuable lesson from an important figure from the past. Rescued by Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawai‘ian surfing legend and Olympic gold medalist swimmer who died decades ago, David realizes he is "somewhere in time" in Hawai‘i. The year is 1911 and the cocky champion learns respect for his sport and the ancient Hawai‘ian culture that gave it birth. Won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2003 Hawai‘i International Film Festival.

The Second Degree
95 minutes
Feature Film/Adult Comedy
Showing: Thurs 3:00 pm, Sat 6:00 pm, Sun 9:00 pm
Plays With: Tom Hits His Head &Paper Cu
t
Penn and his 20-something friends spend most of their time watching movies, playing games (including the cult favorite, “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon”) and waiting for something to happen. Nothing much does, until Penn decides to peel away the degrees that separate him from Bacon—only to discover something very special and unavoidable about The Second Degree. A wacky slacker comedy where depth and sophomoric humor, destiny and cerebral self-discovery toy with each other. [Adult content, language] Web site: http://www.foeentertainment.com/


documentaries
feature films | documentaries | short films | student films

2000 DRAGONS
10 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 12:10 pm, Sat 9:10 pm, Sun 3:10 pm, Mon 6:10 pm

Plays With: Invisible Mountains
This short documentary captures the energy of tattoo legend and painter Don Hardy who, to commemorate the millennium and the Year of the Dragon, painted 2000 dragons on a continuous, 500-foot-long scroll (longer than a football field). Seeing and painting on only five feet of the scroll at one time, Hardy began on New Year’s Day and didn’t stop until he was finished seven months later.

3 Feet Under: Digging Deep for the Geoduck
61 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 3:30 pm, Sat 9:30 pm, Sun 12:30 pm, Mon 6:30 pm

Plays With: Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones & This Is Our Slaughterhouse
It's hard to take the geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) seriously and this documentary doesn't even try. Native to the Pacific Northwest, this largest of all bivalves sports a phallic, three-foot-long neck, can live to the ripe age of 160, and is sought after as far away as Japan where it goes for 100 bucks a plate. Geoducks have a quirky, enthusiastic following—some even consider it the Washington State bird. 3 Feet Under introduces us to some of these geoduck zealots and captures all of the mirth, madness, and money involved with digging up 'ducks.
http://www.duckumentary.com/

American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai‘i
Documentary
55 minutes
Showing: Sat 9:20 pm, Sun 6:20 pm, Mon 6:20 pm

Plays With: Refugee
Three master hula teachers in California keep the living tradition of hula alive. For Mark, it's a lifestyle; all he wants to do is smoke his cigarettes, drink his Starbucks, and teach hula. For Sissy, it's a sacred duty; her responsibility to pass on the dance and the language. For Patrick it's a chance to mix traditional hula with modern dance in dance productions. Together these three colorful Hawaiian expatriates show that hula is much more than Don Ho kitsch.

Broadway: The Golden Age
109 minutes
Documentary

Showing: Thurs 6:40 pm, Sat 12:00 pm
This documentary has the largest collection of award-winning stars ever brought together in a single movie. More than 100 Broadway actors, composers, and writers were interviewed to tell the story of America’s great theater. Broadway: The Golden Age does a great service by documenting, on film, the major contributions to Broadway in the last century. The filmmaker deftly weaves a mix of interviews, vintage photographs, rare archival performance footage, and these legends' own home movies and photos together into a truly entertaining film. Awards include Best Documentary and Audience Awards at 2003 San Diego Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the 2004 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
http://www.broadwaythemovie.com/

Bum's Paradise
53 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 12:20 pm, Fri 9:20 pm, Mon 3:20 pm

Plays With: Nothing Without You
Told from the stark yet surprisingly smart and lucid point of view of the homeless men and women who lived in San Francisco Bay's Albany Landfill before, during, and after their eviction. In addition to their own filming, the filmmakers provided one of the landfill's residents (“Rabbit”) a camera. The landfill is almost like a visit to a nation unto itself, with its own culture and values and the full spectrum of human experience, from family, love, art, and community to addiction, madness, survival, and politics. Winner of 2003 Houston International Film Festival Gold Award and 2003 Wisconsin Film Festival Best Documentary Short. View the website at http://www.bumsparadise.com/. [Adult Language]

Cheese Nun: Sister Noella's Voyage Of Discovery
52 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 6:30 pm, Sat 3:40 pm, Sun 6:40 pm, Mon 9:40 pm

Plays With: Growin' A Beard & Ferry Tales
After 12 years as a cloistered Benedictine nun and cheese maker in an abbey in Connecticut, Sister Noella returns to school for a doctorate in microbiology. It takes her on an amazing 20-thousand mile voyage throughout France that shows the stark contrast between the modern sterile world of cheese making and the delicacy of her craft. She is now an internationally recognized expert on the biodiversity of fungi in cheese making, although you get the feeling that she'd rather be back at the abbey singing Gregorian chants. The Cheese Nun is an unlikely figure in the highbrow world of European cheeses. 2003 Wine Country Film Festival Best Food Documentary.
THIS FILM IS SPONSORED BY THE ROGUE CREAMERY

WORLD PREMIERE
Crater Lake: Mirror of Heaven
58 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 12:00 pm, Mon 12:00 pm

Plays With: ZEO, Legends From Camp & Watershed
Stunningly filmed in High Definition, this film highlights William Steel’s 17-year battle to get National Park status for Crater Lake. Textured with Native American mythology, archival photographs, and journal entries from the pioneers who first laid eyes on this natural wonder. The computer-animated sequences showing the birth, growth, and eruption of Mt. Mazama have already garnered several awards.

Dreaming Of Tibet
58 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 12:40 pm, Fri 3:20 pm, Sun 9:20 pm, Mon 12:20 pm

Plays With: A Great Wonder
Try as it may, China cannot crush the spirit of the Tibetan people. Dreaming of Tibet follows several extraordinary Tibetan exiles in the Unites States and India who refuse to place blame—instead they work tirelessly to keep their culture alive outside of their homeland. Narrated by Peter Coyote, with appearances by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, actors Richard Gere and Goldie Hawn and author/climber Jon Krakauer.

Ferry Tales
40 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 6:30 pm, Sat 3:40 pm, Sun 6:40 pm, Mon 9:40 pm

Plays With: Growin' a Beard & Cheese Nun
For 30 minutes each morning, the ladies powder room on the Staten Island ferry becomes a magical place: plain mothers and housewives walk in, and put-together professionals on their way to work in Manhattan walk out. In this peek into the powder room we see that these women share much more than makeup tips. Although racially and socio-economically diverse, they become close friends—after they follow the strict protocol of the Powder Room hierarchy. Ferry Tales was a 2004 Academy Award® nominee for best Documentary Short Subject.

Fire On The Mountain
72 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 3:20 pm, Fri 12:20 pm, Sat 6:20 pm, Sun 3:20 pm

Plays With: Dear Mr. President
This is the thrilling story of the rugged, courageous men of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division. Seminal documentary filmmakers George and Beth Gage set a standard in this award-winning film that takes us from the intensive training in the Colorado Rockies to the spectacular night climb of Italy's Riva Ridge during WWII, where the 10th Mountain Division scored their biggest victory and helped end the war. Interviews with this elite group of champion skiers, climbers, and European mountaineers reveal that their love of the mountains is equaled only by their love for their fellow mountain soldiers; this was truly a band of brothers. The follow up of what these men did after the war is fascinating, as many have gone on to have a profound impact on the ski industry, the world of climbing, and the preservation and enjoyment of wild areas. The men of the 10th Mountain Division are true heroes, in both war and peace. “Bracing exploits, hearty outdoorsmen powerfully captured on film!” New York Times

A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan
61 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 12:40 pm, Fri 3:20 pm, Sun 9:20 pm, Mon 12:20 pm

Plays With: Dreaming Of Tibet
This is not your average immigration story. In A Great Wonder, Ashland filmmaker Kim Shelton traces the journey of three young Sudanese orphans who have spent the majority of their lives in flight from war, walking more than 1,000 miles from country to country with the other orphans in Sudan’s mass children’s exodus. When they arrive in America they are baffled by modern conveniences and haunted by memories of their past. All they really want is to be understood. Winner of the 2003 Seattle Film Festival Audience Award.
http://www.agreatwonder.com/

Growin' A Beard
30 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 6:30 pm, Sat 3:40 pm, Sun 6:40 pm, Mon 9:40 pm

Plays With: Ferry Tales & Cheese Nun
The men of Shamrock, Texas have a long and odd tradition: grow Donegal beards (think Abraham Lincoln) from New Year’s Day to St. Patrick’s Day and then deem a winner. This funny short documentary follows the hirsute men of Shamrock (and one outsider who thinks he can break into the club) from their last shave of the year right up to the judging on Main Street. Won the Audience Award at the Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, Colorado.
http://www.growinabeard.com/

Liberty: 3 Stories About Life & Death
55 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 12:30 pm, Fri 12:30 pm, Sat 6:30 pm, Mon 3:30 pm

Plays With: Waiting For Ronald & Seaside Trilogy
This documentary reclaims the power of the overused word "community" as it explores the deep interconnectedness of a lesbian family of friends who have known each other for three decades. The women journey through both the joys of knowing each other and the tragedy of loss. Filmed in three parts over a number of years, the characters overlap and weave themselves beautifully into each other's stories. Humor and a true love of life bind these women together and make the serious subject of life and death a joy to watch.

Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones
12 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 3:30 pm, Sat 9:30 pm, Sun 12:30 pm, Mon 6:30 pm

Plays With: 3 Feet Under & This is Our Slaughterhouse
After being blacklisted by the Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, Milton Rogovin lost his optometry practice and began to dedicate his life to photographing the residents of a depressed six-block area of Buffalo, New York. His first series of portraits was completed in 1972, and over the next 20 years he returned two more times to re-photograph his subjects. This short film follows Rogovin one more time as he takes the fourth in his series of once-in-a-decade portraits. Witnessing the aging of his subjects is fascinating, and the resulting photographs are brilliant. Winner, 2003 Tribeca Film Festival Best Short Documentary.

Nothing Without You
54 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 12:20 pm, Fri 9:20 pm, Mon 3:20 pm

Plays With: Bum's Paradise
At Burning Man (a temporary colony with 25,000 residents who come together each year for a six-day event) there’s one rule: bring with you everything you need. Ted shows up with nothing, not even clothes, in an amazing experiment in community and generosity. When he starts off slow, just acquiring super glue and zip-ties, you wonder if he'll make it. [Brief nudity]

Refugee
63 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Sat 9:20 pm, Sun 6:20 pm, Mon 6:20 pm

Plays With: American Aloha
Michael Siv, a gregarious 24-year-old who escaped Cambodia with his mother as an infant, wants to visit Cambodia for the first time. He is joined by two long-time friends and fellow refugees who also want to meet their families. For Michael, it is his first chance to know what if feels like to have a father. The trip seems ordinary at first, but even before the plane takes off his mother reveals some unnerving secrets about his father and brother. In Refugee, a simple reunion becomes a journey of discovery. Awards include Best Film at 2003 San Diego Asian Film Festival, Conflict & Resolution Prize and Inspirational Film Prize at 2003 Hamptons Film Festival, and Best Documentary at 2003 Hawaii International Film Festival."...a vivid sense of personal adventure...sports considerable dynamism, narrative oomph and emotional directness."---Dennis Harvey, Variety
http://www.refugeethemovie.com/

An Unlikely Friendship
35 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 9:40 pm, Fri 6:40 pm, Sat 12:40 pm, Mon 3:00 pm

Plays With: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
This documentary traces the roots of a lifelong friendship between an outspoken female black activist and an embittered old Klansman back to the early ‘70s in North Carolina when racial tension was at its most acrimonious. Ann Atwater, a poor welfare mother, and C.P. Ellis, the Exalted Grand Cyclops of the Durham Ku Klux Klan, were made co-chairs of a debate over public school integration. On the last night of this 10-day community meeting C.P. made a bold, life-changing move; he stood and tore up his Klan card. Awards inlude Best Documentary Short at 2003 Durango Festival and Best "Issues of Social and Human Justice” Film at Vermont International Film Festival.

Best Documentary
What The #$*! Do We Know?
95 minutes
Documentary/Drama
Showing: Fri 6:10 pm, Sat 3:10 pm, Sun 9:10 pm, Mon 12:10 pm

Plays With: Night Dawn Day
An utterly original mixture of documentary, animation, and drama, this is one of those films you want everyone on the planet to see. Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God, West Wing) finds herself in a fantastic Alice-in-Wonderland experience when her uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality. Her story illustrates, in narrative form, the ideas woven together by a Greek chorus of top scientists, physicians, mystics, and theologians. In documentary form they reveal that science and spirituality are not different modes of thought, but, in fact, describe the same thing. [Adult language]
http://www.whatthebleep.biz/

The Wild Parrots Of Telegraph Hill
83 minutes
Documentary
Showing: Thurs 9:40 pm, Fri 6:40 pm, Sat 12:40 pm, Sun 3:00 pm

Plays With: An Unlikely Friendship
While some unforgettable parrots do have starring roles, this documentary is more about one profound human transformation. A captivating story of the magical relationship between a man named Mark Bittner and the flock of wild parrots that flies San Francisco's north waterfront. Bittner, a homeless street musician, falls in with the flock just as he is searching for the meaning in his life. He becomes—through his relationship with the birds—a bohemian St. Francis who finds the meaning he is looking for (and more). This is a film about urban wildness, both human and avian. Mark Bittner’s new book, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill : A Love Story . . .with Wings was just published by Random House.
www.pelicanmedia.org/Film.html


short films
feature films | documentaries | short films | student films

The Art of Nothing
9 minutes
Short Film/Docu-drama
Showing: Thurs 3:40 pm, Fri 9:40 pm, Sun 12:40 pm, Mon 6:40 pm

Plays With: The Old Man & the Studio, Only You Can Be Me, Valette, Andante Cantabile, Chinese Dream, & The Nine Mile Walk
Real/fake, art/hoax, nothing is certain and there is certainly nothing predictable in this thought-provoking short film. You decide if this is actual coverage and commentary on an art opening in San Francisco in which nothing is displayed. The Art Of Nothing gets to the heart of nothing in a mix of funny, deep and infuriating steps.

bobbycrush
10 minutes
Short Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 9:30 pm, Fri 9:30 pm, Sun 9:30 pm

Plays With: Kwik Stop
This subjective, collage-style film dreamily recalls the ecstasy of Bobby’s teenage crush on another boy—and the agony of his inevitable rejection. An official selection of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. [Adult Content]

BugGirl
6 minutes
Short Film/Animated Comedy
Showing: Fri 6:00 pm, Sun 3:00 pm

Plays With: From Woodside, Queens & The Failures
Made by a local filmmaker, this gorgeous computer animated short film deliciously blends blithe innocence and the macabre.

Burning the Bed
13 minutes
Short Film/Drama/International
Showing: Thurs 6:10 pm, Fri 3:40 pm, Sat 6:40 pm, Sun 9:40 pm, Mon 12:40 pm

Plays With: A Life of Death & The Olive Harvest
A relationship is ending; the two involved play out their pain in the ritual destruction and burning of their marriage bed in this short film that is largely shaped by its music and the Irish coastline location.
http://www.burningthebed.com/

Best Short Film
Chinese Dream
17 minutes
Short Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 3:40 pm, Fri 9:40 pm, Sun 12:40 pm, Mon 6:40 pm

Plays With: The Old Man & the Studio, Only You Can Be Me, Valette, Andante Cantabile, The Art of Nothing, & The Nine Mile Walk
Chinese Dream is a visually impressive short film about the gray world of a semi-feudal Hong Kong restaurant where the only color comes from the alluring, abusive owner and the impossible dream of moving to New York. This is the first film by The Immediate Theater Company of New York, founded in 2001. Won the Best Short Award at the Gen Art “Shorts in the Park” Festival. [Subtitled]

Easy Street
11 minutes
Short/Drama/International
Showing: Thurs 6:20 pm, Fri 12:40 pm, Sat 9:40 pm, Sun 3:40 pm, Monday 3:40 pm

Plays With: The Incident
With enough twists for a film four times its length, this crime caper is reminiscent of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels with echoes of The Crying Game. Won the Special Jury Award, Malescorta, Italy. [Adult language, violence]

From Woodside, Queens
14 minutes
Short/Drama - Comedy
Showing: Fri 6:00 pm, Sun 3:00 pm

Plays With: BugGirl & The Failures
His life is no joke, nor is his desire to be a comedian. A young comic sets up jokes on stage but the punch lines happen in his real life where he has to decide whether to forego an inheritance in favor of a so-far failing career as a stand-up comedian. [Adult language]

Hang Time
7 minutes
Short Film/Young Adult Program
Showing: Sat 12:20 pm, Sun 12:20 pm

Plays With: Ten Year Old Dog, Sunday Paper P. 2b, The Midnight Express, Tryst Watch, The Snowman & A Work In Progress
What is it about elevators that make human beings change their behavior? This short takes on elevator etiquette when an uptight executive and a courier with a strange hobby get embroiled in a battle of wills. As the battle escalates, the rest of the passengers are caught in the crossfire—with a surprising ending. This film has won multiple awards, including Best Narrative Short at the 2003 Sonoma Valley Film Festival and Best Independent Comedy at the 2003 Da Vinci Film and Video Festival.
www.other.com/hangtime

WORLD PREMIERE
Legends From Camp
11 minutes
Short Film/Animated Docu-drama
Showing: Thurs 12:00 pm, Mon 12:00 pm
Plays With: ZEO, Watershed, & Crater Lake
This is a daring computer animated film inspired by local treasure Lawson Inada’s experience as a young boy in a WWII Japanese Internment camp. Lawson’s son, Miles Inada, translates his father’s poetry into a thought-provoking, purely visual story with help from co-animator Evan Carroll. Original music by Todd Barton of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival works in tandem with the images and summons the eeriness of the experience. Funded, in part, by the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. [Violence]

A Life Of Death
8 minutes
Short Film/Docu-drama
Showing: Thurs 6:10 pm, Fri 3:40 pm, Sat 6:40 pm, Sunday 9:40 pm, Mon 12:40 pm

Plays With: Burning the Bed & The Olive Harvest
Filmmaker Dawn Westlake (Dottie: The Little Girl with a Big Voice) returns for a second year at aiff with this short film. An elegy of spoken word and images; a view of war not as a clash of nations but of men whose suffering, sacrifice, and memories are unchanged from age to age, or from one war to another.
http://www.dawnwestlake.com/

Night Dawn Day
10 minutes
Short Film/Drama
Showing: Fri 6:10 pm, Sat 3:10 pm, Sun 9:10 pm, Mon 12:10 pm

Plays With: What The #$*! Do We Know?
A mesmerizing view of a young woman wandering through a depopulated planet in what may only be a reflection of the emptiness inside. Risky story-telling and effective images by one of our favorite filmmakers from last year’s festival (Pilvinsky’s short film Indefinitely was nominated for Best Short Film at aiff 2003).
http://www.nightdawnday.com/

The Nine Mile Walk
19 minutes
Short Film/Drama/International
Showing: Thurs 3:40 pm, Fri 9:40 pm, Sun 12:40 pm, Mon 6:40 pm

Plays With: The Old Man & the Studio, The Art of Nothing, Only You Can Be Me, Valette, Andante Cantabile, & Chinese Dream
Refreshingly bright, this inventive dissection of an overheard sentence, “a nine mile walk is no joke, especially in the rain” draws us in to two smart, very European characters as they talk and meander through Barcelona. The deeper it gets, the more satisfying—and the more unexpected. A rich, intelligent Rubik’s Cube of a film. It took Best of the Fest at 2003 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Best Film at 2003 Festival de Cine de Albacete.
http://www.theninemilewalk.com/

The Old Man and the Studio
13 minutes
Short Film/Comedy
Showing: Thurs 3:40 pm, Fri 9:40 pm, Sun 12:40 pm, Mon 6:40 pm

Plays With: The Art of Nothing, Only You Can Be Me, Valette, Andante Cantabile, Chinese Dream, & The Nine Mile Walk
“We love it Ernie, but just a few changes—does he have to be old and does it have to be the sea?” The theme song to the Hollywoodized Old Man and the Sea alone is worth the price of admission to this sly and subversive "what if" tale of Ernest Hemingway in today's Hollywood. You may even come away with a producer credit. [Adult language]

Only You Can Be Me
18 minutes
Short Film/Drama - Comedy
Showing: Thur 3:40 pm, Fri 9:40 pm, Sun 12:40 pm, Mon 6:40 pm

Plays With: The Old Man & the Studio, The Art of Nothing, Valette, Andante Cantabile, Chinese Dream, & The Nine Mile Walk
Imagine a future world where babies are created in labs, by twos only, so everyone has a twin. Except you! The “lonely” life amidst all the pairs doesn’t bother you, but the rest of them are bothered by your individualism. Imagine no more. Only You Can Be Me takes us into the future of the land of twos.
http://www.onlyyoucanbeme.com/

Persistence
10 minutes
Short Film/Drama
Showing: Fri 3:30 pm, Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 6:30 pm, Mon 9:30 pm

Plays With: Side Show & Assisted Living
An addled old man's will is pitted against the misguided care of a nurse. Persistence offers a brief glimpse into the heart of a weak elderly man who shows surprising strength when it counts. Awards include Best Film at 2003 Gulf Coast Film Festival and Silver Award Drama at the Crested Butte Reel Festival.

Seaside Trilogy
28 minutes
Short Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 12:30 pm, Fri 12:30 pm, Sat 6:30 pm, Mon 3:30 pm

Plays With: Waiting For Ronald & Liberty: 3 Stories About Life & Death
A poetic triptych of four women who struggle to recover connections to their pasts, to life, and to each other. In the first piece, a woman meets a young boy, in the second a woman encounters her younger self, in the third, long-time friends hit a crossroads. [Adult content]

The Snowman
6 minutes
Short Film/Young Adult Program/Animation
Showing: Sat 12:20 pm, Sun 12:20 pm

Plays With: Ten Year Old Dog, Sunday Paper P. 2b, Hang Time, The Midnight Express, Tryst Watch, & A Work In Progress
What does an alien know from snow? The animation is fantastic in this hilarious short about a ship full of unwitting space aliens who capture a snowman they hope will divulge the secrets of the earth's planetary defense system. When the inanimate snowman refuses to answer, they turn up the heat.

Ten Year Old Dog
3 minutes
Short Film/Young Adult Program
Showing: Sat 12:20 pm, Sun 12:20 pm

Plays With: Sunday Paper p. 2b, Hang Time, The Midnight Express,Tryst Watch, The Snowman, & A Work In Progress
Ralph is ten—70 in dog years—but feels older with a yapping ten-month-old pup Pip snapping at his heels and jumping him like an Olympic hurdler. Mixing film and animation, Ten Year Old Dog shows us what it's like to age, from a witty and wise old dog's perspective.

Tom Hits His Head
10 minutes
Short Film/Drama - Comedy
Showing: Thurs 3:00 pm, Sat 6:00 pm, Sun 9:00pm

Plays With: Paper Cut & The Second Degree
An autobiographical dark comedy about a man, who, after a bad fall, suffers dizzy spells, indulges in eBay, buys Hazmat suits, and has conversations with the Devil. Will Tom find out what's wrong with him before he loses everything? Awards include the 2004 Slamdance Film Festival Sprit of Slamdance Award and the Grand Jury Prize: Best Comedy at Aspen Shortsfest.
www.sevenguns.com/tomhitshead.html

Tryst Watch
4 minutes
Short Film/Young Adult Program/Animation
Showing: Sat 12:20 pm, Sun 12:20 pm
Plays With: Ten Year Old Dog, Sunday Paper P. 2b, Hang Time, The Midnight Express, The Snowman, & A Work In Progress

Our hero, Herk, waits on a corner for his girlfriend, Toots, to arrive—but Toots is late and Herk gets caught up in a wild fracas with a couple of bumbling cops and a sneaky safecracker. The forces of law and disorder collide in this cute and calamitous cartoon.

Waiting For Ronald
22 minutes
Short Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 12:30 pm, Fri 12:30 pm, Sat 6:30 pm, Mon 3:30 pm

Plays With: Seaside Trilogy & Liberty: 3 Stories About Life & Death
Heroism happens everyday; we rarely notice. In this gentle film, we watch as a man overcomes the obstacles to moving out of a home for the developmentally disabled. Bruno Kirby (City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally) provides a sensitive portrayal of the caregiver, and the director casts developmentally delayed actors in three roles. Winner, Gold Remi Motivational Award at 2003 Worldfest Houston.
www.lfitv.com/connections/waiting/newst/home_.asp


student films
feature films | documentaries | short films | student films

Andante Cantabile
24 minutes
Student film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 3:40 pm, Fri 9:40 pm, Sun 12:40 pm, Mon 6:40 pm

Plays With: The Old Man & the Studio, The Art of Nothing, Only You Can Be Me, Valette, Chinese Dream, & The Nine Mile Walk
When her music and love are destroyed by a repressive Chinese state, a young woman struggles toward resolution, proving that even when the world crushes us our spirit can soar. The lyricism of Bach's Italian Suite and Tchaikovsky's Andante in the soundtrack evocatively reflect the span of years and emotions in the film. [Subtitles]

Dear Mr. President
5 minutes
Student Film/Docu-drama
Showing: Thurs 3:20 pm, Fri 12:20 pm, Sat 6:20 pm, Sun 3:20 pm

Plays With: Fire On The Mountain
Using mainly stills and voice-over, this heartfelt short elegy strives toward a separate peace. Made by the brother of a soldier who fought in the 2003 Iraq war. Won Best Film Addressing Issues of Global Peace and Understanding at the 2003 International Student Documentary Competition in Chicago.

Food Chain
3 minutes
Student/ Animated Comedy
Showing: Fri 3:10 pm, Sat 12:10 pm, Mon 9:10 pm

Plays With: Woman In The Attic & The Dogwalker
A short 3-D animation on the interdependence of life—although some links on the chain may be tastier than others. A light snack.

Gossip: The Evil Tongue
12 minutes
Student Film/Comedy
Showing: Thurs 9:00 pm, Fri 12:00 pm, Sun 6:00 pm, Mon 6:00 pm

Plays With: Nosey Parker
Family life at a Jewish wedding is whirlingly presented, including how quickly we can get the wrong idea about each other. A whimsical cautionary fable—but you didn't hear it from me. Winner of the Audience Award and the Cross-Town USC Festival.
http://www.gossipthemovie.com/

Hills Like White Elephants
18 minutes
Student Film/Drama
Showing: Thurs 9:20 pm, Fri 6:20 pm, Sat 3:20 pm, Mon 9:20 pm

Plays With: Frankie & Johnny Are Married
It's all there: the silences, abandon, idle remarks, and words that accidentally slice, like an overheard moment. A spare, uncompromising, well-acted adaptation that captures the freshness and vividness Hemingway brought to his view of the "lost generation."

The Meter Maid
11 minutes
Student Film/Comedy
Showing: Thurs 9:10 pm, Fri 12:10 pm, Sun 6:10 pm, Mon 3:10 pm

Plays With: Reversal
A plaintive cry for understanding from those most hated among us—the L.A.P.E. (Los Angeles Parking Enforcement). This short exposes the mildly comic mishaps and eventual vindication of a modest male meter maid.

The Midnight Express
6 minutes
Student Film/Young Adult Program
Filmmaker: Ryan Landels
Showing: Sat 12:20 pm, Sun 12:20 pm

Plays With: Ten Year Old Dog, Sunday Paper P. 2b, Hang Time, Tryst Watch, The Snowman, A Work In Progress
Young Charlie Foster has a problem. An overnight express train has been detoured through his bedroom but no one will believe him. In order to get a good night's sleep he takes matters into his own hands and attempts to derail the train—and that's when Charlie gets a big surprise. This modern-day fairy tale was shot on 16mm black and white and cut together by hand for a magical, otherworldly feel. Winner of the Sparkle Award at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Non-Disclosure
12 minutes
Student Fim/Drama
Showing: Thurs 3:10 pm, Fri 9:10 pm, Sat 6:10 pm, Sun 12:10 pm

Plays With: Nightingale In A Music Box
A tense, short vignette about the slick fictions and seductive sleaze of the corporate world where a glossy female ad executive has a crisis of conscience.

Paper Cut
5 minutes
Student Film/Animated Comedy
Showing: Thurs 3:00 pm, Sat 6:00 pm, Sun 9:00pm

Plays With: Tom Hits His Head & The Second Degree
An "out of the inkwell" inspired tour de force of two distinct animation styles (ink and clay) that goes to great lengths to illustrate that the penismightierthanthesword. A must see, brilliant debut of an artist that climaxes in a punch line you will never forget. Paper Cut won the Audience Favorite Animation Award at the Big Bear Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Animation at the Orinda Film Festival. Eric Towner also made aiff 2004 selection Sunday Paper p.2b. [Adult content]

The Plunge
19 minutes
Student Film/Comedy
Showing: Fri 6:30 pm, Sat 12:30 pm, Sun 3:30 pm, Mon 12:30 pm

Plays With: The Ride
With comic timing akin to Buster Keaton and sheer likeability reminiscent of Steve Martin, as well as flawlessly rendered stunts, this modern love story shows how many things can go wrong once you've decided to "take the plunge." The incredible skill of Florida State's film program (highlighted during last year’s festival) goes to the next level with this charismatic outing. [Adult language]
www.fsu.edu/~film/films/plunge.html

Side Show
18 minutes
Student Film/Drama
Showing: Fri 3:30 pm, Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 6:30 pm, Mon 9:30 pm

Plays With: Assisted Living & Persistence
A washed-up magician clings to his dignity by demeaning others. He’s given a new chance, but only if he’s willing to give away the secrets of magic. A polished student production from the American Film Institute.

Sunday Paper p. 2b
12 minutes
Student Film/ Young Adult Program
Showing: Sat 12:20 pm, Sun 12:20 pm

Plays With: Ten Year Old Dog, Hang Time, The Midnight Express,Tryst Watch, The Snowman, & A Work In Progress
While reading in the shade of an oak, Bud Whirley, an elderly inventor, discovers a faded photograph hidden between the pages of his book. In this beautifully filmed short, dormant memories come to life as the old man recalls moments from his childhood filled with friends, foes, mischief and machinery. Won Best Cinematography, Best Director, and Best Picture at Academy of Art Film Festival, and Audience Award - Best Student Film at Orinda Film Festival. Eric Towner also made aiff 2004 selection Paper Cut.
http://www.sunday-paper.com/

This Is Our Slaughterhouse
23 minutes
Student Film/Documentary
Showing: Thurs 3:30 pm, Sat 9:30 pm, Sun 12:30 pm, Mon 6:30 pm

Plays With: Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones & 3 Feet Under
This short documentary invites us into the lives of the ten employees at a very small, family-run poultry processing business. The humanity of people who do the dirty work and their support of each other, whether family, a childhood friend, or a close neighbor is shown in colorful interviews and raw supporting footage. This film manages to give new perspectives on community, family values, and hard work. [Some graphic scenes of poultry processing]

Valette
14 minutes
Student Film/Drama - Comedy
Showing: Thurs 3:40 pm, Fri 9:40 pm, Sun 12:40 pm, Mon 6:40 pm

Plays With: The Old Man & the Studio, The Art of Nothing, Only You Can Be Me, Valette, Andante Cantabile, Chinese Dream, & The Nine Mile Walk
To clarify: a valette is a female valet. In this case, she's three years into a job as a parking valet where each car is a window into a different life—but she has no life of her own! A spunky little spin around the block. And oh, by the way, you're fired.

Watershed
12 minutes
Student Film/Documentary
Showing: Thurs 12:00 pm, Mon 12:00 pm

Plays With: Zeo, Legends From Camp, & Crater Lake
A vibrant, evocative view from the Klamath lake to the down river towns, Watershed manages to clearly present three different and opposing viewpoints: agriculturists, environmental activists, and Native Americans. National interest in our local controversy has raised the stakes where both fish and ways of life are endangered. A clear and revealing exploration of the issues that allows the viewer to decide for themselves, and deepens appreciation for our region and the decisions we face.

Best Student Film
Woman In The Attic
5 minutes
Student Film/Stop-Motion Animated Drama
Showing: Fri 3:10 pm, Sat 12:10 pm, Mon 9:10 pm

Plays With: Food Chain & The Dogwalker
The view from an attic is analogous to the old stories the filmmaker's grandmother tells. Two years in the making, this meticulous stop-motion animation is a foray into dusty memory and the eternal youth inside us all.

A Work In Progress
8 minutes
Student Film/Young Adult Program
Showing: Sat 12:20 pm, Sun 12:20 pm

Plays With: Ten Year Old Dog, Sunday Paper P. 2b, Hang Time, The Midnight Express, Tryst Watch, & The Snowman
This delightful mix of film and animation tells the story of a lonely young girl, who, with the help of a tire swing, a very large tree, a sketchpad, and her imagination gathers an audience of new pals. A sweet story of what it takes to make new friends. Awards include Best Student Animation at the 2003 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival and 2003 Student Academy Award-Animation Short.

WORLD PREMIERE
Zeo
6 minutes
Student Film/Computer Animated Comedy
Showing: Thurs 12:00 pm, Mon 12:00 pm
Plays With: Legends From Camp, Watershed, & Crater Lake
Years in the making at our own Southern Oregon University, the dazzling visuals and metaphysics of this computer animation will transport and delight you.


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