Sat 3:40 PM Ashland Street Cinema Sun 6:40 PM Ashland Street Cinema
Based on a true story, Closure follows the journey of a man whose life is irrevocably changed when he finds out his father, who he hasn’t seen in 15 years, has died. With former Oregon Shakespeare Festival company actors: David DeSantos and Stephanie Beatriz.
Director’s Statement: Wallace Langham
As a father of three, Closure struck a deep chord in me. It was an honor to direct as my first short film. I hope that it strikes a chord in you, too.
Sat 3:40 PM Ashland Street Cinema Sun 6:40 PM Ashland Street Cinema Mon 3:20 PM Varsity 2
A moving performance by Anthony Heald, long-time Ashland resident and actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, highlights The Stairs, as an older man hires a male escort for company on Christmas Eve. Faced with the realities of his own loneliness, he finds a strange kinship with the young man in this late-night exploration of solitude, intimacy, and the basic human need for connection.
Directors’ Statements: Zach Bandler, Kelly Blatz
Zach Bandler: I feel like this story is a way for me to ask people I’ve known about their lives and the choices they’ve made. This film isn’t about what’s right or wrong. It’s about all of us just doing the best we can.
Kelly Blatz: I was compelled to make The Stairs because of my interest in exploring the themes of loneliness, escape, and the complicated relationships between sex, love, and intimacy.