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AIFF Benefit Screening: Oscar® Nominated Shorts

Documentary Shorts 
Friday, February 16 | TIME: 6:30pm

Varsity Theatre 
166 E. Main Street | Downtown Ashland

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Local audiences will have an opportunity to watch the short films that have been nominated for an Academy Award® starting Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at the Varsity Theatre (166 E. Main St.)  in Ashland. Proceeds from the Friday evening screening of the Documentary Shorts at 6:30pm will benefit the non-profit Ashland Independent Film Festival.

There will be a 10 minute intermission during each of the benefit screenings. The programs will run for a week at the Varsity following the benefit screenings.

Thank you to our partners at 
Coming Attractions Theatres for supporting independent film and AIFF. ​

Regularly priced tickets are $9. Ashland Independent Film Festival members receive a $2 discount off of the regular ticket price at the Box Office for the benefit screening. 
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Discounts are not available online. 

Rated R (violence, drug abuse, language)

PROGRAM A Estimated Running Time: 102 minutes 
TRAFFIC STOP – Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, USA, 30 minutes
In June 2015, a 26-year-old African-American elementary school teacher named Breaion King was pulled over by a white police officer for a routine traffic stop. The incident escalated into a violent arrest, followed by a conversation about race in America between King and another white officer while he drove her to the station.
Trailer and Photos

EDITH + EDDIE – Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wrights, USA, 29 minutes
In 2014, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are married, unconcerned that one is African American and the other is white. The newlyweds are forced apart, however, when one of Edith's daughters, unhappy about the relationship, forces her mother to leave her Virginia home and move to Florida.
Trailer and Photos

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 – Frank Stiefel, USA, 40 minutes
Artist Mindy Alper has spent almost all of her 56 years combating severe depression and anxiety, using medication, electroconvulsive therapy and psychiatry to help her. Art has always been her most effective outlet, with drawing and sculpture offering her the tools to give voice to her fears and mental battles.
Trailer and Photos

-10 minute intermission-
PROGRAM B Estimated Running Time: 82 minutes 

HEROIN(E) – Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon, USA, 39 minutes
Huntington, West Virginia, known as the overdose capital of America, sees an average of five to seven deaths from drug overdoses every day. Three women -- a fire chief, a drug court judge and the head of an outreach ministry -- are attempting to take back their community by using compassion to break the cycle of despair and addiction.
Trailer and Photos
KNIFE SKILLS – Thomas Lennon, USA, 40 minutes
In 2013, restaurateur Brandon Chrostowski is about to launch Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland. Aiming to become the best traditional French restaurant in America, the Edwins eatery is staffed primarily with men and women recently released from prison, who have only six weeks to learn the skills that will better their lives and propel the new venture to success.
Trailer and Photos


Thank you to our partners at Coming Attractions Theatres!
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