Award winning Film Director, Matt Ross, Returns to Ashland, Oregon for Benefit Screening of His Film “Captain Fantastic.”


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Award winning Film Director, Matt Ross, Returns to Ashland, Oregon for Benefit Screening of His Film “Captain Fantastic.”

ASHLAND, Ore. – The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) and Coming Attractions Theatre are honored to co-host a special benefit screening of the film, “Captain Fantastic, on Tuesday, August 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre, Ashland, Ore., with Matt Ross, the film’s award-winning director and writer. AIFF Director of Programming, Richard Herskowitz, will moderate a Q&A with the Mr. Ross immediately after the film. Following the Q&A, AIFF is hosting a “Meet the Director” fundraising reception at Scarpetta Restaurant. Event details and tickets are available at

Matt Ross is a writer, director, and an actor. Mr. Ross, a graduate of Ashland High School, returns to his hometown for the August 23rd film screening and benefit reception. “I saw and loved “Captain Fantastic at Sundance and we pursued it for the festival. Matt Ross wanted very much to bring it to AIFF, but the scheduling did not work out…until now. Matt is coming home to Ashland in August, and I can’t wait to host a Q&A with this incredibly talented actor-director,” said Herskowitz.

“Captain Fantastic,” Ross’s second feature film, premiered in January 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival, then played in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, where Matt won the Best Director prize. Additionally, the film won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Seattle International Film Festival.

The Washington Post film critic, Ann Hornaday, wrote “Working with a terrific ensemble of attractive young actors, Ross delivers a nuanced, lived-in, frequently very amusing contribution to an oeuvre that, at a time of discontent with the political and economic status quo, feels perfect both in its timing and its affectionately skeptical tone.”

As an actor, Matt has had the great fortune to work with such directors as Martin Scorsese on “The Aviator,” Mary Harron on “American Psycho,” and Terry Gilliam on “Twelve Monkeys.”  He played Alby Grant on “Big Love” and currently plays Gavin Belson on “Silicon Valley,” both on HBO.

Matt’s first feature, “28 Hotel Rooms,” premiered in the NEXT section at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

About the Ashland Independent Film Festival

The Ashland Independent Film Festival (April 6-10, 2017) is a widely recognized and highly regarded film festival, screening 100-plus independently made documentary, narrative, and short films at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and the Ashland Street Cinema each April.

Praised by film-goers for the intimate access it affords to filmmakers, and by filmmakers for the warm and intelligent reception given to the filmmakers, the Ashland Independent Film Festival was named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, and holds a spot in the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2016, Top Towns.”

The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts have each twice awarded AIFF with rare festival support grants. For details, visit