Best of the AIFF2018 Shorts

at Best of the Fests

Debris, Edge of Alchemy, Game, Little Potato, Roadside Attraction, So Much Yellow

Hosted by AIFF Director Richard Herskowitz and AIFF Senior Programmer John Stadleman

Film descriptions and trailers below.


Sunday, September 23
Collaborative Theatre Project
555 Medford Center | Medford, OR
(Across from Cold Stone Creamery)


$10 Regular

$9 AIFF Members

Tickets will be available at the door or online at

Debris Film Still


14 min.
Director(s): Julio O. Ramos

Oregon Premiere at AIFF2018

Set against the grim world of human labor trafficking, an undocumented construction crew encounters a nightmare. The foreman of the construction site, Armando, is a hard worker and expects the same from his crew. When an accident injures some of the workers, Armando is forced to use unconventional methods to help them. But the contractor in charge has a more brutal solution in mind. Spanish with English Subtitles


15 min.
Director(s): Jeannie Donohoe

AJ Green makes an instant impression at varsity basketball tryouts. Coach (former NBA player Rick Fox) takes notice, and so do the other players—especially the point guard, whose starting slot is threatened. The high school team is second best in the state, but this year Coach plans to win it all. AJ has talent, heart, and drive… as well as a big secret. Will AJ make the team once the truth is discovered?

Edge of Alchemy Film Still

Edge of Alchemy

19 min.
Director(s): Stacey Steers

In this handmade film, composed of over 6,000 collages, the silent-era actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early films of the 1920s and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse.

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Little Potato

13 min.
Director(s): Wes Hurley, Nathan Miller

An autobiographical  film about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom, and their adventurous escape to America. Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of perestroika, Elena and her son escape into the world of pirated American movies. But soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to discover America for herself.

Roadside Attraction

10 min.
Director(s): Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas

Oregon Premiere at AIFF2018

After a very famous airplane arrives at Palm Beach International Airport, an otherwise ordinary stretch of Florida highway attracts an avid cluster of excited onlookers and selfie-takers. In the ensuing spectacle, these bystanders reveal their curiosity about the area’s newest snowbird and one of the fastest growing roadside attractions in the United States.

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So Much Yellow

10 min.
Director(s): Erica Milsom

Oregon Premiere at AIFF2018
Winner of AIFF2018 Best Narrative Short Film

Set in Northern California in the late 1960’s, So Much Yellow depicts the car ride that changes a family forever. This heartbreaking story follows a young girl’s perspective on the day her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is taken away from her to live in an institution. Featuring real-life brother and sister Kayline and Otto Gavenda.

This event is proudly sponsored by The Earth and Humanity Foundation, Ashland Home Net, and Project A.

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