Nine Local Films Are Official Selections for the Ashland Independent Film Festival April 7-11 Directors Hail from Ashland, Jacksonville, and Medford

March 3, 2016

Nine Local Films Are Official Selections for the Ashland Independent Film Festival April 7-11 Directors Hail from Ashland, Jacksonville, and Medford

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ASHLAND, OR. – Nine films by local filmmakers are Official Selections in the 15th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival’s Locals category. The nine films chosen are all shorts or short documentaries created by filmmakers who live in the Siskiyou region.

Two films by Medford director Ray Nomoto Robison (Dear Future Self and The Settling) were accepted. Robison is not a newcomer to the film festival. His film Model Rules screened at the 2009 film festival, and his three-minute short, Four Daughters screened in 2012. This will be the second time in the film festival for Cyle Ziebarth of Medford. Ziebarth’s animated short Climb of Competence, was accepted this year. His film Pizza Deliverance was screened in 2012.

The list of selected directors also includes:

•             Jacob Dalton and co-director Christopher Lawruk, both of Medford, for Loose Ends.

•             Philip Kumsar, of Jacksonville; Jameson Collins, Lauren Dahl, and Violet Crabtreee, all of Arcata, CA., for The Giantess, an adaptation of a comic by Crabtree.

•             Dade Barlow of Jacksonville, for Female to Male: Transgender.

•             Cat Gould of Ashland, for Bernardina.

•             Amirah David of Ashland, for As I Am.

•             Libby Edson of Ashland, for YoMIND/AHS (Ashland High School) Yoga Program.

The Giantess

Jamie Gantos (left) Philip Deniz Kumsar (middle) Lauren Dahl (right) depict a dream encounter of two hikers and a Lady Bigfoot in The Comix Trip collective’s short film, THE GIANTESS.

“Our team of programmers was particularly impressed with these nine films, but the choice was tough, with a record number of submissions and so many strong entries to the festival this year,” said Richard Herskowitz, director of programming. “We hope that our local audiences will recognize the talented filmmakers among them and come out to cheer them on.”

Kumsar, who submitted The Giantess, noted that the film was a project of passion: “We are beyond thrilled to be involved in a film festival.”

Every year the Ashland Independent Film Festival presents local films for free to the public in the Locals Only program, but tickets are required.  Deadline for submission is December and entry is free for residents of eligible counties within the Siskiyou region: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath in Oregon; Siskiyou and Del Norte in California.

Details about screening times of all films will be available on the festival web site: on March 16, when the full program is announced. There will also be a free Festival Preview Night, with festival highlights and film trailers at 7 p.m. on March 15 at the SOU Music Recital Hall off of South Mountain Ave., Ashland, OR.

About the Ashland Film Festival

The Ashland Independent Film Festival (April 7-11, 2016)  is a widely recognized and highly regarded film festival, screening 90-plus independently made documentaries, features, and shorts 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 was named one of the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2015, 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