If you can’t wait until April for great Independent Film, and you have a few days before and after Varsity World Film Week in Ashland, October 2-8, then take advantage of some fine film festivals coming up in California, Washington, and Oregon.
16th Port Townsend Film Festival, September 25-27, screens outdoor films, celebrates special guests, and shows an inspiring slate of films every year in this idyllic spot in Washington state. This year, PTFF honors Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper. Plus they welcome Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli in person, co-directors of FRAME BY FRAME (Rogue Creamery Audience Award: Feature Length Documentary AIFF15). AIFF audience members fondly remember their enthusiastic and illuminating Q&As. Other AIFF15 alumni films include: Cailleach, The Bad Boy of Bowling, Yearbook (AIFF14), Back on Board: Greg Louganis, and Wildlike (Best Feature & Jim Giancarlo Juried Award for Best Acting Ensemble: Feature AIFF15). Check out PTFF’s “sizzle reel”:
Jefferson State FlixxFest, September 24-27, is a brand new film festival taking place in Scott Valley nestled in the far Northern California’s Marble Mountains and Russian Wilderness area. We wish them the best of luck with their inaugural “State of Jefferson” fest! AIFF15 alum Wildlike will also be playing here—last chance to see the film in our area. Watch Wildlike‘s new theatrical trailer:
12th Annual BendFilm Festival is coming October 8-11. This artistic community located in the high Oregon desert just east of the Cascade Range is always a wonderful place to visit, but during BendFilm’s four days, it’s not to be missed. They just announced their incredible slate of films, including a few great shorts and short docs from AIFF15: Stop (Honorable Mention: Short Film), unmappable, and the animated Footprints from AIFF Artistic Achievement honoree Bill Plympton (several other Plymptoons at BendFilm this year too).