SOU Students Screen Work at Ashland Independent Film Festival
The 2019 season of the Ashland Independent Film Festival opens Thursday, April 11, and many SOU students will see their names on the big screen.
The LAUNCH student showcase (Fri, Apr 12th, 3:40 PM & Sat, Apr 13th, 10:10 AM @ Ashland Street Cinema) has programmed five short films from SOU filmmakers — three from Digital Cinema and two from EMDA:
“Let.Go.Before.Trying” (directed by Anna Mendes, Digital Cinema)
Two friends get together for a spontaneous road trip in Oregon. When feelings are suddenly shared, will the friendship last?
“Don’t Read This, Watch the Road” (co-drected by Moriah Doepken, Digital Cinema)
Cleaning up the highway for over 28 years, Sam Daniel is an outstanding member of society who embodies environmental stewardship.
“He Brought Us to the Mountains” (directed by Samantha Jestadt, Digital Cinema)
Sometimes in grief you find a legacy.
“Jack and I” (directed by Austin Rowley, EMDA)
“Lotus” (animated by Mikaela Jee, EMDA)
In addition to these entries in the student program, the Locals Only Documentary program (Thu, Apr 11th, 3:40 PM & Sat, Apr 13th, 9:20 PM @ Ashland Street Cinema) includes a short doc collaboration between an SOU alum and a current Digital Cinema student:
“Here, We Are” (directed by SOU alum Samae Chlebowski & produced by Nicole Gullixson, Digital Cinema)
vA touching film about Harriet and Marty who process their love for another, analyze the importance of their artwork in their relationship and contemplate the final stage of their life together or alone.
Finally, several SOU alumni will see their names listed among the crew in the end credits at the world premiere of the locally-shot narrative feature, Phoenix, Oregon (Sat, Apr 13th, 6:00 PM @ Historic Ashland Armory), directed by past SOU screenwriting instructor Gary Lundgren:
Phoenix, Oregon (directed by Gary Lundgren)
Fighting the haze of midlife, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore a dilapidated bowling alley and pizzeria. The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at mid-life. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads awaken hibernating courage and resilience in order to take new risks and keep dreams alive.
Congrats to all our current students and alumni on their big screen success!