Catching up on some great films we saw last month at the film festival...
|Lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel where the TALKbacks take|
place, in a room on the mezzanine. The great thing about AIFF
is that all the venues are within easy walking distance; the
hotel is just up the block from the Varsity Theatre.
After that, Jeanie and Peggy went to see Family Shorts (check out that link - some fun trailers there) and said they really enjoyed the show. I took a break and the next slot, 3:00, saw Peggy getting into Hot Coffee, another one that she snagged a ticket to and I didn't (for Jeanie and me) even though we were online at the same time. They had two showings of that one but the other conflicted with something else we were seeing; it was a hot ticket both because it's the kind of subject that an Ashland audience relishes, and because it was made by a local attorney - her first film, and she seems to have knocked the ball out of the park. She had said in the TALKback on Friday that she organized her narrative for the film in much the same way that she would argue a case in a courtroom; it's a much-needed explanation of what so-called "tort reform" is really about and I heard lots of positive comments about it from people who did get to see it. I think it's one of the films that will be on HBO later this year. Watch for it!
Pat O'Scannell and several charming backup musicians. It made me very nostalgic for a time and place I'd never known, and Peggy and Jeanie said they felt the same. Check out her website, linked above. She's an amazing musician; look at the programs she's created and the work she does, including the highly-regarded Terra Nova Consort. Go see her whenever you can!
So, another long but highly enjoyable day at AIFF and the Rogue Valley! Next - Day 5, the last day, and maybe a wrap-up.
(note: oops! When I first published this, I included Summer Pasture but actually we saw that on Day 5. I've moved it over to the next post.)