Nine films by local filmmakers are official selections in the 15th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival’s "Locals Only" 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.
This year's festival is April 7-11 at locations throughout Ashland. Other local directors and their films include:
• Jacob Dalton and co-director Christopher Lawruk, both of Medford, for "Loose Ends."
• Philip Kumsar of Jacksonville and Jameson Collins, Lauren Dahl and Violet Crabtreee, of Arcata, Calif., 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."
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 March 16 on the festival website, ashlandfilm.org, 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. March 15 at the Southern Oregon Music Recital Hall.