AIFF hosted the world premiere of Phoenix, Oregon last year, and we’re thrilled that it’s taking the nation by storm! If you missed seeing it then, or want to see it again, now’s your chance! You can watch Phoenix, Oregon online in celebration of the first Nationwide Film Festival Day on April 11 – and support AIFF.
[Phoenix, Oregon cast and crew at AIFF2019 world premiere]
Here’s how it works: On April 11, thirty film festivals around the country will create a nationwide screening experience when indie film fans watch Phoenix, Oregon and ticket sales benefit their favorite festivals. The existential comedy, starring James Le Gros, Jesse Borrego, and Lisa Edelstein and shot on location in Klamath Falls, will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by AIFF’s very own Molly Kreuzman, an AIFF staff member and producer of Earth Seasoned: #Gap Year (AIFF2017).
Just go online now to buy a ticket for $6.50 and select “Ashland Independent Film Festival” from the drop-down list. We’ll receive half the box office revenue! The national viewing starts on Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. Pacific Time and the Q&A session follows at 5 p.m.. All ticket purchases receive a one-time link to watch the film at home and a free digital copy when it’s officially released this summer.
Note: While the Film Festival Alliance encourages everyone to join the national watch party at 3 p.m., the private screening link you purchase for Phoenix, Oregon will be available to view once at any time on April 11.
Film Festival Alliance member festivals are participating in this initiative to spotlight the film festival industry, which has endured more than 175 cancellations, postponements, and quick pivots in the wake of COVID-19, with an estimated economic impact of more than $1.4 million for this group’s organizations alone. Of the participating festivals, which represent nineteen states, they have combined audiences of more than 200,000, support more than 5,500 filmmakers, and collectively screened more than 3,700 films in the past year.
“Film festivals and community cinemas are the backbone of the independent film industry,” said Annie Lundgren, the Ashland-based producer of Phoenix, Oregon. “They introduce audiences to stories which nurture, nourish and encourage new perspectives. Especially at this time, we are excited to partner with Film Festival Alliance to share our film and support festivals who have given so much to us.”
Many thanks to Annie and her co-producer, Luis Rodriguez, for promoting this fundraiser and film, which was written and directed by Gary Lundgren, another longtime friend of AIFF. Let’s show them a lot of love for making their film here and for their generous offer to help AIFF and our fellow film festivals.
Buy tickets here. And please share this invitation with your friends and family!