KIFF2018: 6th Annual Klamath Independent Film Festival

The Klamath Independent Film Festival cements its status as the Oregon film festival!

Already the only full festival experience dedicated to Oregon films and filmmakers, this year's KIFF became the top recipient of submissions from our state, further establishing KIFF as the place to see and experience Oregon independent film!

The 6th annual Klamath Independent Film Festival will once again open at the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls, Oregon, with our Friday night gala and opening feature, then carry over to Coming Attractions' Pelican Cinema on Saturday for the remainder of our feature films, and return to the Ragland on Sunday for our short films, awards and final filmmaker Q&A. The Ross Ragland Theater is a 700+ seat, genuine Art Deco movie theater renovated beautifully to serve as Klamath Falls' cultural arts center, while Pelican Cinema completes our festival theatre experience with all your movie-going concessions and amenities.

We will be adding additional information about other happenings in town to check out during the festival, and if you are coming from out of town, be sure to check our lodging discounts. Read up on the full program below!

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This project is supported in part by a grant from the Klamath County Cultural Coalition

ADDITIONAL THANKS TO:

ZCS ENGINEERING
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KLAMATH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

We are still adding sponsors for this year's KIFF. If you or your business would like to support local/regional independent filmmaking, and bringing in additional independent films to our community through sponsorship, we welcome you to contact us.

PURCHASE KIFF2018 TICKETS

From full Festival Passes down to individual shows, get your tickets here...or purchase tickets at the festival, if we haven't sold out by then! Click below to purchase your KIFF2018 tickets!

KIFF2018 Program Details

ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 - OPENING NIGHT GALA AND FEATURE FILM

*Gala via Festival Pass only, Feature Film available via Festival Pass or Individual Show ticket

OPENING NIGHT GALA

*via Festival Pass only

7:00pm FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

Lean on Pete - starring Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny

Help us kick off KIFF2018 with filmmakers, sponsors and other VIPs in attendance along with tasty local hors d'ouvres in the lobby of the beautiful Ross Ragland Theater. Be sure to thank our sponsors and engage our filmmakers about their work.

Final hors d'ouvres choices have not been set, but we plan to provide at least a meat and a veggie option. Check back for details.

The gala will be followed by an introduction to the festival and our opening feature film, "Lean on Pete", starring Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, and Chloe Sevigny, filmed primaily around Portland and Burns, Oregon, and based on the novel by Portland writer Willy Vlaudin.

Note: the Gala dinner with filmmakers and sponsors is via Festival Pass only. The Festival Pass is an all access pass for admission to all of KIFF2018. In addition, Festival Pass holders will get first seating at all shows, if they arrive at least 15 minutes prior to show time.

LEAN ON PETE

starring Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny

8:30pm FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

Lean on Pete - starring Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny

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Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

Filmed primaily around Portland and Burns, Oregon, and based on the novel by Portland writer Willy Vlaudin.

Runtime: 2 hours 2 min. + festival introduction

PELICAN CINEMA

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - KIFF2018 FEATURES

*via Festival Pass, Weekend Pass, Day Pass, or individual show tickets

TOWARD THE SOURCE

Norton Smith - Talent, OR

11:45am SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - PELICAN CINEMA

Toward the Source - Norton Smith, Talent OR

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A 55 day solo canoe trip in the Northwest Territories of Canada is a journey of physical challenge, self exploration and awakening.

Runtime: 1 hour 2 min. + Q&A if filmmaker is available

THE ASTRONOT

Tim Cash - Bend, OR

1:25pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - PELICAN CINEMA

The Astronot - Tim Cash, Bend OR

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Daniel longed to touch the moon; with Sandy’s help, he’d reach the stars. It was 1969 and America was embarking on the biggest adventure known to humankind with its voyage to the moon. Daniel too was pursuing the unknown; leaving the path of isolation he had known for so long to embrace the love of another. The only question was would he be able maintain that trajectory or would he veer off course never to be seen again. That was the challenge for ‘The Astronot’.

Runtime: 1 hour 12 min. + Q&A if filmmaker is available

BREAK FROM THE HERD

Monica Murray/Chris Holmes - Wilsonville, OR

3:15pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - PELICAN CINEMA

Break from the Herd - Monica Murray, Wilsonville OR

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A trilogy of stories about courage, fortitude and grit, Break from the Herd features a scientist in South Dakota, a farmer in Kansas and a winemaker in Oregon. Their stories explore standing up for unbiased research, fighting to grow healthy soil, and persevering to conserve natural resources. Through first-hand accounts they share the risks taken, the trials endured and the paths forged in order to inspire better ways of improving our food and wine production systems.

Runtime: 1 hour 16 min. + Q&A with filmmaker

THE LAST HOT LICK

Mahalia Cohen - New York, NY

5:10pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - PELICAN CINEMA

The Last Hot Lick - Mahalia Cohen, New York NY

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Jack is a washed up musician on a never-ending tour, desperate to recapture the fleeting fame he experienced in the 1970s. When he meets a mysterious woman, he believes her beautiful voice is the key to his success; but she has a secret that could threaten Jack’s plan.

Set in the rural Pacific Northwest of the United States, THE LAST HOT LICK weaves documentary elements into the narrative to reveal a unique look at American life.

Runtime: 1 hour 28 min. + Q&A if filmmaker is available

SEASIDE SPECIAL SCREENING!

Sam Zalutsky - New York, NY

7:15pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - PELICAN CINEMA

Seaside - Sam Zalutsky, New York NY

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Starring Tony-nominated actress Ariana DeBose and Outer Critic's Circle Award nominee Sharon Washington

Daphne, a young Portland go-getter, moves to the Oregon Coast with boyfriend, Roger, to start anew when he inherits his childhood beach house. But when they run into Susanna, an awkward local, Daphne realizes that Roger hasn't been entirely honest about his past.

Runtime: 1 hour 28 min. + Q&A with filmmaker

OBSCURA

Andrew Tevis/Bobby Preston - Medford, OR

9:25pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 - PELICAN CINEMA

Obscura - Andrew Tevis/Robert Preston, Medford OR

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Young photographer Andrew Kaleen, obsessed with the idea and concepts of modern art, unwillingly becomes a vital part in a serial killer's idea of creating his own masterpiece based around the paintings of a local artist in his town. After leaving behind a trail of clues in the form of 35mm film rolls, Andrew not only develops the film in order to stop the murders, he also develops a false perception of reality as two detectives are closing in on the unknown.

Runtime: 2 hour 18 min.

ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 - KIFF2018 SHORTS AND AWARDS

*via Festival Pass, Weekend Pass, Day Pass, or individual show tickets

LONG SHORTS I "Docs"

Various Filmmakers

11:25am SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

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Kicking off our day of short films, this program runs a little over an hour and consists of three longer documentary shorts from Oregon Filmmakers.

Overall runtime: 1 hour 12 min. + Q&A with filmmakers

Ragland

Paul Harris/Jesse Widener - Klamath Falls, OR

Ragland - Paul Harris/Jesse Widener, Klamath Falls OR

Once the fastest growing city in Oregon, Klamath Falls forged one of the state's richest theater histories, having had more than 20 different theaters in just the first half of the 20th century to the first large-scale performing arts center in Central and Southern Oregon and Northern California. "Ragland" is a brief history of Klamath's colorful theater past with an eye into the American theater scene of the early 20th century through fires, the Spanish Flu, and competing theater moguls, capped by it's namesake theater which now brings the performing arts to rural Southern Oregon and Northern California communities as much as 100 miles away.

Runtime: 20 min. 10 sec.

Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake

Anne Flatte - San Francisco, CA

Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake - Anne Flatte, San Francisco CA

A behind-the-scenes story of how classical musicians joined with drummers from the Klamath tribes for an extraordinary musical experience, inspired by and performed at the edge of Oregon's spectacular Crater Lake, that gave voice to a body of water.

Runtime: 27 min. 17 sec.

Thou Shall Not Tailgate

Greg Hamilton - Portland, OR

Thou Shall Not Tailgate - Greg Hamilton, Portland OR

Documentary profile of art car creator and Portland Cacophony Society co-founder Rev. Chuck Linville.

Runtime: 25 min. 00 sec.

LONG SHORTS II "Stories"

Various Filmmakers

1:10pm SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

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The follow-up to our Long Shorts I, this program runs a little over an hour and consists of three longer narrative shorts from Oregon Filmmakers.

Runtime: 1 hour 6 min. + Q&A if filmmakers are available

Mr. Peterson

Josh Young - Portland, OR

Mr. Peterson - Josh Young, Portland OR

We meet Michael, a freshman in High School, as he is informed of his favorite teacher's suicide the night before. We then follow Michael throughout his day as he grapples with this traumatic loss in the midst of the daily pressures of adolescence. Grief, peer-pressure, sexuality, and identity swirl around Michael as he fights to forge his own path forward.

Runtime: 21 min. 0 sec.

For the Road

Simon Scott - Portland, OR

For the Road - Simon Scott, Portland OR

Alex Booth recounts her last terrifying night in Jerusalem's Lot, a ghost town overrun by vampires. Based on a short story by Stephen King.

Runtime: 18 min. 20 sec.

Soldier

Alan Becker - Vashon, WA

Soldier - Alan Becker, Vashon WA

A troubled teen meets a mysterious runaway soldier and forges a deep friendship that changes his life’s trajectory in a single day. But who are the Soldier and his buddy Blaster, and where do they truly come from? Viewers who closely follow the subtle twists and clues are rewarded with two endings in one short film – one where young Daniel succumbs to his problems, and one where he overcomes them.

Runtime: 27 min. 00 sec.

NORTHERN SHORTS

Various Filmmakers

2:50pm SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

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Our shorter shorts from our Northern region and filmmakers. This is a great opportunity for our audience and filmmakers to get exposed to films and filmmakers from outside our Southern region. As with our other programs, there is something for everyone in this block...comedy, sci-fi, art films, documentary, animation, drama, etc. Come see what the rest of Oregon is up to!

A number of the filmmakers are expected to be on hand for Q&A with the audience after the show.

Runtime: 1 hour 32 min. + Q&A with filmmakers

Two Balloons

Mark Smith - Portland, OR

Two Balloons - Mark Smith, Portland OR

Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

Runtime: 9 min. 8 sec.

Redemption

Samuel Neff/Sarah Klatt - Newberg, OR

Redemption - Samuel Neff/Sarah Klatt, Newberg OR

On grief, trauma, and seeking redemption. Based on a poem of the same name.

Runtime: 5 min. 12 sec.

Mnemonics

Daniela Repas/Cintamani Calise - Portland, OR

Mnemonics - Daniela Repas/Cintamani Calise, Portland OR

A Bosnian refugee stores her memories in boxes that are animated to life when she revisits them in her secret room.

Runtime: 12 min. 15 sec.

Lovely Legs

Abby Thompson - Vancouver, WA

Lovely Legs - Abby Thompson, Vancouver WA

In a desperate attempt to start anew, a man living in the not-so-distant future transports his secret sex robot companion to a secluded forest for disposal.

Runtime: 10 min. 0 sec.

North & Nowhere

Scott Ballard - Portland, OR

North & Nowhere - Scott Ballard, Portland OR

A girl, a gun and a last chance.

Runtime: 11 min. 30 sec.

Unicorn

Devin Tau - Portland, OR

Unicorn - Devin Tau, Portland OR

A single father deals with the balance of raising his daughter and navigating his newly out gay dating life.

Runtime: 12 min. 45 sec.

Breakfast

Sijia Huang - Portland, OR

Breakfast - Sijia Huang, Portland OR

The story begins with two hands hitting two eggs. As the hitting goes on, the two eggs start to crack and finally explode in to pieces. Two creatures come out of the eggs. One is a duck with hairy human legs. The other one is a muscular guy with duck feet. The duck and the guy both have a crush on each other and start to dance. In the middle of the dance, the two hands interrupt them by hitting on their head. A chase and fight start.

In the end, it turns out all the encounters and fights are happening in a kid’s imaginary world when he play with his toys - a rubber duck and an action figure, during his breakfast time.

Runtime: 4 min. 24 sec.

Tutu Grande

Derek Sitter - Bend, OR

Tutu Grande - Derek Sitter, Bend OR

Pain is Temporary. Trauma Is Forever. The tables are turned on a torturer.

Runtime: 13 min. 0 sec.

Vestibular Matching Soundtrack

McKenzie Blake - Beaverton, OR

Vestibular Matching Soundtrack - McKenzie Blake, Beaverton OR

A filmmaker, who was born deaf, recollects her relationship with sound by examining home movies shot by her parents throughout her childhood.

Runtime: 7 min. 45 sec.

Gut Feeling

Nesto - Portland, OR

Gut Feeling - Nesto, Portland OR

Two scientists toss logic, reason, and the scientific method to the wind in favor of a “gut feeling” that their seemingly dangerous experiment will work. What could go wrong?

Runtime: 6 min. 0 sec.

SOUTHERN SHORTS, KIFF2018 AWARDS AND FILMMAKER Q&A

Various Filmmakers

5:00pm SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

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Continuing the tradition of KIFF's roots, the Southern shorts program caps off our marathon weekend of films. Like the Northern shorts program, there is something for everyone here: comedy, sci-fi, documentary, animation, and more.

All festival winning films will be announced and awarded to the filmmakers after the show, and don't miss our last filmmaker Q&A of the night with feature and short filmmakers!

Runtime: 1 hour 45 min. + introduction, awards, and Q&A with filmmakers

Protected: A Wild & Scenic River Portrait

Freshwaters Illustrated/US Forest Service/BLM/RMS

Protected: A Wild & Scenic River Portrait - Freshwaters Illustrated/US Forest Service/BLM/RMS

Follow river paddler, author, and conservationist, Tim Palmer, through the enchanting waters of Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast, which has the highest concentration of National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the US. With just a canoe, a camera, and an old van, Tim finds his bliss and his calling on these rivers, and has found a way to share their beauty… while reflecting on the significance of national Wild & Scenic Rivers Act that protects beautiful rivers all across country. Produced in Partnership with US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and River Management Society.

Runtime: 12 min. 28 sec.

Arcana

Travis Lorenz - Ashland, OR

Arcana - Travis Lorenz, Ashland OR

An intimate portrait of an artist.

Runtime: 4 min. 21 sec.

Roomies

Kirk McKenzie - Ashland, OR

Arcana - Travis Lorenz, Ashland OR

It’s hard to find someone you can live with.

An obsessive compulsive neat freak thinks he is cleaning up after his roommate for the last time, until his sloven roommate returns, and he finds himself in the biggest mess of his life.

Runtime: 13 min. 52 sec.

Bad Apples

David West - Klamath Falls, OR

Bad Apples - David West, Klamath Falls OR

When a cop murders an unarmed black man on his way home from work, a team of outlaws and hackers work to expose and bring down a corrupt police department.

Runtime: 8 min. 0 sec.

The List

Mig Windows - Ashland, OR

The List - Mig Windows, Ashland OR

Nervous after auditioning for the school play, a student actor is thrilled when he sees the cast list and learns that he got the lead! But did he? Every time he looks at it, the list is different. Is his performance to be, or not to be?

Runtime: 5 min. 39 sec.

Milo

Gabriel Morgan - Central Point, OR

Milo - Gabriel Morgan, Central Point OR

Heartbreak... One will go to extreme measures to recover what once produced so much joy. This is the unfortunate circumstance of a grieving old man who tries to recreate his past in the hopes of reliving cherished memories. Milo takes place in a silent home where an overbearing sense of hardship is made imminent. The old man sits at his work desk, tirelessly putting together his masterpiece. It's only when his work is finished is that joy remade, and the memories that have faded, restored.

Runtime: 10 min. 25 sec.

Sam Shade: Misty On My Mind

*K-12 student selection
Aubreay Say/Jezzebelle Rowley - Klamath Falls, OR

Sam Shade: Misty On My Mind - Aubreay Say/Jezzebelle Rowley, Klamath Falls OR

Sam Shade, the famous detective relives his first caper.

Runtime: 5 min. 8 sec.

The Road Between Us

Joanne Feinberg/Katherine Roselli - Ashland, OR

The Road Between Us - Joanne Feinberg/Katherine Roselli, Ashland OR

A father and son bicycle 2,701 miles across America, on Route 66. They discover that the road between them is the life path that connects them.

Runtime: 14 min. 15 sec.

Comin' Out

Darva Campbell - Tulelake, CA

Comin' Out - Darva Campbell, Tulelake CA

At 9 months and counting, Eva is more than ready to get the little monster out... but can she do it?

Runtime: 13 min. 0 sec.

Broken Reflections

Cailin Tamplin - Medford, OR

Broken Reflections - Cailin Tamplin, Medford OR

A damaged android scavenging for parts, finds a relic of the past: enabling a new dimension of understanding.

Runtime: 7 min. 53 sec.

Don't Read This, Watch the Road

Moriah Doepken - Ashland, OR

Don't Read This, Watch the Road - Moriah Doepken, Ashland OR

Cleaning up the highway for over 27 years, Sam Daniel is an outstanding member of society who embodies environmental stewardship. For Earth Day 2018 we would like to share his message.

Runtime: 5 min. 14 sec.

Los Mambises

Russell McMahon/Kamrin Nielsen - Klamath Falls, OR

Los Mambises - Russell McMahon/Kamrin Nielsen - Klamath Falls, OR

The genesis of this film literally started on March 27, 2017 when two filmmakers from the mountains of southern Oregon USA, stumbled on to an obscure tourist video of four musicians performing on the streets of Old Havana. The sounds and faces of these musicians were pleasantly haunting. With a plethora of photographs and video captures on the internet of these four musicians, their names and identity were never revealed which begged the question, 'who are those guys?' The results are a fascinating and lighthearted journey of discovery to Havana to solve that mystery.

Runtime: 12 min. 7 sec.

RECOMMENDED LODGING FOR KIFF2018

CERULEAN HOTEL (click to visit website) *KIFF sponsor

The Cerulean Hotel is located in downtown Klamath Falls, 6 blocks from the Ross Ragland Theater where the festival begins and ends, and right off the Highway 97 downtown exit for easy access. Pelican Cinema, our Saturday venue, is approximately 3 miles from the Cerulean. We are working to get our filmmaker VIP lounge and after party space for attendees in the downtown area, making the Cerulean a good location to access all things KIFF.

15% discount for attendees who call in their reservation and mention the festival.

RUNNING Y RANCH RESORT (click to view website)

Running Y Ranch Resort is a full resort community located off Highway 140 West about 10 minutes out of Klamath Falls. Running Y features restaurants, a spa, grocery store, the only Arnold Palmer designed golf course in the state, a covered outdoor ice rink in Winter, and more. Running Y is Klamath's upscale resort experience, but very reasonably priced.

15% discount for attendees who call in their reservation and mention the festival.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS (click to view website with rate)

Holiday Inn Express is one of our newest built hotels. It's location in the center of Klamath Falls provides easy routes to both our venues as well as restaurants, gas, grocery and other shopping in central Klamath Falls.

$119 + tax standard or $129 + tax suite with single or double beds for attendees who reserve through this link.

BEST WESTERN OLYMPIC INN (click to view website)

The Olympic Inn is almost across the street from Holiday Inn Express, so it shares the same centralized access to our venues and Klamath Falls in general. The hotel is currently undergoing renovation, most of which should be complete in time for the festival. Your room includes a full hot or cold breakfast buffet, soup/salad/bread for lunch, and fresh cookies!

$111.20 + tax single king or $127.20 + tax double queen rooms for attendees who call in their reservation and mention the festival.