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KIFF2019: 7th Annual Klamath Independent Film Festival




The Klamath Independent Film Festival continues its run as the leading all-genre, Oregon-centric film festival with new event partners in tow!

We are pleased to be partnering with The Daily Bagel as our KIFF2019 home base to lead off each day of the festival providing snacks and breakfast items for our exhibiting filmmakers, and where KIFF attendees and filmmakers can check in, get info on the fest...even check out some merch. We are also pleased to be partnering with The Pikey restaurant and Irish pub as our official after-party space all three nights of the fest!

This year's opening Friday night gala will feature an outdoor food and drink celebration ahead of our Klamath-shot opening feature "Phoenix, Oregon" in the street and courtyard of The Ross Ragland Theater. The gala is also available as a separate ticket purchase this year for those who want to attend without going the full Festival Pass route! Saturday will continue through the remainder of KIFF features at Coming Attractions' Pelican Cinema and return to the Ragland on Sunday for our shorts and KIFF2019 awards. Filmmakers will be present for Q&As with the audience throughout the festival, and we are still looking at what else we can throw into the fun!

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SPECIAL THANKS TO (click to visit):
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KCEDA Oregon logo
Miller Foundation logo
Klamath County logo

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ADDITIONAL THANKS TO:

ZCS ENGINEERING
THE DAILY BAGEL
THE PIKEY
DIAMOND HOME IMPROVEMENT
US CELLULAR
FISHER NICHOLSON REALTY
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY DIGITAL CINEMA PROGRAM
LIGHTHOUSE YOGURT COMPANY

This project is supported in part by a grant from:
the Klamath County Cultural Coalition
Oregon Arts Commission and
Klamath County Tourism

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 KIFF2019 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 KIFF2019 tickets!

KIFF2019 Program Details **adding Trailers and stills**

ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 - OPENING NIGHT GALA AND FEATURE FILM

*Gala via Festival Pass or Gala Pass only, Feature Film available via Festival Pass, Gala Pass or individual show ticket

OPENING NIGHT GALA

*via Festival Pass or Gala Pass only

5:00pm FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER *start time is tentative

2019 KIFF gala event
*photography by Jason McMurry

Help us kick off KIFF2019 with filmmakers, sponsors and other VIPs in attendance along with a selection of beverages and food trucks in the street and courtyard of the beautiful Ross Ragland Theater. Be sure to thank our sponsors and engage our filmmakers about their work.

Final food choices have not been set, but we plan to provide meat, veggie, and vegan options. Check back for details.

The gala will be followed by an introduction to the festival and our opening feature film, "Phoenix, Oregon", written and produced by Southern Oregon's Gary and Anne Lundgren and filmed right here in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Note: the Gala dinner with filmmakers and sponsors is via Festival Pass or Gala Pass only. The Festival Pass is an all access pass for admission to all of KIFF2019. In addition, Festival Pass holders will get first seating at all shows, if they arrive at least 15 minutes prior to show time. The Gala Pass covers the full opening night food event and feature film.

PHOENIX, OREGON paired with THE TALK

Gary Lundgren, Anne Lundgren - Ashland, OR

7:30pm FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER *start time is tentative

Phoenix, Oregon - starring James Le Gros, Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Borrego

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Defying midlife haze, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world's greatest pizza."

"Phoenix, Oregon" stars James Le Gros ("Drugstore Cowboy", "Living in Oblivion"), Lisa Edelstein ("Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce", "House"), Jesse Borrego ("Fame", "Blood In Blood Out"), Diedrich Bader ("Napoleon Dynamite", "Office Space", "Veep"), and Kevin Corrigan ("The Departed", "Pineapple Express", "True Romance").

The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at midlife. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads must awaken hibernating courage and resilience in order to take new risks and keep dreams alive.

Written and Directed by Southern Oregon's Gary Lundgren ("Calvin Marshall", "Redwood Highway", "Black Road"). Produced by Annie Lundgren and Luis Rodriguez. Filmed primaily in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

runtime: 1 hour 48 min.

THE TALK paired with PHOENIX, OREGON

Philip A. Anderson, Alexandra Keister, FiLMLaBtv

runtime: 6 min. 40 sec.

Phoenix/Talk total runtime: 1 hour 55 min. + festival introduction and filmmaker Q&A

PELICAN CINEMA

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 - KIFF2019 FEATURES

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

SAMURAI IN THE OREGON SKY paired with RESET

Ilana Sol - Portland, OR

11:45am SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 - PELICAN CINEMA

Samurai in the Oregon Sky - Ilana Sol, Portland OR

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In 1942, Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita catapulted his seaplane off of a submarine, flew over the Oregon coast, and became the only pilot to bomb the U.S. mainland during WWII. He never dreamed he would one day be invited back to the region, where he would begin a lifelong friendship with the people of a small Oregon town. SAMURAI IN THE OREGON SKY chronicles how Mr. Fujita came to refer to his former target as his “second home.”

runtime: 48 min.

RESET paired with SAMURAI IN THE OREGON SKY

Jacob Mogler - Corvallis, OR

An Iraq combat veteran and purple heart recipient shares his story of getting out of the U.S. Army after 10 years, and re-finding his purpose and drive in life through the pursuit of fly fishing and fly tying.

runtime: 16 min.

Samurai/Reset total runtime: 1 hour 4 min. + Q&A if filmmakers are available

MY SUMMER AS A GOTH

Tara Medinger-Johnson - Portland, OR

1:25pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 - PELICAN CINEMA

My Summer as a Goth - Tara Johnson-Medinger, Portland OR

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After the sudden death of her father, 16-year-old, Joey Javitts is sent to stay with her eccentric grandparents while her author mother promotes her latest novel. Joey promptly falls for the beguiling Goth boy next door, Victor, and is transformed by him and his merry band of misfits in black. Set in present-day Portland, My Summer as a Goth will resonate with anyone who survived the social alienation of adolescence-and that first summer heartbreak.

runtime: 1 hour 40 min. + filmmaker Q&A

ROAD TO BOB

Rollyn Stafford - Portland, OR

3:40pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 - PELICAN CINEMA

Road to Bob - Rollyn Stafford, Portland, OR

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Two friends take a road trip to Ashland, Oregon to see Bob Dylan in concert and pick up a hitchhiker who dislikes Dylan.

runtime: 1 hour 24 min. + Q&A if filmmaker is available

LEAVE NO TRACE

Debra Granik - New York, NY

6:35pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 - PELICAN CINEMA

Leave No Trace - Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie

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Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

Directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini, based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock.

Runtime: 1 hour 59 min.

PICK IT UP! SKA IN THE '90s

Taylor Morden - Bend, OR

8:55pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 - PELICAN CINEMA

Seaside - Sam Zalutsky, New York NY

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Pick It Up! is a documentary about the rise and fall of the third wave of ska music. It tells the story of how an underground music scene somehow managed to survive being thrust into the mainstream spotlight for a brief moment in the '90s. The movie features members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake and many more!

Runtime: 1 hour 40 min. + Q&A if filmmaker is available

ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 - KIFF2019 SHORTS AND AWARDS

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

HARD, WACKY, & WEIRD

Various Filmmakers

11:20am SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

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Mature content: language, violence, brief nudity, gore

Kicking off our day of short films, this program contains our hardest, wackiest, & weirdest films intended for a mature audience. Apologies if this time slot conflicts with church services!

total runtime: 1 hour 15 min. + Q&A with filmmakers

The Second Session

Michael Ward - Portland, OR

An immersive virtual reality therapy for confronting a stressful situation at work brings Meredith to some dark places.

runtime: 13 min. 7 sec.

Dolly

Randy Granstrom - Medford, OR

A man receives a neighbor's gift on accident, he keeps it, wishing for treasures, only to find evil comes in small packages... Dolly.

runtime: 4 min. 50 sec.

Stitched to Perfection

Brian Keith Ellis - Klamath Falls, OR

Adapted from the short story written by talented young adult Jillian Flogerzi, STITCHED TO PERFECTION is an honest, but twisted look at the havoc generated by verbal and physical violence in schools.

runtime: 14 min. 25 sec.

A Rat's Life

Zachary Margolis - Portland, OR

Nightmares become a darkly comic, surreal reality. "A Rat's Life" is the artists emotional response to living in the Trump era.

runtime: 5 min. 30 sec.

Malignant

Devin Tau - Portland, OR

At a hotel for the super-elite, Scott's 30 year wait to confront the ghost of his childhood pushes his sanity to the edge, provoking a drastic course of action with profound consequences.

runtime: 12 min. 56 sec.

Little Donnie (The Ten Inch Terror)

*Things We Missed selection
Chel White - Portland, OR

A dark parody of the 1975 made-for-TV horror film Trilogy of Terror starring Karen Black. However, rather than being terrorized by fetish doll, it is Donald Trump.

runtime: 3 min. 45 sec.

Pendulum

Mychal Sargent - Eugene, OR

Brian - a shiftless young man - discovers that when he dies his life resets five minutes in the past. Using this power to his benefit, he begins killing himself to change his future.

runtime: 20 min. 46 sec.

LONG SHORTS "Laughs, Struggles, and Epic Events!"

Various Filmmakers

1:10pm SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 - ROSS RAGLAND THEATER

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Four of this year's amazing must-see long shorts!

total runtime: 1 hour 10 min. + Q&A if filmmakers are available

The Fish Out of Water

Josh Brine - Portland, OR

Infuriated by his mindless desk job, Charlie sets out to quit, only to be stopped in his tracks by his personal inability to take a risk. After much prodding from an annoying roommate and a growing fondness towards a co-worker, Charlie must decide if he can muster the strength to actually put himself out there, despite the outcome.

runtime: 17 min. 0 sec.

Wind Chimes

Martin Hilligoss - Ashland, OR

A young man struggles with depression and loss while investigating a dark presence in his backyard. Underneath the darkness is something both sinister and compassionate, compelling him to try and make sense of what it is. His nightmares present his fears and pave the way for his own reality and search for what he needs. In his most melancholic days he is drawn to what it may have to offer for his faith, as well as his grandmother’s.

runtime: 18 min. 4 sec.

Food Cart

Lucas Longacre - Portland, OR

Ali is a talented chef and Food Cart owner in Portland, Oregon. After falling behind on rent, a tragic accident forces Ali to make a change in his father's recipe. He becomes an overnight sensation but finds achieving his dream of opening a restaurant means selling his soul.

runtime: 15 min. 30 sec.

Souls of Totality

Richard Raymond/John Trefry, London, UK/Los Angeles, CA

A love story about the intensity of a looming moment that can change everything. Lady 18 (Tatiana Maslany) and Guy 3 (Tom Cullen) have a secret. They are members of a cult that believes if they die during a Solar Eclipse their souls will be taken to paradise. But that’s not their secret...They are also profoundly in love.

runtime: 18 min. 50 sec.

NORTHERN SHORTS

Various Filmmakers

2:55pm SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 - 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. 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.

total runtime: 1 hour 17 min. + Q&A with filmmakers

Nodding Off

Ga Young Choi - Portland, OR

An office worker falls asleep while he is driving after getting off work. The bobble head dog rescues the office worker by taking the steering wheel and allows him to arrive home safely.

runtime: 2 min. 15 sec.

There Goes the Neighborhood

Dan Evans - Portland, OR

"There Goes the Neighborhood" distills the visual experience of gentrification into a 3-minute time-lapse film. Starting with the demolition of a century-old home, the film offers evidence of some of what is lost and gained through redevelopment.

runtime: 3 min. 30 sec.

Pretty Swing

Jason Chau - Portland, OR

Tennis is the backdrop as an overbearing father attempts to save his relationship with his daughter.

runtime: 7 min. 9 sec.

Karma Has You

Ran Sheng - Beaverton, OR

A young man suffering from a lost love. He is trying to find a way to free himself from his emotional hell, but instead of his lover, he finds himself facing his karma, which relates to his past life.

runtime: 4 min. 35 sec.

Individual

*Things We Missed selection
Nathan Sonenfeld - Portland, OR

A being meditates on existence, subjective experience and the nature of reality.

runtime: 1 min. 18 sec.

Sole Doctor

Paula Bernstein - Portland, OR

Family-owned George's Shoe Repair in Portland, Oregon has served the community for over 50 years. George is preparing to pass the store on to his son, Joshua, a former modern dancer. Joshua's young daughter, also learns the family trade.

runtime: 11 min. 29 sec.

Quiet Desperation

*K-12 student selection
Dov Annuse - Portland, OR

A person struggling to find joy in their generic life is rejuvenated by an encounter with nature. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau's Walden, Quiet Desperation is intended to represent the dullness of everyday life through repetitive imagery, music, and sound.

runtime: 2 min. 21 sec.

Sudden Drop

*K-12 student selection
Kiera Ciano - Sherwood, OR

Textures and rhythms of the city of Portland unfolding.

runtime: 3 min. 1 sec.

Tides

Masami Kawai - Eugene, OR

The estrangement of a family on an outing to the beach seems more difficult to mend than the promise of a summer afternoon, as eight-year-old Kai tries to make sense of her family with her dad’s return.

runtime: 12 min. 0 sec.

Portraitures

Cosmo Spada - Newberg, OR

An artist interprets the lives of strangers in the form of urban sketches.

runtime: 3 min. 35 sec.

Armor del Amor

Kirk Kelley/HouseSpecial – Portland OR

A nature "documentary" follows the mating rituals of Dasypus novemcinctus (nine-banded female armadillo) to discover the dark underbelly of modern mammalian dating.

runtime: 1 min. 45 sec.

Corpse

Bryan Hiltner - Portland, OR

Two travelers find their relationship and sanity tested by mysterious forces at a local airBnB.

runtime: 16 min. 42 sec.

Feeding Fate

*Things We Missed selection
Vickie Paul - Portland, OR

A struggling family man pressured to put his family and town at risk under the guise of keeping the local economy healthy feels desperate when trying to clean up the situation as his employer avoids and manipulates him further, until his employer's choices come back for him.

runtime: 7 min. 16 sec.

SOUTHERN SHORTS, KIFF2019 AWARDS AND FILMMAKER Q&A

Various Filmmakers

4:55pm SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 - 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. Our Southern shorts program contains films made by or predominantly featuring Southern Oregon and our very Northern California neighbors. Like the Northern Shorts program, there is something for everyone here.

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 29 min. + introduction, awards, and Q&A with filmmakers

Middle of Nowhere

Sasha Flamm - Los Angeles, CA

Veterans of American conflicts spanning half a century reveal what brought them to a remote and rural county in Northern California.

runtime: 14 min. 38 sec.

Econo-Bot

Cailin Tamplin - Medford, OR

runtime: 8 min. 7 sec.

Shimmer and Shine: SMART in Klamath Falls

Zach Putnam - Portland, OR

SMART’s vision is an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. Learn how SMART helped bring new hope to schools of Klamath Falls and the community at large.

runtime: 5 min. 7 sec.

Here, We Are

Nicole Gullixson - Ashland, OR

Marty and Harriet have been together over 45 years. This short doc is about what has kept them together, what they've learned about each other and how they move forward as they comprehend challenges and hopes during the last stages of their lives.

runtime: 7 min. 55 sec.

The Bullet of Time

David Hill - Ashland, OR

runtime: 10 min. 6 sec.

The Battle of the Saxes

Moriah Doepken/Cameron Riggs - Ashland, OR

What was the Battle of the Saxes and why does no one know about it? Cameron Riggs and Moriah Doepken interview three professors at Southern Oregon University to explore the story and why it is an unknown landmark event in music history.

runtime: 6 min. 29 sec.

Runner

Martin Hilligoss - Ashland, OR

When a couple on the brisk of a break up find themselves in the midst of a harrowing event they must escape in order to survive.

runtime: 5 min. 11 sec.

Maria Cofer: Fireball

Megan Menne - Talent, OR

At eleven years old, Maria decided to follow in her father’s footsteps racing midgets on a dirt oval. Although Maria currently splits her time helping on her family’s ranch and racing, her long-term plans are to make racing her full-time career.

runtime: 5 min. 43 sec.

Our Sunday Spot

Steve Pestana - Fort Jones, CA

A man visits a special place and experiences bittersweet memories.

runtime: 4 min. 52 sec.

Luna

Ross Williams - Talent, OR

A young boy is haunted, while his parents grieve a death in the family.

runtime: 10 min. 17 sec.

Detective Story

*K-12 student selection
Logan Patzke/KU Media - Klamath Falls, OR

It is the 1940's and Detective Dan Barnes is at it again. This time solving a murder. Lets see is he "strikes out."

Runtime: 5 min. 0 sec.

Country Man

*K-12 student selection Joshua Hewitt/Luke Fernandes – Medford, OR

Where horror and country music meet.


Runtime: 5 min. 0 sec.