AIFF Oscar Night Gala

On Oscars night, movie lovers will huddle around screens to cheer on their favorite film heroes. And, just as in the movies, wine may be part of the action.

Vino plays minor roles in "Zero Dark Thirty," when CIA agents talk about their next moves, and in "Silver Linings Playbook," when the Solatano family entertains.

But there are movies from past years in which wine steals the show. Julia Child hoists a glass of French wine throughout the 2009 film "Julie & Julia." Miles Raymond, the inflexible wine drinker in the 2004 movie "Sideways," tries to sour everyone on merlot. And who can forget the chilling remark about fava beans and a nice Chianti delivered by Hannibal Lecter in 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs"?

Some 240 supporters of the Ashland Independent Film Festival once again will gather from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Historic Ashland Armory to talk about nominated films planned for screening at the April festival and to applaud Academy Award winners live on 30-foot screens.

Tickets cost $60 and include dinner and dessert prepared by A'viands and Southern Oregon University catering. South Stage Cellars and other, local wineries will pour reds and whites. Making its final appearance will be the few remaining cases of Ashland Independent Film Festival Special Reserve Vintner's Select Sauvignon Blanc ($20).

"The AIFF Oscar Night Gala is one of two annual fundraisers for the nonprofit film festival and is critical for helping us raise the funds necessary to produce the annual event," says AIFF executive director Anne Ashbey.

One item to be auctioned off is a private dinner for eight with filmmakers at Ashland's Standing Stone Brewing Co.

For more information, call 541-488-3823 or see

— Janet Eastman

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