Oscar Night BASH

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will still roll out the red carpet Sunday to celebrate the 80th Academy Awards.

Former public radio talk show host Jeff Golden will be the local host for the Rogue Valley celebration of Hollywood's biggest night at the Historic Ashland Armory with the broadcast projected on two 30-foot screens.

The nonprofit festival's only fund-raiser of the year, the evening will feature a dinner of Mediterranean fare from Global Pantry Catering and desserts from Ashland bakeries Mix and Yummykakes. The bar will include cocktails from Cascade Peak Spirits, a local organic distillery, and craft beer and fine wines provided by Gold River Distributing.

The popular silent auction will include a vast array of items &


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including: a week at a premium vacation home in Hawaii; a pair of unlimited admission for six months to the Varsity Theatre and Ashland Street Cinemas, courtesy of Coming Attractions Theatres; a gift basket from the Independent Film Channel that includes an i-Pod; and gift certificates to Ashland's best restaurants.

Individual tickets or tables for 10 can be purchased online at ashlandfilm.org or by calling 488-3823.

At least one Academy Award winning film will be shown at the 7th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival, April 3-7.

Nine 2008 AIFF selections are nominated for Academy Awards, including every film in one category, insuring an Oscar winner at this year's festival.

The full slate of more than 80 documentary, feature and short films to be shown at the festival is still being finalized and will not be announced until later this month.

In the Best Documentary Short Subject category, all four films nominated for 2008 Oscars, including "La Corona (The Crown)," "Salim Baba" and "Freeheld," are set to be programmed at April's AIFF.

This year in the Best Documentary Feature category, three of the five films nominated for Academy Awards are selections for the Ashland Festival. "No End in Sight" and "Taxi to the Dark Side" are scheduled for the 2008 Festival, while "War/Dance" was a popular film at the 2007 AIFF last April.

The last three years Ashland Independent Film Festival films have won Oscars.

Membership passes for the 2008 Ashland Independent Film Festival are available now. Tickets go on sale March 12 to members and March 22 to the general public.

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