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11th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival Lures Women Directors Julie Taymor, Rory Kennedy, Lynn Shelton

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 18, 2012 at 9:57PM

The 11th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregan will host 94 films from around the world from April 12th to the 16th. This year, several women directors will attend the festival, including special guests Julie Taymor ("The Lion King" and "Spider-Man" musicals, "Across the Universe") and Ondi Timoner ("We Live in Public"), two-time Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner.
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Lynn Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister'
IFC Films Lynn Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister'

The 11th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregan will host 94 films from around the world from April 12th to the 16th. This year, several women directors will attend the festival, including special guests Julie Taymor ("Across the Universe"), the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical ("The Lion King"), and Ondi Timoner ("We Live in Public"), two-time Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner.
 
Also attending are Rory Kennedy, who returns to AIFF with her latest documentary, Sundance's HBO doc "Ethel," a personal portrait of her mother, Ethel Kennedy. Lynn Shelton presents her Sundance film "Your Sister’s Sister," a romantic comedy starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass. And yes, there will be films directed by men, including Paul Saltzman's latest, "Return to Mississippi (Work in Progress)."

The festival’s full schedule, film descriptions and program are available now here. Tickets go on sale to members beginning March 20 and to the general public on March 25.

This article is related to: Festivals, Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Lynn Shelton, Rosemarie DeWitt, Rosemary DeWitt, Julie Taymor, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.