Film Insider Screenings

Bringing You an Inside View of the Filmmaking Process

Presented by Coming Attractions Theaters and Southern Oregon Film and Media

The SOFaM Film Insider screenings are recurring events bringing professional filmmakers together with local audiences and filmmakers to explore what it takes to make a movie.

These screenings are open to the general public. Join SOFaM as a professional or company, student, or as a supporting member and receive a discount off the price of admission.



Followed by a talkback with Director Sean Marc Nipper.



Followed by a talkback with Director Ward Serrill & Producer Sophie Jane Mortimer: “Producing Documentaries to Inform and Inspire”



Followed by a talkback with Producer Neil Kopp: “Producing the Indie Film”



Meet the Cast & Crew
CREW: Writer/Director Gary Lundgren, Writer/Producer James Twyman, and other members of the local crew.
CAST: Barret O'Brien, Danforth Comins, Doug Rowe, Catherine Coulson, and others.

song-of-new-earthSONG OF THE NEW EARTH
followed by a talkback with Director Ward Serrill & Producer Sophie Jane Mortimer
“Producing Documentaries to Inform and Inspire”

Time: Screening starts at 6:20pm, Talkback immediately after
Location: Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St., Ashland <map>

Get an Insider's view of the documentary film process and hear from two inspiring documentary filmmakers who have been challenging ideas and opening minds through the power of film.

Director Ward Serrill has written, directed or produced over 90 short films for progressive causes. His last feature documentary, THE HEART OF THE GAME, was released nationally by Miramax Films. It won best documentary at Portland
 and Maui International Film Festivals and won high praise across the country from the likes of Jay Leno, Ebert and Roeper (“an Oscar level piece of work”), People Magazine, USA Today, O Magazine and Rolling Stone. As president of Woody Creek Pictures, Ward is currently working on two other documentaries; CATCHING FIRE about inventor Peter Scott and his quest to save lives and forests in Africa with a simple cook stove, and PRISON MOMS: Babies Behind Bars for CNN.

Producer Sophie Jane Mortimer worked in the world of non-profit marketing and communications in the UK before joining Woody Creek Pictures as a Producer. She co-produced SOMETHING IN THE WATER, a short film about the Seattle music scene which was aired nationally on PBS and Idea Man, for Vulcan Productions, a series of short films to promote Paul Allen’s memoir. She is currently producing CATCHING FIRE, a documentary about fuel efficient cookstoves that are saving lives and forests in Africa and TreeStory, a documentary about humanity’s relationship to trees. SONG OF THE NEW EARTH is her first feature documentary.

Song-of-the-New-Earth-3SONG OF THE NEW EARTH is a lyrical documentary about one man’s quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through the transformative power of music and sound. The film, from director Ward Serrill (THE HEART OF THE GAME), editor Eric Frith (EDEN), producers Betsy Chasse (WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW!?) and Sophie Jane Mortimer, features the life journey of renowned sound healer, psychotherapist and modern day mystic Tom Kenyon from a young aspiring Nashville musician to an internationally revered sound alchemist.

Check out SONG OF THE NEW EARTH website..

Watch the SONG OF THE NEW EARTH trailer.


night-moves-posterfollowed by a talkback with Producer Neil Kopp “Producing the Indie Film”

Time: Screening starts at 6:00pm, Talkback immediately after
Location: Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St., Ashland <map>

Get an Insider's view of the independent film process from one of the indie world's most prolific and creatively successful producers. Neil Kopp has produced all manner of content from music videos to commercials to features, including all of the critically acclaimed films by Kelly Reichardt: OLD JOY, WENDY AND LUCY, and MEEK'S CUTOFF. He also was a producer on PARANOID PARK directed by Gus Van Sant. And he's an Oregonian! Neil and his fellow producers were nominated for the Cassavettes Award at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards for OLD JOY, and was also awarded the Producers Award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards.

Night-Moves-Poster-slice-1024x480NIGHT MOVES stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard and was shot entirely in Southern Oregon in the late fall of 2012. The film won the Grand Prix at the Deauville Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Watch the NIGHT MOVES trailer.

Check out NIGHT MOVES on IMDB.




Get an Insider's view of how an independent movie gets made, how you can attract recognizable talent, and how to make a high-quality film on an indie budget.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Meet the Crew of Redwood Highway*
Location: Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St., Ashland <map>

Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Meet the Crew of Redwood Highway*
Location: SouthGate Cinemas, 1625 Ringuette St, Grants Pass <map>

Monday, May 26th, 2014
Meet the Local Cast of Redwood Highway**
Location: Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St., Ashland <map>

*Crew appearing: Writer/Director Gary Lundgren, Writer/Producer James Twyman, Producer/Line Producer Gary Kout, Co-Producer/UPM Anne Lundgren and other members of the local crew.

**Local cast appearing: Barret O'Brien, Danforth Comins, Doug Rowe, and others.

About REDWOOD HIGHWAY(watch the trailer)

REDWOOD HIGHWAY follows the character of Marie Vaughn (Shirley Knight) who decides to sneak away from the senior community where she lives in Grants Pass, and walk over 80 miles to the coast to attend her granddaughter's wedding. Along the way she must confront the demons of her past, including haunting memories of her former husband. Marie meets characters like a kind woodworker expertly played by Tom Skerritt, and a helpful bar owner played by Michelle Lombardo. Overcoming both odds and blisters, Marie proves that you're never too old to have a great adventure, and heal your life.

Made in Southern Oregon and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Shirley Knight and screen legend Tom Skerritt, REDWOOD HIGHWAY is receiving positive reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and others, confirming what festival audiences experienced during its award-winning festival run over the past year: REDWOOD HIGHWAY is a solid piece of filmmaking with strong performances, writing and direction.

Exhibiting real Hollywood production values, REDWOOD HIGHWAY is actually a true Southern Oregon production; much of the crew and cast hail from the region, and in addition to being shot on the historic Route 199, many locations throughout Ashland, Grants Pass, Cave Junction and more were utilized. Shirley Knight’s home at the beginning of the film is the Mountain Meadows active retirement community in Ashland, and the movie opens with her enjoying a walk through downtown Grants Pass where the retirement community supposedly is. She later visits Lake Selmac and the Sportman’s Tavern in Cave Junction on her way to the coast. The legendary “It’s A Burl” shop is run by Tom Skerritt, and even the Great Cats World Park makes an appearance. Its a greatest hits of the Redwood Highway. The real Josephine County Search and Rescue team also make a big appearance in the film, as does the Classic Car Club of Southern Oregon. Local actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival include Catherine Coulson, Danforth Comins, Brent Hinkley, Barret O’Brien and J.P. Phillips.

Become a fan on the film’s Facebook page.

For photos from the movie, a list of additional dates and theaters across the country, and more, visit


the-monuments-men-posterfollowed by a discussion and Q&A with Jana Carole:
“Develop Your Screenplay the Hollywood Way”

Come get an Insider's view of how scripts are chosen for the screen and learn how to have your screenplay move from the page to the screen via a Hollywood studio!
Time: Screening starts at 6:30pm, Talkback immediately after
Location: Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St., Ashland <map>

Purchase tickets in advance at the Varsity Theatre or day of.
$2 discount for SOFaM members and students with current student ID.
Already seen it but want to attend the discussions, show up by 8:30pm and they'll let you in, space permitting.

About THE MONUMENTS MEN (watch the trailer)
Cowriter and director George Clooney adapted author Robert M. Edsel's book "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History" to tell the incredible true story of the seven art historians and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to save some of the world's greatest works of art from Nazi plunder. Determined to prevent 1000 years of culture from going up in flames, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves a proposal by Frank Stokes (Clooney) to form a task force comprised entirely of art experts to enter Germany, recover the works of art, and ensure they are returned to their rightful owners. With little knowledge of modern weapons or warfare tactics, the ragtag squadron has their work cut out for them.

The film features an all-star cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban.

Jana Carole is currently a staff Screen Story Analyst for Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures, and has analyzed thousands of scripts in her near 3 decade career. She started in the theater industry as a Stage Manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before moving down to Hollywood. She worked as a Producer's Assistant for TV movies, as Development Assistant and Story Analyst for Guber-Peters Entertainment, and as a Researcher and Story Editor for Columbia Pictures. She taught Story Development and Criticism at UCLA and been president of the Story Analysts Union. She also works as a professional photographer. In between all of that, she has been active in non-profits as Chair of the Ashland Schools Foundation and Ashland High Arts Advocates, and screens films for the Ashland Independent Film Festival.


StarTrekIV_image"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
followed by a discussion and Q&A with Harve Bennett, the film's writer and producer

Varsity Theater in downtown Ashland (map)
Screening start at 6:30pm
Discussion and Q&A immediately following

ABOUT "STAR TREK IV" (watch the trailer)

Story Summary: Intent on returning home to Earth to face trial for their crimes, the former crew of the USS Enterprise travels to Earth's past in order to save their present from a probe attempting to communicate with long-dead humpback whales.

The fourth feature film based on the Star Trek science fiction Media series, it completes the story begun in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Leonard Nimoy directed the film. Nicholas Meyer, writer and director of The Wrath of Khan, and Harve Bennett wrote the final version of the script. Principal photography started on February 24, 1986, with many real locations used as stand-ins for locations around San Francisco. Effects house Industrial Light & Magic assisted in postproduction chores, including the creation of animatronic whales. Composer Leonard Rosenman wrote the film's score.

The Voyage Home's humor and unconventional story was well received by critics, fans of the series and the general audience. It was financially successful, earning $133 million worldwide. The film earned four Academy Award nominations, for Best Cinematography, Best Effects, Best Music and Best Sound.


Harve Bennett began his involvement with entertainment in radio and transitioned to film through a degree at the UCLA films school. His first many years were as a TV executive for ABC and Screen Gems, where he was involved with such productions as “The Mod Squad”, “The Seix Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman.”

He was asked to help reboot the Star Trek feature film franchise after the first film met with some dissatisfaction at Paramount Studios. After reviewing all of the original series shows, he conceived of the continuation of the “Space Seed” episode, an idea which became Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Following the critical and box-office success of that film, Bennett stayed at the producing helm for the next 4 films. He also wrote Star Trek III, co-wrote Star Trek IV and Star Trek V. As sharp eye will also spot him among the cast in III and V.

Bennett left the franchise before the sixth film and finished his long and distinguished career back in Media. He is now a resident of Ashland, Oregon.


CM-poster-300resA Week of Special Screenings of "Calvin Marshall"
followed by a discussion and Q&A with the film's local cast and crew.

Saturday: Director of Photography Pat Neary and 1st Assistant Director Keith Jones
Sunday: Actors Catherine Coulson and Doug Rowe
Monday: Sound Mixer Kent Romney and Line Producer Gary Kout
Tuesday: Propmaster Troy Hemmerling
Wednesday: Costume Designer Claudia Everett
Thursday: Behind-the-Scenes Video and Stills Rocky Garrotto and Anita Gomez

(Were you a part of "Calvin Marshall" and not on the schedule? Show up any night and you can join in!)

Varsity Theater in downtown Ashland (map)
Screenings start at 6:00pm
Discussion and Q&A immediately following


"Calvin Marshall" was filmed entirely in Southern Oregon in the winter of 2007. The filmmakers took full advantage of the strong crew and cast available in the region. Many SOFaM members were employed on the film.
The film enjoyed a successful festival run, premiering at the Austin Film Festival in October, 2009, and ending with a sold-out showing at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April 2010. The film is now being released in select theaters across the country.

For more information on the film, including trailers, behind-the-scenes footage, and a theatrical dates, please visit

crazy-heart-posterSpecial Screening of "Crazy Heart"
followed by a Discussion and Q&A with the film's editor, John Axelrad

Varsity Theater in downtown Ashland (map)
Screening starts at 6:00pm
Discussion and Q&A starts at 8:00pm

Tickets can be purchased in advanced at Varsity Theatre or on the day.
There is a $2 discount for SOFaM members and students with current student ID.

About John Axelrad:
John Axelrad recently finished editing the romantic comedy THE SWITCH for directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck. The Miramax Films movie stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman and will have an August, 2010 release. Before editing the Oscar nominated performances of Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal in CRAZY HEART, Axelrad cut two films for director James Gray: TWO LOVERS (with Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow) and WE OWN THE NIGHT (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg). Both movies premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2008 and 2007, respectively. Earlier editing credits for Axelrad include James Gunn’s SLiTHER, a Universal Pictures release, and the horror/thriller THE MESSENGERS (directed by Danny and Oxide Pang) for Ghost House Pictures and Sony Screen Gems / Columbia Pictures. In 2005, Axelrad edited BOOGEYMAN for Sony Screen Gems and was an additional editor in 1999 on David Koepp’s STIR OF ECHOES, starring Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Erbe. Axelrad began his editing career mentored by some of the best editors in Los Angeles. He was assistant editor for Anne V. Coates, A.C.E. on OUT OF SIGHT, ERIN BROCKOVICH, and UNFAITHFUL. He assisted Debra Neil-Fisher, A.C.E. on UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, and he was assistant to Bruce Green, A.C.E. on HOME ALONE 3 and WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING. In between assistant jobs, Axelrad edited several independent feature films, a move that would allow him to leave the assistant world and later graduate to editing bigger-budget projects. John studied film production at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Media.

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