Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Ross Ragland Theater will feature a free film festival Tuesday night, with a special focus.
Klamath County Developmental Disabilities Services Director Phillip Squibb says the festival is unique. “The Sprout Film Festival is a collection of shot films that are acted in, directed by, or written by individuals experiencing disabilities.”
Anthony DiSalvo is the founder and director of Sprout. “There’s a variety of really well done, professional films that have a pretty good budget, to small independent films that a father makes about a child.”
Each of the short films runs only a few minutes, but they provide a wide emotional perspective.
“You’re either going to shed a tear or two, or you’re going to be fighting them.” Notes Squibb. “And there will also be a lot of laughter.”
DiSalvo agrees. “I always see our Sprout Film Festival as being a rollercoaster of emotion.”
But above all, organizers believe the Sprout Festival is inspiring.
“It shows that there are a lot of people out there going through the same struggles as you are.” DiSalvo points out. “Accomplishing a lot of great things.”
The festival is co-sponsored by Klamath County Developmental Disabilities Services, and Southern Oregon Regional Brokerage.
Tickets for the Sprout Film Festival are free of charge to the general public.
The screenings will get underway Tuesday night at 6 at the Ross Ragland Theater.
You can find more information at: rrtheater.org
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.