Medford, Ore. — The 15th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival kicked off in Ashland Thursday morning. The 4 day event will feature more than a hundred independent films from coast to coast. Among the documentaries, features and shorts are a handful of films directed and produced by local talent, including the producer and actor featured in Bastards y Diablos.
“Don’t let the title fool you, Bastards y Diablos sounds like it might be some scary alta drama but it’s this story of these two half brothers estranged from one another and their Colombian father, and when they receive word that he’s passed away they journey to Colombia,” Dillon Porter says.
“It’s really a cross country, road tripping, coming of age, multi-lingual feature length film.”
A graduate of South Medford High School, now fulfilling a dream of film making in Los Angeles, Dillon Porter’s creation is bringing him somewhat full circle this weekend, as he comes home.
Bastards y Diablos is one of 9 films featuring Rogue Valley talent at this year’s festival. It’s the first time one of Dillon’s films has been showcased at AIFF and it means even more that he gets to share the experience with his father, who makes a cameo in the drama.
“There’s a lot of emotion, there’s going to be a lot of laughter, a lot of tears, its a complex and a really well done movie,” Brian Porter says.
Shot in 9 cities over 35 days, and edited in a year and a half, the independent film was nothing short of a labor of love with a theme of family that plays out both on screen and off.
The first showing of the film at the festival is already sold out so they’ve added a second showing on Sunday night, click HERE for tickets.