By Rick Tillery/KTVL.com
ASHLAND, Ore. -- The 12th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival started Thursday and film lovers are already getting into theaters.
David Margulies has been here for 8 of them and says this year is as good as ever, "it was fantastic, it was a documentary called "Valentine Road" it was about a young boy in Occidental, California and a murder there in the classroom."
Margulies says he keeps coming back every year for one main reason, "the creativity involved in selection of the films, i think the programming department does an extraordinary job of choosing wonderful fims both documentaries shorts and features."
The selection continues to grow every year, it's up to 91 films for 2013.
Executive Director Anne Asheby says traditionally the festival has used two theaters - the Varsity and the Historic Ashland Armory - but now they are adding another, one screen at the Ashland Street Cinemas.
And because it's a film festival Ashbey says they'll also hand out awards, "we'll be celebrating documentary filmmaker lucy walker, she will win our rogue award on sunday night and she brings a film called "The Crash Reel" which is about Kevin Pierce who was a snowboarder who was injured while training for the Olympics in 2010."
Local films will also be shown to film buffs, like "Redwood Highway" which was shot in several Southern Oregon locations. One of the stars, Shirley Knight, will be here for the festival. The film holds its world premiere Friday night.Click here for a link to the a list of movies the festival is showing.