New artistic director Roberta Munroe leading Oregon’s Ashland Independent Film Festival

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Roberta Munroe [Courtesy photo]

ASHLAND, Oregon – The Ashland Independent Film Festival recently announced three new appointments to key positions – artistic director, executive director and board president – bringing diverse leadership to the south Oregon nonprofit event, celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

Roberta Munroe recently was appointed as the Ashland Independent Film Festival’s artistic director. Munroe previously led programming for several premier global film events, including Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival and Independent Filmmaker Project New York.

Plus, she has also produced more than 40 projects and directed six films, according to a news release.

“As a Black lesbian in the film festival world, I’ve had the pleasure to work with several top tier festivals in the mainstream and LGBTQI communities over this past 30 years,” said Munroe in a statement. “Community is deeply important to me both personally, and professionally and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be embraced by the Ashland community.”

Under her tenure, Munroe said the festival is maintaining its strong focus on local talent and local audiences, while also welcoming the global filmmaker communities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Roberta Munroe … who will bring immense passion and highly regarded expertise to her new role,” said Sachta Card, Ashland business owner and entrepreneur, in a statement. “Her authenticity, experience, and perspective will be valuable assets to the festival and our community.”

In addition, Sky Loos was recently announced as Ashland Independent Film Festival’s executive director. A longtime Ashland resident with strong ties to the community, Loos is a seasoned nonprofit professional who previously served as director of operations at Britt Festivals and was education and community outreach director at Southern Oregon Humane Society.

Ashland Independent Film Festival also recently named Kirkaldy Myers as board president, marking the first time the festival’s board has been headed by a Black man. Myers is an independent arts producer and XR digital collaborator. He has built a growing network in the entertainment industry, which he is prepared to bring to the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

“This festival is capable of marquee prominence,” Myers said in a statement. “Roberta Munroe and Sky Loos are invaluable to the AIFF. I am very excited about them as Co-leaders and what they will do to ensure the future of the Ashland Independent Film Festival.”

Additional Ashland Independent Film Festival details, including participating films, special events and ticket sales will be announced in early 2022. AIFF Memberships start at $35 and include early access, exclusive events and screenings, free and discounted tickets and other benefits, all while supporting a beloved non-profit arts organization.

Typically set in spring, the Ashland Independent Film Festival annually attracts more than 7,000 film lovers to multiple venues to watch more than 100 documentary, feature and short films. It has been cited by MovieMaker Magazine several times as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” and one of the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

The 21st annual Ashland Independent Film Festival is set to take place live in Ashland April 14-18 and virtually April 19-28 on the fest’s Eventive channel. For more information, go to www.ashlandfilm.org.

-BAM

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