Ty Burrell honored at Ashland film festival

Five-day event will feature more than 90 films

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

It’s been a busy year for actor Ty Burrell.

The star of the award-winning television show “Modern Family,” Burrell currently voices Mr. Peabody in the animated feature film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and plays Jean Pierre Napolean in the new movie “Muppets Most Wanted.”

An Oregon native, Burrell will receive Ashland Independent Film Festival’s Rogue Award April 5 in Ashland.

Featuring more than 90 feature and short films, the festival runs April 3-7 at various locations in Ashland, including the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, Ashland Street Cinema and the Ashland Springs Hotel. The festival was founded in 2001 by the Southern Oregon Film Society.

According to its website, the AIFF “provides an intimate setting that allows audience members from our rural area, filmmakers and industry representatives a rare opportunity to interact over five days at various events including screenings, forums, educational programs and informal gatherings.” For the full schedule for the 2014 festival, visit www.ashlandfilm.org.

Born in Grants Pass, Burrell grew up in Ashland and graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1993. The film festival will present “A Conversation with Ty Burrell” April 5 at the Historic Ashland Armory. He will join his childhood friend Miles Inada (Professor of Art and Emerging Media at Southern Oregon University) in an “insightful, irreverent, and thoroughly entertaining discussion of acting,” according to the festival’s website.

Along with Burrell, the AIFF will honor writer Mark Monroe (“The Cove,” “Chasing Ice”) with a Rogue Award and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (“Harlan Country USA,” “Shut Up and Sing”) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets are $12 for most events, $11 for seniors age 62 and older, $6 for students (with valid identification) and $5 for Oregon Trail Card Holders. The Local Only Film Programs and Filmmaker TalkBack Panels are free but require tickets. The Opening Night Bash is $30 and the Awards Celebration is $75.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.ashlandfilm.org or call 541-488-3823.

— Reporter: 541-383-0350, jwasson@bendbulletin.com