March 14, 2012
Taymor to be honored at festival - director of "Across the Universe"
An inside view of the Kennedy family, the crusade to keep Detroit going, a cold, hard look at global warming — all are part of the lineup for April's Ashland Independent Film Festival, which promoters hope will draw more than 19,000 viewers in its 11th season.The big splash will be guest Julie Taymor, director of "Across the Universe," the fantastical review of Beatles music, which will be shown and followed by a question-and-answer session. Taymor directed Helen Mirren in "The Tempest" and won a Tony for Best Director in a Musical for "The Lion King."She joins Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch in "Essential Transformation: In Conversation with Julie Taymor" at 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, and on Sunday evening will receive the AIFF Artistic Achievement Award.The popular movie festival and its panels runs April 12-16 and is noted for its accompanying social scene, in which viewers and filmmakers get to know each other at local restaurants and watering holes, says Anne Ashbey Pierotti, who is in her first season as AIFF executive director.http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120314/NEWS/203140321