Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo in the Normal Heart

Daedalus Film Festival

  • August 15 - August 17, 2014

For the second year the Daedalus Project, in partnership with the Ashland Independent Film Festival and Coming Attractions Theatres, will present the Daedalus Film Festival examining the global HIV/AIDS crisis past and present. Join Ashland's premiere cultural institutions at the Varsity Theatre on Main Street for a slate of thought-provoking, haunting, celebratory, maddening and inspiring original films.

For a list of films and trailers, please click on "More Information" below.

All tickets are $10, with the exception of The Normal Heart, which we are happy to present for FREE. To make sure as many people as possible can see this free film, we ask that patrons request no more than four tickets for The Normal Heart per order.

To buy tickets, please click on the date of your choosing above, or call our Box Office at 800-219-8161 or visit our Box Office in person.

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All films screen at the Varsity Theater on Main Street in Ashland.

Each film will be followed by a Q&A in the theatre.

The Normal Heart with Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch, photo credit Jojo Whilden


2014, 132 mins, USA

Narrative Feature

For Mature Audiences: Adult Content.

Director: Ryan Murphy
Screenplay: Larry Kramer
Featuring: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts.


Adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, Larry Kramer tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early ‘80s. An unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.


Friday, August 15 at 7 p.m. - FREE, courtesy of HBO
Saturday, August 16 at 4 p.m. - FREE, courtesy of HBO

Watch the trailer!

The Battle for amFAR film still


2013, 40 mins, USA

Documentary Short Film (plays with A LAST FAREWELL)  

Producers/Directors: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
Executive Producer: Kenneth Cole


The story of two powerful women - a Hollywood movie star, Elizabeth Taylor, and a Swiss research scientist, Dr. Matilde Krim, who joined forces to create America’s first AIDS research organization. Their unrelenting drive, compassion and courage forever changed the course of AIDS history—and gave hope to all people living with HIV.


(With Director Jeffrey Friedman in attendance for Q&A following the film)

Saturday, August 16 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, August 17 at 4 p.m.

Watch the trailer!

For more information, click here.


 Broken Heartland film still


2014, 81 mins, USA


Producers/Directors: Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg
Producer: Eric Juhola


Against the backdrop of a bible-belt town bitterly divided on the issue of homosexuality, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head.  Zack’s grief-stricken parents, conservative Republicans and military veterans, are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son’s death, moving from private denial to a climactic and very public acceptance of their son’s legacy.


(With Nancy and Van Harrington (Zack’s parents) in attendance for Q&A following the film)

Sunday, August 17 at 7 p.m.

Watch the trailer!


Common Threads film still


1989, 80mins, USA


Producers/Directors: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman


Academy Award ®, Best Feature Documentary (1989) 


Emmy Award, Best Original Score - Bobby McFerrin

This is the 25th Anniversary of this film.


Common Threads tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic in the US.


An Olympic athlete; a gay activist; a boy with hemophilia; a recovering heroin addict; a closeted Navy commander: five very diverse lives that shared a common fate. Their lives—along with thousands of others—are woven together in a giant memorial patchwork quilt that is solemnly unfolded in the US capitol to protest the government's refusal to respond to the growing AIDS epidemic.


(With Director Jeffrey Friedman in attendance for Q&A following the film)


Saturday August 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday August 17 at 1 p.m.


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"Slams through stereotypes … Slowly, carefully, powerfully, Common Threads takes the cold statistics and gives them very recognizable faces."   The New York Times


"A great documentary." The Washington Post


"As powerful and moving a documentary as you will ever see. A+." People


"A documentary with the cumulative emotional impact of great tragedy." Los Angeles Times


"Simply stunning…a study in devotion and anger and courage at a dark time. And through it all, it’s love that shines the brightest." Variety


How to Survive a Plague film still



2012, 110 mins, US

Director David France

Academy Award ® Nomination for Best Documentary


The story of young activists who created some of the most powerful social movements of our time, saving their own lives and millions more. Their activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.


Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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A Last Farewell still from the film 


2013, 13 mins, Sweden


Narrative Short Film (plays with THE BATTLE OF AMFAR)


Director: Casper Andreas


"An alternative family drama about life and death."


A moving portrait of an aging author's sorrow over the death of his long-term partner. Haunted by visions of his late husband, he must tackle the impossible task of moving on and finding peace in the wake of a devastating loss.


Saturday, August 16 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, August 17 at 4 p.m.

Watch the trailer!

The Daedalus Film Festival is produced in partnership with:

 Ashland Independent Film Festival


Coming Attractions Theatres