We are creating something new with the Auburn Adventure Film Festival. More than a collection of exciting movies, the AAFF promises a unique experience for anyone who attends and opts to... experience the movies. At AAFF, each package of films will be complemented by an adventure for the audience that relates to the film’s theme - whether playing tag with “professionals,” enjoying an exclusive session of ice skating, sampling the finest international street food, or getting an VIP tour of a mountaineering exhibit at the White River Valley Museum. We want our audience to make memories in addition to seeing movies. No festival has ever undertaken such an adventure, yet this seems perfectly in the spirit of Auburn - a city where fun of all sorts is within walking distance, and new experiences surround us to create richer lives.
— Warren Etheredge

Meet the Organizers

2019 Film Festival Director

Auburn Tourism Coordinator and Film Festival Manager 

Warren Etheredge has worked on the film festival circuit for 20 years. He got his start during a 3-year stint with the Seattle International Film Festival, then went on to serve as the Curator & Director of the 1 Reel Film Festival (at Bumbershoot) for six years -- which, during his tenure, was the best-attended celebration of short films in the nation. In 2017, along with his partner Nancy Dragun, he launched the Walla Walla Movie Crush, America’s most intoxicating blend of shorts, staged every July at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre. Additionally, Warren has been with the Rainier Independent Film Festival since its inception and is a fixture at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.  At both, he assumes many roles as an interviewer, screening host, workshop facilitator, programming consultant and awards ceremony emcee. Warren has also staged/hosted events at Sundance, SXSW, Port Townsend, Bend and other well-known festivals.

Life is an adventure. And adventure can take form in many different lenses, whether it is in the world of travel, sports, photography, culinary arts, nature, and relationships. 

With a thriving arts scene in Auburn, a film festival was the next natural addition in the exciting lineup of yearlong fun Auburn events.  With our #Choose Your Own Adventure marketing campaign highlighting the unique entertainment options Auburn has to offer, the Auburn Adventure Film Festival is designed to showcase perspectives that will engage the audience by letting them be a part of the adventure before and after the film.

A lifelong fan of films, especially documentaries, Lorraine is excited to assist with the launch of the Auburn Adventure Film Festival.

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About the Auburn Avenue Theater

For over 30 years, the Auburn Avenue Theater has presented a diversity of live performances, including Broadway musicals, mystery theater, children's theater, and concerts. The Douglas family, producers of the fine dinner theater featured at the Auburn Avenue Theater for over 20 years, leased the venue to the City of Auburn to continue operating as a performing arts space. In 2007, The City of Auburn reopened the venue, expanding this time-honored tradition of live, quality performing arts, variety entertainment, children's shows, dance and music, right in the heart of downtown Auburn.

The theater building itself is over 80 years old, however, the first structure to occupy the property over 100 years ago was a carriage house for horses. When the automobile replaced horses as the major mode of transportation, the building was entirely reconstructed as the city's bus depot. New owners converted it to a movie house in the 1940s and continued operating it as such until the mid-70s, when it underwent yet another conversion, this time as a performing arts theater venue.