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2018 82 mins.

Curated by:

Pat Race

Director, Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society

Alaska is story rich. We’re a state full of strange tales and unthinkable adventures. The long, dark winters are conducive to editing and creative pursuits while the long summer days illuminate some of the most scenic lands in the world.

Visiting Filmmakers include:  Brice Habeger and Christy NaMee Eriksen

Films in this Program

Spaceport Somewhere

Directed by Brice Habeger

Blue-collar workers at a world-class spaceport complex make space travel possible in the unlikeliest of locales: Kodiak Island, Alaska.

I Am a Whittier Teacher

Directed by Slavik Bovechko, Travis Gilmour

Erika Thompson teaches grade school in Whittier, Alaska, a town where most people live and work in one building. Isolation

Feels Good

Directed by Andrew Okpeaha Maclean

When his car breaks down on a deserted rural highway and he is picked up by a man looking for

Sea Ice Secure

Directed by Sarah Betcher

1 of 6 short films in the series Tied to the Land: Voices from Northwest Alaska, which showcases ten northwestern

Wild Woman

Directed by Vanessa Sweet

In an animated poem to mankind that invokes current world issues, scenes transform and melt as the animator explores her

AKU-MATU: Ancestor from the Future

Directed by Michael Walsh

Old-school analog technology is used to convey the movement and facial expressions of one of Alaska’s most famous artists.

The Last Walk

Directed by Anna Hoover

A story that addresses the Bristol Bay community experiences of salmon fishery, travel by bush plane, substance abuse, and mental

Going for the Gold

Directed by Beau Sylte

An eccentric man in Juneau, Alaska tries to get every bit of gold out of the sand.

Ix̱six̱án, Ax̱ Ḵwáan (I Love You, My People

Directed by Jacob Brouillette, Marcel Cohen, Bradley Dybdahl, Arias Hoyle, Keegan Kanan, Geri Rodriguez, Kenndra Willard

Seven Tribal Citizen youth created a music video that illustrates their love for their culture and indigenous life in Southeast

Gert Svarny

Directed by Pat Race

Unangan artist Gert Svarny grew up in Unalaska until she was evacuated and interned during World War II. Since then,

How To Say Goodbye

Directed by Christy NaMee Eriksen, Ryan Cortes Perez

A poem about grief, gratitude, and friendship dedicated to Eriksen’s lifelong close friend who passed away from cancer last year.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.