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Saturday, December 2
 

12:00pm

Short Docs 2: Against the Grain
Short documentaries full of compelling stories of the many ways to go against the grain.

52 Trolleybus
DIrected by David Aurbach
Run Time: 29 min, Austria
A story of a beloved former communist institution and its last gasps for survival and a look into the lives of the people that try to keep it all going amid the political and economic turmoil of the region. 

Bear In The Bedroom
DIrected by Albert Koomen
Run Time: 7 min, Australia
As he dresses, a bear reveals more than just a hairy chest - he talks about the highs and lows of his life and the healing power of love. 

Family Rewritten
Directed by Yasmin Mistry
Run Time: 13 min, USA
Despite battling Cystic Fibrosis, Camilla, age 16, identifies as a typical middle-class American teenager until the thread that holds her family together suddenly unwinds. Just months before her 18th birthday Camilla finds herself in foster care, but instead of being ashamed, she makes a conscious decision to not let her situation define her. 

GatorAide
Directed by Alex Witkowicz
Run Time: 10 min
The world's best alligator rodeo takes place in the unsuspecting shadow of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. But the reasons behind this bizarre annual roundup will leave viewers enraptured with the animals, the people who wrestle them, and will create a newfound appreciation for what it's like to live life with all ten of their fingers still attached. 

Hairat
Directed by Jessica Beshir
Run Time: 7 min, USA
One man's nightly ritual brings solace to the lovelorn of Harar. 

HI8
Directed by John Shaw
Run Time 5 min, USA
By powering up their "time machine," a dated Hi8 camcorder, two friends explore and discuss the joy of creating movies as a kid.

Unwelcome
Directed by Ida Theresa Myklebost
Run Time: 16 min, USA
In a tent at a gas station lives six year old Menwar. Together with his siblings and parents, he fled Syria, hoping to find peace in Europe. But when they finally arrive, they find a continent that does not want them, a continent that has closed its borders to refugees like them.

He Who Dances on Wood
Directed by Jessica Beshir
Run Time: 6 min, USA
One man's search for joy has culminated in a constant experience of rhythm in the world around him. 
 
Total Run Time: 95 min 

Saturday December 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
E Street Theater 315 E Street Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

42 Grams
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Jack C. Newell
Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Min
Country of Origin: USA

42 Grams is an intimate portrait of chef Jake Bickelhaupt's evolution from illegal restaurateur to culinary celebrity and the consequences the transformation has on his life and marriage.


42 Grams Film


Saturday December 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Large

4:00pm

Prison Dogs
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Geeta Gandbhir & Perri Peltz
Runtime: 1 Hour 11 Min
Country of Origin: USA

Incarcerated for murder and armed robbery, select New York inmates learn to love again by raising puppies behind bars. In this inspirational tale, three prisoners battle self-doubt, anger and regret in their attempt to transform dependent pups into service dogs for injured US veterans. Bound together by fate, this uniquely vulnerable trio of puppy, prisoner, and veteran come to discover the redemptive power of second chances.

Emmy Award-Winning director Geeta Gandbhir will be in attendance!

Prison Dogs Film


Saturday December 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Large

6:00pm

Arctic Superstar
Directed by Simen Braathen
Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Min
Country of Origin: Norway

The indigenous, Samí rapper Nils Rune Utsi - aka SlinCraze - lives with his mother in Máze, a nearly abandoned town in the Arctic Highlands of Norway. Nils dreams of being able to make a living making music - and maybe even become world famous like his hero Eminem. Playing to sparsely attended shows, in remote locations, on makeshift stages, and usually for free, Niles uses his music to deal with the trauma of being bullied as a child and maybe even more importantly, prove to himself that he's not a nobody. The only problem is that less than 20,000 people in the world understand the endangered language he raps in.

Arctic Superstar Film

Trailer 

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Saturday December 2, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
BearTooth TheatrePub 1230 W. 27th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Sunday, December 3
 

1:45pm

A to B Rollerski
Directed by Arnis Aspers
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Min
Country of Origin: USA

“A to B Rollerski” is a feature documentary film that tells the story of Raimonds Dombrovskis' epic rollerski journey from Arctic to Baja back in 1988, covering 4200 miles in 90 days. Raimonds is a Latvia-born US Olympic biathlete whose sudden life-threatening health condition forces him out of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Instead of giving up on his dreams, Raimonds recovers and embarks on a 90-day rollerski trip from Inuvik, Canada, to Baja, Mexico.

A to B Rollerski


Sunday December 3, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Alaska Experience Theater Large

2:00pm

Half Life in Fukushima
Half Life in Fukushima
Directed by Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa
Run Time: 1hour 1 min, Switzerland

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Naoto Matsumura, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone.
Here, the blowing wind is the soundtrack to Naoto's lonely days, spent cultivating his land and feeding his cattle. Naoto fights to build a new life in this post-apocalyptic landscape, fearlessly facing the silent danger of radioactivity. He is a guardian of the past and the symbol of humanity's need for a change.

Half Life in Fukushima Trailer


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E Street Anchorage, AK 99501

3:30pm

Actors of Sound
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Lalo Molina
Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Min
Country of Origin: USA

From footsteps to bone cracks, Foley artists bring films to life with their imaginative sound effects. As digital technology goes full speed ahead in 21st century moviemaking, can Hollywood’s low tech Foley artist survive in this high tech age?

Actors of Sound Website



Sunday December 3, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E Street Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

Over the River
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Vanina Lappa
Country of Origin: Italy
Runtime: 1:14:47

“We are too old-fashioned, this is the problem. We look at the moon, we look at too many things…” This is told to Angelo, a young waiter that lives in a small village. It is said that inside the grotto is guarded an ancient secret. The village seems to live in a suspended time, anchored to old rituals, such as pig’s killing, wheat harvesting or the electoral campaign. The young man follows all this with a participated detachment and he confront himself with an older man called Angelo, just like him, a barman at the local café, who that from behind the counter benefit of a favoured viewpoint on the village’s dynamics. They both dream and fear the escape at the same time, both scared by the idea that if they go away they may lose everything they are.


Sunday December 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Alaska Experience Theater Small 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

Saving Brinton
Directed by Tommy Haines & Andrew Sherburne
Country of Origin: USA
Runtime: 1:27:30

In rural Iowa, a beloved history teacher uncovers the century-old showreels of one of America’s first motion picture impresarios and sets out to premiere the films at a historic local opera house.

Saving Brinton

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Sunday December 3, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
BearTooth TheatrePub 1230 W. 27th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Monday, December 4
 

3:00pm

Matinee: Short Docs 1: Stories of Redemption
Limited Capacity seats available

AIFF Matinee.

Mott Haven
Directed by Kyle Morrison
Run Time: 24m, USA
JC Hall is a social worker in the South Bronx who has been given the opportunity to create a music studio in the old storage room of a “second chance” high school. When one of the students who helped him build the studio is murdered in front of the school, JC and his after school program decide to hold a show in his honor. The film follows the group for over a year as they prepare for the show, all while processing their grief, overcoming individual obstacles and working towards graduating high school in a district where 49% of kids live below the poverty line.

Perception: From Prison to Purpose
Directed by Garrett Guinn
Run Time: 40min, USA
During his seven years of incarceration, Noah took advantage of every program, workshop and educational service provided and pushed himself not only to be better, but to challenge our perceptions of what it means to be an inmate. From gang member and drug dealer, to college grad, author, and TEDx speaker, Noah's determination and spirit have launched him to success.

Wildland
Directed by Daniel Steiner
Run TIme: 25min, USA
Three young inmates enlist in one of the last firefighting programs in the country for juveniles offenders; but a deadly incident forces them to contemplate their futures both on and off the fire-line. 

Monday December 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Large

8:15pm

Among Wolves
Directed by Shawn Convey
Runtime: 1h27m  
Country of Origin: USA

*Director Shawn Convey in attendance*

The Wolves are no ordinary biker club as revealed in this intimate portrait of trauma and survival. Still struggling from the aftermath of the Bosnian War, this multi-ethnic club organizes charity for their small mountain town and defends the threatened herd of wild horses they first met on the frontline. It’s out there, with the horses, they confront their past and reclaim that territory as a space for healing. 

When war correspondents move on to their next conflict, a more personal battle is just beginning for those left behind. Nearly 20 years after their brutal civil war, Bosnia still strives to overcome the economic depression and personal hardships left in the wake of the war. Fortunately for the small mountain town of Livno, an unorthodox leader has emerged, giving struggling veterans and their community an unlikely path to healing.

A paramilitary leader at the young age of 20, Lija helped defend the town while neighbors fell to the invading forces. Now he heads the Wolves, a motorcycle club that resembles the stereotype in rough image only. Under his leadership, this wild crew has become a positive force for good with a self-defined humanitarian focus. As their numbers grow, so do their successes, like holding charity events for the neediest in their community and securing badly needed supplies for hospitals in Livno an Srebrenica.

One mission, though, rich in symbolism, captures their spirit more than any other. On what was once the front line, they now tend to and defend a herd of wild horses that society has similarly deemed expendable. A harsh environment, poachers, and urbanization continually threaten the herd. Stirred by their strength, the Wolves are determined to control their own fate and finally emerge from the shadow of war.

Among Wolves Film

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Monday December 4, 2017 8:15pm - 9:45pm
BearTooth TheatrePub 1230 W. 27th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Tuesday, December 5
 

3:00pm

Short Docs 3: Compelling Characters
Limited Capacity seats available

Duterte's Hell
Directed by Aaron Goodman & Luis Liwanag 
Run Time: 9m, Philippines
The terror and devastation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines.

Ghosts of The Arctic
Directed by Abraham Joffe
Run Time: 7 min, Australia
Polar Photographer, Joshua Holko, journeys through the frozen expanse of Svalbard seeking to encounter and photograph the majestic polar bear on foot, something rarely attempted.

Lifted: A Ski Film for the Rest of Us
Directed by Oly Mingo
Run Time: 30 min, USA
A wintertime love story exploring the universal attraction between skier, boarder and mountain. From first chair to flamingo days, from deep powder to epic corduroy, this is a celebrates athletes and amateurs of all shapes and styles.

Lucia
Directed by Emil Kahr
Run Time: 4 min, Denmark
In the rural mountains of Galicia, Spain a particular group of people practice an ancient tradition in which the village men wrestle and tame wild mountain horses with their bare hands in order to trim the horses' mane and tail. But a young courageous girl named Lucia decides that this man-vs-beast tradition is no longer just for men.

Still I Rise
Directed by Gabriel Diamond, Patrick Nelson Barnes and Phil Collis 
Run Time: 4 min, USA
A visual and musical interpretation of American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem "Still I Rise." Juxtaposing Angelou's timeless words with imagery of struggle and change from the past to the present, "Still I Rise" prompts us to ask ourselves: What side of the divide do you stand on? Where will you forge common ground?

Ten Meter Tower
Directed by Maximilien Van Aertryck & Axel Danielson
Run Time: 16 min, Sweden
People who have never been up a ten meter diving tower before have to choose whether to jump or climb down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out against the humiliation of having to climb down.

The Collection
Directed by Adam Roffman
Run time: 11 min, USA
Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places.

$30 to Antarctica
Directed by Joey Chu
Run Time: 18 min, USA
Ka Foon Chau grew up an impoverished child but retired a renowned doctor. Raised in 1960s Hong Kong, Chau faced the bias of her elders who attempted to discourage her interest in the academics but a small gesture of support she received from a teacher allowed Chau to build a life and career that moved beyond the restrictive boundaries set by her parents’ generation, including fulfilling a childhood dream to see Antarctica.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Large

5:30pm

The Last Animals
Directed by Kate Brooks
Runtime: 1:31:50
Country of Origin: USA

The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to all lengths to save the planet's last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa's front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.

The Last Animals

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Tuesday December 5, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
BearTooth TheatrePub 1230 W. 27th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503

8:00pm

AlphaGo
Directed by Greg Kohs
Country of Origin: USA
Runtime: 1:30:28

AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind, to Seoul, where a legendary Go master faces an unproven AI challenger. As the drama unfolds, questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What will it teach us about humanity?

AlphaGo Movie

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Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
BearTooth TheatrePub 1230 W. 27th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Thursday, December 7
 

7:45pm

Voyage of the Southern Sun
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Rob Murphy
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Min
Country of Origin: Australia

Adventurer of the Year, Michael Smith discovered the delights and perils of true adventure in a solo circumnavigation in his tiny amphibious flying boat, Southern Sun, that retraced historical Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am airmail routes of the 1930’s. At a leisurely 80 knots, taking his time flying from cities to forests; deserts and rivers; over mountains and volcanoes; coral reefs, vast stretches of oceans, ice flows and glaciers; oh, and giant rats. Michael’s journey captured the geographic splendour of the world and learnt a little of human kind and himself along the way.

Voyage of the Southern Sun


Thursday December 7, 2017 7:45pm - 9:15pm
E Street Theater 315 E Street Anchorage, AK 99501

8:00pm

Gay-La Movie : Check It
AIFF Gay-La Selections celebrate stories and triumphs of the LGBTQ community and their allies. 

Directed by Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Min
Country of Origin: USA

Fed up with being abused and harassed on the brutal inner-city streets of Washington D.C., a group of gay and trans teens form a gang to fight back. This raw and intimate portrait follows four Check It members as they struggle to find a way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue: fashion.


Thursday December 7, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Large

8:15pm

Short Docs 3: Compelling Characters
Limited Capacity seats available

Duterte's Hell
Directed by Aaron Goodman & Luis Liwanag 
Run Time: 9m, Philippines
The terror and devastation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines.

Ghosts of The Arctic
Directed by Abraham Joffe
Run Time: 7 min, Australia
Polar Photographer, Joshua Holko, journeys through the frozen expanse of Svalbard seeking to encounter and photograph the majestic polar bear on foot, something rarely attempted.

Lifted: A Ski Film for the Rest of Us
Directed by Oly Mingo
Run Time: 30 min, USA
A wintertime love story exploring the universal attraction between skier, boarder and mountain. From first chair to flamingo days, from deep powder to epic corduroy, this is a celebrates athletes and amateurs of all shapes and styles.

Lucia
Directed by Emil Kahr
Run Time: 4 min, Denmark
In the rural mountains of Galicia, Spain a particular group of people practice an ancient tradition in which the village men wrestle and tame wild mountain horses with their bare hands in order to trim the horses' mane and tail. But a young courageous girl named Lucia decides that this man-vs-beast tradition is no longer just for men.

Still I Rise
Directed by Gabriel Diamond, Patrick Nelson Barnes and Phil Collis 
Run Time: 4 min, USA
A visual and musical interpretation of American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem "Still I Rise." Juxtaposing Angelou's timeless words with imagery of struggle and change from the past to the present, "Still I Rise" prompts us to ask ourselves: What side of the divide do you stand on? Where will you forge common ground?

Ten Meter Tower
Directed by Maximilien Van Aertryck & Axel Danielson
Run Time: 16 min, Sweden
People who have never been up a ten meter diving tower before have to choose whether to jump or climb down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out against the humiliation of having to climb down.

The Collection
Directed by Adam Roffman
Run time: 11 min, USA
Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places.

$30 to Antarctica
Directed by Joey Chu
Run Time: 18 min, USA
Ka Foon Chau grew up an impoverished child but retired a renowned doctor. Raised in 1960s Hong Kong, Chau faced the bias of her elders who attempted to discourage her interest in the academics but a small gesture of support she received from a teacher allowed Chau to build a life and career that moved beyond the restrictive boundaries set by her parents’ generation, including fulfilling a childhood dream to see Antarctica.

Thursday December 7, 2017 8:15pm - 9:45pm
Alaska Experience Theater Small 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Friday, December 8
 

5:00pm

Short Docs 1: Stories of Redemption
Limited Capacity seats available

Mott Haven
Directed by Kyle Morrison
Run Time: 24m, USA
JC Hall is a social worker in the South Bronx who has been given the opportunity to create a music studio in the old storage room of a “second chance” high school. When one of the students who helped him build the studio is murdered in front of the school, JC and his after school program decide to hold a show in his honor. The film follows the group for over a year as they prepare for the show, all while processing their grief, overcoming individual obstacles and working towards graduating high school in a district where 49% of kids live below the poverty line.

Perception: From Prison to Purpose
Directed by Garrett Guinn
Run Time: 40min, USA
During his seven years of incarceration, Noah took advantage of every program, workshop and educational service provided and pushed himself not only to be better, but to challenge our perceptions of what it means to be an inmate. From gang member and drug dealer, to college grad, author, and TEDx speaker, Noah's determination and spirit have launched him to success.

Wildland
Directed by Daniel Steiner
Run TIme: 25min, USA
Three young inmates enlist in one of the last firefighting programs in the country for juveniles offenders; but a deadly incident forces them to contemplate their futures both on and off the fire-line.

Friday December 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Small 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

Half Life in Fukushima
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa
Runtime: 1 Hour 1 Min
Country of Origin: Switzerland

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Naoto Matsumura, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone.

Here, the blowing wind is the soundtrack to Naoto's lonely days, spent cultivating his land and feeding his cattle. Naoto fights to build a new life in this post-apocalyptic landscape, fearlessly facing the silent danger of radioactivity. He is a guardian of the past and the symbol of humanity's need for a change.


Friday December 8, 2017 6:00pm - 7:15pm
E Street Theater 315 E Street Anchorage, AK 99501

9:00pm

A to B Rollerski
Directed by Arnis Aspers
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Min
Country of Origin: USA

“A to B Rollerski” is a feature documentary film that tells the story of Raimonds Dombrovskis' epic rollerski journey from Arctic to Baja back in 1988, covering 4200 miles in 90 days. Raimonds is a Latvia-born US Olympic biathlete whose sudden life-threatening health condition forces him out of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Instead of giving up on his dreams, Raimonds recovers and embarks on a 90-day rollerski trip from Inuvik, Canada, to Baja, Mexico.


Friday December 8, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Small 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Saturday, December 9
 

12:00pm

Check It

Directed by Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Min
Country of Origin: USA

Fed up with being abused and harassed on the brutal inner-city streets of Washington D.C., a group of gay and trans teens form a gang to fight back. This raw and intimate portrait follows four Check It members as they struggle to find a way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue: fashion.


Saturday December 9, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Small 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:30pm

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Jennifer Townsend
Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Min
Country of Origin: USA

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise’ takes the viewer on a dramatic and exciting ride beginning with Thelma and Louise taking off for the weekend and continuing until they fly off the cliff at the end. Filmgoers who responded to a survey about the iconic ‘mother film’ 26 years ago guide the story and the hold Thelma & Louise have on popular culture.

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise 


Saturday December 9, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Alaska Experience Theater Large

2:00pm

Tribal Justice plus AKPM Hosted Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Anne Makepeace
Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Min
Country of Origin: USA

Two strong Native American women, both chief judges in their tribe's courts, strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people by restoring rather than punishing offenders, modeling restorative justice in action.

Join Alaska Public Media journalist Anne Hillman for a discussion following the film.  


Saturday December 9, 2017 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Loussac Library 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK 99503

3:00pm

Between Earth and Sky + Mega Tsunami
Limited Capacity seats available

Between Earth and Sky 
Directed by Paul Allen
Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Min
Country of Origin: USA

Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil.

Icy Bay Mega-Tsunami 
Directed by Bjorn Olsen
Runtime: 17 Min
Country of Origin: USA / Alaska

Oct. 17, 2015. Some 200 million metric tons of rock slid down the mountain in Taan Fjord, IcyBay, Alaska, in a crash that must have been deafening. It hit the ocean, sending up a wave that peaked at nearly 600 feet high. The wall of water stripped alder thickets from the hillside, tossed boulders up hills and carpeted the land in rubble from the bottom of the ocean. No one noticed.


Saturday December 9, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Large

3:00pm

Journeys to Adaka, Old Harbor New Hope
Limited Capacity seats available

Journeys to Adaka
Directed by Fritz Mueller
Runtime: 57 Min
Country of Origin: USA

An indigenous community in Canada’s Yukon turns to celebration and ceremony to fight back against a legacy of systemic hurt and racism. A beautifully filmed and intimate portrait of seven First Nations artists whose culture is their salvation.

Old Harbor, New Hope
Directed by Joshua Branstetter
Runtime: 15 Min
Country of Origin: USA / Alaska

Western control suppressed Alutiiq language and culture for centuries. Today, only 400 people in the world speak Alutiiq, and 60 of them reside in Old Harbor, Alaska. This is the story of the first Alutiiq dance festival. 


Saturday December 9, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
E Street Theater 315 E Street Anchorage, AK 99501

5:00pm

Over the River
Limited Capacity seats available

Directed by Vanina Lappa 
Runtime: 1 Hour 14 Min
Country of Origin: Italy

“We are too old-fashioned, this is the problem. We look at the moon, we look at too many things…”

This is told to Angelo, a young waiter that lives in a small village. It is said that inside the grotto is guarded an ancient secret. The village seems to live in a suspended time, anchored to old rituals, such as pig’s killing, wheat harvesting or the electoral campaign. The young man follows all this with a participated detachment and he confront himself with an older man called Angelo, just like him, a barman at the local café, who that from behind the counter benefit of a favoured viewpoint on the village’s dynamics. They both dream and fear the escape at the same time, both scared by the idea that if they go away they may lose everything they are.


Saturday December 9, 2017 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Alaska Experience Theater Small 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:00pm

Actors of Sound
Directed by Lalo Molina
Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Min
Country of Origin: USA

From footsteps to bone cracks, Foley artists bring films to life with their imaginative sound effects. As digital technology goes full speed ahead in 21st century moviemaking, can Hollywood’s low tech Foley artist survive in this high tech age?

Actors of Sound Website

Saturday December 9, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
E Street Theater 315 E Street Anchorage, AK 99501

7:00pm

AlphaGo
Directed by Greg Kohs
Country of Origin: USA
Runtime: 1:30:28

AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind, to Seoul, where a legendary Go master faces an unproven AI challenger. As the drama unfolds, questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What will it teach us about humanity?

AlphaGo Movie

Saturday December 9, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Alaska Experience Theater Small 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Sunday, December 10
 

12:30pm

Short Docs 2: Against the Grain
Limited Capacity seats available

Short documentaries full of compelling stories of the many ways to go against the grain.

52 Trolleybus
DIrected by David Aurbach
Run Time: 29 min, Austria
A story of a beloved former communist institution and its last gasps for survival and a look into the lives of the people that try to keep it all going amid the political and economic turmoil of the region. 

Bear In The Bedroom
DIrected by Albert Koomen
Run Time: 7 min, Australia
As he dresses, a bear reveals more than just a hairy chest - he talks about the highs and lows of his life and the healing power of love. 

Family Rewritten
Directed by Yasmin Mistry
Run Time: 13 min, USA
Despite battling Cystic Fibrosis, Camilla, age 16, identifies as a typical middle-class American teenager until the thread that holds her family together suddenly unwinds. Just months before her 18th birthday Camilla finds herself in foster care, but instead of being ashamed, she makes a conscious decision to not let her situation define her. 

GatorAide
Directed by Alex Witkowicz
Run Time: 10 min
The world's best alligator rodeo takes place in the unsuspecting shadow of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. But the reasons behind this bizarre annual roundup will leave viewers enraptured with the animals, the people who wrestle them, and will create a newfound appreciation for what it's like to live life with all ten of their fingers still attached. 

Hairat
Directed by Jessica Beshir
Run Time: 7 min, USA
One man's nightly ritual brings solace to the lovelorn of Harar. 

HI8
Directed by John Shaw
Run Time 5 min, USA
By powering up their "time machine," a dated Hi8 camcorder, two friends explore and discuss the joy of creating movies as a kid.

Unwelcome
Directed by Ida Theresa Myklebost
Run Time: 16 min, USA
In a tent at a gas station lives six year old Menwar. Together with his siblings and parents, he fled Syria, hoping to find peace in Europe. But when they finally arrive, they find a continent that does not want them, a continent that has closed its borders to refugees like them.

He Who Dances on Wood
Directed by Jessica Beshir
Run Time: 6 min, USA
One man's search for joy has culminated in a constant experience of rhythm in the world around him. 
 
Total Run Time: 95 min 

Sunday December 10, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Alaska Experience Theater Small 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501