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Friday, December 4
 

7:00pm

Opening Night - Eadweard
Eadweard (Canada, 104 min.)
Director: Kyle Rideout *Director will be in attendance for Q & A after screening

 A psychological drama centered around world-famous turn-of-the-century photographer, Eadweard Muybridge who photographed nude and deformed subjects, became the godfather of cinema, murdered his wife's lover, and was the last American to receive the justifiable homicide verdict.
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GALA AT BEARTOOTH THEATREPUB
Film starts at 8 p.m., but come early to mix and mingle with other film festival enthusiasts, get your photo taken, order delicious BearTooth food, and settle in for a fun evening! There will be light fare for your enjoyment while you mingle after the film!

*Festival Passes include Opening Night Gala. HOWEVER, passholders must have paper ticket from Bear Tooth for admittance. Passholders may receive ticket from Bear Tooth box office. Passes purchased online can find their Opening Night tickets at AIFF Will Call.  Come early and enjoy the festivities!

After-Gala Hot Spot:
Not ready to call it a night after the Bear Tooth gala dies down? Head over to the PubHouse Gastropub in AIFF sponsor hotel Inlet Towers for an after-party cocktail, as they're staying open untili 3am for us! Mix and mingle with fellow filmmakers and film enthusiasts!
 

Artists
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Kyle Rideout

Director and Co-Writer of 'Eadweard', Motion 58 Entertainment
Eadweard marks Kyle Rideout’s first feature film showcasing his distinctive visual style. The film has gone on to play film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards as well as audience choice awards at Maui, Nashville, Rhode Island and Newport Beach film festivals. The film was nominated for fifteen Leo Awards including ‘Best Picture’ and won five. His shorts, Hop the Twig and Wait for Rain won ‘Best Short’ on CBC’s Short Film... Read More →

Sponsors
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AK Public Media

Alaska Public Media harnesses the power of multiple media platforms to make a more informed and connected life possible for all Alaskans. Alaska Public Media produces and presents news and content that provides lifelong learning opportunities in public affairs, health and leisure, science and nature, economic and social development, civic engagement and world events. The company is located in Southcentral Alaska and is comprised... Read More →
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Bear Tooth Theatrepub

Unlike conventional theatres, the Bear Tooth offers freshly prepared food and draft beer and wine for consumption inside the theatre while watching the movie. When you enter the building, you’ll find over 12,000 square feet of remodeled lobby and theatre space including a 70 seat casual dining area and a 400 seat single screen movie house with a 125 seat balcony and a 275 seat main floor. If you’re not 21 or older, the theatre has... Read More →



Friday December 4, 2015 7:00pm - Saturday December 5, 2015 12:00am
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

11:00pm

Late-Night Lounge at PubHouse
After-Gala Late-Night Lounge

Not ready to call it a night after the Bear Tooth gala dies down? Head over to the PubHouse Gastropub, tucked into AIFF sponsor hotel Inlet Towers for an after-party cocktail, as they're staying open untili 3am for us!

Mix and mingle with fellow filmmakers and film enthusiasts!

Sponsors
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Inlet Tower Hotel

Conveniently located at 12th Ave and L Street, The Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites is your doorway to Downtown Anchorage. Our iconic location puts you just minutes from local attractions. | | Toll Free: (800)544-0786 | In Alaska: (907)276-0110


Friday December 4, 2015 11:00pm - Saturday December 5, 2015 3:00am
Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites 1020 W 12th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Saturday, December 5
 

12:00pm

Family Films

In the forest (U.S.A., 4 min.) Director: Li Xia

Far away from here, There is an enchanted forest that holds many deep,
dark secrets and is full of dangerous creatures If one day you find yourself there, Lost inside the darkness. Don't be afraid.

Switch Man (Taiwan, 4 min.) Directors: Hsun-Chun Chuang, Shao-Kuei Tong

In a normal quiet Sunday, Dr. Evil Mantis attacted K-City unexpectedly with his gigantic claw, the entire city in panic and in danger. At the very critical moment, one young man stood out and fight the Dr. Evil Mantis. This is the moment for the hidden superhero, and his secret power is about to turn this chaos upside down. The Legend is about to begin...

Scaredy Bat (U.S.A., 4 min.) Director: Greg Perkins

A tired frog is trying to sleep, but keeps being woken up by a crying bat who is scared of the dark.

Rosso Papavero (Slovakia, 5 min.) Director: Martin Smetana

Once upon a starry night, a small boy with the head full of fantasies witnesses dreamlike circus performances. Dazed by endless chain of glittering attractions he realizes that the price for a ticket to the fantastic circus tent is too high and gate between reality and dream is closing.

The Present (Germany, 4 min.) Director: Jacob Frey

Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

Mr. McBob (U.S.A., 7 min.) Director: Pierre Schantz

For years, school had been anything but exciting for 9 year old Pierre. It was always the same boring routine. Until one day, his fourth grade teacher took a break from the traditional schoolwork. Mr. McBob showed the class something different, something creative, something, “Outside the box,” which sparked Pierre’s interest and ultimately changed his life. Based on a true story, 12 year old student director Pierre Schantz reveals how he was first inspired by his 4th grade teacher to begin making films.

The Moment (U.S.A., 1 min.) Director: Sean McCarthy

We are all more connected than we think...

Ripple (U.S.A., 3 min.) Director: Conner Griffith

The shapes we make - an advertisement for planet earth.

My Heart (Islamic Republic of Iran, 2 min.) Director: Yaser Talebi

Miss Teacher’s heart is sick, and students want to give
her a big heart as a present.

The Red Thunder (U.S.A., 7 min.) Director: Alvaro Ron

Sarah (Allie Grant, "Weeds"), a nerdy teenager, needs her mom's brand new car to go on a date with Danny (Miles Heizer "Parenthood"), the boy she is in love with. Her mom, Dr. Thun (Karen Strassman, "Silicon Valley"), an absent minded Podiatrist is concerned about Sarah driving by the dangerous streets of downtown Los Angeles. She tells her daughter she may need her car if one of her patients has an emergency, but Sarah doesn't buy it. After all Dr. Thun is just a Podiatrist... Sarah receives a message from Danny asking if she is going to pick him up and she decides to disobey her mom and steal the car. Little does she know the vehicle is actually part of a secret Dr. Thun keeps and this discovery will change Sarah's life forever...

Total Time - 41 min.

 


Saturday December 5, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:00pm

Animation Program
The Moment (U.S.A., 1 min.) Director: Sean McCarthy  *Director in Attendance for Q & A after screening   We are all more connected than we think...
 
Olilo (U.S.A., 6 min.) Director: Ao Li
Olilo is a 2D animation that tells the story of an introverted girl held captive by her own semi-transparent personal space. Created through a combination of traditional frame-by-frame and digital drawing as well as key frame animation, the film focuses on love and its capacity to transform all things.

Sleepy Steve (U.S.A., 4 min.) Director: Meghann Artes
A fuzzy bachelor has engineered his wacky morning routine with robotic precision.

Ripple (U.S.A., 3 min.) Director: Conner Griffith
 The shapes we make - an advertisement for planet earth. (3 min.)

Chhaya (United Kingdom, 10 min.) Director: Debanjan Nandy
An old man trapped in a mundane senior center living by the memory of his beloved wife as his own shadow. But as his past sets in threatening his present, Prakash finds himself before a difficult decision: a mesmerizing but, unreal dream or life itself?      

Golden Shot (Turkey, 9 min.) Director: Gokalp Gonen
 Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that. (9 min.)

Rosso Papavero (Slovakia, 5 min.) Director: Martin Smetana
Once upon a starry night, a small boy with the head full of fantasies witnesses dreamlike circus performances. Dazed by endless chain of glittering attractions he realizes that the price for a ticket to the fantastic circus tent is too high and gate between reality and dream is closing.

The Apple Tree (U.S.A., 19 min.) Director: Scott Storm *Director will be in attendance for Q & A after screening
A destitute young boy discovers that the natural world near his home is in jeopardy, and acts to put things right at all costs. (19 min.)

wHole (Germany, 8 min.)  Directors: Verena Klinger, Robert Bammimg
In the isolation of the steppes lives a pair in a tent. Although the wife was born without eyes, she is happy. Her husband has made many attempts to help her see, but neither magic, technology or Shamanism can help. Ultimately, he decides to gift her one of his own eyes. The woman accepts tentatively at first but soon starts to discover her environment from a new perspective.
One night, sleepless and stunned by her own reflection in the mirror, she decides to steal the other eye, to be whole for once, even if just for a moment…

The Looking Planet (U.S.A., 17 min.) Director: Eric Law Anderson
During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression. (17 min.)

The Present (Germany, 4 min.) Director: Jacob Frey
Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

Total Running Time - 86 min.



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12:00pm

The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying little sister Avila)
(U.S.A., 77 min.)
Directors: Ann-Marie Schmidt, Brian Schmidt)

The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying little sister Avila)
"This film is not for over-protective parents,” warns this Tim Burton-esque, absurd children’s comedy from first-time writer-directors, husband-wife team Ann-Marie Schmidt and Brian Schmidt. When Jojo and his sister Avila are left to their own devices after a car accident injures their mother, they must survive in the woods on their own. Among the travails and harrowing experiences is a deranged hobo, ravaging wolves, abandoned couches, and dirty diapers. But don’t fret for the little ones; they have a sharp pocketknife at the ready. The creative team behind this unique film refer to it as a “children’s film” and they couldn’t be more correct. THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF JOJO (AND HIS ANNOYING SISTER AVILA) is pretty much every daydream every seven-year-old boy ever had. Ever. There’s adventure, danger, comedy, and Skittles. If you’re a parent, this film may make you squirm. But if you’re a child or a child at heart, Jojo and Avila will take you on the incredible journey you’ve been waiting for.

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Saturday December 5, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

1:30pm

Indie Lens Pop Up - Autism in Love
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a cinema series bringing people together for film and community-driven conversations. Featureing screening of documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws communities together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Providing synergy to connect, share stories, and join the conversation. This series is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in partnership with local public television stations such as Alaska Public Media and community organizations, these in-person events and online social screenings bring community members together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

Autism in Love by Matt Fuller (76 min.)
 Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romatic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.

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Saturday December 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Thinking Acoustically: Essential Sound Workshop for Aspiring Filmmakers
Jeremy Blake, of Alaska Filmmakers, presents a 1-hour workshop on the essentials of sound for aspiring filmmakers. 

Check out the video to see what Jeremy is all about! 

This workshop is for anyone remotely interested in making films, who would like to improve their technique in the audio department. Open to the public. Free.

Conference Room, Inlet Towers Hotel  

Speakers

Saturday December 5, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites 1020 W 12th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

The Descendants
(Islamic Republic of Iran, 80 min.)
Director: Yaser Talebi)

The Descendants
Jacob's family worries about Farrokh, the son of the family. Farrokh left Iran to continue his studies but he has not been in touch with them for a long time. Jacob travels to Sweden to look for his son...

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2:00pm

Shorts - Love & Pain Program
Nkosi Coiffure (Belgium, 14 min.) Director: Frederike Migom
During a fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’ Congolese neighbourhood, Eva escapes into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, seeing a woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight is about, opinions differ…

The Box (Canada, 11 min.) Director: Gab Germano *Director in attendance for Q & A
Guillaume and Nathalie. A 6-year relationship. A 7-month break up. There's a box that keeps them apart. There are several memories between them. But no certainty of their future. Trailer

Moving On (U.S.A., 11 min.) Directors: Mike Spear, Marcia Fields
Imagine being awakened in the morning by a knock on your door, and opening it to find two movers hired by your girlfriend with the dual purpose of breaking up with you, and moving you out of your home. In this modern world where technology too often replaces actual human interaction, the most personal moments in our lives are being delivered by the most impersonal methods. This short film takes a look at what would happen if even breakups were contracted out. And you thought getting dumped by text was embarrassing! MOVING ON is about what happens when you find you need to move on and move out at exactly the same time

Birthday (U.S.A., 13 min.) Director: Chris King
When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.

What's Eating Dad? (U.S.A., 11 min.) Director: Michael Goldburg *Director in attendance for Q & A
When Chloe meets her boyfriend's parents for the first time, what's really for dinner is something she never imagined. In the vein of 'Meet the Parents' meets 'Shaun of the Dead,' WHAT'S EATING DAD? is award-winning filmmaker Michael Goldburg's hilariously absurd horror-comedy about literally surviving the future in-laws.

Mike (United Kingdom, 8 min.) Director: Petros Silvestros
Mike, a sulky teenager has to do a boring job - to take his little brother Jack to the hairdresser. Waiting for him in the car, Mike starts to get worried when Jack takes too long to return.

One-Minute Time Machine (U.S.A., 6 min.) Director: Devon Avery
James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions.

The Poem of a Memory (U.S.A., 5 min.) Director: Christhian Andrews
 A despairing and heartsick woman faces reality after losing the most important thing in her life.

Scary Larry (U.S.A., 13 min.) Director: Greg Ivan Smith *Director in attendance for Q & A
In 1952, four New England college students play a seemingly innocent card game which holds a terrible ulterior motive. Debt is due...

The Bravest/The Boldest (U.S.A., 17 min.) Director: Moon Molson
 Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at a Harlem housing project to deliver some news to a woman about her son serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, she ain't trying to hear it.

Merry Xmas (U.S.A., 7 min.) Director: Boman Modine
MERRY XMAS tells the story of a mischievous father (Dick Van Dyke) who calls his very busy kids (Matthew Modine and Glenne Headly) to tell them that, after 55 years of marriage, he and their mom (Valerie Harper) are getting divorced. Horrified by the news, the children prepare to fly home to stop the divorce and save their parent's marriage.

Total Running Time - 109 min.

Artists
avatar for Greg Ivan Smith

Greg Ivan Smith

Filmmaker, OneTakeFilms
One of indiewire.com's "Ten Short Filmmakers You Should Know," Smith currently has nine shorts completed with OneTakeFilms, with several feature screenplays seeking production. His period horror short SCARY LARRY, screened at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, and won the RI International Horror Film Festival's "Best Editing Award." His multi-award-winning THE BACK ROOM screened at over 50 festivals world-wide, and won "Best Short... Read More →
avatar for Michael Goldburg

Michael Goldburg

WHAT'S EATING DAD? | | MICHAEL GOLDBURG (Writer/Director/Co-Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker who earned his M.F.A. at NYU's Graduate Film Program where his thesis film won a Warner Bros. Pictures Production Award and a Dean's Craft Award for Excellence. Michael has continued to make acclaimed films, commercials, and web series; including his hilariously absurd, horror-comedy short film, "What’s Eating Dad?," which was named... Read More →


2:30pm

Love Between the Covers
(U.S.A., 83 min)
Director: Laurie Kahn *Director will be in attendance for Q & A following screening

Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year -- outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

For three years, we follow the lives of five very diverse published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike all others, a global sisterhood where authors know their readers personally and help them become writers themselves. During the three years we’ve been shooting Love Between the Covers, we have witnessed the biggest power shift that has taken place in the publishing industry over the last 200 years. And it’s the romance authors who are on the front lines, pioneering new ways to survive and build communities in this rapidly changing environment.

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Saturday December 5, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

4:00pm

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Robin Hauser Reynolds

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

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Free to all students


Saturday December 5, 2015 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

Madina's Dream
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Andrew Berends

After decades of civil war, South Sudan achieved its independence from Sudan in 2011. But inside Sudan, the conflict continues. Sudan’s government employs aerial bombings and starvation warfare against the inhabitants of the Nuba Mountains. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled to refugee camps in South Sudan or remain trapped in the war zone. Eleven­-year­-old Madina and countless others dream of a brighter future for the Nuban people.

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4:00pm

Right Footed
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Nick Spark
One screening only

Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a birth defect, but managed to overcome many physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent. She learned to type with her toes, drive a car with her feet, and amazingly -- fly an airplane with her feet. Right Footed follows Jessica as she transforms from a motivational speaker to a mentor, and eventually into a leading advocate for people with disability.

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5:00pm

Orphans & Kingdoms
(New Zealand, 74 min.)
Director: Paolo Rotundo

Orphans & Kingdoms is a moving drama about a man who returns home only to be bound and beaten by three fugitive kids. Exposed to the helplessness of his tormentors he is forced to face the demons of his own dark past. Over the course of a tumultuous night the power begins to shift and a tenuous and unexpected bond begins to grow between them. When dawn comes, so too does the law. Now, the four of them find themselves on the run together.

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Saturday December 5, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

6:00pm

Midori in Hawaii

(U.S.A., 84 min.)

Director: John Hill

Midori is a struggling wedding photographer in Kona, Hawaii. Her small world in thrown off balance when Seiko, her judgmental sister comes to visit from Japan.

As the sisters travel the island together the reason for Seiko's visit gradually becomes and old grudges and mistrust begin to surface.

'Midori in Hawaii' is a small, breezy comedy that explores the nature of memory and the lifelong relationship between siblings.

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7:00pm

Living with the Dead
(U.S.A., 93 min.)
Director: Christine Vartoughian *Director in attendance for Q & A following screening

Max McLean is eighteen years old and can't get out of bed. Since her boyfriend Adam killed himself over a year ago, Max has been using sex, drugs, and parties to ignore the pain until one day she wakes up in a hospital, haven taken a nearly lethal dose of sleeping pills. While being haunted by visions of Adam, Max runs away from home and ventures into the forest with a bizarre but endearing boy named Ish.

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7:30pm

Diablo
(U.S.A., 90 min.)
Director: Lawrence Roeck

A young Civil War Veteran is forced on a desperate journey to save his kidnapped wife.

Starring Scott Eastwood, DIABLO is a Psychological Thriller Western set in the 1870's that deconstructs the Western myth through the story of a young man suffering from PTSD from the Civil War. Filmed by Dean Cundey (Apollo 13, Halloween) and Directed by Lawrence Roeck (The Forger, The Eastwood Factor).

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Saturday December 5, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

9:00pm

Late-Night Lounge Party
LATE-NIGHT LOUNGE at the Port View Room!

After all the films have finished their credits, head to 4th Avenue to party with filmmakers and other festival-goers! Alaska Experience Theater's hosting the party, with a special sneak-preview of Anchorage's own soon-to-open Double Shovel Cider!
Then, at 10:30, a special performance from Homer's own Tails and Tassels Burlesque Troupe! Not to be missed!

Come celebrate independent film with our visiting filmmakers! 

Doors at 9. Show your Festival Pass or recent AIFF movie ticket for entry. 

Saturday December 5, 2015 9:00pm - Sunday December 6, 2015 12:00am
Alaska Experience Theater - Port View Room 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501

10:30pm

They Look Like People
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Perry Blackshear

Suspecting that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself.

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Saturday December 5, 2015 10:30pm - Sunday December 6, 2015 12:30am
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Sunday, December 6
 

12:00pm

Harry & Snowman
(U.S.A., 84 min.)
Director: Ron Davis

Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit.

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Artists
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Ron Davis

Director/Producer, Docutainment Films
Director, HARRY & SNOWMAN (www.harryandsnowman.com)



Sunday December 6, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:00pm

Circus Without Borders
(U.S.A., 69 min.)
Directors: Susan Gray, Linda Matchan

CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS is an enlightening tale of two circus troupes from opposite ends of the globe who converge to realize a common dream. Using circus arts as a means of self-expression and cultural exchange, the two circuses -- Artcirq in the Canadian Arctic and Kalabante in West Africa -- give youth in two of the world’s most challenged communities the tools to travel beyond their borders and succeed. The film is a beautiful performance piece; a portal into two remote cultures; and an inspiring story of joy and heartbreak with universal relevance. Guillaume and Yamoussa, two world-class acrobats from remote corners of the globe, share the same dream: to bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Their dream unfolds in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa where they help Inuit and Guinean youth achieve unimaginable success, overcoming suicide, poverty and despair.

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Sunday December 6, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

1:00pm

Made in Alaska Shorts
I Follow Rivers (U.S.A., 10 min.) Director: Ellie Schmidt
This experimental short is a personal exploration of the perceived/false distinction that exists between humanity and nature, as well as coming to terms with the mortality of the natural world. Shot and edited in Sitka, Alaska in the summer of 2015.     
 
The Muse (U.S.A., 9 min.) Director: Christopher Gage Tucker
When an artist is 'touched' by The Muse then abandoned by it, he must seek a new source of inspiration.

The Kickstep Project (U.S.A., 20 min.) Director: Greg Stafford
Two lifelong Alaskan's go skiing for the first time together in Turnagain Pass. The 2015 winter was one of the warmest years on record in Alaska's recorded history. But Alaska at it's worst, is still some of the best terrain in the world. So Josh and Greg make the most of it and ski a 2,000 foot line on the South Face of Mt. Kickstep, a dream line, right in there backyard mountain playground. This line would inspire the Kickstep Project, A week long, big line shred-a-thon of one of Alaska’s backcountry gems.

Pushing Out Daisy (U.S.A., 11 min.) Director: Allison Week (Director in attendance)
Inspired by popular Inuit legend, one woman imagines pushing her cantankerous mother Daisy out a tad sooner than planned

Through the Wires (U.S.A., 5 min.) Director: Greg Chaney
Melancholy story of a Alaskan woman losing her boyfriend to the sunny south land. ( 5min.)

Easy Money (U.S.A., 9 min.) Director: Zayn Roohi (Director in attendance)
Neal's two friends set him up to be the get away drive for a bank heist. But who's robbing who..?  Trailer

The Ruthless Rhymer (U.S.A., 35 min.) Director: Quinton Oliver Smith (Producer Charlie Sears in attendance)
When Grace was a young child, her parents were murdered by the Ruthless Rhymer. She did not understand the purpose of this brutal attack. When she grew up, she became a reporter, in hopes of covering cold cases and bringing experience to sensitive topics like her own. One day, while learning about an "incidental" homeless death, she notices something that makes her think it's related to her parents' own murder.
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Total Running Time: 99 min.

Artists
avatar for Charlie Sears

Charlie Sears

Producer, Portal Productions
Producer and editor of "The Ruthless Rhymer." Sears and Quinton Oliver Smith have been working together since the two met in an after school film program back in 2009.



1:30pm

Janey Makes a Play
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Jared Callahan)

Follow 90-year-old Janey as she writes and directs her latest original, socially relevant community theatre production for her small town. Watch the creative process unfold with a cast of colorful townspeople, as they engage with the arts amidst a local economy devastated by the recent recession.

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2:00pm

Hunting in Wartime
(U.S.A., 70 min.)
Director: Samantha Farinella
Hunting in Wartime profiles Tlingit veterans from Hoonah, Alaska who saw combat during the Vietnam War. The veterans talk about surviving trauma, relating to Vietnamese civilians, readjusting to civilian life, and serving a government that systematically oppresses native people. Their stories give an important human face to the combat soldier and show the lasting affects of war on individuals, families and communities. 
There are many films out today that profile veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hunting In Wartime has the long-range perspective of how a soldier’s life was affected long after the war ended, giving us a glimpse into what present-day soldiers may confront in the future. The film portrays a stark reality of the human cost of war.

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Sunday December 6, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:30pm

When the Ocean Met the Sky
(Canada, 90 min.)
 Director: Lukas Huffman
 *Writer, Actor, Producer Phillip Thomas will be in attendance for Q & A following screening
One Screening only

Three twenty-something brothers are sent on a wilderness adventure designed as the last will and testament of their late and eccentric parents. In order to gain their inheritance, the three must all complete the trek together. Along the way, Daniel (the eldest, a father and business man), Tyler (the middle son, aimless and sensitive), and Jordan (the youngest brother, sweet and naive) encounter their eccentric stoner guide, Carter Cooper Jr., who seems to heighten the tension on an already tenuous trip.

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Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

3:00pm

No Greater Love
(U.S.A., 94 min.)
Director: Justin Roberts

No Greater Love explores a combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain, as he and his men fight their way through a hellish tour in one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan and then as they struggle to reintegrate home.

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3:30pm

Stink!
(U.S.A., 91 min.)
Director: Jon J. Whelan

'Stink!' is a first-person story about one father's absurd journey to find out what kinds of chemicals are hidden in a pair of his kid's pajamas - and why no one will tell him what they are.

From the halls of Congress to the aisles of your local supermarket, director Jon Whelan confronts the secret culture of cheap and toxic chemicals that permeate our everyday products.

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4:00pm

STORIS: The Galloping Ghost of the Alaskan Coast
(U.S.A., 100 min.)
Director: Damon Stuebner *Director in attendance for Q & A after screening

STORIS: The Galloping Ghost of the Alaskan Coast is a documentary that chronicles the nearly 65 year history of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter STORIS and examines the roles it played during World War II, the Cold War, and throughout the post-Cold War era. The documentary will introduce some of STORIS's many officers and sailors as they recount the STORIS's most famous mission that helped define the Coast Guard's mission in Alaska and beyond.

Artists
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Damon Stuebner

Owner/Director/Producer/Writer/Videographer/Photographer, Damon Images
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Rebecca Smith

Producer/Writer/Photographer/Agent/Manager/Publicist, Damon Images



Sunday December 6, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:00pm

Children of the Arctic
(Switzerland, 93 min.)
Director: Nick Brandestini *Director and cast in attendance for Q & A following screening

Children of the Arctic is a portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age at America's northernmost edge. As their climate and culture undergo profound changes, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture. (93 min.)

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Sunday December 6, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

5:30pm

Short Docs
Man in the Can (U.S.A., U.S.A., 38 min.) Director: Noessa Higa *Director in attendance for Q & A after screening
Man in the Can chronicles the personal journey of a minor league rodeo clown trying to make it to the major leagues before he gets too old or taken out by a bull. Rodeo clowning isn't just Ronald's job, it's his calling. Ronald is the first person in his family to leave Mississippi, and travels the rodeo circuit in Texas and the South with his dog and pet skunk. The film provides an inside look at the tight knit rodeo community in small-town America, but it's also a universal story about following your dream, second chances, and the sacrifices that come along with pursuing your passion.

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Riding My Way Back (U.S.A., 28 min.) Directors: Robin Fryday, Peter Rosenbaum
“Riding My Way Back” is a feature documentary that chronicles one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide. In 2010, Staff Sergeant Aaron Helicker returned from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in addition to third-degree burns and nerve damage from a roadside bomb. At his most desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred. Through caring for Fred and building mutual trust, Aaron begins the difficult process of reconnecting to the world around him and healing the terrible, invisible wounds of war that had nearly defeated him. 
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The House is Innocent (U.S.A., 12 min.) Director: Nicholas Coles
Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house-- the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.    Trailer



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6:00pm

Under Construction
(Bangladesh, 88 min.)
Director: Rubaiyat Hossain

Under Construction is about a modern middle-class-Muslim woman Roya struggling to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh. Roya performs her last show playing ‘Nandini’—the epitome of Bengali womanhood, the central character of Rabindranath Tagore’s play ‘Red Oleanders.’ She delves into a psychological journey and battles to reconstruct ‘Nandini.’ Roya finds herself under-construction—traveling alone to exert her own desires, wishes and ambitions.

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7:30pm

High Treason (1929)
High Treason (1929)
In December 2005--10 years ago--the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA) received a collection of 35mm cellulose nitrate films from a private party in Washington State. Among the reels was a complete lavender fine grain (a production element that would have been used to strike projection prints) of a British feature film called High Treason (1929).

A science fiction film with political dimensions, directed by Maurice Elvey, High Treason was one of the first projects the celebrated British director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago) worked on (as an uncredited assistant director). Made during cinema’s transition from the silent era to sound, it was produced and distributed as both a silent film, and a “talkie.” In researching the film back in 2005, AMIPA consulted film historian Kevin Brownlow’s 1996 biography of Lean, and learned that the sound version of High Treason was thought to be "lost"--and yet the reels they had recovered were clearly marked, "synchronous sound."

AMIPA shipped the entire collection of nitrate--including the "lost" sound version of High Treason--directly from Washington State to the Library of Congress, to be held on deposit in their nitrate vault (cellulose nitrate is extremely flammable, and requires specialized storage facilities). Since that time, the Library has done restoration work on both the image and the sound, with funding from The Film Foundation; and the restored film has been screened by the Library of Congress, the British Film Institute (BFI), and others.

The BFI screening was held in conjunction with a major science fiction screening series they mounted across the UK in the Fall of 2014. For their screening of the film, they digitized a projection print of the restored film that they had on loan from the Library of Congress, and produced a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) for use with their projection system. Earlier this year, BFI provided AMIPA with a copy of the DCP, which made this screening at the Anchorage International Film Festival possible.

High Treason presented courtesy of AMIPA. DCP courtesy of BFI. Preserved by the Library of Congress. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation. Program notes below courtesy of Jack Theakston, Capitol Theatre (Rome, NY).

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Directed by Maurice Elvey; Screenplay by L’Estrange Fawcett; Musical Score, Louis Levy and Q. MacLean; Photographed by Percy Strong; Art Director, Andrew Mazzei; Costumes, Gordon Conway; Assistant Directors, Fred V. Merrick [and David Lean]; Sound Recordist, Stan Jolly; [Special Effects, Philippo Guidobaldi]; [Second Assistant Camera, Alan Lawson]; [Musical Director, Louis Levy]; Based on the 1928 play by Noel Pemberton-Billing. 68 minutes.

Cast: Jameson Thomas (Michael Deane), Benita Hume (Evelyn Seymour), Basil Gill (President Stephen Deane), Humberston Wright (Dr. Seymour), Henry Vibart (Lord Sycamore), James Carew (Lord Rawleigh), Hayford Hobbs (Charles Falloway), Milton Rosmer (Ernest Stratton), Judd Greeen (James Groves), Alf Goddard (tele-radiographer), Irene Rooke (senator), Clifford Heatherley (delegate), Wally Patch (commissionaire), Raymond Massey (cabinet member), John Singer (boy), and Renee Ray, Kiyoshi Takase.

The future of 1940 is the subject matter of High Treason, based on inventor/aviator/pacifist Noel Pemberton-Billing’s 1928 three-act play of the same title. Largely due to its unavailability, High Treason is now largely forgotten as the first all-talking picture shot in Great Britain. Because of issues with the sound recording, however, it was England’s second talkie released, after the far more famous Blackmail, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Billing’s play—which included future director James Whale (Frankenstein) in the cast—had a brief run, but one that made enough of an impact that Gaumont-British took note of the drama and optioned the rights to film it.

Contracted with British Acoustic, Ltd., Gaumont shot High Treason with their audio system that utilized a full-aperture picture on one film, and the sound played back (at the equivalent to 48 fps!) on a separate film. By the time the picture was released State-side by Tiffany Pictures, the separate track was re-recorded onto a new track negative for standard optical playback, as well as a dual-inventory sound-on-disc release.

The obvious lineage of High Treason's special effects—and in many ways its pacifist philosophy—is Fritz Lang's Metropolis, released in Germany by UFA in 1927. That same year, Paramount Pictures drastically re-cut the film for US release, and the international release of the picture followed suit. The scale of the special effects in High Treason, particularly the large cityscapes and futuristic vehicles, are in some ways direct copies of Lang's own vision.

An August 1929 trade screening of the sound version was particularly well received, with advance notes from The New York Times criticizing the absurdity of the storyline, but admitting of the film’s technical qualities, “American makers of sound films have certainly…something to learn from their British competitors.” British critics were also somewhat unkind to the film, as Oswell Blakeston wrote for Close Up, “We could go through this picture giving a documentation of the absurdities… but we do not think High Treason is worth the space.” He also added, “There is one attempt to show that Potemkin has been heard of: the sequence of close-ups after the bombs have been let loose on the headquarters of the Peace Mission. Blood streaming from the mouths, all the rest, but the same old extras instead of Mr. Eisenstein’s types.”

Shortly before its general release in the U.S. during March of 1930, the New York and Pennsylvania state censorship boards banned the film. In New York, the film was refused license on the ground that it “tends to incite to crime” and “be inhuman.” In Pennsylvania, the film was barred on the grounds that it contained content was “salacious, obscene, indecent or immoral or tend, in the judgment of the board, to debase or corrupt morals.” The National Board of Review, a nonpartisan volunteer group made of concerned citizens against legal censorship, protested the decision by screening the film at the Roerich Museum in New York on April 16 to a group of five-hundred prominent citizens—“The National Board of Review protests formally and emphatically against the banning of the film, High Treason, as an act of suppression which is not warranted by the public interests, but which, on the contrary, is opposed to democratic principle, and to the proper development of the motion picture as a medium of expression.” Another protest screening took place in May to no avail—the film stayed banned, and was even rejected in New York State when it was resubmitted five years later!

No rebuke was made to either censor boards regarding alternative motives for the censorship of the film, although it interesting to note that when the film went into general release in June 1930, the effects of the Red Scare crept into some exhibitors’ minds. W. J. Gell, managing director of Gaumont British, released a statement denying Soviet ties—“If the picture portrayed anything realistic at all, it was the futility of war, but it was produced exclusively by this company and at their expense and the subject was chosen because it was unique, interesting and entertaining for no other motive whatsoever.”

Despite the bad publicity, on the West Coast, the film opened to far more prestige. The famous California Theatre, one of the showplaces of Los Angeles, re-opened on May 23 with the picture, supported by the UA/William Cameron Menzies short Hungarian Rhapsody, the Tiffany short Slave Days, Oom Pah Pah, part of the Aesop’s Fables short subject series, and a Pathé newsreel.

An oddball (illegal) screening of the film took place at the Film Forum at the New School for Social Research on March 26, 1933. The program, obviously that of an educational nature, was also paired with J. Stuart Blackton’s March of the Movies, a retrospective of filmmaking up until that point.

In recent years seen exclusively in its British silent version (which, via intertitles, pushes the action ten years forward to 1950), the restoration we present is the American sound version, which at 68-minutes runs almost half an hour shy of the original British sound version’s 95-100 minutes (depending on the source.) The source material for this version of the film was a lavender fine grain print of the film discovered by AMIPA used to make a duplicate negative for the American run.

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Kevin Tripp

Archivist and Executive Director, Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA)

Sunday December 6, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

8:00pm

Death on a Rock
(U.S.A., 82 min.)
Director: Scott Ballard
*Director in attendance for Q & A following screening
One screening only

Portland filmmaker Scott Ballard’s (A STANDING STILL, WELCOMING DEPARTURE) latest feature follows a young woman coming to terms with a trying event in her life. Lillian’s (Rachael Perrell Fosket) bright outlook – she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend – is rocked by illness. Days spent in long term care at the hospital bring reflection, desperation, and some family tension. This vibrantly shot tale follows Lillian’s year of happiness, pain, and growth, told through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness. Seen through a framework of loss, Death On A Rock is a bittersweet tale balanced between tragedy and levity.

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Monday, December 7
 

5:30pm

Above and Below
(Switzerland, 110 min.)
Director: Nicolas Steiner
One screening only

Far, far away and out of sight, that’s where April, Dave, Cindy, Rick and the Godfather are creating life on their own terms. From the depths of the flood channels under Sin City, to a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty, heated Californian nowhere land to beyond the stratosphere where Mars now lives on earth. Each individual has been flung into periling circumstances on this rollercoaster ride called life. Through the hustle, pain, and laughter, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world where we discover its inhabitants to be souls not unlike our very own. (110 min.)

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Monday December 7, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

7:00pm

We Are All Related Here
(U.S.A., 50 min.)
Director: Brian McDermott *Director in attendance for Q & A after screening

"We Are All Related Here" tells the story of the Yup'ik people of Newtok, Alaska, who are being forced to relocate their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming.

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7:30pm

Harry & Snowman
(U.S.A., 84 min.)
Director: Ron Davis

Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit.
(84 min.)

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Ron Davis

Director/Producer, Docutainment Films
Director, HARRY & SNOWMAN (www.harryandsnowman.com)


8:00pm

Jasmine
(Hong Kong, 80 min.)
Director: Dax Phelan *Director in attendance for Q & A following screening

Leonard To (Jason Tobin, 'Better Luck Tomorrow') is a man who's struggling to come to terms with the unsolved murder of his beloved wife, Jasmine (Grace Huang, 'Overheard,' 'Cold War,' 'The Man With The Iron Fists.').

Nearly a year after Jasmine's death, Leonard returns home to Hong Kong, determined to move on with his life once and for all. He searches for a new job, attends grief support group meetings, and reconnects with Grace Wang (Hong Kong Film Award-winner Eugenia Yuan, 'Revenge of the Green Dragons,' 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend'), a woman from his past.

Although Jasmine's murder continues to remain unsolved and the Hong Kong police seem to have given up, a fact that prevents Leonard from attaining the closure for which he so desperately yearns, he does manage to slowly but surely start life anew.

Then, while leaving flowers at the scene of his wife's murder on the first anniversary of her death, Leonard happens to cross paths with a mysterious interloper (Byron Mann, 'The Man With The Iron Fists') who he suspects to be his wife's killer. From that moment on, Leonard makes it his mission in life to investigate this person of interest on his own, in the hope that he can link him to the murder.

However, after Leonard does so and the police fail to arrest the man, Leonard realizes that the only way for him to stop his own fiery downward spiral and move on with his life once and for all is to take matters into his own hands -- a course of action that culminates in a shocking and unforgettable final revelation, which audiences will be discussing long after they've left the theater.

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Monday December 7, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

8:30pm

3022 Ft. & Degrees North
3022 Ft. (U.S.A., 63 min.) Director: Max Romey
 3022 FT is the first film to cover the historical race of Seward, Alaska, Mount Marathon. The film covers the 2014 race following the stories of 9 races – one junior, three men and four women. (63 min.)

Degrees North (Switzerland, 52 min.)  Director: Guido Perrini
Degrees North mixes hair-raising action footage of leading freeriders with a story of adventure and discovery. World-renowned freeriders Xavier De Le Rue, Samuel Anthamatten and Ralph Backstrom progress the sport of freeriding through the use new technology to scope remote areas in order to show ski and snowboard action in a way never seen before.

The plan was simple - head to remote northern territories of Svalbard and Alaska, then use a paramotor wing to access areas unreachable by helicopter. The film charts the progress of an idea to use these wings to access areas from the air in a more personal and organic way, with the aim of capturing great action footage. However the realities were not so simple.

We see the passionate adventurous spirit of the riders pushing the idea further and further throughout the film. They begin with the idea of using the wings to scope lines then develop the skills to allow them to be dropped on the top of breath taking mountains. Finally they take it to the next level by cutting out the climbing altogether and use the wings to drop themselves directly onto the face to ride it.

Degrees North is an intimate expose of what adventure means to leading action sports athletes. We see a dangerous and untried technique coupled with the worst snow season for generations. Degrees North is an adventure story filled with high and lows. (52 min.)

 
Tuesday, December 8
 

5:30pm

Gay-La Program - From This Day Forward
(U.S.A., 76 min.)
Director: Sharon Shattuck *Director in attendance for Q & A following screening

With her own wedding just around the corner, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck returns home to examine the mystery at the heart of her upbringing: How her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together against all odds. From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with the most intimate of transformations.

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Sharon Shattuck

Co-Founder, Sweet Fern Productions
Sharon Shattuck is a filmmaker and animator. She's the co-creator of the New York Times Op-Docs series 'Animated Life,' which illustrates historical moments of scientific discovery using stringent journalism and paper puppets. Her animations are featured in several award-winning documentary films and shorts, including the Emmy-nominated feature, The City Dark, which aired on PBS’s POV series in 2012, and The Search For General Tso, which... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

6:00pm

Vanishing Sail
(Antigua & Barbuda, 88 min.)
Director: Alexis Andrews
One screening only

The Grenadines are a small group of islands in the Lesser Antilles where the traditions of boatbuilding were once crucial to the survival of local communities skimming a living from the sea. Hundreds of sailing vessels were once launched here, more than anywhere in the West Indies.
Alwyn Enoe is one of the last boatbuilders practicing a trade passed down the generations from Scottish settlers in the 19th century. He is approaching his 70s and with no more orders coming in, he decides to build one last sailing sloop hoping that his sons will continue the trade.

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7:45pm

Short Docs
A Journey to Namie (Singapore, 15 min.) Director: Sulfikar Amir
'A Journey to Namie' is a documentary short film that follows a trip of the filmmaker to a small town in Fukushima, Japan. The story focuses on Namie, a fishermen town surrounded by a river and mountains located only 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. When the 3.11 disaster struck the area, Namie was severely damaged by both earthquake and tsunami. The nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi caused worse impact on Namie. Within a few hours after the release of radioactive materials from the nuclear power station, all Namie residents were rushed to evacuate. Four years after the nuclear disaster, Namie remains an empty town abandoned by its residents. Reconstructions are underway to decontaminate the area. However, whether and when Namie residents are able to return to their hometown remain to be seen. Exploring an array of contaminated places in the town, this documentary captures the voiceless of Namie as a victim of natural and man-made disasters.

Bihttos
(Canada, 14 min.) Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
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This film is an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments, and archival photos, writer/director E. Tailfeathers (Blackfoot & Saami) delves into the dissolution of her parents' mythic love story and how it has colored her perception of love in her adult life.

Superjednostka (Poland, 20 min.) Director: Teresa Czepiec
Superjednostka (Polish for Superunit) is a huge block of flats designed as a 'housing machine'. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of the building. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superjednostka and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true... or not.
762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are opening only a few of them. (20 min.)

Keeping Country (Australia, 46 min.) Director: Andrew Quinn
A 40,000 year old human heritage in Western Australia is threatened by development. Five people explore indigenous beliefs and their connection with a remote region the size of California, called the Kimberley. (46 min.)

Total Running Time: 95 min.

8:00pm

Gay-La Program - The David Dance
(U.S.A., 103 min.)
Director: Aprill Winney

David, the host of a local, gay radio show in Buffalo, New York, struggles with self-doubt when his single sister asks him to be the father figure for her soon-to-be-adopted Brazilian child. Past and present intertwine in this bittersweet winter’s tale of a man learning to love and accept himself. (103 min.)

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Tuesday December 8, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

8:00pm

Sea Horse
(U.S.A., 94 min.)
Director: Kamell Allaway

Sea Horse is a supernatural mood piece about three women struggling to survive in the Alaskan wilderness after a mysterious event has left them homeless. Along the way, they encounter other survivors who are out to help or hurt them, as well as a dangerous supernatural presence.

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9:30pm

GAY-LA Celebration
Join AIFF and Identity, Inc, for a celebration LGBTQ film, identity, and art!

Food and libations at Bear Tooth Theaterpub, following Gay-La films, "From This Day Forward" and "The David Dance". Public Welcome!

 

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Identity’s mission is to advance Alaska’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community through advocacy, education and connectivity. | | Identity envisions a world where all people are free to express and be proud of their gender identity and sexual orientation.


Tuesday December 8, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Wednesday, December 9
 

5:30pm

And The Circus Leaves Town
(Turkey, 99 min.)
Director: Mete Sozer

A mysterious stranger's arrival in a small rundown town with a dark and deadly past sets off a chain of unexpected events.

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Wednesday December 9, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

6:00pm

Children of the Arctic
(Switzerland, 93 min.)
Director: Nick Brandestini
Children of the Arctic is a portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age at America's northernmost edge. As their climate and culture undergo profound changes, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture.

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Wednesday December 9, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

Madina's Dream
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Andrew Berends

After decades of civil war, South Sudan achieved its independence from Sudan in 2011. But inside Sudan, the conflict continues. Sudan’s government employs aerial bombings and starvation warfare against the inhabitants of the Nuba Mountains. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled to refugee camps in South Sudan or remain trapped in the war zone. Eleven­-year­-old Madina and countless others dream of a brighter future for the Nuban people.

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7:00pm

STORIS: The Galloping Ghost of the Alaskan Coast
(U.S.A., 100 min.)
Director: Damon Stuebner *Director in attendance for Q & A after screening

STORIS: The Galloping Ghost of the Alaskan Coast is a documentary that chronicles the nearly 65 year history of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter STORIS and examines the roles it played during World War II, the Cold War, and throughout the post-Cold War era. The documentary will introduce some of STORIS's many officers and sailors as they recount the STORIS's most famous mission that helped define the Coast Guard's mission in Alaska and beyond.

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Damon Stuebner

Owner/Director/Producer/Writer/Videographer/Photographer, Damon Images
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Rebecca Smith

Producer/Writer/Photographer/Agent/Manager/Publicist, Damon Images



8:00pm

Lost & Found
(Canada, 82 min.)

Directors: Nicolina Lanni, John Choi

Imagine losing everything - your home, your car entire villages washed away. Any semblance of a life that once was is gone.
On March 11, 2011 Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its recorded history. The ensuing tsunami engulfed over 90 cities killing more then 18,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands of families homeless.

Millions of tons of debris was pulled into the Pacific Ocean that day and was left floating towards the Pacific North West. Entire homes, boats, the remnants of people’s lives lost to sea.

Then the unimaginable happened - just under one year later the first of the tsunami debris started washing ashore in North America and beachcombers did not let it go unnoticed.

People all across the Pacific North West started finding items washed ashore from the Japanese tsunami and became determined to trace them back to their original owners. Lost & Found follows the epic adventures of regular citizens who leave their small towns (some for the first time) to travel to Japan in hopes to reunite people with some small piece of their past.

People across 3 countries, 2 continents, who are separated by the largest body of water on earth are coming together to share in the memories, mourn the loses and find great joy in the reuniting of something once thought to be lost forever but has now been found.

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Wednesday December 9, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

8:00pm

Eadweard
(Canada, 104 min.)
Director: Kyle Rideout

A psychological drama centred around world-famous turn-of-the-century photographer, Eadweard Muybridge who photographed nude and deformed subjects, became the godfather of cinema, murdered his wife's lover, and was the last American to receive the justifiable homicide verdict.

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Wednesday December 9, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

8:00pm

The Descendants
(Islamic Republic of Iran, 80 min.)
Director: Yaser Talebi

Jacob's family worries about Farrokh, the son of the family. Farrokh left Iran to continue his studies but he has not been in touch with them for a long time. Jacob travels to Sweden to look for his son...

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Thursday, December 10
 

3:15pm

After School Special
As part of the Anchorage International Film Festival, Bear Tooth and Alaska Teen Media Institute will host the "After School Special" on Dec. 10, 2015! We'll screen films directed and produced by Alaska teens! This is an opportunity for youth filmmakers to show off their work and a chance for Anchorage to see what they are capable of!
Screening starts at 3:15 p.m.Tickets: $4 (available at the Bear Tooth)Content is not rated.
SUBMIT YOUR FILM!Alaskan youth (under the age of 24) may submit their films for the screening!Deadline: Nov. 18, 2015 (Films must have been completed within the last year.) Mail to: 203 W 15th Suite 105 Anchorage, AK 99501 or email link for download to events@alaskateenmedia.org .


Thursday December 10, 2015 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

5:30pm

Shorts Jury Selections

Story of a Rainy Night (Iran, 24 min.) Director: Mehdi Fard Ghaderi
It is night and raining , the old man alone in the house…
He gives milk to a cat that has been soaked in the rain
Meanwhile, her children one by one to arrive , To begin her birthday celebrations.

Mike (United Kingdom, 8 min.) Director: Petros Silvestros
Mike, a sulky teenager has to do a boring job - to take his little brother Jack to the hairdresser. Waiting for him in the car, Mike starts to get worried when Jack takes too long to return.

The Call (South Africa, 11 min.) Director: Zamo Mkhwanazi
A pregnant prostitute, A taxi driver and an iPhone come together on an ordinary Johannesburg afternoon to decide the value of a life. Can two people who do not know how to love, create a home?

One-Minute Time Machine
(U.S.A., 6 min.) Director: Devon Avery
James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions.

Nkosi Coiffure
(Belgium, 14 min.) Director: Frederike Migom
During a fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’ Congolese neighbourhood, Eva escapes into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, seeing a woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight is about, opinions differ…

Unleaded
(United Kingdom, 7 min.) Director: Luke Davies
Three thugs attempting to rob a petrol station are interrupted by three stoners with a severe case of the munchies.

The Bravest/The Boldest
(U.S.A., 17 min.) Director: Moon Molson
Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at a Harlem housing project to deliver some news to a woman about her son serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, she ain't trying to hear it.

Zawadi
(Kenya, 12 min.) Director: Richard Card
In the Kenyan slums of Kibera, a ten-year-old boy hustles to provide for his family, taking him away from his crush on her birthday.

Merry Xmas (U.S.A., 7 min.) Director: Boman Modine
MERRY XMAS tells the story of a mischievous father (Dick Van Dyke) who calls his very busy kids (Matthew Modine and Glenne Headly) to tell them that, after 55 years of marriage, he and their mom (Valerie Harper) are getting divorced. Horrified by the news, the children prepare to fly home to stop the divorce and save their parent's marriage

Total Running Time: 106 min.


Thursday December 10, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

6:00pm

Creditors
(United Kingdom, 81 min.)
Director: Ben Cura

A love triangle is unraveled when a young painter is approached by an admirer who eases him into making sense of his relationship with his wife. Based on August Strindberg's 1888 play, "Creditors" is a modern re-telling of Strindberg's story of love, betrayal, revenge and psychological manipulation, which he considered to be his one true masterpiece.

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7:00pm

Circus Without Borders
(U.S.A., 69 min.)
Directors: Susan Gray, Linda Matchan
CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS is an enlightening tale of two circus troupes from opposite ends of the globe who converge to realize a common dream. Using circus arts as a means of self-expression and cultural exchange, the two circuses -- Artcirq in the Canadian Arctic and Kalabante in West Africa -- give youth in two of the world’s most challenged communities the tools to travel beyond their borders and succeed. The film is a beautiful performance piece; a portal into two remote cultures; and an inspiring story of joy and heartbreak with universal relevance. Guillaume and Yamoussa, two world-class acrobats from remote corners of the globe, share the same dream: to bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Their dream unfolds in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa where they help Inuit and Guinean youth achieve unimaginable success, overcoming suicide, poverty and despair.

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8:00pm

Jasmine
(Hong Kong, 80 min.)
Director: Dax Phelan

Leonard To (Jason Tobin, 'Better Luck Tomorrow') is a man who's struggling to come to terms with the unsolved murder of his beloved wife, Jasmine (Grace Huang, 'Overheard,' 'Cold War,' 'The Man With The Iron Fists.').

Nearly a year after Jasmine's death, Leonard returns home to Hong Kong, determined to move on with his life once and for all. He searches for a new job, attends grief support group meetings, and reconnects with Grace Wang (Hong Kong Film Award-winner Eugenia Yuan, 'Revenge of the Green Dragons,' 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend'), a woman from his past.

Although Jasmine's murder continues to remain unsolved and the Hong Kong police seem to have given up, a fact that prevents Leonard from attaining the closure for which he so desperately yearns, he does manage to slowly but surely start life anew.

Then, while leaving flowers at the scene of his wife's murder on the first anniversary of her death, Leonard happens to cross paths with a mysterious interloper (Byron Mann, 'The Man With The Iron Fists') who he suspects to be his wife's killer. From that moment on, Leonard makes it his mission in life to investigate this person of interest on his own, in the hope that he can link him to the murder.

However, after Leonard does so and the police fail to arrest the man, Leonard realizes that the only way for him to stop his own fiery downward spiral and move on with his life once and for all is to take matters into his own hands -- a course of action that culminates in a shocking and unforgettable final revelation, which audiences will be discussing long after they've left the theater.

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8:00pm

Magic Utopia
(Japan, 88 min.)
Directors: Shoji Toyama, Shuichi Tan *Directors in attendance for Q & A following screening

A girl who lost her mother in childhood; A man trapped in a past of painful memories; An old man who lives alone and lost his daughter. When the girl meets the man, her body begins to float suddenly in the air. At the same time, the old man receives a message on his answering machine from his daughter who was thought to be dead. This is the story of three souls moving toward UTOPIA.
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Artists
avatar for Shoji Toyama

Shoji Toyama

Director / Writer / Producer
BIOGRAPHY | Born in 1984 in Kumamoto Prefecture. | Graduate of Hosei University and Waseda University Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, and also studied at Boston University. Directed his first dramatic feature-length Our Night is Not Long in 2012.It received a theatrical release in 2012, and was also screened to acclaim at the 2012 Tokyo International Film Festival. Director and post master of “Akasaki... Read More →



Thursday December 10, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

10:30pm

Quick Freeze

Participants are given 6 days to completely produce a film - writing, shooting, editing - everything!
Films must also incorporate three prompts that are announced at the start of the competition.
Prompts may consist of lines, actions, props, themes, etc. So what are you waiting for?
Round up the crew, stock up on energy drinks, and prepare for glory.

It's the Quick Freeze

Quick Freeze Website


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:30pm - Friday December 11, 2015 12:30am
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Friday, December 11
 

2:30pm

Martini Matinee
Knit Me Some Happiness (United Kingdom, 2 min.) Director: Sofia Olins
The day a knitting club in Sheffield (UK) decided to make a giant picnic blanket.

Merry Xmas
(U.S.A., 7 min.) Director: Boman Modine
MERRY XMAS tells the story of a mischievous father (Dick Van Dyke) who calls his very busy kids (Matthew Modine and Glenne Headly) to tell them that, after 55 years of marriage, he and their mom (Valerie Harper) are getting divorced. Horrified by the news, the children prepare to fly home to stop the divorce and save their parent's marriage.

Unleaded
(United Kingdom, 7 min.) Director: Luke Davies
Three thugs attempting to rob a petrol station are interrupted by three stoners with a severe case of the munchies.

Joe Will Die (U.S.A., 1 min.) Director: David Janove
Joe is going for a walk in the neighborhood, but trouble awaits him.

What's Eating Dad? (U.S.A. 11 min.) Director: Michael Goldburg
When Chloe meets her boyfriend's parents for the first time, what's really for dinner is something she never imagined. In the vein of 'Meet the Parents' meets 'Shaun of the Dead,' WHAT'S EATING DAD? is award-winning filmmaker Michael Goldburg's hilariously absurd horror-comedy about literally surviving the future in-laws.

Adolescence (Mexico, 3 min.) Director: Daniel Milan
It is good to remember. It is better to rewind.

One-Minute Time Machine (U.S.A., 6 min.) Director: Devon Avery
James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions.

The House is Innocent
(U.S.A., 12 min.) Directro: Nicholas Coles
Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house-- the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.

Superjednostka (Poland, 20 min.) Director: Teresa CZipiec
Superjednostka (Polish for Superunit) is a huge block of flats designed as a 'housing machine'. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of the building. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superjednostka and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true... or not.
762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are opening only a few of them.

Dance of the People (U.S.A., 10 min.) Director: Marc Menish
Prior to 1971, most precision clogging teams in North Carolina followed the same basic formula. The Green Grass Cloggers, created by East Carolina University students, sidestepped many of the staid conventions and sparked a shift within the greater clogging community. Forty-four years on, with some members facing the effects of gravity on their aging bodies, it is clear that newer dancers are needed to maintain the Green Grass legacy -- dancers with their own sense of what it means to be a clogger. This documentary explores this pivotal point in the team's rich history.

Free Custom Poetry (U.S.A., 3 min.) Director: Cory Wilson
What happens when you truly care? When you take the time to listen? Free Custom Poetry is about one person's desire to give the unexpected to anyone who happens to stroll by.

To Scale:The Solar System (U.S.A., 7 min.) Director: Alex Gorosh
On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.

Moving On (U.S.A., 11 min.) Directors: Mike Spear, Marcia Fields
Imagine being awakened in the morning by a knock on your door, and opening it to find two movers hired by your girlfriend with the dual purpose of breaking up with you, and moving you out of your home. In this modern world where technology too often replaces actual human interaction, the most personal moments in our lives are being delivered by the most impersonal methods. This short film takes a look at what would happen if even breakups were contracted out. And you thought getting dumped by text was embarrassing! MOVING ON is about what happens when you find you need to move on and move out at exactly the same time.

Total Running Time: 100 min.


Artists
avatar for Michael Goldburg

Michael Goldburg

WHAT'S EATING DAD? | | MICHAEL GOLDBURG (Writer/Director/Co-Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker who earned his M.F.A. at NYU's Graduate Film Program where his thesis film won a Warner Bros. Pictures Production Award and a Dean's Craft Award for Excellence. Michael has continued to make acclaimed films, commercials, and web series; including his hilariously absurd, horror-comedy short film, "What’s Eating Dad?," which was named... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

5:00pm

Janey Makes a Play
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Jared Callahan

Follow 90-year-old Janey as she writes and directs her latest original, socially relevant community theatre production for her small town. Watch the creative process unfold with a cast of colorful townspeople, as they engage with the arts amidst a local economy devastated by the recent recession.

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5:30pm

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Robin Hauser Reynolds

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

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7:00pm

The Brainwashing of My Dad
(U.S.A., 94 min.)
Director: Jen Senko
One screening only

Special “work-in-progress” screening. This is a rare opportunity to see an early edit of the film and provide valuable feedback to the director, Jen Senko.

Was Hillary Clinton crazy when she spoke of the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy,” responsible for the relentless and costly attacks against her husband, President Bill Clinton?

As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine.

As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all.

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, HearYourselfThink, Claire Conner and others, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has lead to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country.

This documentary will shine a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and lead to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth. (94 min.)

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8:00pm

Creditors
(United Kimgdom, 81 min.)
Director: Ben Cura

A love triangle is unraveled when a young painter is approached by an admirer who eases him into making sense of his relationship with his wife. Based on August Strindberg's 1888 play, "Creditors" is a modern re-telling of Strindberg's story of love, betrayal, revenge and psychological manipulation, which he considered to be his one true masterpiece.

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9:00pm

Orphans & Kingdoms
(New Zealand, 74 min.)
Director: Paolo Rotundo

Orphans & Kingdoms is a moving drama about a man who returns home only to be bound and beaten by three fugitive kids. Exposed to the helplessness of his tormentors he is forced to face the demons of his own dark past. Over the course of a tumultuous night the power begins to shift and a tenuous and unexpected bond begins to grow between them. When dawn comes, so too does the law. Now, the four of them find themselves on the run together.

 
Saturday, December 12
 

11:00am

Made in Alaska Shorts
I Follow Rivers (U.S.A., 10 min.) Director: Ellie Schmidt
This experimental short is a personal exploration of the perceived/false distinction that exists between humanity and nature, as well as coming to terms with the mortality of the natural world. Shot and edited in Sitka, Alaska in the summer of 2015.     
 
The Muse (U.S.A., 9 min.) Director: Christopher Gage Tucker
When an artist is 'touched' by The Muse then abandoned by it, he must seek a new source of inspiration.

The Kickstep Project (U.S.A., 20 min.) Director: Greg Stafford
Two lifelong Alaskan's go skiing for the first time together in Turnagain Pass. The 2015 winter was one of the warmest years on record in Alaska's recorded history. But Alaska at it's worst, is still some of the best terrain in the world. So Josh and Greg make the most of it and ski a 2,000 foot line on the South Face of Mt. Kickstep, a dream line, right in there backyard mountain playground. This line would inspire the Kickstep Project, A week long, big line shred-a-thon of one of Alaska’s backcountry gems.

Pushing Out Daisy (U.S.A., 11 min.) Director: Allison Week
Inspired by popular Inuit legend, one woman imagines pushing her cantankerous mother Daisy out a tad sooner than planned

Through the Wires (U.S.A., 5 min.) Director: Greg Chaney
Melancholy story of a Alaskan woman losing her boyfriend to the sunny south land. ( 5min.)

Easy Money (U.S.A., 9 min.) Director: Zayn Roohi
Neal's two friends set him up to be the get away drive for a bank heist. But who's robbing who..?  Trailer

The Ruthless Rhymer (U.S.A., 35 min.) Director: Quinton Oliver Smith
When Grace was a young child, her parents were murdered by the Ruthless Rhymer. She did not understand the purpose of this brutal attack. When she grew up, she became a reporter, in hopes of covering cold cases and bringing experience to sensitive topics like her own. One day, while learning about an "incidental" homeless death, she notices something that makes her think it's related to her parents' own murder.
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Artists
avatar for Charlie Sears

Charlie Sears

Producer, Portal Productions
Producer and editor of "The Ruthless Rhymer." Sears and Quinton Oliver Smith have been working together since the two met in an after school film program back in 2009.
avatar for Quinton Oliver Smith

Quinton Oliver Smith

Director/Writer, Landsick Films


12:00pm

Stink!
Total Running Time 99 min.
(U.S.A., 91 min.)
Director: Jon J. Whelan

'Stink!' is a first-person story about one father's absurd journey to find out what kinds of chemicals are hidden in a pair of his kid's pajamas - and why no one will tell him what they are.

From the halls of Congress to the aisles of your local supermarket, director Jon Whelan confronts the secret culture of cheap and toxic chemicals that permeate our everyday products.


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Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Snow Goose Theater 717 West 3rd Ave. Anchorage, AK 99515

1:00pm

A Courtship
(U.S.A., 70 min.)
Director: Amy Kohn
One screening only

Arranged marriage is alive and well in the Christian Evangelical community. Kelly, a 33
year-old virgin, renounces dating believing that her parents along with God should find her
husband. Problem is, her own parents think the idea is crazy. Enter the Wright family who
become her spiritual parents and embark on a journey to find her spouse

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2:00pm

Shorts - Real Life
Birthday (U.S.A., 13 min.) Director: Chris King
When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.

The Bravest/The Boldest
(U.S.A., 17 min.) Director: Moon Molson
Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at a Harlem housing project to deliver some news to a woman about her son serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, she ain't trying to hear it.

Unleaded (United Kingdom, 7 min.) Director: Luke Davies
Three thugs attempting to rob a petrol station are interrupted by three stoners with a severe case of the munchies.

The Call
(South Africa, 11 min.) Director: Zamo Mkhwanazi
A pregnant prostitute, A taxi driver and an iPhone come together on an ordinary Johannesburg afternoon to decide the value of a life. Can two people who do not know how to love, create a home?

Invaders
(U.S.A., 5 min.) Director: Jason Kupfer
A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to t heir planned invasion.

Mike (United Kingdom, 8 min.) Director: Petros Silvestros
Mike, a sulky teenager has to do a boring job - to take his little brother Jack to the hairdresser. Waiting for him in the car, Mike starts to get worried when Jack takes too long to return.

Zawadi
(Kenya, 12 min.) Director: Richard Card
In the Kenyan slums of Kibera, a ten-year-old boy hustles to provide for his family, taking him away from his crush on her birthday.

The Poem of a Memory
(U.S.A., 5 min.) Director: Christhian Andrews
A despairing and heartsick woman faces reality after losing the most important thing in her life.

Total Running Time: 78 min.

Saturday December 12, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Snow Goose Theater 717 West 3rd Ave. Anchorage, AK 99515

3:00pm

From This Day Forward
(U.S.A., 76 min.)
Director: Sharon Shattuck

With her own wedding just around the corner, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck returns home to examine the mystery at the heart of her upbringing: How her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together against all odds. From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with the most intimate of transformations.

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3:00pm

Under Construction
(Bangladesh, 88 min.)
Director: Rubayait Hossain

Under Construction is about a modern middle-class-Muslim woman Roya struggling to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh. Roya performs her last show playing ‘Nandini’—the epitome of Bengali womanhood, the central character of Rabindranath Tagore’s play ‘Red Oleanders.’ She delves into a psychological journey and battles to reconstruct ‘Nandini.’ Roya finds herself under-construction—traveling alone to exert her own desires, wishes and ambitions.

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4:00pm

Very Semi-Serious
(U.S.A., 83 min.)
Director: Leah Wolchol

VERY SEMI-SERIOUS is an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel. The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades.

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Saturday December 12, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Snow Goose Theater 717 West 3rd Ave. Anchorage, AK 99515

5:00pm

Animation Program


The Moment
(U.S.A., 1 min.) Director: Sean McCarthy *Director in attendance for Q & A after screening     We are all more connected than we think...
 
Olilo
(U.S.A., 6 min.) Director: Ao Li
Olilo is a 2D animation that tells the story of an introverted girl held captive by her own semi-transparent personal space. Created through a combination of traditional frame-by-frame and digital drawing as well as key frame animation, the film focuses on love and its capacity to transform all things.

Sleepy Steve (U.S.A., 4 min.) Director: Meghann Artes
A fuzzy bachelor has engineered his wacky morning routine with robotic precision.

Ripple
(U.S.A., 3 min.) Director: Conner Griffith
 The shapes we make - an advertisement for planet earth. (3 min.)

Chhaya
(United Kingdom, 10 min.) Director: Debanjan Nandy
An old man trapped in a mundane senior center living by the memory of his beloved wife as his own shadow. But as his past sets in threatening his present, Prakash finds himself before a difficult decision: a mesmerizing but, unreal dream or life itself?      

Golden Shot
(Turkey, 9 min.) Director: Gokalp Gonen
 Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that. (9 min.)

Rosso Papavero
(Slovakia, 5 min.) Director: Martin Smetana
Once upon a starry night, a small boy with the head full of fantasies witnesses dreamlike circus performances. Dazed by endless chain of glittering attractions he realizes that the price for a ticket to the fantastic circus tent is too high and gate between reality and dream is closing.

The Apple Tree (U.S.A., 19 min.) Director: Scott Storm
A destitute young boy discovers that the natural world near his home is in jeopardy, and acts to put things right at all costs. (19 min.)

wHole
(Germany, 8 min.)  Directors: Verena Klinger, Robert Bammimg
In the isolation of the steppes lives a pair in a tent. Although the wife was born without eyes, she is happy. Her husband has made many attempts to help her see, but neither magic, technology or Shamanism can help. Ultimately, he decides to gift her one of his own eyes. The woman accepts tentatively at first but soon starts to discover her environment from a new perspective.
One night, sleepless and stunned by her own reflection in the mirror, she decides to steal the other eye, to be whole for once, even if just for a moment…

The Looking Planet
(U.S.A., 17 min.) Director: Eric Law Anderson
During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression. (17 min.)

The Present
(Germany, 4 min.) Director: Jacob Frey
Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

Total Running Time - 86 min.












5:30pm

No Greater Love
(U.S.A., 94 min.)
Director: Justin Roberts

No Greater Love explores a combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain, as he and his men fight their way through a hellish tour in one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan and then as they struggle to reintegrate home.

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6:00pm

Where Do We Go From Here?

(United Kingdom, 82 min.)

Director: John McPhail

"What is the appeal for a 25 year old to live in a care home?" This is the question; dejected nurse Jen asks when she joins the ranks at the “Easy love care home”. She is surprised to find a 25-year-old man (James) living and working in the care home.

James and his three, elderly best fiends hatch a plan to go on one last adventure and the only medical cover they can get is the one person who doesn't want to be around old people. Will their plan go off without a hitch or is there a sell by date on adventure?

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Saturday December 12, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Snow Goose Theater 717 West 3rd Ave. Anchorage, AK 99515

7:00pm

Magic Utopia
(Japan, 88 min.)
Directors: Shoji Toyama, Shuichi Tan *Directors in attendance for Q & A following screening

A girl who lost her mother in childhood; A man trapped in a past of painful memories; An old man who lives alone and lost his daughter. When the girl meets the man, her body begins to float suddenly in the air. At the same time, the old man receives a message on his answering machine from his daughter who was thought to be dead. This is the story of three souls moving toward UTOPIA.
Trailer




Artists
avatar for Shoji Toyama

Shoji Toyama

Director / Writer / Producer
BIOGRAPHY | Born in 1984 in Kumamoto Prefecture. | Graduate of Hosei University and Waseda University Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, and also studied at Boston University. Directed his first dramatic feature-length Our Night is Not Long in 2012.It received a theatrical release in 2012, and was also screened to acclaim at the 2012 Tokyo International Film Festival. Director and post master of “Akasaki... Read More →



8:00pm

Love Between the Covers
(U.S.A., 83 min)
Director: Laurie Kahn

Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year -- outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

For three years, we follow the lives of five very diverse published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike all others, a global sisterhood where authors know their readers personally and help them become writers themselves. During the three years we’ve been shooting Love Between the Covers, we have witnessed the biggest power shift that has taken place in the publishing industry over the last 200 years. And it’s the romance authors who are on the front lines, pioneering new ways to survive and build communities in this rapidly changing environment.

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8:00pm

They Look Like People
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Perry Blackshear

Suspecting that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself.

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Saturday December 12, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Snow Goose Theater 717 West 3rd Ave. Anchorage, AK 99515

9:00pm

Living with the Dead
(U.S.A., 93 min.)
Director: Christine Vartoughian

Max McLean is eighteen years old and can't get out of bed. Since her boyfriend Adam killed himself over a year ago, Max has been using sex, drugs, and parties to ignore the pain until one day she wakes up in a hospital, haven taken a nearly lethal dose of sleeping pills. While being haunted by visions of Adam, Max runs away from home and ventures into the forest with a bizarre but endearing boy named Ish.

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Sunday, December 13
 

11:00am

Heart of Alaska
(U.S.A., 82 min.)
Director: Bjorn Olson *Director in attendance for Q & A after screening
One screening only

Hig, Erin and their two children walk out of their comfortable home on a cold March predawn morning and begin a four-month human powered expedition around Alaska's Cook Inlet. While carrying food, camping gear and other necessities for their survival, the family also carries a question – 'what do you think the future of Alaska will look like in 50 years?'
Beyond expansive mudflats, rivers, and streams and over headlands and miles of uninhabited beaches there exists a patchwork of communities. From small native villages to Alaska's largest city, Cook Inlet is the Heart of Alaska.
Through adventure, inquiry, chance encounters and in-depth conversations this film aims to pause long enough to ponder what the future of Alaska will look like for the two adventuring toddlers in this film and their peers.

11:30am

Lost & Found

(Canada, 82 min.)

Directors: Nicolina Lanni, John Choi

Imagine losing everything - your home, your car entire villages washed away. Any semblance of a life that once was is gone.
On March 11, 2011 Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its recorded history. The ensuing tsunami engulfed over 90 cities killing more then 18,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands of families homeless.

Millions of tons of debris was pulled into the Pacific Ocean that day and was left floating towards the Pacific North West. Entire homes, boats, the remnants of people’s lives lost to sea.

Then the unimaginable happened - just under one year later the first of the tsunami debris started washing ashore in North America and beachcombers did not let it go unnoticed.

People all across the Pacific North West started finding items washed ashore from the Japanese tsunami and became determined to trace them back to their original owners. Lost & Found follows the epic adventures of regular citizens who leave their small towns (some for the first time) to travel to Japan in hopes to reunite people with some small piece of their past.

People across 3 countries, 2 continents, who are separated by the largest body of water on earth are coming together to share in the memories, mourn the loses and find great joy in the reuniting of something once thought to be lost forever but has now been found.

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1:00pm

Shorts Program - Global Village
The Story of a Rainy Night (Iran, 24 min.) Director: Mehdi Fard Ghaderi
It is night and raining , the old man alone in the house…
He gives milk to a cat that has been soaked in the rain
Meanwhile, her children one by one to arrive , To begin her birthday celebrations.

Adolescence
(Mexico, 3 min.) Director: Daniel Milan
It is good to remember. It is better to rewind.

Nkosi Coiffure
(Belgium, 14 min.) Director: Frederike Migom
During a fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’ Congolese neighbourhood, Eva escapes into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, seeing a woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight is about, opinions differ…

The Call
(South Africa, 11 min.) Director: Zamo Mkhwanzi
A pregnant prostitute, A taxi driver and an iPhone come together on an ordinary Johannesburg afternoon to decide the value of a life. Can two people who do not know how to love, create a home?
 
20 Meters of Love in Montmartre (France 4 min.) Director: Pierre Gaffié
4 lonely women in Paris find a secret connection between them. Not only through their faces but also through their arts...

Mike
(United Kingdom, 8 min.) Director: Petros Silvestros
Mike, a sulky teenager has to do a boring job - to take his little brother Jack to the hairdresser. Waiting for him in the car, Mike starts to get worried when Jack takes too long to return.

The Box
(Canada, 11 min.) Director: Gab Germano
Guillaume and Nathalie. A 6-year relationship. A 7-month brake up. There's a box that keeps them apart. There are several memories between them. But no certainty of their future. Trailer

Zawadi (Kenya, 12 min.) Director: Richard Card
In the Kenyan slums of Kibera, a ten-year-old boy hustles to provide for his family, taking him away from his crush on her birthday.

Total Running Time: 89 min.





Artists

1:30pm

Sea Horse
U.S.A., 94 min.)
Director: Kamell Allaway

Sea Horse is a supernatural mood piece about three women struggling to survive in the Alaskan wilderness after a mysterious event has left them homeless. Along the way, they encounter other survivors who are out to help or hurt them, as well as a dangerous supernatural presence.

Trailer

3:00pm

Midori in Hawaii

(U.S.A., 84 min.)

Director: John Hill

Midori is a struggling wedding photographer in Kona, Hawaii. Her small world in thrown off balance when Seiko, her judgmental sister comes to visit from Japan.

As the sisters travel the island together the reason for Seiko's visit gradually becomes and old grudges and mistrust begin to surface.

'Midori in Hawaii' is a small, breezy comedy that explores the nature of memory and the lifelong relationship between siblings.

Trailer

6:00pm

Golden Oosikar Awards Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Celebrating the best of the festival films with our Golden Oosiker Awards Ceremony. Join us for food, drinks, and oosiks as we highlight the best of the last ten days! 

Price: $20 General Admission, $10 with Film Pass. Entry includes one drink ticket, food, and a whole lot of fun! 


 

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Sunday December 13, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Williwaw 609 F St, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Friday, December 18
 

7:00pm

Madina's Dream *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
(U.S.A., 80 min.)
Director: Andrew Berends

After decades of civil war, South Sudan achieved its independence from Sudan in 2011. But inside Sudan, the conflict continues. Sudan’s government employs aerial bombings and starvation warfare against the inhabitants of the Nuba Mountains. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled to refugee camps in South Sudan or remain trapped in the war zone. Eleven­-year­-old Madina and countless others dream of a brighter future for the Nuban people. 

Trailer

7:00pm

Circus Without Borders with Bhittos *BEST SHORT DOC*
(83 Min total runtime)

Bihttos  *Best Short Documentary AIFF 15*
(Canada, 14 min.) Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
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This film is an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments, and archival photos, writer/director E. Tailfeathers (Blackfoot & Saami) delves into the dissolution of her parents' mythic love story and how it has colored her perception of love in her adult life. 

Circus Without Borders *Runner-Up for Audience Choice*
Directors: Susan Gray, Linda Matchan

CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS is an enlightening tale of two circus troupes from opposite ends of the globe who converge to realize a common dream. Using circus arts as a means of self-expression and cultural exchange, the two circuses -- Artcirq in the Canadian Arctic and Kalabante in West Africa -- give youth in two of the world’s most challenged communities the tools to travel beyond their borders and succeed. The film is a beautiful performance piece; a portal into two remote cultures; and an inspiring story of joy and heartbreak with universal relevance. Guillaume and Yamoussa, two world-class acrobats from remote corners of the globe, share the same dream: to bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Their dream unfolds in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa where they help Inuit and Guinean youth achieve unimaginable success, overcoming suicide, poverty and despair. 

8:40pm

Orphans and Kingdoms *BEST FEATURE*
(New Zealand, 74 min.)
Director: Paolo Rotundo

Orphans & Kingdoms is a moving drama about a man who returns home only to be bound and beaten by three fugitive kids. Exposed to the helplessness of his tormentors he is forced to face the demons of his own dark past. Over the course of a tumultuous night the power begins to shift and a tenuous and unexpected bond begins to grow between them. When dawn comes, so too does the law. Now, the four of them find themselves on the run together. 

Trailer

8:45pm

Heart of Alaska *BEST MADE IN ALASKA*
(U.S.A., 82 min.)
Director: Bjorn Olson

Hig, Erin and their two children walk out of their comfortable home on a cold March predawn morning and begin a four-month human powered expedition around Alaska's Cook Inlet. While carrying food, camping gear and other necessities for their survival, the family also carries a question – 'what do you think the future of Alaska will look like in 50 years?' 
Beyond expansive mudflats, rivers, and streams and over headlands and miles of uninhabited beaches there exists a patchwork of communities. From small native villages to Alaska's largest city, Cook Inlet is the Heart of Alaska. 
Through adventure, inquiry, chance encounters and in-depth conversations this film aims to pause long enough to ponder what the future of Alaska will look like for the two adventuring toddlers in this film and their peers. 

 
Saturday, December 19
 

7:00pm

From This Day Forward *AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD*
(U.S.A., 76 min.)
Director: Sharon Shattuck *Director in attendance for Q & A following screening

With her own wedding just around the corner, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck returns home to examine the mystery at the heart of her upbringing: How her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together against all odds. From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with the most intimate of transformations.

7:00pm

When the Ocean Met the Sky
*Highly popular in Audience Choice category*
(Canada, 90 min.)
 Director: Lukas Huffman

Three twenty-something brothers are sent on a wilderness adventure designed as the last will and testament of their late and eccentric parents. In order to gain their inheritance, the three must all complete the trek together. Along the way, Daniel (the eldest, a father and business man), Tyler (the middle son, aimless and sensitive), and Jordan (the youngest brother, sweet and naive) encounter their eccentric stoner guide, Carter Cooper Jr., who seems to heighten the tension on an already tenuous trip.

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8:30pm

Brainwashing of My Dad *Back by Popular Demand*
*Back by Popular Demand, a 2nd chance to get to see this!*
(U.S.A., 94 min.)
Director: Jen Senko

Special “work-in-progress” screening. This is a rare opportunity to see an early edit of the film and provide valuable feedback to the director, Jen Senko.

Was Hillary Clinton crazy when she spoke of the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy,” responsible for the relentless and costly attacks against her husband, President Bill Clinton?

As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, Right-Wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine.

As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all.

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, HearYourselfThink, Claire Conner and others, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has lead to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country.

This documentary will shine a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and lead to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth. (94 min.)

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8:45pm

*Best of Fest Shorts & Short Docs*
One-Minute Time Machine *Honorable Mention Short Doc*
 
(U.S.A., 6 min.) Director: Devon Avery 
James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions.

Mike
*Best Short*
(United Kingdom, 8 min.) Director: Petros Silvestros
Mike, a sulky teenager has to do a boring job - to take his little brother Jack to the hairdresser. Waiting for him in the car, Mike starts to get worried when Jack takes too long to return.

The Bravest/The Boldest (U.S.A., 17 min.) Director: Moon Molson 
 Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at a Harlem housing project to deliver some news to a woman about her son serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, she ain't trying to hear it.

Zawadi (Kenya, 12 min.) Director: Richard Card
In the Kenyan slums of Kibera, a ten-year-old boy hustles to provide for his family, taking him away from his crush on her birthday.

Superjednostka 
(Poland, 20 min.) Director: Teresa Czepiec
Superjednostka (Polish for Superunit) is a huge block of flats designed as a 'housing machine'. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of the building. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superjednostka and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true... or not. 
762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are opening only a few of them. (20 min.)

The House is Innocent 
(U.S.A., 12 min.) Director: Nicholas Coles 
Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house-- the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.    Trailer