Thursday, November 30, 2017

AIFF 2017: Made In Alaska Films in Competition

I'm rushing this post up not quite complete, because I'm rushing to the airport to get home to see it and because  Keep Talking plays tonight (Thursday, Nov 30) at the museum at 6pm. From Kartamquin:

"Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Sadie, 13, is inspired to begin learning the language and dances of her ancestors. Instead of getting swept up in the wake of historical trauma, these women overcome personal demons and build toward a brighter future. Keep Talking reveals the ultimate impact of language and culture revitalization; joy and hope."

Conspiracy PIE
Levi Taylor
SHOWING:  Sun Dec 3  AK EXP Large 4pm

Conspiracy P.I.E. - Trailer from Tri-Seven Pictures on Vimeo.

Dead Run
Shane Taylor
8 min

As you can see below, this trailer is restricted for embedding. But you can watch it here.

Dead Run Trailer from Shane Taylor on Vimeo.

Keep Talking
Karen Weinberg
1 Hour 20 min

Keep Talking - Film Teaser from Ten Trees Productions on Vimeo.

Proper Binge
Thursday, Nov 30, Museum, 6pm Proper Binge
Dean Mitchell / Michael Burns
1 Hour 46 Min

Proper Binge teaser trailer (UNOFFICIAL) from 1964 Motion Pictures on Vimeo.

Shaawatke’e’s Birth
Ronald Spatz
4 min

I couldn't find a trailer - it's only a 4 minute film.  The only information I could find was at the AIFF site.  It says:
"A poem by Emily Wall and X'unei Lance Twitchell. Told from the perspective of both father and mother, this origin story chronicles the birth of Shaawatkee through Tlingit and English--representing the power and the importance of language and identity."
I'd note that Ron Spatz is someone I've known for many years and he's the editor of the nationally acclaimed literary magazine Alaska Quarterly Review. 

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