You are on page 1of 12

ANCHORAGE

INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL
WHAT FREEZES HERE, STAYS HERE.

DECEMBER
5 -14
TH TH 2008

BEAR TOOTH THEATREPUB • REGAL FIREWEED • ANCHORAGE MUSEUM

Info and full schedule at anchoragefilmfestival.org.


Call 786-4980 for more information.Volunteers needed.
WELCOME
DID YOU READ JAWS BY PETER BENCHLY, OR THE EXORCIST? DID IT SCARE
YOU MORE THAN THE FILM VERSION? REALLY, DID IT? And when it's the other way

FILM
around, why is it that writers can rarely do a movie justice and turn it into a great novel? I mean,
writers have much more time and imagination at their disposal. And their budget? What budget? A
3-month cash advance from the publisher and a case of scotch. Maybe some smokes? Ouch! That's

SELECTIONS
Part of the AIFF Programming gotta put some cramps in their imagination and style. Okay, I suppose, as novels, Ulysses, The Great
Department that reviewed over 500 Gatsby, Don Quixote, along with many others can proclaim their superiority over the movie ver-
films: Tony Sheppard, Teresa Scott, sions. But, have you ever sat in a crowded auditorium and simultaneously laughed, cried, shrieked,
Miranda Felch, Mike Allison, Doug and been transformed in a state of emotional metamorphosis? There’s nothing else like it.
Griffin, Fran Kelly.
Film categories include Feature Narra-
I'd like to thank all of the filmmakers, supporters and volunteers that have come together and con-
tives, Documentaries, Short Films, Su-
tributed their materials, resources and personal time. Can you believe that this is the eighth annual
per Shorts, Animation, Family, and our
Anchorage International Film Festival? Thank you for supporting the art of independent film. Thanks
Alaska showcase, Snowdance. Festival
for all of your hard work and sacrifices.
entries are open to all films regardless
TABLE OF CONTENTS Yours in good film,
of origin, content and genre.

General Information ................... 2 Tony Sheppard


Official selections include all films
Special Events ............................ 3 Founder & Director of Film Programming, AIFF selected to be screened during the
Feature Films .......................... 7-8 Festival. Special presentations include
Documentaries ........................ 4-5 all films that are invited to fortify our
THE ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF) IS A PROGRAM program. Films in competition are the
Short Films ................................. 9
UNDER THE ALASKA MOVING IMAGE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION (AMIPA) Official selections that are chosen by
Super Shorts............................. 11
UMBRELLA. AMIPA is proud to have the AIFF under our purview: It is a distinctly Alaskan 10-day our prescreening committee to be en-
Animation .................................. 6
film festival that brings cinema and media artists to Anchorage from all over the world, featuring tered into competition. Approximately
Family Films ............................. 13
Films Worth Freezing For! 20% of our official selections are
Snowdance .............................. 10
Schedule .................................. 15 entered into our competition. NOTE:
Thank you fellow film fanatics,for eight years of support! The Anchorage International Film Festival Most films are for mature audiences.
is a bright spot in 10 of the shortest days of our winter. We're honored to screen work from emerg- Please consult with Festival staff for
ing and established filmmakers, including world-class Snowdance films like Sikumi and The Last Days
2008 VENUES of Shishmaref.
more information.

ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
Now, sit back, relax, and let the Anchorage International Film Festival take you far away – to an-
AT RASMUSON CENTER
other place, space and time – 10 glorious days of independent film!
121 West 7th Avenue

TICKETS
907.343.4326 Michele Miller
www.anchoragemuseum.org Executive Director, AMIPA

BEAR TOOTH THEATREPUB

& PASSES
WELCOME TO THE 2008 AIFF, AFTER 40 YEARS OF WORKING IN THE MOTION
1230 W 27th Avenue PICTURE INDUSTRY I DON’T THINK I’VE COME ACROSS ANYTHING AS CHAL-
907.276.4200 LENGING AS PUTTING ON A FILM FESTIVAL. This year the stars were aligned as the AIFF
www.beartooththeatre.net brought together a team of top-notch programmers that got to the business of selecting the best
entries from the hundreds of submissions. Our management and development team has worked
REGAL FIREWEED together to bring a higher level of quality and efficiency to our festival and the benefits will be seen FESTIVAL TICKETS
661 East Fireweed Lane as this year’s festival progresses. The Bear Tooth is proud to be the premiere venue for the 2008 AIFF Individual tickets are available at the
907.566.3328 as well as a presenting sponsor. Thanks for being a part of it. door for all screenings and special
events on a first-come, first-served
OUT NORTH Rand Thornsley basis. The price is $7 for most screen-
3800 DeBarr Road Special Films Programmer and Studio Liaison, AIFF ings. (See the program guide for
907.279.3800 special prices on classic movies, family
www.outnorth.org matinees and Snowdance shorts.)

WILDA MARSTON THEATER @ A six-pack punch card good for any six
LOUSSAC LIBRARY screenings is also available for $36.
3600 Denali St
907.343.2975 Special event tickets for the opening
www.lexicon.ci.anchorage.ak.us night gala, Martini Matinee and the
Golden Oosikar Awards are available
at the venues the day of the event.

FESTIVAL PASSES
The $60 ALL FILMS pass allows expe-
dited admission to all films.The $85
ALL FILMS AND EVENTS pass includes
all screenings as well as entrance to
special events like the opening night
gala, Martini Matinee, the Golden

SPECIAL THANKS Oosikar Awards and all workshops.

Please note: events may sell out. A pass


does not guarantee you a seat, but it
Huge endeavors like a film festival require the hard work and endless patience of volunteers and does promise expedited entry. Pass
Rand Thornsley
dedicated professionals. The staff, programmers and managers of the Anchorage International holders can pick up tickets (without
Special Films Programmer
Film Festival want to thank the following people and businesses for their expertise and generous charge) from the hosts at each screen-
and Studio Liaison, AIFF
support: Feature screeners John McKay, Karen Miovas, Keith Popely and Roberta Spayd; anima- ing. AIFF passes are NOT transferable.
tion screeners Laura Jungreis, Max Jungreis, Sally Jungreis, Buzz Schwall and Katie Scott; animation Your purchase helps make the festival
judges Janes Cruz, Richard Dowling, Dave Hoffman, Becky Fox-Krogstad and Sam Krogstad; feature possible, so thank you for not sharing!
judges Bruce Farnsworth, Christopher Wilhelm, Kevin Tripp, Carol Schatz and Cindy Allen; shorts
judges Joel Williams, Rob Keys, Alicia Rosner, Rebecca Anowlic, and Kenneth Oh; shorts honorary Purchase your festival passes or punch
screener Tom Dolan; super shorts screener Kristian Pettyjohn; documentary screeners Jess Doherty, cards in advance or during the festival
Kim Flemming, Travis Shinabarger, Chuck Crew, and James Gwynn; documentary judges Jess at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, AMIPA
Doherty, Kim Flemming, Travis Shinabarger, James Gwynn; Dawnell Smith; and for capturing this or www.anchoragefilmfestival.org.
year’s festival, photographers Chris Arend, Clark Mishler and Hal Gage; Bear Tooth owners Rod The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson
Hancock, Matt Jones and Warren Hancock for giving Rand so much time to work on the festival Center and Regal Fireweed will also
and projectionist Dillon Miller for covering shifts; John Brower and Christopher Wilhelm for allowing sell passes and punch cards during
us to use their home theater for judging; Shari Hart at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum; Carolyn the festival's run.
Kinneen, the special events wizard; Barb Miller of Midnight Sun Brewing Company; Café Amster-
dam, the Middle Way Café, Bosco's and the Bear Tooth for contributing to hospitality bags; special Passes purchased online can be picked
thanks to Pat Walsh, Jack Sheppard, Sara Croop, Karen Miovas, Catherine Shenk and the AMIPA staff up at the Bear Tooth box office. You
-- Kevin Tripp, Michael Walsh and Greg Schmitz. must present the confirmation number
or the credit card used to make the
Michele Miller
purchase to receive your AIFF pass.

CAST & CREW


Executive Director, AMIPA

Tony Sheppard, founder, director of programming, management committee; Michele Miller, AMIPA
executive director, fundraising, sponsorship, events and management committee; Rand Thornsley,
specialty film programmer, studio liaison, management committee; Nate Lubeck, website develop-
ment; Lee Bullington, PR and community relations; Carolyn Kinneen, special events manager; Mark
Lutz and Kim Wilson, hospitality; Juliet Hildreth and Nancy Moore, volunteer coordinators; Glenn
Hemingson, AMIPA board chair and AIFF transportation coordinator; Karen Miovas, program man-
ager; Sara Croop program designer; Michael Walsh, media compilation; Doug Griffin and Kelly Gw-

www.amipa.org ynn, documentary programmers; Teresa Scott and Fran Kelly, animation programmers; Julie Decker,
family programmer; Mike Allison, super shorts programmer; Miranda Lynn and Cody Calligari, shorts
programmers; Dawnell Smith, film festival coordinator and administrative support.

2
SPECIAL EVENTS OUR SPONSORS
OPENING NIGHT GALA The 2008 Anchorage International Film Festival is generously brought to you by:
Friday 12/5 9pm • Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive
This is your chance to make a personal connection with our international guests and welcome them FOUNDING SPONSOR
with the warmth and enthusiasm that Alaskans are known for. And if you’re a filmmaker voyaging to
our beautiful northern city, this is a chance to start your adventure with celebration and recognition
of your talent and dedication to the art of independent film. Come dance the night away!
$18 • Free with All Events Pass

GOLDEN OOSIKAR AWARDS CEREMONY


Saturday, 12/13 9pm • Middle Way Cafe (Northern Lights Center)
The culmination of the AIFF is the Golden Oosikar Awards Ceremony. The diverse competition juries,
PRESENTING SPONSORS
comprised of individuals from our community with original and objective points of view, select films to
receive our honorary awards. It’s our chance to recognize the best AIFF filmmakers for their commit-
ment to the art of filmmmaking and supporting the Festival by sharing their vibrant visions with the
film lovers of Alaska. The audience awards are for feature films and feature length documentaries.
These will be announced on the last day of the festival with encore screenings at the Bear Tooth.
$15 • Free with All Events Pass

MARTINI MATINEE
Friday 12/12 3pm • Mixx Grill, Inlet Towers, 1200 L Street
Come in from the cold and join the fun! It’s our short-attention-span cinema for the fabulous cosmo
film crowd! These films are not the usual mix. A movie trivia contest with some great prizes
will be part of the afternoon's festivities. Consulate of Canada / Anchorage
$5 • Free with All Events Pass • Limited seating! Consulat du Canada / Anchorage

WORKSHOPS Red - Pantone 180

Black - Pantone Hexachrome Black U

PRIMARY SPONSORS
ANIMATION FOR EVERYONE:
Consulate of Canada / Anchorage
UNDERSTANDING THE ILLUSION OF LIFE Consulat du Canada / Anchorage
12/13 Sat 3pm • Out North
The Consulate of Canada is proud to sponsor this workshop by Jeff Chiba Stearns, an independent
Red - Pantone 180

animation filmmaker, writer and artist who founded Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. and has explored
Black - Pantone Hexachrome Black U

multiethnic issues in award-winning animated short films. Award-winning animation filmmaker Jeff
Chiba Stearns will help demystify animation by explaining the process from pre-visualization to the
completed film. Using screenings, demonstrations and lecture material, he will illuminate how to use
traditional classical animation to create original and unique films.

FILMMAKER WORKSHOP WITH ANDREW MACLEAN


Director and Writer of Sikumi (On The Ice).
12/7 Sun 2pm • Out North
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is an Inupiaq filmmaker born and raised in Alaska. He has traveled to North and
South America, Europe and New Zealand, worked in Siberia as a biological research assistant and was a
member of the Egasak whaling crew in Barrow. Sikumi won the 2008 Jury Prize for Short Fimmaking in the
Sundance Film Festival. The workshop will focus on the making of Sikumi: working with a film crew, a 35
mm camera and the special preparation and handling it took to function in minus 20-degree tempeatures.
SUPPORTING SPONSORS
FILMMAKER WORKSHOP WITH JAN LOUTER
Director of The Last Days of Shishmaref.
12/13 Sat 11am • Out North Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum Karl's Action Video
Jan Louter, of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, now has 25 documentaries to his name, varying in length from
50 to 8 minutes. Many of his long and short documentaries have been displayed at national and internation-
Anchorage Museum Municipality of Anchorage,
al film festivals and sold to foreign TV stations. The workshop will focus on documentary filmmaking, from at Rasmuson Center Arts & Culture Foundation
creation to distribution. He will discuss the making of The Last Days of Shishmaref: giving the viewer entry by Anchorage Convention Municipality of Anchorage,
way of a third eye; the friendships made over the several years of traveling to and working with the villagers & Visitors Bureau Office of the Mayor
of Shishmaref; and some of the difficulties of filmmaking in such a remote location.
Copper Whale Inn Oscar Gill House
QUICK FREEZE FILM PROJECT G Street B&B Out North
12/12 Fri 8pm • Out North Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites VSA Arts of Alaska
This year we’ve added more fun for local filmmakers with our Quick Freeze film project. In a nutshell
the Quick Freeze is a chance to create a three to five minute film, a theme will be given online on De-
cember 5th. You have five days to complete the film. It will then be presented in a film forum setting,
with a prize for the best film. The best Quick Freeze Film will also screen at the Bear Tooth on the last
day of the Festival. Contact Mike Allison for questions, mike.allison@anchoragefilmfestival.org.

www.walshsheppard.com

Take Action. Get Involved. We are proud to support the Anchorage International Film Festival.

3
DOCUMENTARIES
THE ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTI- SECRETS TO LOVE • USA • 63 mins. • 2008
VAL IS EXTREMELY PROUD OF ITS HISTORY OF 12/13 Sat 4:15pm Museum
Ever wonder what happened to the “Leave it to Beaver” fantasy? For some
BRINGING EXCELLENT DOCUMENTARY FILMS people, marriage brings a cold dose of reality when the fantasy dissolves and
TO THE BIG SCREEN. Nowhere else in Alaska can we’re stuck asking ourselves how we can have a healthy, happy relationship.
audiences see these hand selected gems collected from Couples and relationship experts illuminate the nature of love through
around the world. This year’s line-up is a well-rounded, hearty questions like these: How has the history of marriage and relationships changed
over the years and does that make a difference for us today? Do certain
selection of films featuring revolutionary Ugandan hip-hop communication patterns contribute to the breakdown of relationships? How do skills such as
artists, an Alaskan village falling into the ocean, an all-black empathy contribute to a healthy, functioning relationship — and can they be taught? It all starts at
high school marching band, a partial lobotomy, and many home, but if applied globally just think where it could lead. This is a film about how real couples
more films to enlighten those cold, dark nights in Alaska. learned to get the marriage and relationship they hoped for.
Directed by Tracie Donahue • www.secretstolove.com
—Kelly Gwynn & Doug Griffin,
Co-Directors of Documentary Programming THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF • Netherlands • 88 mins. • English
and Iñupiaq with English subtitles • 2008
12/7 Sun 6:15pm Bear Tooth • 12/13 Sat 12:30pm Fireweed Theatre
While politicians, scientists and environmentalists debate the effects of global
A NASHVILLE STATE OF MIND • USA • 88 mins.• 2008 warming, the Iñupiaq Eskimo community of Shishmaref in Northwest Alaska,
12/8 Mon 5:30pm Museum• 12/10 Wed 5:30pm Fireweed Theatre just under the Arctic Circle, faces the real world consequences of climate
Samantha Gibb, daughter of Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, and her band change every day. As the ice beneath the small village melts, homes fall into the
move to Nashville after her father’s death. They enter Nashville’s Alternative ocean. The situation is so severe that it has been predicted that the entire village will disappear
music scene with some of the best local musicians on the scene. This peek into within the next 10 years. How can you move an entire way of life? And should these villagers go to
the lives of musicians/song writers who struggle to follow their dreams features the edges of a city, or retain their rural ways? The transience of the Iñupiaq’s traditional way of life
guest appearances by industry professionals like Hank Williams III, Jody Williams, becomes apparent in the face of climate change, satellite television and mail order shopping. Here,
Dan Keen, Doc McGhee and Scott McGhee. the icy landscape — its water, smoke, steam and sky — is beautifully photographed, as are the
Directed by John Martin-Vogel and Eric La Rocca • www.myspace.com/nashvilledocumentary village’s inhabitants.
Directed by Jan Louter
A POWERFUL NOISE • USA • 91 mins. • 2008 www.shishmaref.nl/shishmaref/shishmaref_release-2.4.4/MainView.html
12/8 Mon 7:30pm Museum • 12/13 Sat 6:00pm Museum
Three women from different cultures fight for change. Hahn is an HIV-positive THE WRECKING CREW • USA • 98 mins. • 2007
widow in Vietnam; Nada, a survivor of the Bosnian war; and Jacqueline a worker 12/12 Fri 7:45pm Museum• 12/14 Sun 12:30pm Fireweed Theatre
in the slums of Bamako, Mali. Three different women. Three very different lives. “The Wrecking Crew” was a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 60s
Three vastly different worlds. But they share something in common: Power. These who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and
ordinary women are overcoming deep-seeded gender barriers to rise up and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, the Mamas and
claim a voice in their societies. Through their empowerment and the ability to empower others, Hahn, Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson and Johnny Rivers. They were Phil Spector’s
Nada and Jacqueline are sparking unprecedented change by fighting AIDS, educating girls and Wall of Sound. Sometimes they would lay down some instrumental tracks and if
rebuilding communities. the song became a hit, they would record an album and put a group together to hit the road. This
Directed by Tom Cappello and Scott Thigpen • www.apowerfulnoise.org happened many times — the Marketts, Routers, and T-Bones — and the next day they would do the
same thing and call it another name. Just call them “The Wrecking Crew.”
BALLOU • USA • 83 mins. • 2008 Directed by Denny Tedesco • www.wreckingcrew.tv
12/13 Sat 2:30pm Museum• 12/11 Thurs 7:45pm Museum
The talented Ballou High School Marching Band overcomes a negative UPSTREAM BATTLE • Germany • 97 minutes • English • 2008
environment filled with guns, drugs and violence through music, dedication 12/13 Sat 3:15pm Bear Tooth
and personal sacrifice. On their way to a national band competition, band Native Americans in Northern California fight for their fish and the survival of
members must first learn how to play instruments and overcome personal loses their culture. An energy corporation is messing up their river with a series of
due to the neglect of an impoverished community just three miles from the hydropower dams, contributing to one of the worst fish die-offs in U.S. history.
Capital. Celebrities including Rev. Jess Jackson and Colin Powell speak to the importance of a small To confront their opponents, tribal members first travel to Scotland, then to the
marching band that becomes an award-winning band. second-richest man in the United States. The dam owners praise hydropower as
Directed by Michael Patrei • www.balloumovie.com a low-cost, climate-friendly source of energy, a valuable resource they say they
can’t afford to lose. Yet, the tribes at the Klamath River may trigger the largest dam removal project
CRAWFORD • USA • 74 mins. • 2008 in history. A long-term documentary with incredible access to tribal members, utility managers, and
12/11 Thurs 5:30pm Bear Tooth • 12/14 Sun 5:30pm Museum farmers in the basin — all fighting for water.
Months after arriving in Crawford, Texas, population 705, George W. Bush Directed by Ben Kempas • www.upstreambattle.com
declares his candidacy for President and uses the town as the perfect set-piece
to project a folksy image. Crawford explodes overnight. Souvenir stores open.
Their Baptist pastor calls it a miracle. But with the Iraq War and the arrival of
20,000 protesters in Crawford’s backyards, conflict mounts in the town itself,
pushing a progressive teacher and her student to the brink – and beyond. Soon, tourists stop
coming and the stores are boarded up. But the human impact of political stagecraft is far graver.
Now, through the eyes of Crawford’s colorful, dynamic people, comes a unique reflection on the
last seven years.
ANCHORAGETUBE.COM
Directed by David Modigliani • www.crawfordmovie.com Better than TV! Watch what you want, when you want! Quickly upload and
tag videos in almost any video format. Easily share your videos with everyone,
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH • USA • 72 mins. • 2008 public or private. Visit www.anchoragetube.com
12/7 Sun 12:00pm Bear Tooth
A group of young rappers in Uganda use hip hop to spread awareness about
the political and social troubles engulfing their country, and to bring about
positive change. Silas and Krazy Native are the two members of the Bataka
Squad, rapping in their native language. Silas’s family was forced to flee to
Canada when he was twelve, with his father subsequently falling victim to
politically motivated murder. During Silas’s exile, Krazy Native rises to become
one of Uganda’s most successful contemporary hip hop artists. When Silas returns to his homeland
to set up a charity foundation for young people, he and Krazy reunite for the first time in ten years.

Their journey goes from the riot-torn streets of the capital, Kampala, to the smallest villages in the
countryside; from the Pearl of Africa Music Awards to the Global African Hip Hop Summit in Johannes-
burg, South Africa; and finally back across the Atlantic as Silas and Krazy bring their music and their
message to the United States. On the way, a host of other young rappers tackle subjects ranging from
genocide to AIDS in their music.
Directed by Brett Mazurek • www.imdb.com/title/tt0960755

JUNK DREAMS • USA • 73 mins. • 2008


12/6 Sat 12:30pm Museum
Two brothers, 77 and 76, board a 29-foot Chinese Junk Boat and head 1,620
miles to Valdez, Alaska. In their two and half month voyage, Ernie and Charlie
encounter torrents of rain and raging water, engine trouble and broken masts,
bringing them face to face with adventure — their fountain of youth. The two
men visit towns like Prince Rupert, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Juneau on their
way to Valdez, Alaska.
Directed by Skye Borgman • www.junkdreams.com

RACHEL: A PERFECT LIFE • Australia • 90 mins.• 2007


12/12 Fri 5:30pm Museum • 12/6 Sat 4:30pm Museum
The ever-resilient Rachel can’t hold a job because of her epilepsy, so after years
of hardship, she wants brain surgery to get rid of the condition ruling her life.
She goes through the assessment process and subsequent surgery with many
emotional ups and downs, but as a teen mother living on the breadline in New
South Wales, Australia, she never gives up.
Directed by Fiona Cochrane

4
SHORT DOCUMENTARIES
WHAT’S BETTER THAN A SHORT DOCUMENTARY? to Antarctica, discovering along the way how This short film details an endearing story of
NOTHING. It’s a fantastic, fun, and (most importantly, to the past and present connect in surreal ways. friendship between two terminally ill women,
Directed by Simon Arazi involving their families and the staff of the hos-
some) quick way to educate yourself on a new topic. We’ve pital. Through this story, we come to know that
compiled our favorites to entertain you and broaden your those facing the ends of their lives still hope for
PROGRAM: EVERYDAY PEOPLE
horizons. In this year’s short programs, you will find examples SHORT DOCS health, peace, and happiness. This is the story
of stunning heroism and love alongside some of the more 12/9 Tue 5:30pm • Museum of how they achieve it.
Directed by Cecelia Lee
whimsical means of self-expression. Enjoy!
—Kelly Gwynn & Doug Griffin, Co-Directors LOOK AT ME • Canada
of Documentary Programming 45 min. • Documentary short • 2007
An honest and striking glimpse into the daily
lives of parents whose children have fetal
SPLITTING HAIRS • USA alcohol syndrome.
PROGRAM: TOP OF THEIR GAME Directed by Julianne Hazlewood
28 min. • Documentary short • 2008
SHORT DOCS
12/7 Sun 7:30pm • Fireweed Theatre “Splitting Hairs” follows Beard Team USA Captain
Phil Olsen and Whisker Club President Bruce Look At Me CITY OF CRANES• UK
Roe, founders of the two competitive facial hair 14 min.• Documentary short • 2007
HEALTH. PEACE. HAPPINESS An unparalleled and unique view of London
clubs in America, as they go to the Champion-
24 min • Documentary short through the eyes and words of crane drivers.
ships in Berlin to compete as the face of the
English subtitles • 2008 Directed by Eva Weber
American beard/moustache movement. The film
culminates with an election that will determine
the future of the sport.
Directed by F. Stone Roberts
www.splittinghairsmovie.com/index.html

REEFER MADNESS • Canada


23 min. • Documentary short • 2008
Reefer Madness
PROGRAM: THE HUMAN
CONDITION SHORT DOCS
12/6 Sat 6:15pm • Museum
MARTINI MATINEE
Reefer Madness follows Canadian graffiti artist, Fatso, COME IN FROM THE COLD AND JOIN THE FUN! It’s our short-
on a journey across the continent to track down the attention-span cinema for the fabulous cosmo film crowd! These films
rarest refrigerator boxcars, shedding light on the most
recent and unlikely movement in freight train graffiti. are not the usual mix. A movie trivia contest with some great prizes will
Directed by Steve Hanson be part of the afternoon’s festivities.

Friday 12/12, 3p • Mixx Grill, Inlet Towers, 1200 L Street


$5 • Free with All Events Pass • Limited seating!
Severing the Soul BROKEN RAINBOW ‧ USA • 9 min. PROFILE • Canada • 5 min.
A melancholy lamb caged in the zoo tries to A woman is profiled by an airport behavior
SEVERING THE SOUL • USA escape. However, he doesn’t know some- detection device searching for “Otherness”
18 min. • Documentary short • 2008 thing behind the door is waiting for him. or threat. By Sharon Katz
Found footage interweaves to form an account By Chia-Chien Mai
of Rosemary Kennedy’s lobotomy procedure in AN UNQUIET MIND • USA • 6 min.
1941 with an overview of the psychosurgery CODSWALLOP • UK • 3 min. Inspired by his struggle with Bipolar Disor-
movement of the 1930’s-1960’s in the U.S. Based on a series of surreal stream of con- der and Kay Redfield Jamison’s book, “An
Directed by Barbara Klutinis sciousness postcards sent by the filmmaker to Unquiet Mind”, is about the filmmaker’s
his son, Codswallop features a collection of friend Shuei’s mercurial journey of mood
LEAVE HER TO DIE • Canada uncanny characters.Beware of hats! swings and deep restlessness.
49 min. • Documentary short • 2008 By Brothers McLeod By Chihwen Lo
MONSTER DUDES • USA A 2 year-old baby girl lay alone on a bamboo
22 min.• Documentary short • 2008 mat in a government orphanage in Northern MURMUR • USA • 7 min. SPIDER • Australia
A look at Boise’s avant-garde noise rock band Thailand 11 years ago. She had been aban- Murmur is contemplation on memory and 6 min. • Super short
Monster Dudes, featuring the band's 4 year doned to the “AIDS room.” Her medical chart landscape. In this experimental piece the It’s all fun and games until someone loses
old drummer. reads: “bploi wai dtaai: Leave her to die.” In a artists combine music and ephemeral visual an eye. By Nash Edgerton
Directed by Lance Bauscher country that ostracizes those living with HIV,
www.monsterdudesmovie.com sequences in order to evoke a layered, shift-
Avis Rideout is determined to prove that love ing, and evolving sense of place. SUSITNA STORY • USA/Alaska • 4 min.
and care can and is saving the lives of those By Peter Byrne Accompanied by narration that is reminis-
THE FROZEN CITY • USA
rejected and abandoned due to HIV. cent of Robert Service meets The Charlie
21 min. • Documentary short
Directed by Antonia Thomson Daniels Band, a plucky musher must defend
For eight consecutive years, Winnipeg, Mani- ONE NICE FAMILY PHOTO • UK
www.realscreen.com/screening- Alaska pride and her soul when she is chal-
toba, the coldest city on earth with a popula- 4 min.
room/20081007/leavehertodie.html lenged to a sled dog race by Satan.
tion greater than 600,000, has been crowned My family rarely gets together, so when it
happens we always take a photo. As if dinner By Peter Dunlap-Shohl
“Slurpee Capital of the World” by 7-Eleven for IN THE WAKE OF THE BELGICA
consuming more Slurpees than anywhere else with nine people and the dog isn’t memo-
55 mins. • Documentary short • 2008
on the globe. Welcome to the Frozen City. rable enough! By Tom Senior
An international crew of seven adventurers
Directed by Alex Perez retraces the saga of the 1897 Belgica expedition
www.thefrozencity.com

5
ANIMATION
THE 2008 AIFF OFFERS A BIG WILD RIDE CHICKEN COWBOY • USA • 7 min.
PROGRAM: Shelly the Chicken Cowboy wasn’t looking for
THROUGH ANIMATION, WITH SUBMISSIONS ADVENTURES IN ANIMATION
a fight, but he found one. Can he face his fears
FROM AROUND THE WORLD. With this year’s anima- 12/07 Sun 5:30pm • Museum
and stand up for himself? By Stephen Neary
tion selections ranging from the sublime to the erotic and from
super short to feature length, animation isn’t just for kids. Come RED PRINCESS BLUES • USA • 8 min.
jump on board and hold on tight for some of the best anima- We meet the “princess” as a 12 year old girl
who finds herself in a strange country looking
tion you’ll see anywhere. for her father. After she is taken in by Nino,
—Teresa Scott & Fran Kelly, Co-Directors AIFF Animation who claims to be her father’s friend. There, she
discovers the “Book of Violence” and begins her
journey that one day will lead to vengeance.
Chicken Cowboy By Alex Ferrari

OPERATION: FISH • USA • 11 min.


A FLAT IN B MINOR • Canada • 3 min. In Competition
PROGRAM: LOVESPORT • UK • 25 min.
The rhythm of an orchestrated tango lays the foun- After a series of mysterious goldfish abduc-
SEX, DRUGS & ROCK ’N ROLL A series of very short films filled with color, action,
12/07 Sun 8:30pm • Bear Tooth dation for this animated short about the changing tions, a secret agent is dispatched with a time
rivalry, excitement and all that encompasses the
of a flat on the other side of the universe. displacement gun to bring the criminals behind
wonderful world of sports using moving geometric
By Scott Fiander the “fishnappings” to justice, and possibly save
shapes, sound and amazing movement.
By Grant Orchard with Studio aka the world! By Jeff Riley
BOTNIK • USA • 11 min.
A struggling beatnik goes to robotic extremes to
HEADWINDS • Canada • 2 min. • In Competition
break into the art scene in this retro-style, jazz- PROGRAM: KID FRIENDLY
Ready for his base jump, Dan, perched high
driven animated short. 12/06 Sat 4:00pm • Bear Tooth
above the desert floor, leaps into the open sky.
By Jackie Smessaert Brennan
Malfunctioning equipment means doom for our
daredevil, who can only be saved by the use of
his head. By Brian Sinasac

Queer Duck

TEAT BEAT OF SEX: EPISODES 8-11


Italy & USA • 7 min. Dreammaker
A young girl, Cynthia, experiences her first kiss, YELLOW STICKY NOTES • Canada • 6 min.
first make out session, first jealousy and first In Competition TIMOTHY AND THE GREAT ROBOTIC
sex. It takes years to get to sex. She isn’t sure Twenty three hundred drawings on 4x6 inch INVADERS FROM OUTERSPACE
what she is supposed to feel, but is intrigued to BURLEY! • Australia • 9 min. USA • 13 min.
yellow sticky notes with a black ink pen, Yellow
continue exploring. By Signe Baumane Feeling lonely and bored, a young tetra fish just When Timothy discovers hostile alien signals on
Sticky Notes is a small internal reflection on
wants some attention. Attracted by the manic an- a homemade radio, it’s up to him to stop the
one’s role as an artist manifests into a discussion
HIGH HOPES • USA • 4 min. tics of a gang of older fish who spend hours in- impending doom. The film is a loving tribute to
about major political and environmental crises.
Join standup comedian Steve Hofstetter as he venting new extreme sports, she begins a quest 50’s sci-fi. By Tamarind King
By Jeff Chiba Stearns
explores America’s hypocrisy about drugs and to gain their acceptance. By Andrew Goode
terrorism. With music by Palmer’s Medic and DREAMMAKER • Germany • 13 min.
THE CRAMER COLLECTION • USA • 3 min. SUSITNA STORY • Alaska • 4 min.
animation by Dillon McCarthy, High Hopes is a Once, long ago, the Dreammaker made the
A classically animated user guide for the “Cra- Accompanied by narration that is reminiscent of
hilariously dark journey into what we fear the most beautiful dreams for people. Now he lives
mer Collection” set in a 1930’s cartoon office as Robert Service meets The Charlie Daniels Band,
most: truth. By Steve Hofstetter a solitary existence for only one purpose, the
the staff struggle to plan a meeting. a plucky musher must defend Alaska pride and creation of a special dream, his dream.
By Jason Doll
ROBOT DREAMING • USA • 10 min. her soul when she is challenged to a sled dog By Leszek Plichta
Robot experiments on man to find out what race by Satan. By Peter Dunlap-Shohl
makes a human a human. This film probes ideas
PAC(HYDERM) ATTACK! • USA • 5 min.
of consciousness, artificial intelligence and the
A true story, this is the harrowing and hilarious
post-human age. By Rory Magnus
account of an encounter between a family on
safari and elephants on the plains of Tanzania.
DISTRAXION • USA • 2 min.• In Competition
By Kristian Perry
An office worker’s job is made extremely difficult
because of his boss’s taste in music. By Mike Stern
THE MISADVENTURES OF MOON KITTY
USA • 12 min.
TEAT BEAT OF SEX: EPISODES 1-3 LOST IN SNOW • Latvia • 8 min.
Follow the antics of the musical cat that lives on PLAIN & SIMPLE • USA • 30 min.
Italy & USA • 4 min. In winter some people go ice fishing and as the
the moon as she frolics through space, nurtures This is a story about a plain penguin who is
Entertaining and informative short lectures by a excitement is intensified by freezing tempera-
her baby, entertains her fellow lunar loonies threatened with removal from a zoo run by
knowing woman. “Kirby” addresses size; “Juice” tures and strong drinks, unpredictable conse-
and escapes a meteor shower induced by a money-grubbing capitalists because he does not
is the contradiction of man’s dream world and quences follow. By Vladimir Leschiov
stampede of dangerous dinosaurs! generate enough interest to guarantee profits.
woman’s reality; “Trouble” happens deep inside By DeWayne Austin By Merrin Marra
a woman if she hasn’t had sex for weeks. LIKE ME, ONLY BETTER • UK • 5 min.
By Signe Baumane A laconic comedy about Neuroses, Catholicism VARMINTS • UK • 24 min.
KHODA • UK• 5 min.
and Prozac. By Martin Pickles In the face of overwhelming urbanization,
Khoda is a psychological thriller of a man
QUEER DUCK: THE MOVIE indifference and recklessness, a small creature
trapped in his aging body created from more
USA • 72 min. 24 FRAMES • USA • 19 min. struggles to preserve a remnant of the peace
than 6000 paintings that were painstakingly
From Emmy-winning “Simpsons” writer Mike A stop-motion animated black comedy mocku- he once knew and with his selfless acts of love
produced during a two year period to create a
Reiss comes this feature-length animated musi- mentary, about the making of a stop-motion plant the seeds of change that will prove the
five minute film that would meet the filmmaker’s
cal about the gay animals Queer Duck, Openly animated film at an art college in the Southern salvation of his world.
high personal standards. By Reza Dolatabadi
Gator and Bi Polar Bear. By Mike Reiss United States. By Brad Pattullo By Marc Craste with Studio aka

SEBASTIAN’S VOODOO • USA • 4 min.


PROGRAM: BIG WILD ANIMATION In Competition
12/10 Wed 5:30pm • Museum
12/13 Sat 12:30pm • Museum A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his

FEATURE ANIMATIONS
friends from being pinned to death.
By Joaquin Baldwin

MADAME TUTLI-PUTTI • Canada • 18 min.


Special Selection
QUEER DUCK: THE MOVIE
The National Film Board of Canada presents a
USA • 72 min.
stunning, stop-motion animated film that takes
12/7 Sun 8:30pm • Bear Tooth
the viewer on anexhilarating existential journey.
From Emmy-winning “Simpsons” writer
The film introduces groundbreaking visual
Mike Reiss comes this feature-length
techniques and is supported by a haunting and
Distraxion animated musical about the gay animals
original score. Painstaking care and craftsman-
Queer Duck, Openly Gator and Bi Polar
SYMPHONY • USA • 5 min. • In Competition ship in form and detail bring to life a fully imag-
Bear. By Mike Reiss
The topic of this abstractedly crafted animation ined, tactile world unlike any you have seen.
applies to anything that struggles to be free. It Jungian thriller? Hitchcockian suspense? Artistic
THE MAGISTICAL • USA • 90 min.
can be a phenomenon occurring deep within tour de force? The night train awaits you. The Magistical
12/14 Sun 1:00pm • Bear Tooth
the mind, or an individual confronting the stan- Filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
A beautifully produced animated adven- darkness and shadow, she begins killing all
dardized masses. By Erick Oh Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
ture film for the entire family. In order to of the other Drakens in hopes of becom-
protect and preserve all precious life, The ing the last, so she can rule as she pleases,
DISTRAXION • USA • 2 min. Magistical creates a spell which grants without fear of death. Soon there is only
An office worker’s job is made extremely difficult immortality to the last remaining of every one last obstacle to her evil ambitions, a
because of his boss’s taste in music. By Mike Stern type of creature. A powerful and evil Drak- helpness,baby draken cub named Knot.
en sees an opportunity to use the spell to Produced by Out of Our Mind Studios
MOCK ‘N BOYD • Canada • 4 min. further her ambitions to rule the world. In www.outofourmindsstudios.com
In Competition
Boyd was living the good life until Mock came
along. Boyd’s new cage-mate is out to shake his PRESENTED BY:
tail feathers like they’ve never been shaken before.
By Chris Dainty & Rita Street

6
FEATURE FILMS (AIFF 2008 BEST FEATURE FILM
WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON-LINE.)

CHRONIC TOWN • USA/Alaska


OPENING NIGHT FILM 94 min. • Dark Comedy • 2008 • 2008 Sundance Film Festival • In Competition
12/6 Sat 7:55pm Bear Tooth • 12/12 Fri 5:30pm Bear Tooth
Friday, Dec. 5, 7:00 pm, Bear Tooth Theatrepub Fairbanks, Alaska’s little city by the usually frozen Chena River is the setting for this
slice of abnormal life in the Last Frontier. Truman Korovin is a lonely, sharp-witted
cab driver. When an acid trip goes sour, Truman winds up in the local “loony bin”
for what looks like a suicide attempt. During his stay, Truman spends time with an
issue-laden therapy group where he gets re-acquainted with one of his old cab fares, a local stripper
named Eleanor. He also befriends Elizabeth, an amusing old lady from the Seniors Home, as part of
his therapy. Although his trip to the bin seems like a brief detour in his life, Eleanor and Elizabeth open
up a new world to Truman. It might not always be a better world but it’s a new one, and the
emotionally detached Truman finds himself right in the middle of it. At a point in his life when Truman
was ready to be a spectator, he may just find himself caring enough to get back in the game.
Directed by Tom Hines
Written by Michael Kamsky
www.chronictownthemovie.com

COYOTE • USA • 95 min. • Action/Drama • 2007 • In Competition


12/12 Fri 7:45pm Bear Tooth •12/14 Sun 7:15pm Fireweed Theatre
The Mexican-American boarder has become a hot zone for controversy. For J.
and Steve, it’s a way to make money. Best friends forever, they stumble into an
opportunity when a Mexican pal, recently deported, needs their help to get back
across the border. Surprised at how easy it is to fool the Border Patrol agents in
Nogales, the guys see it as a chance to corner the market as the ‘Kinder, Gentler
CAMILLE
USA • 91 min. • Black Comedy • 2008
People Smugglers, aka Coyotes,’ while beating the Minutemen at their own game in the process.
Soon enough, J. and Steve learn the real danger in crossing boundaries. While they are making more
money than ever, the cost appears to be way more than they bargained for and there’s no easy way
Young love has rarely been so twisted. Silas has just been blackmailed into marrying Camille. On
out. No matter what your attitude is about our semi-closed borders, this film will intensify your feelings.
their honeymoon, an accident leaves Camille deceased and then inexplicably revived, setting the
Written & Directed by Brian Peterson
stage for an undead romance as the couple flees from the cops toward the Canadian border. Producer, Writer & Editor Brett Spackman
Directed by Gregory Mackenzie
themexicandream.com/index.php
Cast: Sienna Miller, James Franco, David Carradine, Scott Glenn
www.camillemovie.com
DREAM BOY • USA • 90 min • Coming Of Age Drama • 2007
12/10 Wed 7:45pm Bear Tooth
Based on the novel by Jim Grimsley, Dream Boy chronicles the tender romance
FEATURE FILM of two gay adolescents. The emotions the boys cannot deny lead to a brutal

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
reality as they try to navigate through the ghosts of prejudice in the rural South.
Directed by James Bolton • Cast: Stephan Bender, Max Roeg
www.dreamboythemovie.com

HALF-LIFE • USA • 116 min. • Drama • 2008 • In Competition


WAKE UP AND SMELL THE POPCORN! Before you 12/13 Sat 5:30pm Bear Tooth • 12/14 Sun 4:45pm Fireweed Theatre
is a potpourri of drama, action, comedy, suspense and In this imaginative, intricate drama, global cataclysms entangle an array of
classic feature length film for you to indulge and enjoy. ordinary people confronted by extraordinary circumstance. As natural disasters
From art-house to mainstream, these films represent some send the world plunging into chaos, suburbanites in the hills of Northern
California discover their lives unraveling. Apocalyptic occurrences set the tone as
of the best independent and international cinema that the suburban single mother Saura Wu gets involved with a man who disrupts her
film industry has to offer. efforts to rebuild her family. Meanwhile, Pam seeks comfort in the arms of Scott, a man coming to
terms with his identity as a gay man even as his fundamentalist parents refuse to accept it, and
Never before has this much variety been offered to Alaska. Saura’s son Timothy realizes he has paranormal powers that may alter life for everyone. The
precocious boy and his jaded sister use their imaginative powers to escape a confining home-life,
You only have 10 days to do it all. Plan wisely, because it save their self-destructive mother from her charmingly manipulative boyfriend, and finally reinvent
won’t happen again until AIFF 2009. And thank you for their world in a mind-bending conclusion.
supporting this year’s Anchorage International Film Festival. Written & Directed by Jennifer Phang
—Tony Sheppard, Founder & Director of www.halflifemovie.com

Film Programming HOW TO BE • UK/England • 85 min. • 2008 • In Competition


12/10 Wed 5:30pm Bear Tooth • 12/12 Fri 7:30 Fireweed Theatre
A wry comedy about a frustrated musician undergoing a quarter-life crisis after
moving back in with his middle class parents after his girlfriend dumps him. Art’s
BUTTERFLY DREAMING • USA/Australia • 84 min. • Drama/Thriller • 2008 agoraphobic friend Ronny has his own problems while holed up in a London
12/8 Mon 5:45pm Fireweed Theatre flat in a daze of nitrous oxide and electro music. Ronny wants to start a band
Anxious dreams, paranoia and hallucinations torment a young math professor with Art and happy-go-lucky friend Nikki, but only if it involves going no further
after the death of his wife. This "who did what to whom" thriller set in the than the flat’s roof garden. Meanwhile, Art discovers self-help guru Dr. Levi Ellington, author of “It’s
Pacific Northwest has all the intrigue and mystery of a classic episode of Twin Not Your Fault,” and uses inheritance money to pay for the doctor to move in with him and his
Peaks. After the death of his wife in a car accident, Rob (Andrew Bowen) parents as Art’s full-time life coach. Art’s painfully funny journey to define his life brings to the fore
struggles to determine reality from dreams. Bowen's confused, yet pedantic the dysfunctional relationship he has with his parents and the importance of his oddball friends.
portrayal of Rob allows us to witness what it must be like when a person with a highly functional, Written & Directed by Oliver Irving
technical brain short circuits—but you're never sure if his mental malfunctioning is due to grief or Produced by Justin Kelly
guilt. Filmed in Seattle, Butterfly Dreaming twists and turns through Rob’s madness, addictions and www.howtobemovie.com
affairs to a shocking conclusion. What truly happened to his wife?
Written & Directed by Rufus Williams THE MOON AND OTHER LOVERS (DER MOND UND ANDERE
Produced by Keith Goodwill, Susan England, Scott Schneid LIEBHABER) • Germany 101 min. • English Subtitles • Drama
www.butterflydreamingthefilm.com 12/8 Mon 7:45 Fireweed Theatre • 12/14 Sun 2:30pm Fireweed Theatre
Hanna is a woman who will not take life’s setbacks and knock downs sitting
BART GOT A ROOM • USA 80 min. • Comedy • 2008 • In Competition down. Instead, she takes them in full stride, picks herself up and marches onward
12/6 Sat 5:45pm Bear Tooth • 12/11 Thurs 7:30pm Bear Tooth despite harrowing circumstances. Whatever losses and uncertainties come her
William H. Macy co-stars in this fresh comedy about a gawky, Jewish teenager's way, she remains true to herself. As life and politics change around her,
desperate search for a prom date. Set in a Florida retirement community, Bart is principally the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification, Hanna battles on. She has many
a semi-autobiographical coming of age story about a boy dealing with the problems; one is named Knuti, who is in love with Hanna, but she loves her freedom and life and
divorce of his parents (Macy and Cheryl Hines) and the pressures of adoles- longs for something more. Then Hanna meets Ganzar, and her world becomes an everlasting
cence. While his parents independently look for love, Danny goes on his own paradise. Time doesn’t stop, but luck and love are finally on her side. But this love is too good to be
quest for a date. His search becomes more pathetic when he and his family learn that Bart, the true. Ganzar is married, and as suddenly as he appeared, he vanishes. Hanna is devastated. No love,
school's biggest dweeb, not only secured a date for the prom, but got a hotel room as well. no life, sad memories, but as long as Hanna lives, she finds a way to go on.
Written & Directed by Brian Hecker Written & Directed by Bernd Böhlich
www.imdb.com/title/tt0472050 Produced by Mafilm Entertainment Services
www.der-mond-und-andere-liebhaber.de
CARROT CAKE CONVERSATIONS • Singapore • 97 min.
English• Romantic Comedy • 2008
12/9 Tues 5:45pm Fireweed Theatre Presented by:
Four strangers stranded in Singapore before Christmas find companionship over a
plate of carrot cake. Kate, a failed American actress, is heading to New Zealand to
set up a dream café. Along the way, she meets Daniel, an unhappy businessman,
OFFSIDE (IMPEDIMENTO) • Brazil
who recently caught his wife cheating on him, Ruth, a prostitute who longs to be
85 min. • English Subtitles • Comedy Drama
Singapore’s first blues singer and Matthew, a wealthy hotelier who has everything except the one
12/11 Tues 5:45pm Fireweed Theatre • 12/13 Sat 2:45pm Fireweed Theatre
thing he wants the most. The four find themselves stranded in Singapore just days before Christmas,
A butcher living in the Brazilian countryside tries to live his adolescent soccer
finding companionship over conversation and a plate of carrot cake. The film seeks to prove the
fantasy through his youngest son until a new teacher moves into town and gives
possibility that a conversation can change everything and that in life, sometimes, all we have to do is
him another shot at love. This romantic comedy set in the fictional town of
talk and listen. A beautiful location and heartfelt acting help bring the multi-layered story to life.
Queluz de Minas plays with the idea of the offside rule in soccer. In life as in sport,
Written & Directed by Michael Wang
www.carrotcakeconversations.com we run up against barriers, sometimes invisible to us. Offside is about dreaming both through the
daydreams that allow us to set goals and the nightmares that paralyze us. Circumstances can impede
us and the clock can run out, but there's always a chance we'll get back in the game just in time to
see our goal is for the taking.
Written & Directed by Joffre Silva
www.filmeimpedimento.com
continued on next page

7
continued from previous page

ONLY • Canada • 74 min. SKY IN DECEMBER • Japan • 80 min. • English Subtitles • Drama
12/14 Sun 3:15pm Bear Tooth 12/7 Sun 3:15pm Fireweed Theatre • 12/11 Thurs 8:00pm Fireweed Theatre
12 year-old Daniel (Jacob Switzer) has a lot of time on his hands. Although he is Just let yourself feel what you feel when you’re watching the images. What each
supposed to help his parents run a motel in a small Northern Ontario town, individual feels inside is everything. I can’t express my films in words. - Hiroshi Toda
something always seems to distract or divert him. Most of the time, he's found
crashing in one of the rooms, breaking stuff or trying to avoid the kids from Zenko, an old fortune-teller, has one dream that everyone is protected by the
town, who see Daniel as a means of getting booze for their parties. On one amulets he makes. Once in a while people stop at his stall to ask for advice or
surreptitious trip to the pool, he is startled by the sight of someone floating face down. That help finding things. Some memorable customers are a strange, camera loving girl, couples in love
someone is Vera (Elena Hudgins Lyle), a girl his own age whose parents are going through a nasty and a sweet-hearted young punk named Yabuta, who is trying to be a loan shark. At the end of
separation. Like Daniel, Vera has been left to her own devices. each visit, Zenko gives them his amulets and wishes them good luck. Then comes Nagaoka, an old
Directed by Ingrid Veninger & Simon Reynolds. man who is devastated by the recent loss of his wife. With the help of Nagaoka and Zenko, he finds
money and something precious.
THE PROJECT • USA/NYC • 82 min. • Drama Written & Directed by Hiroshi Toda. Produced by Masato Hanazawa
12/7 Sun 7:45pm Fireweed Theatre • 12/12 Fri 5:45pm Fireweed Theatre www.skeletonfilms.com
"When people have a stake in their society, they want to protect that society.
When they don't, they unconsciously want to destroy it." STREETSWEEPER • Australia • 77 min. • 2007 • Arthouse • In Competition
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1964 12/6 Sat 2:30pm Museum • 12/10 Wed 8:00pm Museum
“A true independent film with a genuine poetic and artistic flair. Bold &
Shot in a documentary format, this narrative feature tells the story of documen- uncompromising. A visually stunning, meditative journey.” – Director’s Choice
tary filmmakers doing a project about cops and kids in Brooklyn. Superb editing with a music video
style travels into the shadows of bridges and housing projects. The story's filmmakers keep their Keith is an unshaven 40-year old man with long hair who starts his day
cameras rolling, freeing the film of some of the usual feature film constraints. First time feature swimming naked in the ocean before sunrise. Then he puts on his work clothes
director Ryan Piotrowicz has crafted a competent and fascinating film. The weird mix of narrative and prepares for the long day ahead. Keith is a streetsweeper. With a buggy loaded with bags,
and documentary styles could easily have fallen apart in less capable hands. Kudos, Slamdance - this brooms and personal belongings he works day in and day out. Sporting a clownish dab of
is precisely the type of first effort this festival has built a reputation on unearthing. The film was sunscreen on his nose, this unique street cleaner pays extra special attention to zebra crossings. And
reviewed by Elliot V. Kotek during the 2008 Slamdance festival. as the day wears on, Keith’s streetsweeping routine becomes increasingly irregular. He collects
Written & Directed by Ryan Piotrowicz found notes, listens to lost voices, and is prone to idiosyncratic but insightful bouts of bittersweet
www.theprojectny.com poetry. He rambles on and vents hard but lyrical thoughts about living a lonely forgotten life on the
margins of Australian society. The longer the streetsweeper walks and talks the more enigmatic he
RESURRECTION COUNTY • USA • 95 min. • Horror becomes. Worker. Clown. Poet. Spirit. He is the city.
12/11 Thurs 9:45pm Bear Tooth • 12/12 Fri 9:30pm Fireweed Theatre Directed by Neil Mansfield. Produced by Toby Ralph
If you enjoy intense terror and blood boiling nervous anxiety, don’t miss www.streetsweeper.net.au
Resurrection County!
VANAJA • India • 111 min. • English Subtitles • Drama
A warning to outsiders: when traveling through Resurrection County, watch your 12/8 Mon 5:30pm Bear Tooth • 12/13 Sat 4:30pm Fireweed Theatre
step and mind the signs. One false move could be your last. When four suburban- An exotic cinematic splendor set in rural South India, a place where social
ite campers roll into the backwoods southern town of Enoch, they find that southern hospitality still barriers are built stronger than fort walls. This film explores the chasm that
exists, as long as you mind the road signs. Things are not what they appear to be as a weekend divides classes as a young girl struggles to come of age. Vanaja (Mamatha
camping trip turns disturbingly deadly. The locals are all too happy to serve up their own brand of eye Bhukya) is the 14-year old daughter of a poor, low caste fisherman, struggling
for an eye justice! A pulse pounding, take no prisoners descent into neo southern gothic horror. with dwindling catches and mounting debt. When a sooth-sayer predicts that
Directed by Matt Zettell. Produced by Mike Hart. she will be a great dancer, she goes to work in the house of the local landlady, in hopes of learning
Written by James Cotten & Matt Yeager Kuchipudi dance while earning a keep. Her vivacious ways and spunk soon catch the landlady’s
www.resurrectioncounty.com eye. It isn’t long before Vanaja gets herself invited to play a game of ashta chamma against Rama
Devi. Seeing that losing isn’t the landlady’s forte, Vanaja deliberately gives up her game – a fact that
SKID MARKS • USA • 85 min. • Comedy doesn’t go unnoticed – and which eventually secures her the landlady’s mentorship, first in music,
12/10 Wed 9:40pm Fireweed Theatre then in dance. Vanaja excels and seems to be on a steadily ascending path until she meets a
The film’s writer is a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Don Rearden handsome, muscular and rather insecure young man, returned from the U.S. to run for local
has written three independently produced films, won several writing awards, and politics. She is pitched into a tale of class, family and animus from which there is only one escape.
hopes to one day have a screenplay produced and filmed in Alaska. Written & Directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli & Latha R. Domalapalli
www.vanajathefilm.com
A hardcore comedy about softcore medics, Skid Marks is the hilarious tale of
two rival ambulance companies and their misfit medics; the Bayside Ambulatory
Life Services (B.A.L.S) team and the Downtown Intensive Care (D.I.C.) Unit. When budget cuts strike
their quiet town of Bayside, it’s clear one ambulance unit must go. Now with their egos and beer FEATURE FILM
money on the line, these below-average EMT’s (emergency medical technicians) are about to prove
they’ll stop at nothing to save their patients, their jobs and their alter egos. Hold on to your seat
cushions and hide your meds, as the heroes of Skid Marks penetrate a theater near you.
Directed by Karl Kozak
Written by Don J. Rearden
CLASSIC FILMS
www.skidmarksthemovie.com

FEATURE FILM

SPECIAL SELECTIONS
STONE ANGEL • Canada • 118 min • Drama • 2007
12/9 Tues 7:45pm Bear Tooth
Getting old isn’t for sissies! The witty, irascible and fiercely proud Hagar
Shipley escapes from home when her son Marvin and daughter in law
Doris tell her she must move into nursing care.
Directed by Kari Skogland
Cast: Ellen Burstyn
www.thestoneangelmovie.com CHINATOWN
USA • 131 min. • Crime Thriller • Film Noir • 1974
12/8 Mon 8:00pm Bear Tooth
Consulate of Canada / Anchorage
Presented by: A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has
Consulat du Canada / Anchorage
something to do with water.The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning in
the category of Best Original Screenplay for Robert Towne. In 1991, Chinatown was selected
MR. FOE (HALLAM FOE)• Scotland • 95 min. • Drama • 2007 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being
12/9 Tues 5:30pm Bear Tooth “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Hallam’s talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most Directed by Roman Polanski
peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother’s death, Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunnaway, and Robert Towne
he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.
Directed by David Mackenzi
Cast: Jamie Bell and Sophia Myles
www.thefilmfactory.co.uk/hallamfoe

REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA• USA


Fantasy • Horror • Musical • 98 minutes • Color
12/6 Sat 10:15pm Bear Tooth
In the year 2056 – the not so distant future – an epidemic of organ
failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges:
GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants… for a price.
Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and
hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling
drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her
own rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. After being
sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unableto turn back, as all of her
questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Written by Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith
THE GREAT ESCAPE
12/10 Wed 7:45pm Fireweed Big Theatre
MPAA RATING: R for strong bloody violence and gore, language, some drug and
sexual content USA • 172 min. • War Drama • 1963 • 45th anniversary
Several hundred Allied POWs plan a mass escape from a German POW camp. Based on a
This will be a partnership presentation. Regular Bear Tooth admission price with AIFF true story, The Great Escape deals with the largest Allied escape attempt from a German POW
pass holders getting in free for the Saturday night screening at 10:15 PM. The film will camp during the Second World War. The Great Escape is heralded as one of the best war
open on Friday, 12/5 for it's regular run. films of all time. Don't miss this screening on the largest screen in Alaska. It will be spectacular!
Directed by John Sturges
Cast: Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough

8
SHORTS CONTEMPLATION AND SOMETHING SERIOUS, SIKUMI (ON THE ICE) • Alaska/USA
OR PERHAPS JUST SOMETHING WORTH PROGRAM: OBJECTIVE OBSERVATIONS 15 min. • Short • 2008 • Only Plays 12/7
12/7 Sun 5:15pm • Fireweed
LOOKING AT; this year’s short selections mirror these 12/14 Sun 3:15pm • Museum An Inuit takes his dog team out onto the frozen
current themes through the myriad of artistic vision. From Arctic Ocean hunting for seals only to inadver-
tently stumble upon a murder.
Germany to Mexico, Canada to USA, the 2008 Shorts Directed & Written by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Program is sure to offer you an objectively subtle journey www.sikumifilm.net
through film that you quite possibly have never seen before.
—Miranda Felch & Cody Nipper, Co-Directors of
Short Programming

Spielzeugland

PROGRAM: REEL MACABRE LAND GEWINNEN (GAINING GROUND) I SAVED THE WORLD FROM GLOBAL
12/06 Sat 8:45pm • Museum WARMING • USA
12/09 Tue 8:15pm • Fireweed Theatre Germany • 20 min. •
18 min. • Short • 2007
Short • 2007 • In Competition LONGSHOTS • USA
A young illegal immigrant couple spends their Kiefer Donovan saved the world from global
warming. The only problem is ... no one re- 17 min. • Short • 2008 • Only Plays 12/14
time furtively avoiding the German authorities, A pregnant horse gets caught up in a mother-
until the wellbeing of their young son forces ally cared. Now, 10 years later, he’s trying to
deal with his past while getting fired from his daughter confrontation when 14 year-old Allie
them to resolve their untenable situation. discovers that her hard-earned prom dress
Directed by Marc Brummund teaching position, facing a scientific nemesis
and confronting his own animated psyche. Can savings have been spent on the thoroughbred
Kiefer come to terms with the fact that global horses her mother raises.
125 JEON SEUNG-CHUL • South Korea Directed by Kate Buhrmaster
21 min. • Short • 2008 warming is ‘like, so 10 years ago’?
www.longshotsfilm.com
Everything felt awkward to Seung-Chul as he Directed by Nolan Wang & Kyle Dickinson
Verboten
www.myspace.com/globalwarmingmovie
stepped out of the Hanawon, a state-run facility JOE MOVER • USA
SQUARE PEGS • USA • In Competition for the settlement of North Korean Defectors in 15 min. • Short • 2007
20 min. • Short • 2007 South Korea. Living in an empty rented apart- Paul Ben Victor, star of HBO’s hit television series’
A teenage girl, her childish mother and her young- ment room, he finds that he is discriminated “Entourage” & “The Wire,” stars in this working
er sister find themselves in a strange restaurant. against because he is a defector. He feels lonely class drama based on a true story.
Directed by Ben Hicks in an alien society and spends his days in his Directed by Lev Gorn & Gabe Fazio
www.elephantdreamspictures.com/squarepegs room with a wardrobe he found in the streets. www.joemoverthemovie.com
Directed by Jung-Bum Park

QUICK FEET, SOFT HANDS • USA


25 min. • Short • 2008 GONE FISHING • UK
Quick Feet, Soft Hands follows a minor-league 13 min. • Short • 2008
baseball player and his fiancée as they struggle to Financed by 150 film makers, “Gone Fishing”
pursue the American dream. is a touching 35mm short film directed by
Directed by Paul Harrill
“Guerilla Film Makers Handbook” author Chris
Jones—thirteen minutes of magic that will
REALITY SHOW • Mexico PROGRAM: SUBJECTIVE SUBTLETIES touch and move you. SUR LA TERRE COMME AU CIEL (ON
16 min. • Short • 2007 • In Competition
12/6 Sat 12:00pm • Bear tooth Directed by Chris Jones
12/13 Sat 8:00pm • Museum EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN)
www.livingspirit.com
Can a TV reality show change the course of Quebec, Canada • 21 min. • Short • 2007
your own life? When his loving wife passes away, a retired farm-
SPIELZEUGLAND • Germany • In Competition
Directed by Federico Schmucler er faces the silent looks of those around him who
14 min. • Short • 2007
seem to condemn him to an imminent death.
MEXICAN DREAM • Mexico Germany 1942: In order to protect her son
Directed by Herve Demers
30 min. • Short • 2007 Marianne Meißner tried to make him believe
www.hervedemers.com
John Doe was seeking the American dream but that the Jewish neighbors are going on a jour-
instead found his worst nightmare, and the most ney to “Toyland.”
frightening thing is he isn’t dreaming. Directed by Jochen Alexander Freydank
Directed by David Michan
Animated American

VERBOTEN • USA ANIMATED AMERICAN • USA THE CONSULATE OF CANADA IS PROUD


15 min. • Short • 2007 15 min. • Short • 2008 • In Competition TO SPONSOR THESE CANADIAN FILMS:
A peculiar teenage boy develops an obsession A toon-hating executive has a hare raising experi-
with his tyrannical father’s girlfriend. ence when he meets an out of work toon rabbit. Reefer Madness pg. 5 Headwinds pg. 6
Directed by Martin Keegan Directed by James Baker & Joe Haidar Leave Her to Die pg. 5 Only pg. 8
www.verbotenmovie.com www.animatedamericanmovie.com Look at Me pg. 5 Stone Angel pg. 8
Mock ‘n Boyd pg. 6 Profile pg. 9
COSITA LINDA (PRETTY LITTLE THING) RIPPLE • UK A Flat in B Minor pg. 6 Sur La Terre Comme Au Ciel
Mexico • 20 min. • Short • 2008 18 min. • Short • 2008 • In Competition Yellow Sticky Notes pg. 6 (On Earth as It Is in Heaven) pg. 9
This graphic horror thriller set in Mexico has been A black comedy about how a small random act Madame Tutli-Putti pg. 6 Boyfriend Latte. pg. 13
banned from screening in its home country. of malice forces an ordinary man off the safe road
Fernando Urdapilleta and on to a dark journey that he’ll never forget.
Directed by Paul Gowers
PROGRAM: SERIOUS...
12/07 Sun 1:00pm • Fireweed Theatre
www.ripplefilm.com
The Consulate of Canada hopes
12/10 Wed 7:30pm • Fireweed Theatre DONUT HEAVEN • USA
14 min • Short • 2008 you enjoy the Canadian films at
A chain-smoking daughter and a food-obsessed
mother try to resolve their bad habits (and their
relationship) with a simple bet.
the Anchorage International Film Festival.
Directed by Annetta Marion
www.sirenfilms.net

ONE TWO PUNCH • USA


10 min. • Short • 2008
Quick Feet, Soft Hands Jack has to pick up his girlfriend at the airport.
Instead, he is assaulted, drugged and made to
PROFILE • Canada • 4 min. 30 sec. witness a game of smack-ass by two guys in
A woman is profiled by an airport behavior rabbit suits.
detection device searching for “Otherness” or Directed by Timothy Anderson
threat. By Sharon Katz

OPEN YOUR EYES • USA


15 min. • Short • 2008• In Competition
A journey of self-discovery begins when a woman
diagnosed with breast cancer finds herself locked in
Please join us for a reception following the
a bathroom with a stranger during a bridal shower.
Directed by Suzan Cohen 8 p.m. screening of The Stone Angel at the
Bear Tooth on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
www.openyoureyesmovie.com

COCOON • Belgium AL’S BEEF • USA


19 min. • Short • 2007 • In Competition 35 min. • Short • 2008
Martha is a passionate dancer. She and her Bloodied, barefoot, and branded like cattle, a
company are at the verge of international suc- mysterious woman comes to town with an aim
cess. A coming tour will make her ambitions to kill the man that done her wrong.
come true. However, she is 7 weeks pregnant Directed by Dennis Hauck
and keeps this delicate matter secret from her www.myspace.com/alsbeefmovie
colleagues and boyfriend.
Directed by Jeroen Bogaert www.anchorage.gc.ca
www.jeroenbogaert.blogspot.com

9
SNOWDANCE
THE ORACLE • 5 min.
PROGRAM: SNOWDANCE SHORTS
12/13 Sat 12:45pm • Bear Tooth
An oracle in the Himalayas heals people in the
villages by going into a trance and sucking evil
spirits out of their bellies.
Directed by Ward Hulbert
SNOWDANCE
DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

PACTUM SERVA (KEEP THE FAITH)


15 min. GREAT PROJECTS: IN THE WAKE OF THE BELGICA
Simon Goldstein was visiting friends in Minne- BUILDING ALASKA 55 min.
apolis, during spring finals of 2008. He met two 12/7 Sun 4:00pm Bear Tooth 12/6 Sat 6:15pm Museum
aspiring filmmakers who were in need of an Celebrates Alaska’s engineering achieve- An international crew of seven adventurers
actor and visual/sound direction. This 15-min- ments during the 50th anniversary of retraces the saga of the 1897 Belgica expe-
ute film is the outcome. A post-apocalyptic film statehood. Vast, mountainous and seismi- dition to Antarctica, discovering along the
X & Time cally active, Alaska’s arctic climate, with way how the past and present connect in
about the struggle for survival as well as amuse-
ment, Pactum Serva shows Osgood, a young permafrost, cold and darkness, make it surreal ways.
X & TIME • 4 min.
man searching for rhyme and reason in a future a difficult and expensive place to build. Directed by Simon Arazi
A wannabe film mogul in Alaska discovers a
of violence and self-sustainability. The story of overcoming these obstacles
charismatic, talented alien and grooms him for
Directed by Jarrett Bade & Max Grove to create engineering masterpieces is the THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF
stardom only to have his protégé wooed away
stuff of dramatic and visually spectacular 88 min.
by big-time Hollywood muscle. The alien makes
TITS N SKATING • 14 min. films. Building Alaska is being produced by 12/7 Sun 6:15pm Bear Tooth
one film before descending into a nightmare 12/13 Sat 12:30pm Fireweed Theatre
(T&S) is a satire/mockumentary by filmmaker Great Projects Film Company. Great Projects
of drugs and dissipation. The one shot wonder While politicians, scientists and environ-
Hannah Kaplan. Filmed entirely on Kodiak Island produced the four-part Great Projects: The
disappears, but our sadder-but-wiser Alaskan mentalists debate the effects of global
Alaska, this film goes into a funny and smart Building of America which the American As-
plans a comeback for them both. warming, the Inupiaq Eskimo community
account of the drive to become a professional sociation of Engineering Societies honored
Directed by Peter Dunlap-Shohl of Shishmaref in Northwest Alaska, just
female skateboarder. Filled with plenty of ac- with its Engineering Journalism Award.
The company won an EMMY® award for under the Arctic Circle, faces the real world
WE’RE JUST KIDS • 17 min. tion, dialog, and music, T&S really gets into the
George Marshall and the American Century consequences of climate change every
Students from the Alaska Theatre of Youth’s heart of these young women, and their hilari-
and was nominated for an ACADEMY day. As the ice beneath the small village
Summer Theatre Conservatory rioted in the ous personalities and persona. The personal
AWARD® for An Essay on Matisse. melts, homes fall into the ocean. The situa-
streets and demanded answers to life’s deepest interviews in this film also captivates whereas
Directed by Ken Mandel and Daniel B. Polin tion is so severe that it has been predicted
and most profound questions. the audience gets a grand taste of the young
that the entire village will disappear within
Directed by Brandon McElroy women of Kodiak and their unusual quirks.
the next 10 years. How can you move an
www.progressivemediaalaska.com Directed by Hannah Kaplan
www.cameraq.com entire way of life? And should these villag-
Producer Kodiak Resource Development & ers go to the edges of a city, or retain their
Camera Q Productions rural ways? The transience of the Inupiaq’s
traditional way of life becomes apparent in
the face of climate change, satellite televi-
sion and mail order shopping. Here, the
icy landscape — its water, smoke, steam
and sky — is beautifully photographed, as
ALASKA FAR AND AWAY • 91 min. are the village’s inhabitants.
12/11 Thurs 5:30pm Musum Directed by Jan Louter
Alaska Far Away tells the story of the www.shishmaref.nl/shishmaref/shish-
BUTTERFLY’S EVIL SPELL • 14 min
Matanuska Colonization Project of 1935, maref_release-2.4.4/MainView.html
Local artisan Buzz Schwall brings his beautiful
a creative and controversial New Deal
puppet creations to life in what originally was
SIKUMI (ON THE ICE) • 15 min. program that relocated 202 families JUNK DREAMS • 73 min.
the first play by the twentieth-century Spanish-
An Inuit takes his dog team out onto the frozen devastated by the Great Depression, 12/6 Sat 12:30pm Museum
dramatist Federico García Lorca.
Directed by Buzz Scwhall Arctic Ocean hunting for seals only to inadver- taking them from the upper Midwest to Two brothers, 77 and 76, board a 29-foot
www.buzzoplex.net tently stumble upon a murder. the Matanuska Valley in Alaska to start an Chinese Junk Boat and head 1,620 miles
Directed & Written by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean experimental farming colony. It generated to Valdez, Alaska. In their two and half
www.sikumifilm.net a whirlwind of publicity and controversy month voyage, Ernie and Charlie en-
at the time, not only as a federally-funded counter torrents of rain and raging water,
WAY UP NORTH • USA • 22 min. social experiment, but also as one of the engine trouble and broken masts, bringing
12/12 Fri 10:10pm Bear Tooth last pioneer movements in America. The them face to face with adventure — their
with Love & Pain Program Matanuska Colony isn't just a fascinating fountain of youth. The two men visit towns
Short/Snowdance footnote to the history of Alaska. It encom- like Prince Rupert, Ketchikan, Petersburg
Way Up North is a whimsical tall tale about passes the despair of the Depression, the and Juneau on their way to Valdez, Alaska.
betrayal and revenge set in the last frontier. Lo- creative energy of the New Deal, the ad- Directed by Skye Borgman
cal director Levi A. Taylor brings a community of venture of pioneering in Alaska, and the www.junkdreams.com
SUSITNA STORY • 4 min. ambitious artists together to experiment with a best and worst of our government and
Accompanied by narration that is reminiscent of unique brand of storytelling. Featuring the musi- ordinary citizens in facing those extraordi-
Robert Service meets The Charlie Daniels Band, cal stylings of Anchorage¢s own Rebuttals, Way nary challenges.
a plucky musher must defend Alaska pride and Up North will have you tapping your feet to Directed by Paul Hill & Joan Juster
her soul when she is challenged to a sled dog every unspeakable act and leave you grinning
race by Satan. for more. Directed by Levi Taylor
Directed by Peter Dunlap-Shohl Presented By:

KYES–TV5 is proud to
again sponsor the
Anchorage International
Film Festival.

IT’S NOT JUST A PERSPECTIVE


When the festival ends
look to KYES–TV5 for movies you’ll want to see. ON THE WORLD.
IT’S A WORLD OF
PERSPECTIVES.
APRN KAKM
APTI KSKA

10
MIXED SHORTS
LOVE & PAIN SHORT FILMS FOR ADULTS. Don’t miss our love & LIKE ME, ONLY BETTER • UK • 5 min.
pain program. It’s not S&M, but be warned! It isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s A laconic comedy about Neuroses, Catholicism
and Prozac. By Martin Pickles
a titillating, heart throbbing, mix of hilarious, and some not so funny, sexu-
ally romantic short and animation films. Great fun with or without a date. DISTRAXION • USA • 2 min.
12/12 Fri 10:10pm • Bear Tooth An office worker’s job is made extremely difficult
because of his boss’s taste in music.
By Mike Stern

SOLE MATES • USA


5 min. • Super Short
COME BACK SWEET HEART • USA
7 min. Take a shoe’s eye view of the world and find
PROGRAM: LOVE & PAIN your true “Sole Mate.” By Alex Jeffries
12/12 Fri 10:10pm • Bear Tooth The filmmaker Chang-Pei Wu states, “My art
work is always about the search for an answer
in my life. By creating this animation, I’d like to WAY UP NORTH • USA
22 min. • Short/Snowdance
explore the meaning of give and take between
the people I love and me.” By Chang-Pei Wu Way Up North is a whimsical tall tale about
betrayal and revenge set in the last frontier. Lo-
cal director Levi A. Taylor brings a community of COSITA LINDA (PRETTY LITTLE THING)
FALL • Thailand
ambitious artists together to experiment with a Mexico • 20 min. • Short
5 min. • Super short
unique brand of storytelling. Featuring the musi- This graphic horror thriller set in Mexico has been
A young woman chases after the man in her
cal stylings of Anchorage¢s own Rebuttals, Way banned from screening in its home country.
fantasies through skyscraper-lined New York City
streets and a serene tall grass meadow. Up North will have you tapping your feet to By Fernando Urdapilleta
Boyfriend Latte every unspeakable act and leave you grinning
By Visra Vichit-Vadakan
for more. By Levi Taylor YELLOW STICKY NOTES • Canada
NO REGRETS NO REMORSE 6 min. • Animation
Australia • 7 min. • Super short BOYFRIEND LATTE • Canada
Twenty three hundred drawings on 4x6 inch
Live life to the fullest and sing along while 8 min. • Super short
yellow sticky notes with a black ink pen, Yellow
you're doing it. A sassy young female executive has a deep
Sticky Notes is a small internal reflection on
www.vhe.com.au/nrnr desire for a boyfriend who will be honest and
one’s role as an artist manifests into a discussion
true and faithful and passionate and new and
about major political and environmental crises.
TEAT BEAT OF SEX: EPISODES 1-3 exciting and deep and affectionate and funny
By Jeff Chiba Stearns
Italy & USA • 4 min. • Animation and smart and caring and sensitive and ambi-
Entertaining and informative short lectures by a tious and loyal and very hot. Her freshly brewed
SPIDER • Australia
knowing woman. “Kirby” addresses size; “Juice” latte delivers all these admiral qualities, but can
TEAT BEAT OF SEX: EPISODES 8-11 6 min. • Super short
is the contradiction of man’s dream world and a woman and a take-out coffee have a real
ITALY & USA • 7 min. • Animation It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.
woman’s reality; “Trouble” happens deep inside long-lasting relationship?
A young girl, Cynthia, experiences her first kiss, By Nash Edgerton
a woman if she hasn’t had sex for weeks. By Mark Sanders
first make out session, first jealousy and first
By Signe Baumane sex. It takes years to get to sex. She isn’t sure
what she is supposed to feel, but is intrigued to
continue exploring. By Signe Baumane

Free and Fun for All Ages!


VOLUNTEER
FAMILY FILMS Opportunities

Office of the
BE A PART OF THE AIFF '08 VOLUNTEER TEAM.
We have available positions: Theater Venue Leads, Box Office/IT, Ticket Takers, Venue Floaters,

Mayor
Office/Admin. Support, Ushers, Balloting, Hospitality, Greeters, and Logistics. We provide excellent
volunteer compensation. Meet the filmmakers and the industry professionals. You can watch the
Anchorage, Alaska best independent films and documentaries. If you are interested in volunteering please go the AIFF
website: www.anchoragefilmfestival.org/volunteer_form
MAYOR'S OFFICE PRESENTS CO-VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS: PR DIRECTOR
SATURDAY 12/6 • ALL DAY • LOUSSAC LIBRARY Juliet Hildreth juliet@anchoragefilmfestival.org Lee Bullington
Nancy Moore nancy@anchoragefilmfestival.org
2:00PM
LITTLE MISS DEWIE:
A DUCKUMENTARY
29 min.
A funny and insightful story about life with
the grandest of ducks, and the animal wel-
fare consciousness living with her entailed, is
ready for the world.
By Mira Tweti & Sarro
www.dewieduck.com
10:30AM

More Cars.
IRON GIANT • USA
86 min. • Animated Feature 2:30PM
A giant metal robot falls to the earth, scaring EATING ALASKA
the townsfolk of a small town in Maine in 56 min. • Public Broadcasting
1958. After befriending a boy named Hoga- A documentary about a vegetarian, who

More Locations.
rth, the unlikely duo ultimately saves the resi- moves to Alaska, marries a fisherman and
dents from their own fears and prejudices. hunter and begins to wonder what the
Based on Ted Hughes' 1968 novel “right” thing to eat is on “the last frontier.”
The Iron Man. By Brad Bird
What ensues are humorous and enlighten-
ing adventures in eating as the filmmaker

More Service.
12:30 PM heads to the woods and mountains with
AN ECLECTIC MIX OF ANIMATION women hunters, communes with the Alaska
FILMS MAKE UP THIS COLLECTION, vegetarian society, talks moose meat with
which is designed for a family audience, a group of Alaska Native kids in a public
including young children. It is a mix of schools in the Arctic and more, all in search
films with entertainment and educational of a meal that makes sense politically,
value, most of which incorporate humor. socially, spiritually and tastefully. This wry
Parents will enjoy the film programs along look at what’s on your plate explores ideas
with their children. Some of the films have about eating healthy sustainable food from
subtitles, but are still accessible to younger one’s own backyard, either urban or wild,
audiences through imagery and action. versus industrially produced food shipped
Includes these and several others: thousands of miles.The 60-minute film is a
collaboration of an independent filmmaker
COME BACK SWEET HEART • USA • with KT00-TV. By Ellen Frankenstein
7 min.
The filmmaker Chang-Pei Wu states, “My art
work is always about the search for an an- 4:15PM
swer in my life. By creating this animation, STUDENT FILM FORUM
I’d like to explore the meaning of give and Please join us for a mix of local short film pro-
take between the people I love and me.” ductions from students and young adults.
By Chang-Pei Wu Student filmmakers from Mediak, and Service
High School will be present to introduce the
MAGGIE AND MILDRED • USA • 4 min. films and field questions about their films.
Maggie and Mildred have been best friends
their whole lives. Well, at least one of their
www.avisalaska.com
lives. By Holly Klein

13
SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 5:30 ADVENTURES IN ANIMATION FIREWEED BIG THEATRE
FIREWEED THEATRE
BEAR TOOTH pg. 6 Animation
7:45 THE GREAT ESCAPE
7:30 TOP OF THEIR GAME pg. 8 Classic Feature 12:30 LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF
7:00 CAMILLE pg. 5 Doc. Compilation pg. 4,10 Doc/Snowdance
pg. 7 Premiere Feature ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
2:45 OFFSIDE
OUT NORTH 5:30 BIG WILD ANIMATION
AVIATION MUSEUM pg. 7 Feature
pg. 6 Animation
2:00 FILMMAKER WORKSHOP 4:30 VANAJA
9:00 GALA PARTY WITH ANDREW MACLEAN 8:00 STREETSWEEPER pg. 8 Feature
pg. 3 Special Events pg 3 Workshop pg. 8 Feature
6:45 MR. FOE (HALLAM FOE)
pg. 8 Feature Special Selection
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11 8:45 SUPER SHORTS
pg. 11 Compilation
BEAR TOOTH BEAR TOOTH
BEAR TOOTH
12:00 SUBJECTIVE SUBTLETIES
ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
5:30 VANAJA 5:30 CRAWFORD
pg. 9 Short Compilation pg. 4 Documentary
pg. 8 Feature 12:30 BIG WILD ANIMATION
4:00 ANIMATION FOR KIDS pg. 6 Animation
8:00 CHINATOWN 7:30 BART GOT A ROOM
pg. 6 Animation pg. 7 Feature
pg. 8 Classic Feature 2:30 BALLOU
5:45 BART GOT A ROOM pg. 4 Documentary
9:45 RESURECTION COUNTY
pg. 7 Feature FIREWEED THEATRE pg. 8 Horror Feature 4:15 SECRETS TO LOVE
7:55 CHRONIC TOWN pg. 4 Documentary
5:45 BUTTERFLY DREAMING
pg. 7 Feature pg. 7 Feature
FIREWEED THEATRE
6:00 A POWERFUL NOISE
10:15 REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA 5:45 OFFSIDE pg. 4 Documentary
7:45 MOON & OTHER LOVERS
pg. 8 Feature Special Selection pg. 7 Feature pg. 7 Feature
8:00 SUBJECTIVE SUBTLETIES
8:00 SKY IN DECEMBER pg. 9 Short Compilation
ANCHORAGE MUSEUM ANCHORAGE MUSEUM pg. 8 Feature
12:30 JUNK DREAMS
MIDDLE WAY CAFE
5:30 A NASHVILLE STATE OF MIND
pg. 4,10 Doc/Snowdance pg. 4 Documentary
ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
8:30 GOLDEN OOSIKAR AWARDS
2:30 STREETSWEEPER 5:30 ALASKA, FAR, AND AWAY pg. 3 Special Events
7:30 A POWERFUL NOISE
pg. 8 Feature pg. 4 Documentary pg. 10 Snowdance
OUT NORTH
4:30 RACHEL: A PERFECT LIFE 7:45 BALLOU
pg. 4 Documentary pg. 4 Documentary 11:00 FILMMAKER WORKSHOP

6:15 THE HUMAN CONDITION


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 pg. 3
WITH JAN LOUTER
Workshop
pg. 5 Doc. Compliation BEAR TOOTH
8:45 REEL MACABRE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 3:00
pg. 3
ANIMATION FOR EVERYONE
Workshop
5:30 MR. FOE (HALLAM FOE)
pg. 9 Short Compilation
pg. 8 Feature Special Selection
BEAR TOOTH

LOUSSAC LIBRARY 7:45


pg. 8
STONE ANGEL
Feature Special Selection
5:30
pg. 7
CHRONIC TOWN
Feature SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
10:30 IRON GIANT
pg. 13 Animated Feature 9:45 RECEPTION 7:45 COYOTE BEAR TOOTH
pg. 3 Sponsored by Consulate of Canada pg. 7 Feature
12:30 MIX OF ANIMATION 1:00 THE MAGISTICAL
pg. 13 Family Films 10:10 LOVE & PAIN ADULT SHORTS pg. 6 Feature Animation
FIREWEED THEATRE pg. 13 Short Compilation
2:00 LITTLE MISS DEWIE (No one under 18 admitted.) 3:15 ONLY
pg. 13 Family Films 5:45 CARROT CAKE CONVERSATIONS pg. 8 Feature
pg. 7 Feature
FIREWEED THEATRE
2:30 EATING ALASKA 5:30 AUDIENCE AWARD SHOWING
pg .13 Family Films 8:15 REEL MACABRE Documentary
pg. 9 Short Compilation 5:45 THE PROJECT
pg. 8 Feature 8:00 AUDIENCE AWARD SHOWING
4:15 STUDENT FILM FORUM
pg. 13 ANCHORAGE MUSEUM 7:30 HOW TO BE
Feature
pg. 7 Feature
5:30 EVERYDAY PEOPLE FIREWEED THEATRE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 pg. 5 Doc. Compilation 9:30
pg. 8
RESURECTION COUNTY
Feature 12:30 THE WRECKING CREW
7:30 UPSTREAM BATTLE pg. 4 Documentary
BEAR TOOTH pg. 4 Documentary
ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
2:30 MOON & OTHER LOVERS
12:00 DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH pg. 7 Feature
pg. 4 Documentary 5:30 RACHEL: A PERFECT LIFE

4:00 BUILDING OF ALASKA


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10 pg. 4 Documentary 4:45 HALF LIFE
pg. 7 Feature
pg. 10 Snowdance BEAR TOOTH 7:45 THE WRECKING CREW
pg. 4 Documentary 7:15 COYOTE
6:15 LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF 5:30 HOW TO BE pg. 7 Feature
pg. 4,10 Doc/Snowdance pg. 7 Feature MIXX GRILL
8:30 QUEER DUCK/SEX & DRUGS
ANCHORAGE MUSEUM
7:45 DREAM BOY (*GAY-LA) 3:00 MARTINI MATINEE
pg. 6 Feature Animation & Shorts pg. 7 Feature pg.9 Special Event 3:15 OBJECTIVE OBSERVATIONS
pg. 9 Short Compilation
FIREWEED THEATRE 10:00 GAY-LA AFTER PARTY
OUT NORTH
Party
5:30 CRAWFORD
1:00 SERIOUS... 8:00 QUICK FREEZE FILM PROJECT pg. 4 Documentary
pg. 9 Short Compilation FIREWEED THEATRE pg. 3 Special Event
3:15 SKY IN DECEMBER 5:30 NASHVILLE STATE OF MIND
pg. 8 Feature pg. 4 Documentary
5:15 OBJECTIVE OBSERVATIONS 7:30 SERIOUS...
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
pg. 9 Shorts pg. 9 Short Compilation BEAR TOOTH
7:45 THE PROJECT 9:40 SKID MARKS
pg. 8 Feature 12:45 SNOWDANCE SHORTS
pg. 8 Feature
pg. 10 Short Compilation
ANCHORAGE MUSEUM 3:15 UPSTREAM BATTLE
pg. 4 Documentary
3:15 SUPER SHORTS
pg. 11 Compilation 5:30 HALF LIFE
pg. 7 Feature

8:00 BEST FEATURE

15

Related Interests