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The 16th Annual Anchorage International Film Festival, showcasing over 100 films from 25 different countries in Anchorage, Alaska, Dec 2-11, 2016.
Passes are available online or in person at each venue. Tickets to individual screenings are available in advance only at the BearTooth TheatrePub, or in person at each venue the day of the screening. Thank you for joining us! 
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Friday, December 2
 

7:00pm

Opening Night Gala - Sugar Mountain
Opening the Anchorage International Film Festival's ten days of films and fun, we're bringing to Anchorage the premiere of the long-awaited, "Sugar Mountain"!

Join us at the BearTooth TheatrePub for Opening Night to welcome director and cast back to Alaska and celebrate movie-making in the 49th State! 

SUGAR MOUNTAIN (2016)
Filmed in Seward and around the Kenai Peninsula, this drama tells the story of two brothers, down on their luck, who fake a disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness so they'll have a great survival story to sell, but the hoax turns out to be more real than they planned.

Directed by Richard Gray
Starring: Cary Elwes, Jason Momoa, Drew Roy, Haley Webb, Shane Coffey
Music written and performed by Alaskan band, Blackwater Railroad Company.

Watch the Sugar Mountain Trailer!

Doors open at 6, program to begin at 7. $25 entry, tickets available in Late-November. Opening Night Ticket included with Festival Pass (must be picked up at BearTooth Box Office)

Film will begin at 7:30, with Q & A from visiting Director and Cast afterward, followed by a good ol' party with DJ's swingin', champagne pouring and custom-made desserts to delight your palate!  

More on Sugar Mountain



Friday December 2, 2016 7:00pm - 11:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

10:30pm

Late Night Lounge
Not ready to call it a night? Join us at the PubHouse Bar at Inlet Towers, as they'll stay open late for us to keep the excitement going. 

 


Friday December 2, 2016 10:30pm - Saturday December 3, 2016 1:30am
PubHouse 1020 W 12th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Saturday, December 3
 

10:00am

Filmmaker Meet & Greet
A chance for filmmakers and programmers to meet and mingle over coffee. 

Shuttle to venues leaves from Inlet Towers at 11 am.  


Saturday December 3, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Inlet Towers Hotel

11:30am

Made in Alaska Shorts 1: I am Yup'ik + Yuuyuraq + Agayutem Yui

I Am Yupik (Dir: Daniele Anastasion, Nathan Golon) 17 min
A 16-year old Yup'ik Alaskan boy leaves his tiny village and travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.

Yuuyaraq (Dir: Lisle Hebert) 28 min
The story of how Alaskan Yupik culture was impacted by Westernization and the decimation caused by the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Agayutem Yui (People of God)  (Dir: Bridget Power) 16 min
Yup'ik women have chosen to lead many Catholic churches in Southwestern Alaska, despite having limited authority from the Roman Catholic Church. Can their model of leadership inspire the Roman Catholic Church to adapt?

Run Time: 59 Min

 



Saturday December 3, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

11:30am

SHORTS: Hard Knocks
Sing for your Supper (Dir: Mu Sun) 15 min, UK 
In a totalitarian world where one only eats as well as they can sing, a man must overcome his bout of laryngitis if he ever wants to eat again.


On Time 
(Dir: Xavier Neal-Burgin) 8 min, USA 
Renee Johnson, a mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview.

Virgin Territory (Dir: Debbie Von Ahrens) 15 min, USA 
Virgin Territory is sex-positive, queer, and questioning coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who decides to have sex for the first time and commences her journey of sexual exploration.

Payday ( Dir: Szilárd Bernáth) 22 min, Hungary 
In Eastern Hungary, powerful insurers keep residents of the poorest Roma communities in a permanent debt spiral. Young parents Feri and Gina try a different strategy to get relief from local boss Simon.

No Touching (Dir: Adam Davis) 13 min, USA 
In a shady haunted house attraction where the performers are assaulting female patrons in order to make a name for themselves, the tables are turned when the performers attempt to take on two women who bring a new level of terror as they do some ass kicking of their own.

My Mom and the Girl (Susie Singer Carter) 20 min, USA
Dinner with friends takes a dark turn and leads a retired jazz singer suffering with Alzheimer's and her caregiver to a proverbial crossroads on the streets of East Los Angeles where they encounter The Girl and the three very disparate -- desperate -- women pull each other back into the light.

Run Time: 93 min. 

Saturday December 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:00pm

Making a Story--Workshop with 'Indie: Alaska' Documentary Team
Meet John and Hanna, documentarians behind the cameras of AK Public Media's "Indie: Alaska" series as they take you through the ins and outs of what it takes to make a story come to life!

Over the last three years, the AKPM team has filmed hundreds of interviews and had our work featureed throughout the state and country on public television and all over the world through YouTube. Meanwhile, they've refined how they setup, conduct and edit interviews to allow their subject to tell their story in their own words. 

Join us for this FREE workshop and learn the ins and outs of capturing great stories!

 JOHN NORRIS
John Norris is the senior video producer at Alaska Public Media and founder/organizer of the Anchorage 48-Hour Film Challenge. Norris spent much of his youth traveling around Alaska with his parents, who are both preachers. He spends much of his adult life watching action movies, telling jokes in dingy bars, and producing videos.

HANNA CRAIG
Hanna was born and raised in Alaska and has lived on the East and West coasts – Western Massachusetts for college and Portland, Oregon. For the past several years she has worked in media production and education across Alaska, collaborating with non-profits and school districts to produce documentary and educational media and facilitate film workshops.

Saturday December 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:00pm

Heaven's Floor

HEAVEN'S FLOOR, Directed by Lori Stoll  86 min. Canada

Heaven's Floor, based on a true story, is the journey of a Los Angeles photographer on the brink, who is rescued by her future daughter, while stranded in the icy wilds of the Canadian Arctic.

A photographer chases adventure from Los Angeles to the Canadian Arctic and for the first time finds herself on the line between life and death.

 Julia (Clea DuVall) meets expedition leader Jack, (Timothy V. Murphy) who convinces her to join a photographic journey to the frozen tundra. Despite growing tension with her husband Ed (Toby Huss), Julia goes.  Her trip evolves into a life threatening disaster. Ill equipped, she is abandoned.  Darkness Falls…

Julia is rescued by an eleven-year old orphaned Inuit girl, Malaya (Katie May- Dunford) and taken to a small Inuit community. Julia stuck for days, discovers the dark underbelly of Malaya’s world. She is troubled by her inability to rescue Malaya from a childhood that closely resembles her own, and decides to save this girl.

 The expansive north is replaced by the crowded south, Malaya alone, unwanted by Julia’s husband and overwhelmed by the coldness of Los Angeles concrete, attempts to return to the Canadian Arctic, forcing Julia to make a decision that leaves us wondering, who really saved whom.

 

 


Saturday December 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

1:00pm

Meet the Patels
Presented by AK Public Media

MEET THE PATELS is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams ... and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair.

Fresh out of a breakup with his secret white girlfriend, who his parents knew nothing about, and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning.

Ravi is willing to do whatever it takes to find love—but there’s one tricky detail to consider: In his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. It’s not incest, it means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India. Struck with how overwhelmingly happy the marriages are of his Patel family and friends, Ravi enters a fool-proof Patel matchmaking system and embarks on a worldwide search for another American Patel just like him.

 

Saturday December 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

1:00pm

Screen Writers Forum
Join us for a "roundtable" disscussion of the art and craft of writing for the screen!

Event will include a table read of "Minimum to Be", the winner of the first annual AIFF Screenplay Competition, written by Jason Mott. Winning writers in attendance.

This event will be a celebration of winning screenplays, including a short panel discussion on screenwriting and writing opportunities, tailored to your own questions and interests. A great way to network with writers and visiting filmmakers.


Location upstairs Ballroom of Aviator Hotel.

For Screenplay Competition winners please visit: http://www.anchoragefilmfestival.org/2016/festival-selections/screenplay-competition/  

Saturday December 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Aviator Hotel Ballroom 239 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

1:30pm

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

HAPPY LUCKY GOLDEN TOFU PANDA DRAGON GOOD TIME FUN FUN SHOW Directed by Carrie Preston. USA  (75 min)

Directed by Emmy winning comedic TV star Carrie Preston (True Blood/Good Wife/Crowded). East Meets West in this live stand-up comedy, sketch, and rock n' roll/spoken word concert film focused on Asian American themes: immigration, bowl cuts, math nerds, the model minority myth. And Hello Kitty everything. (Strong Language. Adult cultural themes. Some curse words)

Meet Slanty Eyed Mama: two good Asian girls gone bad-assed. Virtuostic electric violinist Lyris Hung (who has also played with Jay-Z, The Indigo Girls and Bono) and Comedian/Actor Kate Rigg (who appeared on 3 seasons of the Dr. Phil Show, and recurred on Fox's Family Guy) started their collaboration while still students at the Juilliard school where they began experimenting with funky urban asian spoken word, comedy and rock and roll. Upon graduation they began touring the world-- performing multimedia concerts celebrating the Asian American experience. Invited twice to the Smithsonian with previous shows, featured on PBS, LOGO, Pacific TV, and headlining major music and comedy festivals they are a force to be reckoned with! For this film, they bring their 'Nuyorasian' flow (New York streets meets Asian American style) to the stage as a live concert mashed up with edgy stand up comedy and wild sketches all shot on location around New York City. They take on some of the biggest issues and cultural tropes forming the Asian immigrant experience with a crazy sense of humor and and musical medit-asians on contemporary culture. TV Comedy star and award winning director Carrie Preston (a fellow Juilliard alum) directs with an eye for the absurd, the heartfelt themes under the music, and the immediacy of live performance for a truly unique film experience.


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Drokpa

DROKPA Directed by Yan Chun Su   79 min.China *

Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of an extended nomadic family whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change. With rare access to a small community of nomads living on the vast yet rapidly degrading grasslands on the eastern Tibetan Plateau, DROKPA, meaning nomads and nomadic culture in Tibetan, reveals the unprecedented environmental and social-political forces the nomads are facing. Richly observed daily lives and family relationships are at once deeply personal and illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits.

Saturday December 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Made in Alaska Shorts 2: The Super Salmon, We Eat Fish!, Find Me, and Walt and the Sea

The Super Salmon (Dir: Ryan Peterson) 25 min
A radio-tagged salmon in Alaska makes a journey that defies scientific record, on a river slated to be dammed for electricity. The Super Salmon follows the eponymous fish's journey from the sea to the Susitna's sparkling, icy headwaters. Along the way we meet the river, the dam, and the people fighting for a way of life and a bright future.

We Eat Fish! (Dir: Daven Hafey) 27 min

"Alaska remains home to some of the cleanest waters, healthiest salmon runs, and wild, abundant seafood left in the world. These resources, at the heart of our economy, culture, and way of life, are what make Alaska strong. 

The Clean Water Act sets out a formula for protecting these precious resources. A key factor in the formula is how much fish and seafood a state’s residents eat. Ignoring the reality that many Alaskans subsist on wild, healthy seafood, the State of Alaska has arbitrarily set this number outrageously low. 

“We Eat Fish!” explores how much fish Alaskans eat, and why it matters to our water, our seafood, and you."

Find Me (Dir: Kitty Mahoney) 24 min
After the death of his father, a young man falls victim to the darkest parts of his own mind. Submerging himself in these memories, he is forced to explore his guilt, his impact on those he loves, and question the value of his life

Walt and Sea (Dir: Frank Sun) 6 min
A story about an Alaska fisherman navigating the bay and find his luck pulling in his day of catch.

Run TIme: 82 Min


Saturday December 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

3:15pm

Planet Ottakring

Planet Outtakring (Austria) Dir: Michi Riebl , 90 min

Any idea how to start a revolution? This Austrian comedy follows the inner workings of the inner-city Viennese community of Outtakring, as a young hustler, a foreign exchange student and residents get creative together to pay off loan sharks and restore pride to the district. Revolutions often start with one idea...

 



Saturday December 3, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

3:45pm

El Chivo

EL CHIVO  Directed by Rod Murphy. 79 min, USA

El Chivo ('The Goat') is what the indigenous Tarahumara of Mexico's Copper Canyons call Ultra Runner Wiill Harlan ever since he won their 50 mile Ultra, a race made famous by the bestseller 'Born to Run."

Saturday December 3, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

SHORT DOCS 1
Short Documentaries, of substantial character. 

Pickle
 (Dir: Amy Nicholson) 15 min, USA 
Let us reflect on the brief existence of Pickle the fish. Although he could not swim, he was lovingly cared for by a couple that kept him propped up in a sponge. Along with an obese chicken, a cat with a heart condition, and a paraplegic possum, his life is a celebration of man’s eternal capacity to care for all creatures. He will be dearly missed.

Some Kind Of Quest (11 min) Dir: Andrew Wilcox, USA
What happens when artwork becomes life’s work? When creator becomes a caretaker? SOME KIND OF QUEST, from Sylvain Labs, Greencard Pictures and director, Andrew Wilcox, is a film that invites you into the singular world of Northlandz, a 52,000-square-foot model train installation just 75 minutes outside of Manhattan, and into the ornery mind of the man—and steadfast wife—who brought it all to life.

The Blindside ( Dir: Karan Ananth) 3 min, INDIA
Pranaya Murthy, a 60 year old 'extra' from South Indian film industry, is still hoping to get his dream role.

The 100 Years Show ( Dir: Alison Klayman) 29 min, USA
Carmen Herrera, a spunky and distinctive Cuban-American painter coming up on her 100th birthday, is finally achieving the recognition that eluded her for most of her career.

I'll Wait Here ( Dir: Harry Buerkle) 8 min, AUSTRIA
The film follows a day in the lives of my grandparents as they are adjusting to life after my grandfather has gone blind after an accident.

Starring Austin Pendleton( Dir: Gene Gallerano) 18 min, USA
The most famous actor you've never heard of.' Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A­-list peers discuss his vast influence and dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today's celebrity­ obsessed world.

Run Time: 84 min. 


Saturday December 3, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

The Slippers

THE SLIPPERS Directed by: Morgan White. 91 min, USA

The Slippers traces the unbelievable history of The Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. They have been bought, stolen, and coveted by many, and are the single most desired piece of Hollywood Memorabilia.




Saturday December 3, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:00pm

Live Music - Jamie Whiteman and Harrison Jennings
The Alaska Indpendent Musicians Initiative in collaboration with AIFF present live music by Anchorage songwriter Jamie Whiteman with Harrison Jennings (of the Tanana Rafters).

Jamie is an up and coming songwriter that has been building a local following with her band the Tanana Rafters (www.tananarafters.com) who recently released their first album and completed a multi-month tour of the western U.S.



Saturday December 3, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

6:00pm

SHU-DE!

SHU-DE!  (DIR: Michael R Faulkner) 85 Min, USA    

Following in the footsteps of Paul Pena (Genghis Blues), Beatboxer, Shodekeh, travels across the world from Baltimore, MD to Kyzyl, Tuva, Russia to take part in a festival celebrating the 50th Birthday of the legendary musician, Kongar-ool Ondar. While there, he collaborates and competes with some of the worlds best Tuvan throat singers in pursuit of a goal to create an oasis of unity with music. Music is the language in this exploratory documentary filled with rare recordings and open landscapes.



Saturday December 3, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

8:15pm

Demimonde

Demimonde (Hungary) Dir: Attila Szász  88 min

The story of three women – a famous prostitute, her housekeeper and their new maid – living in Budapest of 1910s, whose passionate, bizarre and complex relationship can only lead to one thing: murder.




Saturday December 3, 2016 8:15pm - 9:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

10:30pm

Late Night Shorts
The Procedure (Dir: Calvin Reeder) 4 min, USA
A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.

Leshy (Dir: Pavel Soukup) 23 min, Czech Republic
Karel is passionate forester who reigns his woods with tough but caring hand. In an abandoned part of the woods lurchers wake up a creature, who can be an equivalent opponent for him. In fairy tales this creature is called Leshy, but meeting it is definitely not a fairy tale. While Karel is trying to track Leshy, he is already closer than he had expected. Who will become the real ruler of the woods?

This Path (Dir:Meko Winbush) 17 min, USA
Detective Jessica Davis, makes a chance arrest that will give her and the man she has arrested a hard lesson in causality -- the capacity of one event to bring about the existence of a second.

Payday (Dir: Szilárd Bernáth) 22 min, Hungary
In Eastern Hungary, powerful insurers keep residents of the poorest Roma communities in a permanent debt spiral. Young parents Feri and Gina try a different strategy to get relief from local boss Simon.

Evil’s Evil Cousin (Dir: Richard Harper) 30 min, USA
During Pastor Bob's service one of the congregation takes a turn for the worse, inadvertently birthing himself out of himself; resulting in the arrival of his evil twin - 'Evil Terry'. Pastor Bob takes this as a sign from God, a test, a renewal of his lacking belief - perhaps - perhaps not. Food fights, trouser removal and shotgun exorcisms ensure and like all good things, the story ends in a sing song.

Boris in the Forest (Dir: Robert Hackett) 12 min, UK
A black comedy about a Californian geek in search of his horror hero Boris Karloff.

Run Time: 108 min 


Saturday December 3, 2016 10:30pm - Sunday December 4, 2016 11:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Sunday, December 4
 

11:30am

Made in Alaska Shorts 3: Speaking from the HeART + Alaska's Mind-Blowing Aurora + The Interior

Speaking from the HeART (Dir: Mary Katzke) 11 min

Speaking from the HeART is a short-film that shares the story of Raymond "Ramond" Severence who was abandoned as a child in the Arizona desert, raised on a reservation, and who eventually ended up in Alaska. Unable to fully communicate his story through words, Raymond has found a way to speak about who he is with the help of The Arc of Anchorage art program, Sparc: a creative place.


Alaska's Mind-Blowing Aurora
(Dir: Todd Salat) 47 min
ALASKA'S MIND BLOWING AURORA is 47 minutes of music to the eyes, ears & soul as it chronicles the adventures of long-time professional Aurora Hunter Todd Salat. With his truck camper as a mobile base camp gain an insider’s perspective as Salat aurora hunts throughout the Alaska Range, the Interior and into the far northern reaches of the Brooks Range in search of heroic moments in nature that are truly mind blowing!

The Interior (Dir: Jonathan Rattner) 22 min
January, the Alaskan Interior, 56 dogs, 4 humans, 5 hours of sunlight. This observational work - shot on both 16mm and digital video – is a sensory journey that follows Brent Sass, an award-winning dog musher, and his community of dogs living in isolation in the rural inland of Alaska.

Run Time: 80 min 


Sunday December 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

11:45am

The Happys

The Happys (USA) Dir: Tom Gould & John Serpe, 87 Min

Twenty-one year old Tracy walks in on her newly minted 'movie star' boyfriend having sex with a man. After assessing her limited options, she returns to Mark with a deal—if he agrees to marry her, she’ll forget the whole thing ever happened. Mark accepts her terms, but neither fully understands the sacrifices they have to make. Their relationship quickly deteriorates, but Tracy’s world blossoms when she befriends the quirky residents in her Los Feliz neighborhood. As she discovers her sense of self and true passion for cooking, Tracy is a catalyst that forces everyone around her to grow and connect in unforeseen ways. The cast includes Janeane Garofalo and The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride, with an original score by Patrick Sansone (Wilco).




Sunday December 4, 2016 11:45am - 1:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:00pm

Animation 1
Pug of War (Dir: Martin Kemble) 3 min, New Zealand
Set during the Second World War, a pug dog is sent on a dangerous and desperate mission to deliver intelligence to the Allied Forces, but is side-tracked by a trapped cat.

Adija (Dir: Apollonia Thomaier)  4 min, USA
A young girl in the Bronx finds escape from an unhappy family life through her graffiti art.

Murderous Tales: Chase the Dragon (Dir: Jan Bubenicek) Czech Republic, Slovakia
MURDEROUS TALES is a special effect animated feature film 
combining live actors with 3D/2D animation, puppets and back projection. It contains three stories: Antonio Cacto, Lighthouse and The Big Man, plus three ultra-short films called Charge the Dragon.

Green Light (Dir: Seongmin Kim) 16 min, South Korea
With the ecosystem destroyed after a nuclear war, Mari, a survivor, does all she can to rebuild. When she stumbles upon a robot soldier in an abandoned city, everything changes. 

Red (Dir: Ario Saffarzadegan) 2 min, Iran
A different short story about Little Red Riding Hood.

Panic Attack! (Dir: Eileen O'Meara) 3 min, USA
You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?" and turn in to "what if I give birth to Satan's baby?" This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

My Life I Don't Want (Dir: Nyan Kyal Say) 12 min, Myanmar
A short animated film about the life of a Myanmar girl inspired by the true stories in Myanmar.

Under The Apple Tree (Dir: Erik Van Schaaik) 18 min, Netherlands
A deceased farmer is buried by his hated brother, the vicar. Worms inhabit the corpse, discovering they’ve full control over it. The dead farmer awakens.

The D in David (Dir: Michelle Yi) 2 min, USA
When Michelangelo's "David" is humiliated by the other artworks for being naked, "David" leaves his podium to escape the museum.


*Mature Themes Present* Runtime: 75 min 


Sunday December 4, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:00pm

SHORT DOCS 2

Incredible stories from brave souls. 

The Learning Alliance
 ( Muhammad Umar Saeed) 9 min,  Pakistan.
Collecting garbage for earning and paying their fees for school. Three brothers who are changing their future by studying and at the same time selling garbage in Lahore, Pakistan. The Learning Alliance is a portrait of children with dreams and their struggle towards achieving it.

No Ordinary People I: Herbert Heywood (Dir: Michael Burton), 2 min, USA
Herbert Heywood was a child laborer in Fall River, Massachusetts who was photographed by Lewis W. Hine on June 21 1916; exactly 100 years prior to the completion of this 90 second animation. 

The Soul of a Tree ( Dir: Mari Walker) 17 min, USA
The Soul of a Tree follows the paths of two men whose lives intersect in shocking and unexpected ways. Bill Vaughn is an Idaho farmboy when he first meets George Nakashima, a Japanese-American citizen interned during the height of WWII. Over forty years later they reconnect when Bill picks up a book written by George, titled The Soul of a Tree.

A Woman and Her Car (Dir: Loïc Darses) 28 min, Canada
December the 31th, 2003. Lucie decides to write a letter to the man who abused her from the age of 8 to 12 years old and resolves herself to bring it to him in person, wherever he may be.

The Last Book Store (Dir. by Chad Howitt) 12 min, USA
Battling against the rise of eReaders, the fall of large bookstore chains, and his own personal obstacles, Josh Spencer opens “The Last Bookstore.” 

Hello, Cuba! Life Along A Neighborhood Street (Dir: Reuben Aaronson) 20 min, USA,CUBA
After more than 50 years of embargo and isolation, little is known of the everyday lives of Cubans living only 90 miles away from U.S. shores. This short film captures the spirit of everyday Cubans living along a quiet street in Havana.


Total Run TIme: 86 Min

 


Sunday December 4, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

1:15pm

The Other Kids

The Other Kids (USA) Dir: Chris Brown , 95 min

A raw, intimate look into the struggles of six small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation, THE OTHER KIDS is a bold and original hybrid of fiction & non-fiction in which real teenagers collaborated with director Chris Brown to tell their own gripping, personal stories.

Director's Statement:
WHAT IS A FICTUMENTARY?“Fictumentary” is a word I made up to describe the process of taking raw materials from real life to create a fictional cinematic universe. Shot without a script, THE OTHER KIDS was fueled by fourteen actors’ real-life struggles, feelings and experiences. BACKGROUNDIncome inequality is the social justice issue of our time. The gap between rich and poor in America has never been wider. For the (mostly) working class teens of THE OTHER KIDS, this is a very real crisis; higher education has been driven further from reach, college enrollment has severely declined, tuitions have skyrocketed, loans are harder to secure and employment opportunities have become dangerously scarce. Without access to higher education, the chances for survival (much less economic mobility) are catastrophically limited. In Tuolumne County, CA where the film was shot, income inequality impacts every corner of life; the rate of suicide among teens in the county is three times the national average, a statistic that tracks horrifyingly closely with other measures of economic and social injustice. Against this backdrop, THE OTHER KIDS takes a raw, intimate look into the most crucial decisions teens make about their lives. GOALMy goal was to make a film about thesmall townteen experience as it really exists today, versus what I (as a middle-aged, urban male) might assume that experience to be. The only way to do that was to give real teenagers the dominant voice in the storytelling process.PROCESSAfter a lengthy and exhaustive casting processthroughout Tuolumne County, I chose the six dynamic teens who becamethe leads in the film. What was I looking for in choosingactors? A high level of acting talent was crucial, but more than that I was seeking people with fire in their bellies –passionate, intelligent, adventurous kids who were willing to deal openly with the struggles in their lives, and who weren't afraid to climb aboard a project whose outcome and duration werecompletely unknown.Together we spent the next year and a half exploring their liveson camerathrough alter egos that we constructedbit-by-bit. All along, I encouraged the kids to use as much or as little of their own experiences as they felt useful. Because the film was unscripted, eachshooting day was part of an ongoing process of emotional discovery for everyone involved –from the cast and crew to their families, friends, employers and teachers. The results were usuallyunplannedandoftensurprising.IMPACT/EMPOWERMENTThe impact of this production upon the students and community of Tuolumne County was something I hadn't at all foreseen.The production seems to have had atransformativeand empoweringeffect on nearly everyone involved.Having dealt with their personal struggles in a supportive environment over an extended period, the teensgradually grew more confident and more articulate about their thoughts, feelings and goals. For this reason alone, this has been without a doubtthe happiest and most meaningful filmmaking experience of my life. 


Sunday December 4, 2016 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

1:30pm

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith
WALK WITH ME Directed by: Jesse Nesser. 100 min, USA

Walk With Me: The Trials of Judge Damon J. Keith tells the story of ten extraordinary years, four groundbreaking cases, and one unconventional federal judge, whose rulings forever changed the face of civil rights in the United States. 

It may be the greatest story you never heard. 

Judge Damon J. Keith was first appointed to the U.S. District Court in Detroit, in 1967, only three months after race riots tore apart the city. A rookie judge and an African American, he faced controversy almost immediately when, in an unusual confluence of circumstance, four divisive cases landed on his docket—all of which concerned hidden discriminatory practices that were deeply woven into housing, education, employment, and police institutions. Keith shook the nation as he challenged the status quo and faced off against angry crowds, the KKK, corporate America, and even a sitting U.S. President. 

As Judge Keith was reshaping civil rights at the local level, his rulings began setting precedents for change across the nation. Ultimately, the Supreme Court upheld every one of his decisions. There would be no going back. 

Walk With Me is deliberately structured as a tapestry, rather than a chronicle, in order to create balance between an intimate portrait and interesting legal history. In his own words, the Judge recounts the significant emotional events that shaped his life, how he came to his decisions on these groundbreaking cases, and his thoughts about the impact of those rulings then, and now. The film interweaves Judge Keith’s life with those of his colleagues, his contemporaries in the struggle for civil rights, his daughters, and most movingly, the people whose lives were changed by his decisions, whether he ruled in their favor or against them. 

Now 93, Judge Keith still serves on the US Circuit Court of Appeals; a living embodiment of nearly a century of US history. He was once an ordinary “colored” man; a janitor whose personal struggles reflected those of a nation first coming to terms with civil rights. He became a fearless and extraordinary judge whose rulings resonate with surprising relevance in a nation still arguing about ‘”which lives matter” almost 50 years later.


 



Sunday December 4, 2016 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

NANA
*In partnership with the Alaska Jewish Museum
 
At 22, Serena had always known that her grandmother, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant, was an Auschwitz survivor, but never dared or cared to inquire more about the Nana she had lost at 11. After witnessing the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, Serena suddenly decides to read her grandmother’s memoir, and realizes who she was; more than a survivor, more than a Polish Jew, Serena discovers a woman she barely knew, a woman who despite her heavy past, gave all her strength and life to fighting intolerance. 
Serena embarks on a journey with her mother Alice (Maryla’s daughter) and a film crew; the two retrace Maryla’s life, from her native town of Bedzin, to the horrors of Auschwitz where Maryla was Dr. Mengele’s translator, to Brussels, where she emigrated after the war. Guided by the pages of the memoir, mother and daughter assume Maryla’s voice, reading excerpts of the book in front of places of Nana’s past. 
In Brussels, the two interview people who knew Maryla, and it becomes clear to Serena that her grandmother touched countless people through her testimonies, and why her work was so important; she publicly spoke of her experience in the camps to the new generations so it would never be forgotten nor repeated. She taught and reminded people what can happen in a world without tolerance. 
What Serena doesn’t know is that she is about to receive from around the world over one hundred hours of footage of her grandmother, videos that reveal Maryla’s extraordinary personality, incredible strength, and inimitable sense of humor. The videos will structure the narrative of the film, intertwined with Serena and Alice’s journey, set against the backdrop of a world where anti-semitism and intolerance are on the rise. 
NANA is both a very personal film, which explores the transgeneral weight of heritage and trauma, but also investigates how survivors’ message of remembrance and tolerance can continue in the twenty-first century, in a world where survivors are about to disappear.  


Sunday December 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Music in Film Panel
The Anchorage International Film Festival, Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative, Anchorage Music Co-Op, and Parlor in the Round present: 

A special event discussing everything from music licensing for the screen to where to start in your pitch, and plenty of advice in between! Hear from musicians who've written music specifically for the screen, landed commissions for film projects and have music in films you'll see in the Anchorage International Film Festival! 

Panelists include members of Blackwater Railroad Company, Miles and Karina of "The Adventures of Prince Achmed", David Hunter, producer of "First Girl I Loved" and Kurt Riemann local guru of Surreal Studios.  

Network with visiting filmmakers, Alaska film industry professionals, and musicians alike at this Music in Film event at the Anchorage International Film Festival!

Full festival schedule available at: www.anchoragefilmfestival.org

Panel members will share expertise to help Alaskan musicians have their music licensed and placed in films and TV. The panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by a social mixer where musicians can share their music and network directly with the visiting filmmakers. Alaskan film industry professionals are also encouraged to attend. 

Panelist Bios:

Miles and Karina are David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie from Seattle Washington, USA. Combine accordion, banjo, samba, swing and twang, oh yeah, and guitar into one pot, and something's bound to happen.  Their music is influenced by recordings from the 40's, 50's and 60's and includes virtually all American styles.  M & K compose scores to silent films and perform them live with the films, and are the musical headlining act of Sunday evening's AIFF live music silent film event, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed," a silent animated film based on a tale of The Arabian Nights, from 1926. 

Kurt Riemann has been producing and engineering music at Surreal Studios in Anchorage since 1980. He has produced / engineered over 500 albums from Alaskan artists. He's an active composer with 6 albums on his own Nightworks label and has worked on scores of scores and sound design projects, and writes commercial music for Alaskan and international clients. He actively produces music for Alaskan artists and bands, and has worked on 20 separate albums this year alone. He's pretty sure that silver microphone sounds better that the brown one, but hell, let's try them both.

Alaskan musicians from all genres are invited to join in this fun and enriching event! Hosted by AIFF and AKIMI at the new 49th State Brewing Company in downtown Anchorage.
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About the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative: AKIMI exists to "Revitalise, rebrand, and promote Alaskan music // Build collaborative community and professional networks // Educate audiences and musicians"

Moderator: Michael Howard

Moderators
Sunday December 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

3:45pm

SHORTS: Global Village
Late Night Drama (Dir: Patrice Lalibeté) 8 min, Canada
1:34 AM. A snowy suburb. Jérémie, 24, parks his modified car in front of a crowded club. His friends’ usual concerns (“Hey man, do you have something that will help me make it through the night”?) do not interest him. Jérémie is looking for someone.

The Salt Man (Dir: Seyed Sajad Moosavi) 15 min, Iran
Being left unsupported, Dr. Sa'id 'Aram, a genius artist, is obliged to work in a salt mine with his six-year-old girl ...

GlaswAsian Tales (Dir: Lalitha Rajan) 40 min, Scotland
Four young men, from Glasgow’s Southside immigrant communities, yearn for life and love, amidst the pressures, chaos and dangers in a community unsettled by change. 

A Magician (Dir: Max Blustin) 3 min, UK
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.

Black Cat (Dir: Leonei Savvides) 15 min, Australia
Black Cat is an atmospheric portrait of a single father and his teenage daughter growing apart, as she finds solace in black magic as an outlet for her growing sexuality. Black Cat is a Jane Campion mentored project and a Screen Australia funded film.

Chester (Dir: Monique Nagra) 15 min, UK
An older gentlemen is being reluctantly placed in a nursing home in the north of England. Unable to speak english, the man is perceived as a John Doe, and therefore has trouble engaging with other residents and staff. However over time and through the game of chess and the aid of a nurse Kelly, he is able to make friends and enjoy life again, until a chess piece goes missing.

Total Run TIme: 96 min

Sunday December 4, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

3:45pm

The Holly Kane Experiment
The Holly Kane Experiment (UK) Dir: Tom Sands, 102 Min

Holly Kane is an experimental psychologist, whose research into mind-control techniques is driven by a fear of insanity. As she experiments with drug-fuelled subliminal programming, two very different men come into her life. One is young and handsome, the other old and powerful. But neither of them are telling her the whole truth. When Holly steps up her experiments on herself with more sophisticated equipment and more powerful drugs, she descends into paranoia and madness.




Sunday December 4, 2016 3:45pm - 5:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

The Age of Consequences

THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (Dir: Jared P Scott) 80 min, USA

'The Hurt Locker' meets 'An Inconvenient Truth', THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of irreversible climate change, resource scarcity, mass migration, and pandemic conflict through the lens of US national security and global instability.




Sunday December 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

Bear With Us

Bear With Us (USA) (Dir: William J Stribling) 95 Min

Bear with Us is a modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his meticulous plan starts to fall apart when a ravenous bear stumbles upon their charming cabin in the woods. It's a total comedy of errors that takes a close look at just how far we'll go to preserve our relationships.


Sunday December 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:00pm

Live Music - Harper's Farce
In collaboration with the Anchorage International Film Festival, Harper's Farce will be playing a preshow for the presentation of 1926 silent film, "The Adventures of Prince Auchmed."

Harper's Farce will grace the stage of the theater pub at 5:00 PM with original compositions, to showcase the creative art scene of Anchorage. Tickets are available at Bear Tooth Theatrepub and Anchorage International Film Festival

Check out Harper's Farce and www.harpersfarce.com to find out more.
Be sure to check out the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/278376749224800/



Sunday December 4, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

6:00pm

"The Adventures of Prince Achmed" - Live Music Silent Film Event
Limited Capacity seats available

An exciting exhibition of live performance music paired with the longest-surviving feature-length animation film, created in 1926 by female German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger. Using the silhouette technique, with paper and scissors, each frame is a work of art! 

Miles and Karina of Seattle, WA, brings to AIFF the charisma of their original score to delight audiences of all ages with their performance!  A Not-To-Be-Missed Event!

The Adventures of Prince Achmed. 66 mins.

http://milesandkarina.com/Film_Scores.html 


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Sunday December 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

8:15pm

First Girl I Loved

FIRST GIRL I LOVED  Directed by Karem Sanga. 86 min, USA

The funny and touching story of Anne Santos, who has decided it’s not worth coming out as a lesbian at her LA public school — until she falls in love with Sasha Basañez, a star athlete even more in the closet than she is.

Winner of the Best of NEXT Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, First Girl I Loved is a poignant coming-of-age tale that captures all the anxiety, bravery, and heartbreak of first love. On assignment for her high-school yearbook, social-misfit Anne (Dylan Gelula) charmingly hits it off with the beautiful star of the softball team, Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand). But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton (Mateo Arias) about her new crush, he reveals a hidden jealousy that threatens more than just the girls’ budding romance. Writer/director Kerem Sanga tells this remarkably touching story with a multifaceted style that is as fresh as it is daring. Brimming with authenticity and humor, First Girl I Loved offers a delightful, contemporary perspective on the jitters of new romance and the age-old heartbreak of love. 


Sunday December 4, 2016 8:15pm - 9:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Monday, December 5
 

5:30pm

Heredity

Heredity (Columbia) Dir: Carlos G Vergara Montiel, 100 min

Tati and Pedro live a mundane life until Pedro wakes up psychologically regressed into a child. Looking for a cure, Tati takes Pedro to his childhood home, where he reconnects with his family--who he doesn't remember--and plays and is as happy as when he was young. After his mother sees him in the middle of a crisis, she reveals a secret that sets Tati and Pedro on the trail of his father. Closure with him may be his only hope.



Monday December 5, 2016 5:30pm - 7:15pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

8:00pm

Youth in Oregon

YOUTH IN OREGON  Directed by: Joel David Moore. 100 min, USA

YOUTH IN OREGON is a dark comedy about a man who agrees to drive his cantankerous father-in-law cross-country, with the hopes of talking him out of getting euthanized.

Cast: Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Frank Langella, Mary Kay Place, Alex Shaffer, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz

Monday December 5, 2016 8:00pm - 9:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Tuesday, December 6
 

5:30pm

Best and Most Beautiful Things

BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS (Dir: Garrett Zevgetis) 90min USA

In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in a surprising sex-positive community.

*Director Garret Zevgetis in attendance* 

Director's Statement:
We have all felt like an outcast. I set out to share an authentic and artistic first-person account of an exuberant young woman who faces extraordinary challenges on her journey to adulthood. 
Michelle’s unique story is about growing up and embracing all that life has to offer with unbridled optimism, even in the face of significant obstacles. Through Michelle we discovered the startling lack of opportunities available for all people to fully engage in our society, and the need to bridge the ocean of fear and misunderstanding that infuse attitudes toward people considered “other.” The beautiful differences that exist between all of us make 
up our common humanity.



Tuesday December 6, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

8:00pm

GAY-LA Film - Real Boy (+Arrival: A Short Film by Alex Myung)
REAL BOY (Dir: Shaleece Haas) 72 min, USA **Subject, Bennett Wallace, in attendance**

REAL BOY is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.

Screens with the Animated Short, "Arrival"

Arrival: A Short Film by Alex Myung
(Dir: Alex Myung) 22 min, USA **Director in Attendance** 
A true coming of age story, Arrival follows one boy's journey into adulthood, and the complicated relationships that go with it. The plot follows a boy growing up with his mother in the countryside, who then journeys into the big city to follow his dreams. All the while the two communicate by sending polaroids back and forth to each other, sharing their now completely different lives. Along the way he meets another boy with whom he is determined to share his life with. The main character becomes stuck in a cycle of indifference rather than standing up and coming out to his mother. The story of the film pulls from Myung's past relationships. It portrays a uniquely modern LGBTQ couple, exploring the highs and lows that come with feeling guilty for loving the right person.
 


Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Wednesday, December 7
 

3:15pm

After School Special Youth Showcase
The After-School Special is a unique showcase of youth films, curated by Alaska Teen Media Institute. 

Films start at 3:15 pm.

Come show us your school spirit and cheer on your friends! 

Wednesday December 7, 2016 3:15pm - 5:00pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

4:00pm

Sensory-Friendly Family Films
Animated films perfect for the whole family!

Chess People (Dir: Yianni Rowlands) 4 min, Australia

Green Light (Dir: Seongmin Kim) 16 min, South Korea

HEAVENKID: Fight Back (Dir: Derrick, Yung-Te, Wu) 10 min, Taiwan

Ishalla (Dir: Ashkan Rahgozar) 4 min, Iran

Notorious Corn (Dir:  Mallory Grolleau) 1 min, France

Paper Puppet Parade (Dir: Paul Atton) 2 min, USA

 Sketchesaurus (Dir: Jiedi Chen) 3 min, USA

The Girl Who Spoke Cat (Dir: Dotty Kultys) 6 min, UK

The Journey (Dir: Puthima Wongdeeprasith) 2 min, USA

Solo (Dir: Brendan Kirshbaum) 5 min, USA

The Land Before Time Machines (Dir: Nick Saucedo) 7 min, USA

The Old Man and The Pears (Dir: Jing Sun) 5 min, USA

Thunderstruck (Dir: Brent Dawes) 5 min, South Africa

Volcano! (Dir: Marie Cheng) 5 min, USA

You Bruise You Lose (Dir: Stanley Palmer) 2 min, New Zealand

Run Time: 72 min
 

Wednesday December 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:30pm

SHORTS: Love & Pain
*Director Mark Tapio Kines in attendance 

Il Campione (The Champion )
 (Dir: Boming Jiang). 12 min, Italy 
Would you be able to laugh for five whole minutes? This is what Carmelo says people can do with his weird Smile Machine, the one he shows around fun fairs. He challenges people to laugh for five entire minutes without any interruption. One morning, everyone passing by his unique machine takes the challenge, with an unexpected winner.

How To Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps   (Dir:Benjamin Berman) 7 min, USA 
A four step guide to losing weight - kind of.

20 Matches (Dir: Mark Tapio Kines) 10 min, USA 
A young woman, her face illuminated only by match light, tells the story of an Austrian serial killer who murdered 20 immigrant women - one per year.

Thunder Road (Dir: Jim Cummings) 13 min, USA 
Grand Jury Prize Winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.

Gorilla  (Dir: Tibo Pinsard) 14 min, France 
Hollywood, 1952. Henry Corso performs a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle, but scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.

Curmudgeons (Dir: Jake DeVito) 17 min, USA 
A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty mouthed but endearing comedy.

Like A Butterfly ( DIr: Debbie Von Ahrens) 28 min, USA *Director in attendance!
When you are young and you can't see the true meaning of this life, only a wise old man can show you the way.

Total Run Time: 101 Min 


Wednesday December 7, 2016 5:30pm - 7:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

8:00pm

Goodbye Darling I'm Off To Fight

GOODBYE DARLING I’M OFF TO FIGHT* Directed by: Simone Manetti.  73 min, Italy

After a painful breaking up with her boyfriend, actress Chantal Ughi found that Thai Boxe fighting was a way to get out her anger, and to fight ghosts from her childhood. She moves to Thailand for five years and becomes the world champion.



Wednesday December 7, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Thursday, December 8
 

5:30pm

The Cinema Travellers

THE CINEMA TRAVELERS Directed by: Shirley Abraham  ( 96 min) India

Once every year, traveling cinemas bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their audiences are lured by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden - to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. A Cannes-award winning documentary.




Thursday December 8, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

5:30pm

Murderous Tales
Don't let the title fool you: This film's for all ages!

Murderous Tales (Directed by: Jan Bubenicek) 80 min, Czech Republic/Slovakia 
MURDEROUS TALES is a special effect animated feature film 
combining live actors with 3D/2D animation, puppets and back projection. It contains three stories: Antonio Cacto, Lighthouse and The Big Man, plus three ultra-short films called Charge the Dragon. 


Thursday December 8, 2016 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:30pm

SHORTS: Hard Knocks
Sing for your Supper (Dir: Mu Sun) 15 min, UK
In a totalitarian world where one only eats as well as they can sing, a man must overcome his bout of laryngitis if he ever wants to eat again.

On Time (Dir: Xavier Neal-Burgin) 8 min, USA
Renee Johnson, a mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview.

Virgin Territory (Dir: Debbie Von Ahrens) 15 min, USA 
Virgin Territory is sex-positive, queer, and questioning coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who decides to have sex for the first time and commences her journey of sexual exploration.

Payday ( Dir: Szilárd Bernáth) 22 min, Hungary 
In Eastern Hungary, powerful insurers keep residents of the poorest Roma communities in a permanent debt spiral. Young parents Feri and Gina try a different strategy to get relief from local boss Simon.

No Touching (Dir: Adam Davis) 13 min, USA
In a shady haunted house attraction where the performers are assaulting female patrons in order to make a name for themselves, the tables are turned when the performers attempt to take on two women who bring a new level of terror as they do some ass kicking of their own.

My Mom and the Girl (Susie Singer Carter) 20 min, USA
Dinner with friends takes a dark turn and leads a retired jazz singer suffering with Alzheimer's and her caregiver to a proverbial crossroads on the streets of East Los Angeles where they encounter The Girl and the three very disparate -- desperate -- women pull each other back into the light.

Run Time: 93 min. 

Thursday December 8, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

7:45pm

The Holly Kane Experiment

The Holly Kane Experiment (UK) Dir: Tom Sands, 102 Min

Holly Kane is an experimental psychologist, whose research into mind-control techniques is driven by a fear of insanity. As she experiments with drug-fuelled subliminal programming, two very different men come into her life. One is young and handsome, the other old and powerful. But neither of them are telling her the whole truth. When Holly steps up her experiments on herself with more sophisticated equipment and more powerful drugs, she descends into paranoia and madness.



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Thursday December 8, 2016 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

8:00pm

We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew (+ Monsters)
Screens with short film: Monsters

Monsters  (Dir: Steve Desmond) 13 min, USA

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…

We've Forgotten More than We Ever Knew (USA) Dir: Thomas Woodrow, 89 min

In the aftermath of an unknown calamity, two survivors travel through a hostile wilderness, guided only by a long-distant memory of home. When they encounter the ruins of a vanished society, everything they know is called into question, threatening their relationship, their memories and their future.


 Trailer: www.weveforgotten.com/trailer  


Thursday December 8, 2016 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

8:00pm

Donald Cried

Donald Cried (USA) Dir: Kyle Martin, 85 min

Coming home has never been less fun.

Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) left working class Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. Fifteen years later, when he's forced to return home to bury his Grandmother he loses his wallet on the trip. Stranded, the only person he can think of to help him out is his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald Treebeck (Kris Avedisian). Donald hasn't changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into a long van ride into their past. 


Thursday December 8, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

10:30pm

Quick Freeze!
On December 1st, teams were given only 4 days to completely produce a 5 minute movie while incorporating 3 prompts that were announced at the start of the competition. Come watch the finished results and see the winners crowned!

Details:
- Tickets are $10, or AIFF Films Pass 
- Awards are Judges Choice, Audience Choice, and Festival Choice.
- Judges Choice recipient will also be awarded $TBD cash.
- This is an all ages event.

Thursday December 8, 2016 10:30pm - Friday December 9, 2016 12:00am
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Friday, December 9
 

12:00pm

One Course Discourse
Join us for our favorite lunchtime discussion: Indie-Filmmaking in Alaska!

One Course Discourse is a chance to hear a panel discussion while enjoying lunch at the BearTooth. Q & A and networking after panel discussion. 

Among the talented panelists, you'll find:

Charlie Sears

Charlie Sears has been a filmmaker in Alaska for the last 16 years and has worked professional for 7 years as Film Editor and Producer. Charlie has worked in Los Angeles and Alaska from feature films to national commcerials. He also co-operates Alaska Filmmakers a independent filmmakernetwork that supporters and bring filmmakers from all over Alaska together. 
AK Filmmakers

Ryan Peterson 

Ryan grew up in Anchorage and after many years spent studying, and working in Scotland, Russia, Germany, and California, moved back home in 2013. His media work has historically centered on film and writing about rivers, fish, and people, especially in Alaska where they are all so intertwined and there is no end to the special characters you meet along the trail. He has worked as a flyfishing guide in Bristol Bay, AK and Kamchatka, Russia, the later being Alaska's mirror across the Bering sea. Today he also fishes commercially in summer for salmon near the mouth of the Susitna River, just 25 miles from where you're sitting right now. He'd "like to make a reality show about Alaska because no one's made a good one yet."
The Super Salmon

Holly Mititquq Nordlum

(Iñupiaq) Is an artist, born in Kotzebue, Alaska. Throughout her childhood Holly developed an appreciation for her culture, arts, and life in the arctic. Holly attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage and completed a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, since she has been an award winning multi-media artist and activist, and was a 2016 Sundance Time Warner Fellow. 
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Jon Bittner
Jon is the Vice-President of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that works to encourage growth and diversity in the Anchorage economy, promote a favorable business climate and improve the standard of living of Anchorage residents
For entrepreneurs in any field, he's a great guy to get to know!
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Tom Gould
Tom received his master's degree in film production from the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the Jack Nicholson Scholarship for Excellence in Directing. He has directed several short films, including HAVING IT ALL, which was among four projects selected for funding by USC. Tom began in theater, directing plays in New York City and elsewhere. Tom has worked on many film sets, primarily in the art department. He has edited feature films, short films, music videos, commercials and industrials. He has also edited numerous hit reality TV shows, including (for better or worse) "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." Tom received a bachelor's degree in drama from Vassar College.   

John Serpe
A graduate of Marquette University, John developed film scripts as Director of Development for Second Son Entertainment. He has written/directed several short films and PSAs as well as numerous plays in New York City. As an independent producer, John has produced many projects, including the award-winning E3 Xbox 360 Media Briefing (aired live on Spike TV) and a series of short documentaries on cancer patients for Amgen.
Doors open at 11:30 am, discussion to begin a 12:05. 





Friday December 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

2:00pm

Martini Matinee

Il Campione (The Champion ) Dir: Boming Jiang. 12 min, Italy
Would you be able to laugh for five whole minutes? This is what Carmelo says people can do with his weird Smile Machine, the one he shows around fun fairs. He challenges people to laugh for five entire minutes without any interruption. One morning, everyone passing by his unique machine takes the challenge, with an unexpected winner.

Fresh Chocolate Bar  (Dir: Elizabeth Elston). 4 min, Australia  
A love poem to a chocolate bar.

Thunder Road
(Dir: Jim Cummings) 13 min, USA
Grand Jury Prize Winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.

I'll Wait Here (Dir: Harry Buerkle) 8min, AUSTRIA
The film follows a day in the lives of two adorable grandparents as they are adjusting to life after he has gone blind after an accident.

Starring Austin Pendleton (Dir:Gene Gallerano) 18 min, USA
'The most famous actor you've never heard of.' Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A­-list peers discuss his vast influence and dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today's celebrity­ obsessed world.

A Reasonable Request
(Dir: Andrw Laurich) 9 min, USA  
A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father to ask an unspeakable favor that will change their lives forever.

Curmudgeons
(Dir: Jake DeVito) 17 min, USA
A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty mouthed but endearing comedy.

Death$ in a $mall Town
(Dir: Mark Jones) 7 min, USA
A mayor has a unique way to revive the fortunes of his small town that had been losing citizens, businesses and tourist prior to his taking office.

Pickle (Dir: Amy Nicholson) 15 min, USA
Let us reflect on the brief existence of Pickle the fish. Although he could not swim, he was lovingly cared for by a couple that kept him propped up in a sponge. Along with an obese chicken, a cat with a heart condition, and a paraplegic possum, his life is a celebration of man’s eternal capacity to care for all creatures. He will be dearly missed.


Run Time: 103 min


 


Friday December 9, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave

4:15pm

Heaven's Floor

Heaven's Floor (Canada) Dir: Lori Stoll, 86 min

Heaven's Floor, based on a true story, is the journey of a Los Angeles photographer on the brink, who is rescued by her future daughter, while stranded in the icy wilds of the Canadian Arctic.

Friday December 9, 2016 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:30pm

We're Still Together

We're Still Together (Canada) Dir: Jesse Klein, 82 min

A bullied, overweight teen is rescued by a manic single dad and together they set off into the city at night. At house parties, dive bars and backyard pools, with teenage crushes, estranged wives and daughters, Chris and Bobby come to know each other, and try not to lose themselves.



Friday December 9, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

Animation 2
Hum (Dir: Tom Teller) 9 min, USA
A solitary dish washing robot living out his life in the back room of a restaurant is enlightened to the world that exists beyond his four walls, with the help of a small friend he breaks free of confinement to pursue his dream of exploration.

Pearl (Dir: Patrick Osborne) 6 min, UK, USA
A lyrical road trip through the lives of an aspiring musician and his young daughter.

A Space in Time (Dir: Alexandre Athané) 14 min, France
Claire, a little girl, and her grandfather share a dream - seeing a man walk on the moon - and their favorite pastime is playing astronaut. On the night of July 20, 1969, while the whole world is fixated on Neil Armstrong, Claire's thoughts are with her own personal hero...

Los Mariachis (Dir: Guy Shahaf, Nina Prange) 1 min, Germany
The 'Los Mariachis' trio uses the enchanting gift of mexian folk music to brighten up the day of overworked people. The catchy tune of their musik always succeeds to do so, at least for a while. 

Just Like It Used to Be (Dir: Patrick Neary) 5 min, USA
'Just Like it Used to Be' is a stop-motion music video, a rhythmic allegory alluding to a lover lost to addiction and the struggle to pull them back.

Teacup (Dir: Elif Boyacioglu) 6 min, Turkey
Once there was a man who was afraid to go out...

Thunderstruck (Dir: Brent Dawes) 5 min, South Africa
Giraffe is a bit skittish at the best of times. But when a lightning storm starts overhead and he’s the tallest thing around his “skittishness” hits a whole new level. 

Time Chicken (Dir: Nick Black) 6 min, Czech Republic
In a bid to resolve the divisions in his society, a chicken sets out to give his people answers. Finally, the world is ready to know, which came first: the chicken, or the egg?

Feedback (Dir: Ondřej Javora) 7 min, Czech Republic
Take care of the world and the world takes care of you.

Pest Friends (Dir: Jennifer Re) 12 min, USA
A failed puppeteer rediscovers his passion through an unlikely friendship with a ghost and her family of rats.

Alike (Dir: Daniel Martínez Lara) 8 min, Spain
In a busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. But...what is the correct path?

 Run Time: 80 min

Friday December 9, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

Polar Nights: Films Worth Freezing For Outdoor Screening
In Partnership with the Anchorage Museum, AIFF livens up the night with an outdoor film event!

Come to the roof of the Fifth Avenue parking garage for a screening of short 16 mm films featuring experimental filmmakers "messing with the system".

Works screened: “Alone, Life Wastes Andy Hardy” by Martin Arnold, “A Movie” by Bruce Conner, “Low Light Life” by George Kuchar, “Scorpio Rising” by Kenneth Anger, and “Perils” by Abigail Child. 

Presented in partnership with the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA), and Co-sponsored by the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Anchorage Community Development Authority.
Free admission.

Friday December 9, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
5th Ave Parking Garage 5th Ave & B St, Downtown Anchorage

6:15pm

Money

Money (USA) Dir: Martin Rosette, 85 Min

Two wealthy businessmen are about to get away with $5 million in ill-gotten money until their plans are revealed by an uninvited house guest.




Friday December 9, 2016 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:30pm

SHORT DOCS 2

Incredible stories from brave souls. 

The Learning Alliance
 ( Muhammad Umar Saeed) 9 min,  Pakistan.
Collecting garbage for earning and paying their fees for school. Three brothers who are changing their future by studying and at the same time selling garbage in Lahore, Pakistan. The Learning Alliance is a portrait of children with dreams and their struggle towards achieving it.

No Ordinary People I: Herbert Heywood (Dir: Michael Burton), 2 min, USA
Herbert Heywood was a child laborer in Fall River, Massachusetts who was photographed by Lewis W. Hine on June 21 1916; exactly 100 years prior to the completion of this 90 second animation.  

The Soul of a Tree ( Dir: Mari Walker) 17 min, USA
The Soul of a Tree follows the paths of two men whose lives intersect in shocking and unexpected ways. Bill Vaughn is an Idaho farmboy when he first meets George Nakashima, a Japanese-American citizen interned during the height of WWII. Over forty years later they reconnect when Bill picks up a book written by George, titled The Soul of a Tree.

A Woman and Her Car (Dir: Loïc Darses) 28 min, Canada
December the 31th, 2003. Lucie decides to write a letter to the man who abused her from the age of 8 to 12 years old and resolves herself to bring it to him in person, wherever he may be.

Welcome To The Last Bookstore ( Dir: Chad Howitt) 12 min, USA
Battling against the rise of eReaders, the fall of large bookstore chains, and his own personal obstacles, Josh Spencer opens “The Last Bookstore”.

Hello, Cuba! Life Along A Neighborhood Street (Dir: Reuben Aaronson) 20 min, USA,CUBA
After more than 50 years of embargo and isolation, little is known of the everyday lives of Cubans living only 90 miles away from U.S. shores. This short film captures the spirit of everyday Cubans living along a quiet street in Havana.

Total Run TIme: 88 Min


Friday December 9, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

8:00pm

The League of Exotique Dancers

THE LEAGUE OF EXOTIC DANCERS Directed by: Ramu Rau. 90 min, Canada

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rama Rau (The Market, Aftermath) and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Ed Barreveld (Herman's House, The World Before Her), League of Exotique Dancers explores vintage Burlesque’s world of fun, frolic, and feathers, yet also turns the spotlight on the poverty, racism, and sexism that were rampant under all that glitter.

With a blast of brassy jazz and a spin through the glitz of modern Las Vegas, Emmy® Award-winning Storyline Entertainment and award-winning director Rama Rau’s documentary League of Exotique Dancers sets the stage for a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque through the colourful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter.  

 

Our guides are none other than inductees of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, all titans of tease and each possessing a way with words as uninhibited and captivating as her routines.

 

Tantalizing tales and expert tips from the frontlines propel an action-packed journey through Burlesque’s heyday that also covers its gradual demise, concluding with an upbeat celebration of its rediscovery and revitalization by a new generation. What emerges is a full-figured portrait of Burlesque-era striptease artists, one that goes deeper into the culture and is more nuanced than many familiar screen depictions.

 

Burlesque not only transformed the lives of our characters, some of whom regularly worked with each other, it also reflected the rapid changes in mid-20th-century North American society—a side of Burlesque culture rarely explored on screen.

 

League of Exotique Dancers peels off the layers of glitter to expose the sexism, racism and widespread stigma faced by Burlesque striptease performers and, indeed, the wider array of working women in that tumultuous era.

 

Illuminated by well-known and rare, never-before-seen, archival material and accentuated by a soundtrack and original music that captures the mood of the era, League of Exotique Dancers is all about its characters. Intimate interviews—held in homes and former haunts, filled with humour and heartbreak—reveal what keeps these formers stars busy today: driving a hearse, running marathons, designing flannel nightgowns, a hypnotherapy practice . . . they’re still full of surprises



http://www.exotiquedancers.com 


Friday December 9, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

8:15pm

The 6th Friend

THE 6TH FRIEND Directed by: Letia Clouston. 85 min, USA  (*HORROR*)

Six college best friends throw their own private graduation party when the stoner of the group orders in something special from her drug dealer, who sticks around and joins their party uninvited. Before the night is over, a horrible vengeance will be wreaked upon him. Five years later, the girls gather once again and endure a night of far more horror and bloodshed that is inflicted upon them this time.

 



Friday December 9, 2016 8:15pm - 9:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

10:00pm

**Burlesque Performance** by VivaVoom Brr-Lesque
Following the documentary, "League of Exotic Dancers," the most talented troupe in the North will delight audiences brings Brr-Lesque to AIFF's "Films Worth Freezing For!" 

Admission: $15 General, $7 AIFF Passholders

Buy tickets early here: http://aiffburlesque.brownpapertickets.com

www.vivavoomburlesque.com 

Friday December 9, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Saturday, December 10
 

12:00pm

Drokpa

DROKPA*  Directed by:  Yan Chun Su  79 min, China 

Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of an extended nomadic family whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change. With rare access to a small community of nomads living on the vast yet rapidly degrading grasslands on the eastern Tibetan Plateau, DROKPA, meaning nomads and nomadic culture in Tibetan, reveals the unprecedented environmental and social-political forces the nomads are facing. Richly observed daily lives and family relationships are at once deeply personal and illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits.

Saturday December 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:00pm

Shorts: Global Village
Late Night Drama (Dir: Patrice Lalibeté) 8 min, Canada 
1:34 AM. A snowy suburb. Jérémie, 24, parks his modified car in front of a crowded club. His friends’ usual concerns (“Hey man, do you have something that will help me make it through the night”?) do not interest him. Jérémie is looking for someone.

The Salt Man (Dir: Seyed Sajad Moosavi) 15 min, Iran
Being left unsupported, Dr. Sa'id 'Aram, a genius artist, is obliged to work in a salt mine with his six-year-old girl ...

GlaswAsian Tales (Dir: Lalitha Rajan) 40 min, Scotland
Glasgow, Scotland. Now. In the tough edged south of the city young members of the South Asian community try to find a way to be true to themselves. 
Farooq, a jaded radio DJ is reinvigorated by the prospect of love and adventure. Haroun, a violent young man, in being open about his sexuality, finally discovers a connection with someone that is worth fighting for. Aaqil, tries to come to terms with a future without his daughter, now that his partner has discovered the truth about his past. How will they sustain themselves in this uncompromising part of the city? And all the while, in the park, as young Jaz makes his way, the spirit of hip hop seems to be enabling young teenagers to make a different future.

A Magician (Dir: Max Blustin) 3 min, UK
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.

Black Cat (Dir: Leonei Savvides) 15 min, Australia
Black Cat is an atmospheric portrait of a single father and his teenage daughter growing apart, as she finds solace in black magic as an outlet for her growing sexuality. Black Cat is a Jane Campion mentored project and a Screen Australia funded film.

Chester (Dir: Monique Nagra) 15 min, UK
An older gentlemen is being reluctantly placed in a nursing home in the north of England. Unable to speak english, the man is perceived as a John Doe, and therefore has trouble engaging with other residents and staff. However over time and through the game of chess and the aid of a nurse Kelly, he is able to make friends and enjoy life again, until a chess piece goes missing.

Total Run TIme: 96 min


Saturday December 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:15pm

El Chivo

EL CHIVO Directed by: Rod Murphy. 79 min, USA

El Chivo ('The Goat') is what the indigenous Tarahumara of Mexico's Copper Canyons call Ultra Runner Wiill Harlan ever since he won their 50 mile Ultra, a race made famous by the bestseller 'Born to Run."



Saturday December 10, 2016 12:15pm - 1:35pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Made in Alaska Shorts 1: I am Yup'ik + Yuuyuraq + Agayutem Yui

I Am Yupik (Dir: Daniele Anastasion, Nathan Golon) 17 min
A 16-year old Yup'ik Alaskan boy leaves his tiny village and travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.

Yuuyaraq (Dir: Lisle Hebert) 28 min
The story of how Alaskan Yupik culture was impacted by Westernization and the decimation caused by the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Agayutem Yui (People of God)  (Dir: Bridget Power) 16 min
Yup'ik women have chosen to lead many Catholic churches in Southwestern Alaska, despite having limited authority from the Roman Catholic Church. Can their model of leadership inspire the Roman Catholic Church to adapt?

Run Time: 59 Min

 

Saturday December 10, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

The Happys

The Happys (USA) Dir: Tom Gould & John Serpe, 87 Min

Twenty-one year old Tracy walks in on her newly minted 'movie star' boyfriend having sex with a man. After assessing her limited options, she returns to Mark with a deal—if he agrees to marry her, she’ll forget the whole thing ever happened. Mark accepts her terms, but neither fully understands the sacrifices they have to make. Their relationship quickly deteriorates, but Tracy’s world blossoms when she befriends the quirky residents in her Los Feliz neighborhood. As she discovers her sense of self and true passion for cooking, Tracy is a catalyst that forces everyone around her to grow and connect in unforeseen ways. The cast includes Janeane Garofalo and The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride, with an original score by Patrick Sansone (Wilco).




Saturday December 10, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Made in Alaska Shorts 3: Speaking from the HeART + Alaska's Mind-Blowing Aurora + The Interior

Speaking from the HeART  (Dir: Mary Katzke) 11 min Speaking from the HeART is a short-film that shares the story of Raymond "Ramond" Severence who was abandoned as a child in the Arizona desert, raised on a reservation, and who eventually ended up in Alaska. Unable to fully communicate his story through words, Raymond has found a way to speak about who he is with the help of The Arc of Anchorage art program, Sparc: a creative place.


Alaska's Mind-Blowing Aurora
 (Dir: Todd Salat) 47 min
ALASKA'S MIND BLOWING AURORA is 47 minutes of music to the eyes, ears & soul as it chronicles the adventures of long-time professional Aurora Hunter Todd Salat. With his truck camper as a mobile base camp gain an insider’s perspective as Salat aurora hunts throughout the Alaska Range, the Interior and into the far northern reaches of the Brooks Range in search of heroic moments in nature that are truly mind blowing!

The Interior (Dir: Jonathan Rattner) 22 min
January, the Alaskan Interior, 56 dogs, 4 humans, 5 hours of sunlight. This observational work - shot on both 16mm and digital video – is a sensory journey that follows Brent Sass, an award-winning dog musher, and his community of dogs living in isolation in the rural inland of Alaska.

Run Time: 80 min 


Saturday December 10, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:15pm

SHORT DOCS 1
Short Documentaries, full of character. 

Pickle
 (Dir: Amy Nicholson) 15 min, USA 
Let us reflect on the brief existence of Pickle the fish. Although he could not swim, he was lovingly cared for by a couple that kept him propped up in a sponge. Along with an obese chicken, a cat with a heart condition, and a paraplegic possum, his life is a celebration of man’s eternal capacity to care for all creatures. He will be dearly missed.

Some Kind Of Quest (11 min) Dir: Andrew Wilcox, USA
What happens when artwork becomes life’s work? When creator becomes a caretaker? SOME KIND OF QUEST, from Sylvain Labs, Greencard Pictures and director, Andrew Wilcox, is a film that invites you into the singular world of Northlandz, a 52,000-square-foot model train installation just 75 minutes outside of Manhattan, and into the ornery mind of the man—and steadfast wife—who brought it all to life.

The Blindside ( Dir: Karan Ananth) 3 min, INDIA 
Pranaya Murthy, a 60 year old 'extra' from South Indian film industry, is still hoping to get his dream role.

The 100 Years Show ( Dir: Alison Klayman) 29 min, USA
Carmen Herrera, a spunky and distinctive Cuban-American painter coming up on her 100th birthday, is finally achieving the recognition that eluded her for most of her career.

I'll Wait Here ( Dir: Harry Buerkle) 8 min, AUSTRIA
The film follows a day in the lives of my grandparents as they are adjusting to life after my grandfather has gone blind after an accident.

Starring Austin Pendleton( Dir: Gene Gallerano) 18 min, USA 
The most famous actor you've never heard of.' Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A­-list peers discuss his vast influence and dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today's celebrity­ obsessed world.

Run Time: 84 min. 


Saturday December 10, 2016 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

Animation 1
Pug of War (Dir: Martin Kemble) 3 min, New Zealand
Set during the Second World War, a pug dog is sent on a dangerous and desperate mission to deliver intelligence to the Allied Forces, but is side-tracked by a trapped cat.

Adija (Dir: Apollonia Thomaier)  4 min, USA
A young girl in the Bronx finds escape from an unhappy family life through her graffiti art.

Murderous Tales: Chase the Dragon (Dir: Jan Bubenicek) Czech Republic, Slovakia
MURDEROUS TALES is a special effect animated feature film 
combining live actors with 3D/2D animation, puppets and back projection. It contains three stories: Antonio Cacto, Lighthouse and The Big Man, plus three ultra-short films called Charge the Dragon.

Green Light (Dir: Seongmin Kim) 16 min, South Korea
With the ecosystem destroyed after a nuclear war, Mari, a survivor, does all she can to rebuild. When she stumbles upon a robot soldier in an abandoned city, everything changes. 

Red (Dir: Ario Saffarzadegan) 2 min, Iran
A different short story about Little Red Riding Hood.

Panic Attack! (Dir: Eileen O'Meara) 3 min, USA
You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?" and turn in to "what if I give birth to Satan's baby?" This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

My Life I Don't Want (Dir: Nyan Kyal Say) 12 min, Myanmar
A short animated film about the life of a Myanmar girl inspired by the true stories in Myanmar.

Under The Apple Tree (Dir: Erik Van Schaaik) 18 min, Netherlands
 A deceased farmer is buried by his hated brother, the vicar. Worms inhabit the corpse, discovering they’ve full control over it. The dead farmer awakens.

The D in David (Dir: Michelle Yi) 2 min, USA

*Mature Themes Present* Run Time: 75 min 

Saturday December 10, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

Money

Money (USA) Dir: Martin Rosette, 85 Min

Two wealthy businessmen are about to get away with $5 million in ill-gotten money until their plans are revealed by an uninvited house guest.


Saturday December 10, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith

WALK WITH ME Directed by: Jesse Nesser. 100 min, USA

Walk With Me: The Trials of Judge Damon J. Keith tells the story of ten extraordinary years, four groundbreaking cases, and one unconventional federal judge, whose rulings forever changed the face of civil rights in the United States. 

It may be the greatest story you never heard. 

Judge Damon J. Keith was first appointed to the U.S. District Court in Detroit, in 1967, only three months after race riots tore apart the city. A rookie judge and an African American, he faced controversy almost immediately when, in an unusual confluence of circumstance, four divisive cases landed on his docket—all of which concerned hidden discriminatory practices that were deeply woven into housing, education, employment, and police institutions. Keith shook the nation as he challenged the status quo and faced off against angry crowds, the KKK, corporate America, and even a sitting U.S. President. 

As Judge Keith was reshaping civil rights at the local level, his rulings began setting precedents for change across the nation. Ultimately, the Supreme Court upheld every one of his decisions. There would be no going back. 

Walk With Me is deliberately structured as a tapestry, rather than a chronicle, in order to create balance between an intimate portrait and interesting legal history. In his own words, the Judge recounts the significant emotional events that shaped his life, how he came to his decisions on these groundbreaking cases, and his thoughts about the impact of those rulings then, and now. The film interweaves Judge Keith’s life with those of his colleagues, his contemporaries in the struggle for civil rights, his daughters, and most movingly, the people whose lives were changed by his decisions, whether he ruled in their favor or against them. 

Now 93, Judge Keith still serves on the US Circuit Court of Appeals; a living embodiment of nearly a century of US history. He was once an ordinary “colored” man; a janitor whose personal struggles reflected those of a nation first coming to terms with civil rights. He became a fearless and extraordinary judge whose rulings resonate with surprising relevance in a nation still arguing about ‘”which lives matter” almost 50 years later.




Saturday December 10, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:15pm

Jackson

JACKSON (Dir: Maisie Crow ) 90 min, USA 

What does life look like in a place where the anti-abortion movement has made access to legal abortion nearly impossible? Since the passing of Roe v. Wade over four decades ago, the self-labeled “pro-life” movement has won significant legal, cultural and political battles.

Set against the backdrop of the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, this film is an intimate, first-of-its-kind look inside the issues surrounding abortion through three women who stand on all sides of this debate and live at a turning point for reproductive healthcare in America.




Saturday December 10, 2016 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:45pm

SHORTS: Love & Pain
Il Campione (The Champion ) (Dir: Boming Jiang). 12 min, Italy 
Would you be able to laugh for five whole minutes? This is what Carmelo says people can do with his weird Smile Machine, the one he shows around fun fairs. He challenges people to laugh for five entire minutes without any interruption. One morning, everyone passing by his unique machine takes the challenge, with an unexpected winner.

How To Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps   (Dir:Benjamin Berman) 7 min, USA 
A four step guide to losing weight - kind of.

20 Matches (Dir: Mark Tapio Kines) 10 min, USA 
A young woman, her face illuminated only by match light, tells the story of an Austrian serial killer who murdered 20 immigrant women - one per year.

Thunder Road (Dir: Jim Cummings) 13 min, USA 
Grand Jury Prize Winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.

Gorilla  (Dir: Tibo Pinsard) 14 min, France 
Hollywood, 1952. Henry Corso performs a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle, but scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.

Curmudgeons (Dir: Jake DeVito) 17 min, USA 
A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty mouthed but endearing comedy.

Like A Butterfly ( DIr: Debbie Von Ahrens) 28 min, USA *Director in attendance!
When you are young and you can't see the true meaning of this life, only a wise old man can show you the way.

Total Run Time: 101 Min 


Saturday December 10, 2016 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show   (USA) 85 min, Dir: Kate RiggLyris Hung

 East meets west in this live stand-up comedy, sketch, and rock n' roll-spoken word concert film centered on Asian American tropes in Western Culture: immigration, bowl cuts, math nerds, the model minority myth and Hello Kitty everything. Starring comedian Kate Rigg and the electric violin fueled poetic punk duo Slanty Eyed Mama. #badass #comedychicks

Meet Slanty Eyed Mama: two good Asian girls gone bad-assed. Virtuostic electric violinist Lyris Hung (who has also played with Jay-Z, The Indigo Girls and Bono) and Comedian/Actor Kate Rigg (who appeared on 3 seasons of the Dr. Phil Show, and recurred on Fox's Family Guy).  Their collaboration started as students at NYC's Juilliard school where they  experimented with rock n' roll, comedy and spoken word. Invited twice to the Smithsonian, featured on PBS, LOGO, Pacific TV, and headlining major music and comedy festivals they are a force to be reckoned with! It's outrageous political comedy filmed in cabaret spaces, laundry mats and nail salons around New York directed by comedic actress and award winning director Carrie Preston.

Director  bio:  Carrie Preston directed the feature film “That’s What She Said”,  which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and NY Premiere at Soho Intl Film Fest!  She executive produced and starred in James Vasquez’s “Ready? OK!”, which played over 50 film festivals and won numerous awards. She has also directed the Webseries Darwin and The Dodie Show in which she also stars and writes.
A celebrated actress, Carrie played sassy southern waitress Arlene Fowler on the hit HBO series “True Blood” and the quirky genius lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS’s “The Good Wife”, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2013. She also recurs on “Person of Interest” and is currently starring in the new NBC comedy “Crowded”. 


Saturday December 10, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm

No Light No Land Anywhere

No Light and No Land Anywhere (USA) Dir: Amber Sealey, 90 Min

With Lexi’s career and emotional state in shambles, her marriage faltering, she abruptly abandons London life and travels to LA to find her estranged father. Armed with only a retirement home address, she checks into a seedy hotel and embarks on a Sisyphean search for missing pieces of her past. Discovering siblings she didn’t know she had, being thwarted at almost every turn, finding her father ends up being an unexpected letting go of herself.

Saturday December 10, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

7:30pm

Planet Ottakring

Planet Outtakring (Austria) Dir: Michi Riebl , 90 min

Any idea how to start a revolution? This Austrian comedy follows the inner workings of the inner-city Viennese community of Outtakring, as a young hustler, a foreign exchange student and residents get creative together to pay off loan sharks and restore pride to the district. Revolutions often start with one idea...

Saturday December 10, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

7:45pm

Hunky Dory

HUNKY DORY Directed by: Michael Curtis Johnson. 88 min, USA

A comedy-drama about a drag queen and his kid.


Saturday December 10, 2016 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

8:00pm

Scared Scriptless Film Festival Comedy
Known for quick-wits and topical humor, Scared Scriptless presents a show of film-themed improv comedy games. Prepare to laugh hard!

www.scaredscriptless.com
 

Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

9:30pm

Late Night Lounge @ Tequila 61
After a full week of Films Worth Freezing For, enjoy a bit of Anchorage nightlife while you mingle with filmmakers and festival-goers, talk about the day's films or that moose you saw walking down 4th Avenue! Tequila 61 is downtown Anchorage's newest hot-spot for a late-night cocktail or bite to eat! Tequila 61 is where to find your fellow filmmakers and mingle with locals.

Festival passholders or ticket holders get 10% off late-night food menue with their badge or tickets! 

Tequila 61

 445 W 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK

Let's all have a great night! 

Saturday December 10, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Tequila 61 445 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK

10:00pm

Peelers

PEELERS Directed by: Sevé Schelenz  96 min, Canada

A small town strip club owner must defend her bar, her strippers and her life when violent infected patrons show up on the final closing night.

Don't Miss the Trailer! 

Saturday December 10, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Sunday, December 11
 

12:00pm

The Slippers

THE SLIPPERS Directed by: Morgan White. 91 min, USA

The Slippers traces the unbelievable history of The Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. They have been bought, stolen, and coveted by many, and are the single most desired piece of Hollywood Memorabilia.




Sunday December 11, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

12:15pm

Made in Alaska Shorts 2: The Super Salmon, We Eat Fish!, Find Me, and Walt and the Sea

The Super Salmon (Dir: Ryan Peterson) 25 min
A radio-tagged salmon in Alaska makes a journey that defies scientific record, on a river slated to be dammed for electricity. The Super Salmon follows the eponymous fish's journey from the sea to the Susitna's sparkling, icy headwaters. Along the way we meet the river, the dam, and the people fighting for a way of life and a bright future.

We Eat Fish! (Dir: Daven Hafey) 27 min

"Alaska remains home to some of the cleanest waters, healthiest salmon runs, and wild, abundant seafood left in the world. These resources, at the heart of our economy, culture, and way of life, are what make Alaska strong. 

The Clean Water Act sets out a formula for protecting these precious resources. A key factor in the formula is how much fish and seafood a state’s residents eat. Ignoring the reality that many Alaskans subsist on wild, healthy seafood, the State of Alaska has arbitrarily set this number outrageously low. 

“We Eat Fish!” explores how much fish Alaskans eat, and why it matters to our water, our seafood, and you."

Find Me (Dir: Kitty Mahoney) 24 min
After the death of his father, a young man falls victim to the darkest parts of his own mind. Submerging himself in these memories, he is forced to explore his guilt, his impact on those he loves, and question the value of his life

Walt and Sea (Dir: Frank Sun) 6 min
A story about an Alaska fisherman navigating the bay and find his luck pulling in his day of catch.

Run TIme: 82 Min


 


Sunday December 11, 2016 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:00pm

Goodbye Darling, I'm Off To Fight

GOODBYE DARLING I’M OFF TO FIGHT * Directed by: Simone Manetti. 73 min, Italy

After a painful breaking up with her boyfriend, actress Chantal Ughi found that Thai Boxe fighting was a way to get out her anger, and to fight ghosts from her childhood. She moves to Thailand for five years and becomes the world champion.




Sunday December 11, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

2:15pm

Bear With Us

Bear With Us (USA) (Dir: William J Stribling) 95 Min

Bear with Us is a modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his meticulous plan starts to fall apart when a ravenous bear stumbles upon their charming cabin in the woods. It's a total comedy of errors that takes a close look at just how far we'll go to preserve our relationships.


Sunday December 11, 2016 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:00pm

SHU-DE!

SHU-DE!  (DIR: Michael R Faulkner) 85 Min, USA    

Following in the footsteps of Paul Pena (Genghis Blues), Beatboxer, Shodekeh, travels across the world from Baltimore, MD to Kyzyl, Tuva, Russia to take part in a festival celebrating the 50th Birthday of the legendary musician, Kongar-ool Ondar. While there, he collaborates and competes with some of the worlds best Tuvan throat singers in pursuit of a goal to create an oasis of unity with music. Music is th

Sunday December 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

4:15pm

We're Still Together

We're Still Together (Canada) Dir: Jesse Klein, 82 min

A bullied, overweight teen is rescued by a manic single dad and together they set off into the city at night. At house parties, dive bars and backyard pools, with teenage crushes, estranged wives and daughters, Chris and Bobby come to know each other, and try not to lose themselves.

Sunday December 11, 2016 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:00pm

AIFF Awards Celebration
Come join us for an awards ceremony unlike any other--the "Golden Oosikar" awards are our version of the Oscars, except we award our AIFF winners with an Alaskan oosik!

Jury Award Winners announced for:
-Best Documentary
-Best Feature
-Best Short Documentary
-Best Short
-Best Super Short
-Best Animation
-Best Made in Alaska
-Best Screenplay

Audience Award winners announced as well.

Food included with entry, and full bar at your leisure. 

$20 at the door, $10 for Passholders. 
Doors will open at 4:30, food service starts at 5:00, and Awards will begin at 5:30. 

www.williwawsocial.com 

Audience Choice Award winner to screen at Williwaw following awards, 8pm

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Pottebaum

Rebecca Pottebaum

Festival Director
AIFF Festival Director


Sunday December 11, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Williwaw 609 F St, Anchorage, AK 99501

7:30pm

BEST OF FEST - DEMIMONDE
Jury BEST FEATURE Award Winner, 

Demimonde (Hungary) Dir: Attila Szász  88 min

The story of three women – a famous prostitute, her housekeeper and their new maid – living in Budapest of 1910s, whose passionate, bizarre and complex relationship can only lead to one thing: murder.



Sunday December 11, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

7:30pm

BEST OF FEST - Jury Award Winning Shorts & Animation
A compilation of Jury Award Winners of Shorts, Super Shorts, Animation and Short Docs

 

Sunday December 11, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

8:00pm

BEST OF FEST - The Happys

The Happys (USA) Dir: Tom Gould & John Serpe, 87 Min

Twenty-one year old Tracy walks in on her newly minted 'movie star' boyfriend having sex with a man. After assessing her limited options, she returns to Mark with a deal—if he agrees to marry her, she’ll forget the whole thing ever happened. Mark accepts her terms, but neither fully understands the sacrifices they have to make. Their relationship quickly deteriorates, but Tracy’s world blossoms when she befriends the quirky residents in her Los Feliz neighborhood. As she discovers her sense of self and true passion for cooking, Tracy is a catalyst that forces everyone around her to grow and connect in unforeseen ways. The cast includes Janeane Garofalo and The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride, with an original score by Patrick Sansone (Wilco).


Sunday December 11, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Williwaw 609 F St, Anchorage, AK 99501