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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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Saturday, December 3
 

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
 
Sunday, December 4
 

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
 
Friday, December 9
 

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

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
 
Saturday, December 10
 

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