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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
 
Saturday, December 3
 

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

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

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
 
Sunday, December 4
 

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

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

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

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

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
 
Thursday, December 8
 

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

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
 
Friday, December 9
 

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

6:15pm

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

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
 
Saturday, December 10
 

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

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

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

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
 

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

4:15pm

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