Story last updated at 3/18/2009 - 8:56 pm
JUNEAU - Alaskan-themed films will be featured at the Alaska Ocean film festival to be held Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Silverbow Backroom. The festival, on a state-wide tour, features 11 short films on saltwater adventure, coastal cultures and marine science from Alaska and beyond.
Highlights of the festival include "Ice Bears of the Beaufort" directed by Arthur C. Smith III, which documents Alaska's Beaufort Sea coast as vital polar bear habitat. Five years in the making by a single resident of an Inupiat Eskimo village, the film is a color-intense, cinematic family portrait of Alaskan polar bears never before captured on film.
In "Silent Snow," filmmaker Jan van den Berg acquaints viewers with a culture with striking similarities to Alaska. Two girls examine an incomprehensible threat to their heritage, Greenland, and the only home their ancestors have known for thousands of years.
"Red Gold" takes viewers to the salmon rich waters of Bristol Bay to examine one of the greatest Alaska land use debates since statehood. The piece is an expression of the region's fishing culture set against a backdrop of stunning cinematography.
Tickets to the festival are free and available at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 250 Whittier St or by calling 586-ARTS. For more information aboout the festival contact Mark Gnadt at 586-6942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full program is as follows
Attack of the Sea Slugs (6 min) by Champ Williams; Guardians of the Sea (12 min) by Tom Pollack; Ice Bears of the Beaufort (10min) by Art C. Smith III; The Secret Weapon (2 min) by Champ Williams; Once upon a Tide (9 min) by the Center for Global Health; Proteus (9 min) by Chris Bauer; Rethink the Shark (1 min) by Save our Seas Foundation; Lost Jewel of the Atlantic (21 min) by Jacob Holcomb; Silent Snow (14 min) by Jan van den Berg; Swimming in Shark Alley (5 min) by Skyler Thomas; and Red Gold (54 min) by Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, & Lauren Oakes.