Denaa Film Celebration and Staged Reading of “The Trail Home”

Kavelina Sundance headshotSaturday, March 1, 2014

Salisbury Theatre, UAF Fine Arts Complex

12-2 PM – STAGED READING – “The Trail Home” by Kavelina Torres

As a social worker hounds them, a Yup’ik woman and her reluctant children flee to the back country where she must teach them traditional ways, or perish!

SUNDANCE NativeLab Fellow, Kavelina Torres (Aniak and Holy Cross Tribe), will be hosting a staged reading of her screenplay The Trail Home in conjunction with the UAF Theatre & Film Department and the Festival of Native Arts.

Come and watch the staged reading and provide feedback towards the development of this new film project.



**Native Time

Sean Morris, Jack Dalton, Directors. 9 minutes

In this clash of cultures, an Inuit hunter from an older age scours the barren landscape in search of food, but an unexpected turn takes him into a strange world where time has a different meaning.

Cup’luaq, a.k.a. Jack Dalton (Yup’ik), is an Anchorage-based filmmaker and visual artist rooted in theatre. He was honoured by the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education as a Distinguished Dignitary and chosen as one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40.
Jack Dalton stars in Native Time

Jack Dalton stars in Native Time

**Documenting our Land: Diinah Kat Geegirinkhi – i

Matthew Gilbert, Director. 22 min.

Matthew Gilbert foregoes his professional career and stalls it in order to take his aging Gwich’in grandfather upriver from Arctic Village to visit ancient trails and ancient camp sites and hear him tell stories of them.


Blue bead poster

**Blue Bead/ Suŋauraq

Written by and Starring Naaqtuuq Dommek. 12 min

Blue Bead/ Suŋauraq is a journey of an Alaskan Iñupiaq student who carves her own life. Using Alaska Native carving traditions as a means towards self-acceptance she discovers her own vision through mask making and begins to heal from loss.










**In Our Own Image: Alaska Native Doll Makers and Their Creations

 Leondard Kamerling,  Director. 20 minutes

In Our Own Image: Takes viewers into the world of seven
accomplished Alaska Native doll makers, where we learn first-hand about the traditional, cultural and financial realities of being a contemporary Alaska Native artist. Originally produced as part of the UA Museum of the North’s special exhibit, “Not Just a Pretty Face.”

From In our Own Image by Leonard Kamerling

From In our Own Image by Leonard Kamerling









**Unipkaat (Our Stories)

 Stephen Blanchett and Anna Hoover, Directors. 30 min.

Esther Kimoktoak Paagaiq  from Unipkaat (Our Stories)

**RAHI – 30th Anniversary.

Mike Green and Maya Salganek, directors. 15 minutes.

The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) was founded at the request of the Alaska Federation of Natives in 1983. RAHI helps prepare rural and Alaska Native high school students for academic excellence and college success. RAHI is a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

**Shades of Life

Kavelina Torres, Director.  12 minutes

Yugumalleq: Ghost story – Alaska Native style. In the process of looking for a

ghost, children are led by it to it’s resting spot.

Poster of Shades of Life Film

Film Screening of Shades of Life on Saturday March 1, 2014. Directed by Kavelina Torres


**Tradition in Tune: The Athabaskan Fiddle Festival

Sarah Becher,  Director. 17 minutes

This is an Athabascan Fiddle Association promotional film. It includes interviews, live performances, and dancing from the 30th Athabascan Fiddle Festival.