Taxi to the Dark Side

December 29th, 2007

ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES selected “Taxi to the Dark Side” as one of the top five Best Documentary Feature OSCAR nominations. This was announced Tuesday, January 22 2008.

Still Shopping for Christmas?

December 13th, 2007

Buy that special someone (or yourself) a 2007 AIFF T-Shirt. The shirts are black with the AIFF logo on the front and the slogan “Films Worth Freezing For” on the back. Sizes from small to XX large and the cost is $15. Contact Michele at AMIPA at or (907) 786-4980.

Duck the Halls

December 13th, 2007

Laura Bliss Spaan is the winner of the 49th Reel Film Project, an video podcast contest, with her film “Duck the Halls”. In addition to fame and glory, Laura will receive a brand new Panasonic PV-GS39 MiniDV camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom, 1000x Digital Zoom and a 2.7″ diagonal LCD screen.


December 10th, 2007

We hope you had a great festival this year. We could not have done it without all the volunteers and a few draftees. You rock! Next year we are doubling your pay.

Kudos also to the filmmakers, the festival cast and crew, and our generous sponsors. Thanks for supporting the festival.

So How Did We Do?

December 10th, 2007

Every year we learn something new putting on the festival. In other words, we make mistakes. Each year, we try to do better. We’d like to get your feedback on what worked and what did not. Here is our list in no particular order:
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Steve has a Great Blog

December 10th, 2007

Steve wrote a number of posts about his experiences at the festival and his favorite films. Maybe we can get him to blog for the festival website next year!

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Meet the Filmmakers and Check Out the Vault

December 8th, 2007

If you’re not too blurry eyed from the prior night’s Awards Ceremony, join us for an up-close and personal wake-up call with our international filmmakers and industry guests 10:30am Sunday at the Ship Creek Center. This is one of the few chances to meet the filmmakers and staff of the AIFF. All filmmakers are encouraged to join the mix. It’s your chance to tout your film and tell us a bit about yourself and your latest projects. Free to all, pass holders have priority.

The Vault

All AIFF Pass Holders have special access to our 2007 library located in The Vault at Ship Creek Center (West end upper floor). This is the same area used for our Filmmaker Forums and is also the main headquarters for the Festival during its 10-day run. Pass holders are allowed to bring guests to this special area and screen films from DVD on our big screen TVs. There is also computer access and free refreshments. Open 10am to 8pm on weekends and 5pm to 8pm on weekdays.

Golden Oosikar Awards Ceremony

December 8th, 2007

The culmination of the AIFF is the Golden Oosikar Awards Ceremony starting at 7pm tonight (Saturday) at the Anchor Pub. The diverse competition juries, comprised of individuals from our community with original and objective points of view, select films to receive our honorary awards. It’s our chance to recognize the best AIFF filmmakers for their commitment to the art of filmmmaking and supporting the Festival by sharing their vibrant visions with the film lovers of Alaska. The audience will also participate in screening and judging the the 3 finalists in the Animation and Super Short program, and help decide the winning films. Tickets are $15 or free entry with ALL EVENT PASS.

Call It Oosik or a Baculum, Either way it’s a Popular Bone to Pick

The word baculum means “stick” or “staff” in Latin. Oosik, however, is the Inupiaq (an Inuit dialect) word for penis. The Oosik is the bone inside the penis of bears, seals, sea lions, bulls, bats, foxes, otters, monkeys and rodents. The human male is not born with this bone, which may account for Oosik envy and the desire to own one.

Once, late

December 7th, 2007

Because I live within spitting distance of the Fireweed Cinema, I elected to see “Once” Wednesday night. Was it Wednesday? Guess so. My husband urged me to take the car rather than walk, which is what I normally do. It’s icy after all.

I was most taken aback by the crowds, especially for a movie that has already had its moment in the theaters. I also felt like a lame-o for going to a movie that is distributed by Fox Searchlight, rather than being cobbled together by UCLA film students. This is especially true since last year I only managed to make it to “Shortbus” by an already established indie darling.

Plus, “Once” had been so heavily promoted on NPR earlier this year that I felt I had heard the promo more than I hear Bede Trantina’s voice. But I dragged myself to the theater anyway. It was more than worth it, surprisingly. All my doubts — what if I hate the music, what if the story line is contrived — were put away as the movie went on.

And what’s better than being elbow to elbow with strangers for a couple of hours, all of you focused not on the Christmas gifts you still have to buy or the tickling feeling of a cold virus settling into your nasal passages or the fact that it’s dark at 3:40 today. Instead, for a little while you can be whisked to Ireland on the sounds of accessible pop songs. What’s wrong with that?

One More Chance to See Crossing Alaska with Horses

December 7th, 2007

Thursday’s screening of Crossing Alaska with Horses at the Fireweed was sold out. Read the rest of this entry »