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A Cool Cat Purrs onto Anchorage Silver Screens

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The Festival is honored to present the World Premier of the Dalai Lama’s Cat directed by Michael Boswell. Peter and Michael Boswell are flying in from Sydney, Australia and will be on hand for both screenings, 12/7 Friday 6pm at Out North and 12/8 Saturday 1:30pm at the Anchorage Museum.

The docudrama tells of Peter’s lifelong ambition to go to Tibet and Michael’s ambition for Peter to pay back the money he owes him. Peter and Michael end up going to Tibet together. Their excuse is Peter’s imminent wedding which offers a novel alternative to the traditional handcuffed-to-a-lamp-post stag night. Mount Kailash — located on the remote Tibetan Plateau — is sacred to Buddhists and Hindus. A pilgrimage washes away a lifetime of sins… Peter and Michael realize they can only benefit from their journey to the roof of the world. Things then get complicated. Appointed Peter’s best man and responsible for his safe return to London for the big day, Michael must contend with Peter’s obsession with tale of the Dalai Lama’s cats, auspicious felines scattered to various monasteries around Tibet when the Lama fled the country as the Chinese army invaded in 1959. Searching for evidence of the cats, Peter and Michael discover the real situation of a country still suffering under the occupation of the Chinese government.

Find out more information for The Dalai Lama’s Cat or watch a trailer.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Festival

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

10. Smile, it could be Fairbanks.
9. Hob knob with guests, filmmakers and celebrities at parties every night.
8. Find your inner movie mogul.
7. Sundance, shmundance.
6. Friends don’t let friends sit in the dark alone.

Crossing Alaska with Horses

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Join the filmmaker, Pauline Decroix, who has traveled from France to present her documentary, Crossing Alaska with Horses, at 7:00pm Thursday at Fireweed and 2:30pm Sunday at Out North.

Find out more information for Crossing Alaska with Horses or watch a trailer.

Surreal Cinema Gets a Late Start

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Surreal Cinema was scheduled to start at 8pm tonight (Wednesday) at the Fireweed Theatre but really will not be able to get started until 8:30pm. We made a mistake in calculating the screening time needed for the previous film and just caught the error today. Sorry about that.

The Tuesday Night Late Show

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

There are four features screening tonight (Tuesday), including a late night screening of The Metrosexual (10pm at the Fireweed). Well, its late for a weekday night for a 40-something like me. The other features include Your Beautiful Cul De Sac Home (5:30pm at Bear Tooth), Body/Antibody (7:45pm at Bear Tooth) and A Cold White Place (6pm at Fireweed).

If features aren’t your thing, or you just want a change of pace, check out The Mix (Fireweed at 8pm) for some of this year’s best shorts and animation.

Find out more information for The Metrosexual or watch a trailer.

Find out more information for Your Beautiful Cul De Sac Home.

Find out more information for Body/Antibody or watch a trailer.

Find out more information for A Cold White Place.

Finalists for Best Short, Best Animation, Best Documentary & Best Short Documentary

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

The festival is proud to announce the finalists for Best Short, Best Animation, Best Documentary and Best Short Documentary. (more…)

Our Thoughts and Prayers

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the survivors, and their families in the wake of the senseless violence inflicted by a man on a murderous rampage. Elizabeth Rumsey is a volunteer with the festival who was walking home after helping out at the Bear Tooth when she was shot. Thankfully she and two others, Elann Moren and Tamas Deak, have initially survived these attacks and we hope and pray for their full recovery. Christopher Rogers and Jason Wenger had their lives taken from them. As an individual and a community it is almost impossible to comprehend what has happened.

Children First & Autism: the Musical

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Autism: the Musical screens tonight (12/3 Monday at 6pm at the Anchorage Musuem) for the last time during the festival. Katy Parrish will be at screening and be available for questions after the film. Katy is the host of Children First, a radio program about living with children with disabilities that airs on Sunday mornings at 8am on 700AM KBYR and 99.7FM KMBQ.  Checkout their website for more information:   

Find out more information for Autism the Musical or watch a trailer.

A Good Day for Docs

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

This Sunday (12/2) is a good day to see some outstanding documentaries in the festival. We are screening two films that made this year’s Academy Awards shortlist for Best Documentary Feature–Taxi to the Dark Side (Out North at 12:00 pm) and Autism: the Musical (Out North at 2:30 pm).

Later in the day, we are screening The Prize of the Pole (Fireweed at 5:00 pm) and Orange Revolution (Fireweed at 7:30 pm). All four of these films are in competition for this year’s AIFF Best Documentary Feature.

Rounding out the day are two more documentaries–Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own (Out North at 5:30 pm) and Vida de Ciro or Circus Life (Anchorage Museum at 7:30 pm). These are the only screenings for these two films during the festival. Decisions, decisions.

Find out more information for Taxi to the Dark Side or watch a trailer.

Find out more information for Autism the Musical or watch a trailer.

Find out more information for The Prize of the Pole.

Find out more information for Orange Revolution or watch a trailer.

Find out more information for Gulf War Syndrome or watch a trailer.

Find out more information for Vida de Ciro.

Check out the Locals

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

The Snow Dance Showcase features five films from local filmmakers. Don’t miss this chance to see and support our local artists (Anchorage Museum at 3:45 pm on Sun 12/2) .

Find out more information about the films in this program.