Archive for the ‘Documentaries’ Category

One More Chance to See Crossing Alaska with Horses

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Thursday’s screening of Crossing Alaska with Horses at the Fireweed was sold out. (more…)

AIFF Announces the Best of the Fest

Friday, December 7th, 2007

AIFF is proud to announce the winners of the Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Short Documentary films for the 2007 festival. (more…)

Free Screening of JUMP! and a Free Jump Rope Workshop

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The documentary JUMP! screens 4:30pm Saturday at the Wilda Marston Theater followed by a jump rope demonstration. The film and the demonstration are free. The documentary is about eight kids who push physical and psychological limits to compete in the World Jump Rope Competition.

Find out more information for JUMP! or watch a trailer.

On the following day, Sunday, there is a jump rope workshop presented by USA Jump Rope (www.usajumprope.org) and Juneau Jumpers (www.juneaujumpers.org). The workshop is free and runs from 11am – 1pm at the Lake Otis Elementary School Gym.

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.

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.

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…)

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:  http://www.kbyr.com/cf/.   

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.

Taxi to the Dark Side and Autism, the Musical

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Made the Academy Awards Oscars shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. “Autism, The Musical” screens 12/02 Sun 2:30pm at Out North Theater and 12/03 Mon 6:00pm at Anchorage Museum. “Taxi to the Dark Side”, which opens theatrically nationwide in January, screens at AIFF – 12/02 Sun 12:00pm at Out North Theater and 12/05 Wed 6:00pm at Anchorage Museum. Please do not miss the opportunity to see both of these films on the big screen.

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.

Siberian Dream

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Watch the trailer for this documentary and find out more information and screening times.