Archive for December, 2007

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 ( and Juneau Jumpers ( 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.

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.

Decisions on a Wednesday Night

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

We have three great programs going head to head tonight (Wednesday)–the Martini Matinee (8pm at Anchor Pub & Club), the feature Once (8pm at Fireweed), and Surreal Cinema (8:30pm at Fireweed).

Martini Matinee is our short attention span cinema for the fabulous cosmo film crowd! These films are not the usual mix. A movie trivia contest with some great prizes will be part of the evening’s festivities. Tickets are $10 or free entry with ALL EVENT PASS.

Surreal Cinema includes some unusual films stressing the subconscious or nonrational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploitation of chance effects, unexpected juxtapositions, and strange stories.

Once is the AIFF 2007 Center Piece Film and is being shown on the big screen at the Fireweed. Once is the winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.

Find out more information for Once or watch a trailer.

So How Many Films Can You See?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Over the years I have become intrigued with the following question: is it physically possible to see each and every film during the festival? Not physically as in human stamina, but physically as in physics i.e. time and space. So this year I began to plot it out–161 films screening at 8 venues over 10 days. And the answer is…

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…)