Documentary
Director(s): Jamie Boyle
When a young woman turns to the camera for refuge, she ends up with a firsthand account of what will become the deadliest man-made epidemic in United States history. Filmed over thirty years, ANONYMOUS SISTER is director, Jamie Boyle''s chronicle of her family''s journey through the opioid epidemic.
Shorts Program
Director(s): Various
ATMI's annual youth film screening, After School Special, will be held at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center on December 9 at 3 p.m. Following the screening of this year's short films, there will be a live Q&A with participating filmmakers. Judge’s Choice Award, the ATMI Golden Yeti Award, and an Audience Choice Award will be announced at the AIFF Awards Celebration on Saturday, December 10.
Narrative
Director(s): Scott Eggleston
A paranormal author and his dying wife move into a strange house he hopes will heal her, but the house may have other plans.
Documentary
Director(s): James Waugh, John Paget
Jump on board a cinematic sleigh ride deep into the strange but true world of the real bearded Santas. ''Believe'' chronicles a year in the life of the most elite Santas from across the country, including visits to Santa Claus University, and the annual convention of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas. For these men, it''s not just a job - it''s a calling. And they''ll stop at nothing to perpetuate the myth and magic of Santa Claus. Young or old, naughty or nice, this documentary will make you believe all over again.
Documentary
Director(s): Lourdes Grobet
Etta, an Inupiaq Alaskan Native, crosses the Bering Strait looking for the relatives she got separated from during the Cold War. The consequences of this trip highlight the on going dilemmas that the inhabitants of the area face nowadays.
Documentary
Director(s): Kris Kaczor
Born in 1974 on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SuAnne had become one of the state’s best basketball players by age 14. By the time of her tragic death in a car accident at age 17, her wisdom, leadership, and determination had made her a household name across the Great Plains. 27 years later, SuAnne’s legacy has proven legendary - everyone you meet on “the Rez” has a story about how SuAnne’s spirit continues to galvanize the Lakota in their fight to reclaim their language and save their culture, embracing what Su called “a better way”.
Documentary
Director(s): Ahsen Nadeem
For over a thousand years, a secretive Buddhist sect has lived in an isolated monastery in Japan performing acts of extreme physical endurance in their pursuit of enlightenment. In CROWS ARE WHITE, filmmaker Ahsen Nadeem is struggling to reconcile his desires with his faith and sets off to the strict monastery in search of answers. Ahsen is not immediately welcomed and the only monk who will speak with him is an outcast who prefers ice cream and Slayer to meditation. Together they forge an unlikely friendship that leads them to higher truths and occasionally, a little trouble. Shot over five years on three continents, CROWS ARE WHITE is an exploration of truth, faith and love, from the top of a mountain to the bottom of a sundae.
Narrative
Director(s): Tom Huang
Margaret is rocked from her perfect alpha-mom-corporate-manager life when she has to go back to her hometown to deal with her overbearing dad, who’s usually an outspoken jerk but is now despondent and won’t leave the house. Since she can’t deal with her parents by herself, she drags along her older sad sack brother, Roy to help her. When they arrive back to their childhood home, they discover that their mom and younger brother are happy with this situation, since their dad is so much more pleasant depressed than well. The siblings struggle to understand what depression is, and whether it''s worth getting their dad better. In the meantime, they reconnect as a family by bickering and reminiscing about the bad times with Dad, learning that their familial bond is stronger than they realize.
Documentary
Director(s): Holly Morris
Against all odds and polar advice, a Muslim chaplain, a French biologist, a Qatari princess and eight other women from the Arab World and the West attempt to ski across the melting Arctic sea ice to the North Pole. Director Holly Morris and her crew capture the struggle of these boundary-breaking adventurers who, led by veteran polar explorer Felicity Aston, navigate everything from frostbite and polar bear threats, to sexism and self-doubt in an intimate story of resilience, survival and global citizenry. EXPOSURE is the story of the audacious women who are, to date, the last ever to ski over the ice to the North Pole.