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As The Anchorage International Film Festival embarks on its 18th season, we want to thank our incredible community for all of the support we have received over the years. Anchorage, and Alaska as a whole, is a melting pot of culture and talent that is unrivaled.

Before I became involved with AIFF, I had very little idea how this festival impacted so many lives. From our local student filmmakers, to our seasoned professionals and visiting filmmakers, AIFF has become a great resource to share ideas, knowledge and network with the creative community. AIFF has always been and will continue to be an advocate for our independent film community, which has grown significantly over the past several years.

It is no secret that Alaska is a magical destination, and because of that, it brings people together in unexpected ways. In the dead of winter, AIFF offers a bright light for 10 days every season. During our festival, we are fortunate enough to welcome several filmmakers from all over the world, creating lasting memories and friendships.

As the film industry changes, it is becoming more important than ever that we support independent film, and the surrounding community. The Anchorage International Film Festival is looking forward to sharing the work of so many talented storytellers this season and for years to come.  

Thank you very much for your support and patronage. Gather up your friends and families and join us for 10 days of amazing stories from around the globe while we celebrate Films Worth Freezing For.

Jessica Kaiser, Festival Director

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Made in Alaska [clear filter]
Tuesday, December 4
 

5:30pm

And Now We Rise - Alaskan Premiere
And Now We Rise is a portrait of an exceptional young activist, Samuel Johns,  motivated to help his Alaska Native community to lead sober, productive lives. Abandoned by his parents as a child and raised by numerous relatives, Samuel matured into a man who seeks to understand the roots of what happened within the larger context of historical trauma and loss of culture. He is an “everyman” who heals and grows by stepping up to help others, and becomes revered by the community.  He is able to use his skills and talents for public speaking, writing hip hop music, and creating the Facebook Group, Forget Me Not, which connects those experiencing homelessness with far flung family members. This group has now grown to almost 25,000 members and as his success grows, Sam becomes emotionally drained, overwhelmed with facing so many heartaches and requests for help. Seeing the national movement for Standing Rock, Sam travels to North Dakota to participate and learn from other activists, which revitalizes him. Over the course of the three years this documentary follows him, he is eventually able to return to his home village revisiting the source of so much childhood pain, and to speak to youth at his former high school where he is embraced as a hero.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

7:15pm

And Now We Rise - Alaskan Premiere
And Now We Rise is a portrait of an exceptional young activist, Samuel Johns,  motivated to help his Alaska Native community to lead sober, productive lives. Abandoned by his parents as a child and raised by numerous relatives, Samuel matured into a man who seeks to understand the roots of what happened within the larger context of historical trauma and loss of culture. He is an “everyman” who heals and grows by stepping up to help others, and becomes revered by the community.  He is able to use his skills and talents for public speaking, writing hip hop music, and creating the Facebook Group, Forget Me Not, which connects those experiencing homelessness with far flung family members. This group has now grown to almost 25,000 members and as his success grows, Sam becomes emotionally drained, overwhelmed with facing so many heartaches and requests for help. Seeing the national movement for Standing Rock, Sam travels to North Dakota to participate and learn from other activists, which revitalizes him. Over the course of the three years this documentary follows him, he is eventually able to return to his home village revisiting the source of so much childhood pain, and to speak to youth at his former high school where he is embraced as a hero.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Official Website http://affinityfilms.org
  • Director Mary Katzke
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin USA / Made in Alaska
 
Saturday, December 8
 

5:00pm

Sudsy Slim Rides Again
"Sudsy Slim Rides Again" is the tale of a small Alaskan town by the name of Scratcher Pass. Unfortunately, Scratcher Pass’ boom days as the world’s largest asbestos mining operation have long since faded. 
The only thing keeping this little community alive is its feeble tourist industry. The main attraction? Scratcher Pass’ most famous resident, the 100-year-old corpse of conman Sudsy Slim. However, when two escaped prisoners stumble into town, Sudsy mysteriously ends up missing and the townsfolk panic. That’s when Agent Sherman of the Alaska Bureau of Criminal Detection is reluctantly dragged in to investigate.


Saturday December 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Official Website https://www.sudsyslim.com
  • Director G. Logan Dellinger
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin USA