The Alaska Lens

Why see Alaska for what it is? Because if we don’t show it, then someone else will get it wrong.

 

 

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Bodies of Water

Casting Begins on Bodies of Water by Adrina Knutson.

Adrina was so radiant. Deep. Full. Like water with the sun shining off it. It is hard to understand how the dark, mysterious, troubling tale came from the Adrina I knew. Premonition?

I approach this film open, transparent, like water. Ready to take the form that best suits it.

Here’s to you, Adrina. Fill the glass.

The Alaska Lens – A Vision Statement

Why see Alaska for what it is?

Because if we don’t show it, then someone else will get it wrong.

This vision statement underlies the focus of my efforts in founding the

Film Program and FRAME at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

The Alaskan Lens captures the people, stories, places, and unique viewpoint of Alaskans by Alaskans. Alaskan film is infused with the voices of history and cultural knowledge, and embedded in the geographic wonder of the North. Alaska film students are asked to create content that addresses the strengths and weaknesses of our isolation and interdependence. They are encouraged to make films that are self-reflective of the Alaskan diversity of language, cultural complexities, and strong traditions of Northern peoples. The Alaskan Lens will seek partnerships with established filmmakers of the North and South and serve to bridge the needs of today’s students with the future of digital storytelling.

Students will be prepared in both conceptual and artistic expression as well as technical and professional expertise. They will be strongly prepared to continue their education in graduate programs, work in a career path, or venture into the field on a path of their own making. Our graduates will have both clarity and capacity to focus their vision on the world.

-November 17, 2011

AshleighStrange_Cinematography2011 (Maya Salganek's conflicted copy 2015-09-09)

Ashleigh Strange in Cinematography class – 2011

Junko’s Birch Totem

Directed by Graduate student, Jill S. Shipman, this film explores the relationship between international artist, Junko Yanagida, and Alaska Native artistic practices.

Junko was a MFA recipient in Native Art from the Native Art Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2016.

Produced as a student project in FLM 271, Fall 2015.