Diiyeghan naii Taii Tr’eedaa (We Will Walk the Trail of our Ancestors)

Poster for Diiyeghan Naii Taii Tr'eedaa

Directed by Princess Daazhraii Johnson and Alisha Carlson. Director of Photography and Field Production by Maya Salganek.

A Gwich’in grandfather teaches his granddaughter how reciprocity is embedded in our lives. The northern lights warm the caribou; they feed and sustain us; we honor the connections, bringing new meaning and wishes for the next generation.

Produced by Nia Taro and Upstander Project as part of the Reciprocity Project: Season One; Episode One.

Trailer for the series “Reciprocity Project”.

To Continue or Be Remembered…Perpetuating and Sharing Alaska Native Arts

“To Continue or Be Remembered” is a film showcasing the work of perpetuating Alaska Native Arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Proudly presented by the University of Alaska Fairbanks FRAME Film Production Services in collaboration with KUAC-TV and the UAF Native Arts Center. Guided by Alaskan Native Artists Kathleen Carlo Kendall, Peter Williams, Joel Isaak, Marjorie Tahbone, and Da-ka-xeen Mehner, we discover the ongoing efforts underway to continue and expand Alaskan Native Arts such as fish skin and fur sewing, qupak design, and carving. Produced through the support of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Directed by Maya Salganek. Edited by Keara Anderson and Keziah Anderson.

Pink Violet

Pink Violet. Written and Directed by Keziah Anderson. Executive Producer, Maya Salganek.

Pink Violet is a short film made in Alaska by college students in the University of Alaska, Fairbanks’ (UAF) Department of Theatre & Film program. The film follows Dana, a theater-obsessed college student who goes to extreme lengths to get into the mind of her character. Her commitment scares her father, Jeffrey, and her friend, Jody, into believing that she is suicidal, pushing them to try to save her from herself.

Produced by the students of FLPA 271/431/498/499 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fall 2019.

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Bodies of Water

“Bodies of Water” is an exploration into loss, grief, guilt, and the confrontation of fear. The story follows Leona, a young woman who fails to prevent a tragedy. After her guilt drives her from home, she becomes involved with a vaudevillian performance troupe, through which she confronts her darkest fears.

Film Alumnae, Adrina Knutson, wrote the screenplay, “Bodies of Water” her final semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Adrina was tragically killed in a car accident in Tanzania while working on a documentary film in 2012. Faculty, students, alumni, and Adrina’s family collaborated to produce this film project in her memory.


The film is produced and directed by Maya Salganek, Associate Professor of Film/Video Arts in conjunction with current UAF Film students and support from the Department of Theatre/Film at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Film Reel Alaska Mentorship Experience – Film Production Training Program, and the Alaska Center for Documentary Film.


Still-BODIES OF WATER Film - LEONA underwater


Molly of Denali – New Mexico Focus

New Mexico In Focus, a Production of NMPBS
Published on Jul 19, 2019
July 19, 2019 – Correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with producer Maya Salganek about a new PBS KIDS series about a 10-year-old Alaska Native girl, called “Molly of Denali.” The show weaves together literacy skills and Native values. It’s the first nationally distributed children’s television series to feature a Native American lead character. Salganek was born and raised in Santa Fe.

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Power of Words

Movie Poster for Power of Words written by 'Waats'asdiyei Joe Yates and Produced/Directed by Maya Salganek. Starring Melora James, Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone, and Joseph Topkok

What if we could say the right words at the right time, and save a life? “Power of Words” explores the ideas of childhood, memory, faith, and love to allow for healing and redemption.  When Christina and David’s mother spirals towards suicide, only the power of words can save her from herself.

UAF Film and Performing Arts Alumni , Joseph ‘Waats’asdiyei Yates (Haida) from Craig, Alaska wrote the screenplay, “Power of Words” based on his own life.  This was their first film production, and he also had his first child while shooting this film!

Script developed in course FLPA 231: Previsualization and Preproduction for Digital Cinema – Instructed by Maya Salganek. Produced in 2017 through the UAF course: FLPA 271/431 Film Set Production I/II – Instructed by Maya Salganek.

WARNING: This film contains depictions of suicidal ideation and substance abuse.

Molly of Denali

MOLLY OF DENALI, a new animated series that debuted nationwide in summer 2019 on PBS stations, the 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms. Produced by WGBH Boston, MOLLY OF DENALI is an action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl. MOLLY OF DENALI is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character. Molly helps her mom and dad run the Denali Trading Post, a general store, bunkhouse, and transport hub in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Each episode follows Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures in Alaska, from fishing to building snow forts to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled.

Premiere Interstitial for “Grandpa’s Drum”, directed and produced by Maya Salganek, along with students, alumni, and faculty from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

MOLLY OF DENALI is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. A foundational aspect of literacy education, informational texts are designed to convey information, and include written words, images, and oral language. In each episode, Molly’s life and adventures are enhanced, illuminated, and broadened by using and creating a variety of informational texts, including books, online resources, field guides, historical archives, indigenous knowledge from elders, maps, charts, posters, photos, and more. Molly also shares the information that she gathers through a vlog, offering short-form videos in which she shares aspects of her life in Alaska with kids in the lower 48 states and around the world.

Television Interview with New Mexico PBS –  Molly of Denali – New Mexico Focus

“Ice Carving” Directed and Produced by Maya Salganek, along with Students and Alumni from University of Alaska Fairbanks.
“Jig Dance” Directed and Produced by Maya Salganek, along with Students and Alumni from University of Alaska Fairbanks.
“Museum Artifacts” Directed and Produced by Maya Salganek, along with Students and Alumni from University of Alaska Fairbanks.

A Night for Conversation by Kade Mendelowitz


Written and Directed by Kade Mendelowitz and produced by Maya Salganek Fall 2018 in the course: “Film Production I/Film Production II” – FLPA 271/431 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

“A Night for Conversation” is the story of William and Julia, a young married couple who seem to have it all, but there is a dark and unhappy side to the family – and Julia soon finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship.

FRAME – Film Production Services

Keeping University of Alaska Fairbanks students working on productions gives them hands-on experiences and a professional portfolio before they graduate from college. For this reason, I established UAF FRAME FPS – Film Production Services. FRAME (Film Reel Alaska Mentoring Experience) provides ongoing professional film services for researchers, programs, and students across the University of Alaska.. As an ongoing production company, we have worked with local, national and international clients, including WGBH, the National Endowment of the Arts, SAG-AFTRA, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Should your project include video production needs, we can work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for grant submissions, curriculum development, or other components of outreach support. We have worked under NSF, NIH, and NEH grants, and provide outreach content, promotional videos, and long format documentary work, all while training our students in film production using an experiential practicum model. Students and earn credit and paid work experience while working with FRAME. Please visit our youtube link below for some of our recent production content.

Samples of Student Work

Students in FLPA 231 :Previsualization and Preproduction for Digital Cinema are pushed to get ready to shoot their first film. They worked in production teams and each student:

  1. Wrote and Polished a short screenplay
  2. Storyboarded and Photoboarded a screenplay from another student
  3. Scheduled and Budgeted a screenplay from another student using Movie Magic software
  4. Created Animatics of their concepts using storyboards/photoboards/ or 3D Animation software.
  5. Worked with actors to create an audio track for their animatics
  6. Created websites for their work
  7. Pitched their scripts and films to a jury of peers.

Here are some links to a few of their sites:

Joe Yates and Daniel Walker: FBX Films

Janis Carney: http://jjanis44.wixsite.com/carneysshowhouse

Emily Moretz: https://emilymoretz21.wixsite.com/design/cloud-x