Faculty and Staff for UAF Film

Contact the UAF Department of Theatre/Film

The department of Theatre and Film at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is home to both theatre and film majors and minors. The film program consists of contributing faculty as part of the interdisciplinary nature of the film curriculum.  Maya Salganek is the director of the film program and the faculty can be reached individually below.

For more information about the film program, please contact:

Department of Theatre and Film

(907) 474-6590


Film Faculty through the UAF Art Department

Miho Aoki

Miho was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied at the Advanced Computing Center or Arts and Design and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University in 1998. She is currently teaching digital art at University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a joint faculty of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. Her art works have been exhibited at Well Street Art Gallery (Fairbanks, AK), MTS Gallery (Anchorage, AK), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan), University of Alaska Museum of the North and Aichi Prefecture Ceramics Museum (Japan). Her computer generated images received the Grand Prize of TORAY Digital Creation Awards 2007. Miho participated in multimedia performances and created computer generated graphics for collaborative projects. Recently, she has been involved in Another Language Performing Arts Company's long-distance, collaborative InterPlay performances. Her computer generated animation is shown on on PBS Alaska One and also in PBS NOVA (WGBH Boston) television broadcasts.

907 474 5425

Film Faculty through the UAF English Department

Leonard Kamerling

Leonard Kamerling is Curator of Film  at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and Associate Professor of English at UAF.   Over the last 25 years, he has produced numerous critically acclaimed, international award winning documentary films about Alaska Native cultures and Northern issues.  He received his training at the London Film School,  and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from UAF. He joined the Creative Writing Faculty in 1999 where he specializes in teaching writing for film, theater and television. 
His film, "Heart of the Country," was nominated for the American Film Institute's prestigious Par Lorenze Award. Recently his documentary,  "The Drums of Winter,"  was named to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. 

Throughout his career, Leonard Kamerling has been concerned with issues of cultural representation in film, cross-cultural communication and the role that  film and film writing can play in eliminating stereotypes and in credibly translating one culture to another.


Film Faculty through the UAF Journalism Department

Robert Prince

M.A. Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University

The career of award-winning documentary filmmaker Robert Prince started when he went to work for Emmy-award-winning television personality Bill Kurtis in Chicago. He continued on as a Producer/Director for Public Television and then as Video Producer for Calvin College. His experience includes work with ABC Sports, Investigative Reports and other nationally syndicated programs.

His Master's thesis documentary Making Choices: The Dutch Resistance during World War II was picked up for DVD and broadcast distribution and is available on Amazon.com and Netflix.com. John Douglas, Television Critic for The Grand Rapids Press, called the documentary “…wonderful…a quality production whose stories will keep you on the edge of your seat.” Making Choices won the Audience Award at the 2005 Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival in Newburyport, Massachusetts and was an official selection for a number of other film festivals.

Prince’s latest documentary, Finding their own Dance, tells the story of the Alutiiq Natives of Alaska who have begun creating and performing their traditional dances again after centuries of persecution destroyed this key element of their culture. Finding their own Dance won the 2009 Native Sprit award at the Southern Winds Film Festival and was selected for the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.

Information on Rob's project on Native Dance can be found atalutiiqdancefilm.org

Learn more about his current projects at www.professorprince.com

Robert Prince
Assistant Professor
(907) 474-6249

Film Faculty through the UAF Theatre Department

Kade Mendelowitz

kade.TheatricalDesign.com/, (Kade@alaska.edu) - Lighting Designer , Technical Director, Professor, Theatre UAF.
Originally from New York, Kade has served as lighting supervisor for The Acting Company's national tour of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and has taught at Smith College in Massachusetts. An award-winning lighting designer, Kade has designed numerous productions for the stage, television news, dance, and the United States Olympic Ice Sculptures trials. He teaches courses in Lighting and Technical Theatre. Hobbies include photography and multimedia presentations - he is the owner of Multimakers Multimedia design company. Kade has completed the second version of his multimedia CD / textbook replacement: Theatrical Lighting Design Interactive which is on sale internationally and on Amazon.com, as well as version 1 of Theatrical Sound Design Interactive; a DVD. In 2009 Kade received an Outstanding Advisor Award at UAF. He was honored to receive a 2004 Aurora Award: Platinum Best of Show 2004: Entertainment for his interactive sci-fi DVD adventure Water Stealers. In 2004 he won the distinguished Usibelli Award for Service - UAF's highest honor.

Maya Salganek

Headshot of Maya Salganek

Director of Film Program

Assistant Professor, Film/Video Arts. Director of UAF Film Program. Maya has been involved with the UAF theatre department since 2001. Her courses include, "Previsulization and Pre-Production for Film", "Let's Make a Movie", "Fundamentals of Film Directing", "Movies and Film", Advanced Film Directing", and "Cross-Cultural Filmmaking".  Feature-Film production credits include co-Producer for Chronic Town (2008) featured at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Associate Producer for  Dear Lemon Lima (2009), Producer for Alaskaland (2011)  Director of Photography for The Messenger, and executive producer of Mining for Ruby (2013).  The publication  "Field Techniques for Sea Ice Research" manual and multimedia DVD features the video work of Salganek and her students. She also served as a section editor and contributor for the book North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska's Changing Social-Ecological Systems.

Maya Salganek
109B Fine Arts - Theatre
PO Box 755700
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5700
(907) 474-5950