Documentary Film Edit Lab

Spring Break Course 2015

This is a hands-on practicum course in which students will be able to participate in a documentary film edit lab. The film, currently under the working title "We Breathe Again" is an ambitious documentary, years in the making, which follows five Alaska Native people as they navigate the hardships of suicide in their communities. Edit Lab will allow students to develop an understanding of the film editing process, choices, decisions, and methods that shape a film from rough cut to fine cut. The edit lab will include the documentary film producers, director, editor, and supervising editor to work hands-on with the students in the deliberation process. The final film is contracted to air nationally on Public Television through Vision Makers Media.  

" of the central responsibilities of the editor, ... is to establish an interesting, coherent rhythm of emotion and thought — on the tiniest and largest scales — that allows the audience to trust, to give themselves to the film." --- Walter Murch

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FLM 298 – Undergraduate Research – Film Edit Lab – CRN 40762 – 3 credits
FLM 498 – Undergraduate Research – Film Edit Lab – CRN 40758 – 3 credits

When: March 13-March 17, 2015

Friday March 13 6PM – 9PM – Introduction and Welcome Dinner
Saturday March 14 -  MARCH 17  - 9AM – 9PM – Edit Lab*
           *includes Lunch and Dinner

WHERE: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Theatre and Film, Fine Arts Complex, Theatre Room 101

Vivien Hillgrove, Supervising Editor

Flavia Fontes, Editor

Enei Begaye Peter, Producer & Executive Director of the Indigenous Leadership Institute

Marsh Chamberlain, Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor

Ryan Jacobi, Producer/Story Editor

Maya Salganek, Assistant Producer

Mining for Ruby (2014)

Directed by Zoe Quist for Film Reel Alaska Mentoring Experience (FRAME) 2013. 

UAF film students worked on set with the Keys as mentors. Shot on-location in Fairbanks. 

Available through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play

The Messenger - poster

If God sent an Angel to Earth, would you listen to what he had to say? That is the overarching premise of this season’s ambitious multimedia production of “The Messenger” by faculty professor Kade Mendelowitz.

After hearing reports of a self proclaimed Angel and Messenger of God, Michael is invited as a guest of America’s latest talk-show phenomenon: “The Jessie Show”. The host, Jessica Lamech, has been facing her own private crisis of faith when this unique opportunity presents itself. The network, recognizing the huge ratings potential of such an event, has heavily advertised a live prime-time special – and you will be surprised where the interview goes from there. Join us for this production of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Theatre & Film.

AlaskaLand poster

AlaskaLand: a feature film by Chinonye Chukwuma
Produced by Film UAF

ALASKALAND tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaskan-raised Nigerian struggling to balance the expectations of his traditional Nigerian parents and the larger world around him. After a tragic car crash, Chukwuma is separated from his younger sister, Chidinma, who moves to Nigeria with their Uncle until she becomes of legal age.
Two years later the siblings reconnect to find their estrangement has created new personal and cultural frictions in ways that bring them closer to each other and their roots, as well as help them define what it means to be a Nigerian in Alaska.
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