WE BREATHE AGAIN - Now Showing on America Reframed on PBS stations nationally
Directed by Marsh Chamberlain. Post-Production supervisor Vivien Hillgrove as part of the Film Reel Alaska Mentoring Experience (FRAME) 2015.
Executive Producers Evon Peters and Enei Begay Peters.
Through the UAF Department of Theatre and Film FRAME Program, UAF students received credit working on this documentary feature film as part of the post-production team. Students assisted with transcription, story arcs, editing, and many attended an edit lab with the producers and post-production team as the film was developing.
For centuries, survival was difficult for Alaska Native peoples, but they lived full lives. Today survival is easier, but they are dying young. Rarely heard of 40 years ago, suicide among Alaska Native peoples is now a silent epidemic, 3.5 times higher than the national average. WE BREATHE AGAIN is a feature length documentary film that explores the intimate stories of five Alaska Natives, who are each confronting the impacts of suicide in their lives, and the means towards healing from generational traumas.
Now in Production...
Power of Words
Written by 'Wáats'adiyeí Yates. Directed by Maya Salganek.
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 Christopher and David’s mother spirals towards suicide after a long weekend of partying, only the power of words can save her from herself.
UAF Film and Performing Arts major, 'Wáats'adiyeí Joseph Yates from Craig, Alaska wrote the screenplay, “Power of Words” based on his own life.
Bodies of Water
Written by Adrina Knutson and Directed by Maya Salganek.
“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 the drowning death of her sister, Willow. After running away from home, Leona is haunted by her developing fear of water. She becomes involved with a vaudevillian performance troupe, through which she confronts her darkest fears.
UAF Film Alumnae, Adrina Knutson, wrote the screenplay, “Bodies of Water” her final semester at UAF. Adrina’s was tragically killed in a car accident in Tanzania while working on a film project in 2012. Faculty, students, alumni, and Adrina’s family are collaborating to produce this film project in her memory.
Cast and Crew before the first shot of Bodies of Water film. September 2016.
Mining for Ruby (2014)
Jack (Daniel Ponickly) is a widowed "end-of-the-roader" struggling with his continued depression as he falls for Ruby (Antoinette Kalaj), a passionate environmental engineering grad student who is embroiled in a poisonous waste controversy that threatens to shut down the biggest industry in her state.
Directed by Zoe Quist for Film Reel Alaska Mentoring Experience (FRAME) 2013. Starring Misha Barton, Billy Zane, Daniel Ponickly, Antoinette Kalaj, Carrie Baker. Executive Producers Maya Salganek and William St. Pierre.
Produced as a part of the Film Reel Alaska Mentoring Experience (FRAME) film training program with UAF students on set under Keys as mentors.
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.
RURAL ALASKA HONORS INSTITUTE
30th year Anniversary
AlaskaLand: a feature film by Chinonye Chukwu
Chronic Town (2011)
Directed by Tom Hines. Written by UAF Alumnus Michael Kamskey. Co-Produced by UAF Film Program faculty member, Maya Salganek.
UAF film students worked on set with the Keys as mentors. Shot on-location in Fairbanks.
Available through Amazon on DVD.