Salmon Projections: Illuminating Connections, Obscuring Shadows

The projector flicked from a photograph showing the turquoise fin of a salmon nosing upstream to another of a child eyeing a blood-smeared piece of plywood with a fillet knife askance at the side. Seventy five or so people nibbled on sushi as the images flashed on a sheet suspended from the side of the Baranov Museum in Kodiak. Throughout the museum, visitors considered questions posed on sticky notes: What does a sustainable and equitable salmon system look like to you? How can we use arts and culture to build an inclusive and sustainable community? Salmon Projections was my response to a challenge that the Alaska Humanities Forum posed to Alaska Salmon Fellows during our May gathering. The

Grant Highlight: Alaska Teen Media Institute (ATMI)

Shortly after Alaska Teen Media Institute (ATMI) youth reporters posted one of their broadcast pieces on Facebook, ATMI staff got an unexpected call from Catholic Social Services Communication Manager Russ Slaten about future ideas he had for the team. After a couple quick email links were sent to 360 North, ATMI had a contract in hand. “Thank you for sending these two our way,” said Kelli Burkinshaw, 360 North program manager. ”I would love to use them.” The youth-produced TV short films were soon in regular rotation on 360 North, Alaska’s public affairs source and the most widely distributed television channel in Alaska. Burkinshaw went on to suggest a full, ATMI-produced TV show on the ch

A Matter of Listening: A conversation with Magnetic North filmmaker Marla Williams

The Alaska Humanities Forum has partnered with Rasmuson Foundation to produce Magnetic North, a documentary film series exploring the unique stories of living Alaskans who shaped the history of a young state steeped in “Last Frontier” folklore, where truth often eclipses legend. The film series is being written and directed by Marla Williams, a veteran writer and filmmaker with more than 30 years of experience working in urban and rural Alaska. Williams is the writer/director/producer of broadcast, corporate and government documentaries, including the critically acclaimed Aleut Story, an Alaska-based feature length program airing on PBS stations nationwide. Her commercial and documentary wor

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