Gold Town to host 'Southeast Alaska in Film Week'

Beginning Monday, the Gold Town Theater will present “Southeast Alaska in Film Week,” a wide selection of films that includes work by Alaska Robotics, local filmmaker Chuck Keen, and John Sales’ Juneau-based feature film “Limbo.”


The tentative schedule is as follows:

On Monday at 7 p.m., Alaska Robotics will present “Some Movies we Made,” an evening of their short films. Local group Alaska Robotics is well known for their work in founding the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society and hosting the JUMP’s film festivals of local shorts.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., Chuck Keen’s “Claws” will be shown, in conjunction with a multi-film tribute to the filmmaker and a presentation by Keen’s wife, Karen Keen. Keen came to Alaska in 1959 as a timber faller, later pursuing a career as a cinematographer in Juneau — writing, producing and filming his own documentaries and features. He died in 2003. Alaska Robotics’ short film on Keen can be viewed here: Tuesday’s feature, “Claws,” is a thriller about a grizzly bear who goes on a killing spree after being wounded by hunters in the forest.

Wednesday at 7 p.m. it’s John Sales’ “Limbo,” filmed in Juneau in 1998.

Chuck Keen will be back on Thursday with “Timber Tramps,” beginning at 7 p.m. Released in 1975, this film stars Claude Akins as a tough, hard-drinking Alaska logging foreman.

Friday at 9 p.m. it’s “Flying Saucer,” which will also be shown Saturday at 2 p.m. The film, which played at Gross Alaska in 1950, tells the story of playboy Mike Trent, sent to Alaska by the CIA with agent Vee Langley, posing as his “nurse,” to investigate flying saucer sightings.

And at 4 p.m. Saturday, “Road to Utopia” winds up the week with an additional showing at 2 p.m. Sunday. The film was released in 1946 and stars Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Crosby and Hope play Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, who go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a stolen map to a secret gold mine, and cross paths with Sal Van Hoyden (Lamour) who is trying to recover the map for herself.

All shows are $7.

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