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Posted: Thursday, March 04, 2004

Goldin named Filmmaker of the Year

JUNEAU - Former Juneau resident Larry Goldin was named the 2004 Alaskan Filmmaker of the Year on Sunday night during the Anchorage Concert Association's ninth-annual Oscar Night Gala.

He was presented the award in recognition of his 30-year fillmmaking career in Alaska. Goldin, who recently moved to Anchorage, showed the Oscar Night Gala audience a short video encapsulating his award-winning work, which includes long-format documentaries, as well as television drama and feature films.

Goldin's work has been recognized for excellence by the WorldFest International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival and CINE, which awards the Golden Eagle for nonfiction film. He has represented the United States at the Cannes Film Festival and has twice been nominated for national Emmy awards for Best Cinematography in a Documentary for Television.

Most of Goldin's work has focused on Alaska's history and people, including "Alaska at War," about the Japanese invasion of Alaska during World War II; "The Land is Ours," about the Tlingit and Haida civil rights movement; "Russian America: The Forgotten Frontier," about the Russian colonial era in Alaska; and "Those Wonderful Dogs," about Susan Butcher and her 1987 Iditarod victory.

Goldin also works in episodic television and makes feature films for national producers. He is currently developing a multi-part series on the history of Alaska for public television.

Award-winning author to speak at UAS

JUNEAU - Award-winning author Gretel Ehrlich will give two speeches on Friday, March 5, at the University of Alaska Southeast in conjunction with Women's History Month.

She will speak at noon at the Lake Room and 7 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hall. Both talks are free.

Ehrlich grew up on a horse ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif., and attended Bennington College and UCLA film school. She worked in the film industry for 10 years and began writing full-time in 1978, while tending to ranches during the day.

Her first novel, "The Solace of Open Spaces" in 1984, was written on a sheep and cattle ranch in northern Wyoming and won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Harold D. Burcell Award for Distinguished Prose. Her second novel, "Heart Mountain" in 1987, was set in Wyoming during World War II and describes a ranching community's struggles when a Japanese-American internment camp is built nearby.

Ehrlich was struck by lightning in 1991 and spent several years recuperating. Her 1994 book, "A Match to the Heart," chronicled her recovery and was a national best-seller.

Finally feeling better, Ehrlich traveled to the Himalayas of western China in 1993 and ended up with "Questions of Heaven," a novel lamenting the loss of China's 5,000-year-old culture during the Cultural Revolution.

Ehrlich also began traveling to Greenland. Her 2002 book, "This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland," discusses her time with Inuit people and subsistence hunters, traveling by dogsled on sea ice.

Ehrlich has written many other books and her essays, stories and poems have been printed in anthologies and magazines such as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Time, Life, the Atlantic, National Geographic Traveler and Outside. She has won numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a Whiting Foundation Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She divides her time between California and Wyoming.



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