Ocean cinema

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Alaska Oceans Program will bring the Alaska Ocean Film Festival 2006 to Juneau for two showings at the Backroom at the Silverbow, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11.

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Admission is free, and tickets are available at KTOO, 360 Egan Drive, or Lucid Reverie, behind Heritage Coffee's Franklin Street location in the Emporium Mall.

The festival debuted last year and sold out the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub in Anchorage. Almost 200 people were turned away at the door. This year, it's traveled to Homer, Seward, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Talkeetna. It shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Chilkat Center in Haines.

The festival includes films from Alaska and films that celebrate oceans around the world.

National Geographic photographer Jon Bowermaster made "Bowermaster," a 24-minute short about a five-week paddling trek along the 1,200 Adriatic Islands near Croatia. He interviews scientists, sea captains and family fishermen.

what: alaska ocean film festival 2006

when: 7 p.m. friday, march 10, and 7 p.m. saturday, march 11

where: backroom at the silverbow inn

admission: free

more: http://www.alaskaoceansfestival.org

Barrow native Andrew MacLean, now in film school at New York University, created "Natchiliag'niaqtugul Aapagalu," an 11-minute film about seal hunting in remote Alaska.

Leah Wolchok's 16-minute "City of Mermaids" chronicles the Weeki Wachee mermaids, a 1950s group on Florida's west coast.

A diver harvests sea urchins near the Farallon Islands in Roger Teich's 10-minute "Devil's Teeth," and Kodiak scientists examine king crab in Bradley Stevens' "King Crabs Undersea."

"Flip Flotsam," a 26-minute film by Lucy Bateman and Etienne Oliff, examines the popularity of the flip-flop, Africa's most popular shoe.

KTOO received a grant from KQED and the Ocean Futures Society to bring this festival to Juneau. The station is also working with Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc., to create educational programs for middle-school students.

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