Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2004

Slide show to discuss Shackleton explorer

JUNEAU - Juneau resident Nina Rajala will present slides and discuss the experiences of her grandfather, William L. Bakewell, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at Hearthside Books' Nugget Mall location.

Bakewell is the author of "The American on the Endurance: Ice, Seas and Terra Firma," a story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica from October 1914 to August 1916.

"Destiny, providence, or just highly unusual circumstances had led William Bakewell to The Endurance and his random travels equipped him with the right skills to become an indispensable crew member," said Rand Shackleton, Ernest's cousin.

Panhandle Picture Show to premiere

HAINES - The fourth Panhandle Picture Show, an open-category film festival that accepts short films and videos of 20 minutes in length or less from filmmakers in Alaska and beyond, runs at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 23-24, at the Chilkat Center for the Arts in Haines.

Thirty-five short films, including several from Juneau filmmakers, (Joel Bennett, Arlo Midgett and Greg and Connor Chaney) will be screened during the two-night event. New York director Julie Perini's film about Chilkat Cones owner Tony Tengs will be shown. Juneau composer Stefan Hakenberg will accompany a film he scored, Montana director Theo Lipfert's "Displacement Map."

More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded ($500, first place; $250, second place; $100, third place; $100, audience choice). Awards and the touring version of the show will be announced at the premiere.

For more information, check out Films showing at the festival include:

• Friday: "Sitka Fine Arts Camp Animation," directed by seventh-12th-grade students; "Band Camp," Tara Pinley, California; "Reservations," Joey Elkins, Blake Silver, Illinois; "Displacement Map," Theo Lipfert, Montana; "Talkin' With Mr. Darby," Joel Bennett, Juneau; "Dreams of America," Christopher Zahn, Wisconsin; "Samurai Santas," Connor Chaney, Juneau; "Plain Music," Gian D. Ceccato, Ontario, Canada; "Harry Potter Preview," Kee and Sung Heywood, Alaska; "Dyspraxia," Gina St. Clair, Alaska; "Eric the Secret," Joe Quinn, New York; "Stuff that Bear!" Bruno Coppola, London; "Anonymous Voice," Greg Chaney, Alaska; "Humpback Whales of Icy Strait," Floyd Peterson, Alaska; "Static," Jeremy Paul, Ohio; "If You Don't Pay Today," Jeff Callen, Illinois; "Happy Ending," Dino Castelli, New York; "Lacrimatorium," Bryne Power and Julie Johnson, Alaska; "Vanity Mirror," Katie T. Damien, North Carolina.

• Saturday presentations: "Creative Elements of the Short Film," 1-2 p.m. Haines Public Library; A retrospective of the first three Panhandle Picture shows, TBA, Haines Public Library; "Film as Regional Culture: Lessons from the Underground," 4-5 p.m., Chilkat Center for the Arts; Potluck dinner, 5-6:30 p.m. Chilkat Center for the Arts.

• Saturday: "Forever Wonder," Christophjer Zahn, Wisconsin; "Kaktovik Nights," Joel Bennett, Alaska; "Ed Goes Home," Jason Halprin, Wisconsin; "Paper Roses," Saxon Moen, California; "Bloom," Anne H. Barber, Wisconsin; "Boomstick Deodorant," Arlo Midgett, Alaska; "Symbology," Ellwood Pickering, Colorado; "Researcher Season," Doug Fine, Alaska; "Rules of Love," Bruno Coppola, London; "Are You Not My Ice Cream Cone?" Julie Perini, New York; "Silicon," Connor Chaney, Juneau; "Snegurichka," Byrne Power, Alaska; "Solitaire," Theo Collatos, Massachusetts; "iloveyou," Louise McKissick, Alaska; "Attack of the Sexy Zombies," Tim Rosenstein, California; "The Richard Perspective," Cody Field, Washington.

By The People to screen 3 more films

JUNEAU - By The People-Juneau will conclude its International Human Rights Film Series and Discussion with films at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 15, and Saturday, April 22, at the University of Alaska Southeast Student Activities Center.

Discussions follow each film on the next day, Sunday, at the UAS Mourant Student Lounge.

More information on the film series is available at

• "Rana's Wedding," April 15 - 90 min., a romantic drama about a Palestinian girl who wants to get married to the man of her own choice, shot on location in East Jerusalem and Ramallah.

• "Scenes from an Endless War," April 22 - 32 min., a documentary on militarism, globalization and the war against terrorism.

• "Pinochet's Children," April 22 - 83 min., a film about three Chilean children who lost their innocence and youth when General Pinochet took control of Chile on September 11, 1973.

Skip Gray to show his slides of Tongass

JUNEAU - Longtime Juneau resident and professional photographer Skip Gray will present a series of slides of the Tongass National Forest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Centennial Hall as part of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's monthly Time For the Tongass Series.

The show is free and will focus on various reasons for conserving the wild lands in Southeast.

In March's Time for the Tongass presentation, local biologist John Hudson discussed the dragonflies of Alaska.

Future subjects may include avalanches, brown bears, the ecology of roads, caves and karst.

"Living in the Tongass, we sometimes forget that we live in one of the most amazing places in the world," said SEACC media outreach specialist Sarah Lemagie. "We welcome anyone else to approach us with proposals for the series. It's an opportunity for people to come together and talk about issues."

To get more information about the series or to pitch an idea for a presentation, contact Emily Ferry at SEACC, 586-6942.

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