Special Programs

 
You can find all the special programs on the festival schedule and add them to your personal calendar.

Screening of Nightjohn by Charles Burnett
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center 625 C Street, Anchorage [Google map]
Thursday, December 2nd, 7:00 pm [Schedule]

Based on a young adult novel by Gary Paulsen, the 1996 release Night John tells the story of Sarny, a 12-year-old slave girl in the ante-bellum South who faces a relatively hopeless life. A former runaway slave arrives with telltale scars on his back, taking Sarny under his wing and, in exchange for a pinch of tobacco, secretly teaching her to read and write – a crime punishable by death. “Words,” he says, “are freedom. Slavery is made of words: laws, deeds and passes.”

AIFF has partnered with the Anchorage Museum in presenting two free screenings by director and screenwriter Charles Burnett, a USA Artist in Residence spending a month in Anchorage with the support of the Rasmuson Foundation. The New York Times once called Burnett “the nation’s least-known great filmmaker and the most gifted black director.” He graduated with a master’s in film studies at UCLA and has won many awards, including the Critics Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1977 for Killer of Sheep and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990.

*Free Event* Click here to reserve free tickets to this event. Seats will be held until 10 minutes before the show. Unclaimed seats will be released on a first come, first serve basis to people at the door.

Screening of The Glass Shield by Charles Burnett
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center 625 C Street, Anchorage [Google map]
Thursday, December 9th, 7:00 pm [Schedule]

J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff’s Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.’s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the first female officer to work there, who also suffers similar discrimination in the otherwise all-white-male work environment. When J.J. becomes increasingly aware of police corruption during the murder trial of Teddy Woods, who he helped to arrest, he faces difficult decisions and puts himself into grave personal danger in the service of justice.

AIFF has partnered with the Anchorage Museum in presenting two free screenings by director and screenwriter Charles Burnett, a USA Artist in Residence spending a month in Anchorage with the support of the Rasmuson Foundation. The New York Times once called Burnett “the nation’s least-known great filmmaker and the most gifted black director.” He graduated with a master’s in film studies at UCLA and has won many awards, including the Critics Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1977 for Killer of Sheep and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990.

*Free Event* Click here to reserve free tickets to this event. Seats will be held until 10 minutes before the show. Unclaimed seats will be released on a first come, first serve basis to people at the door.

Family & Youth Media Program
Wilda Marston Theatre at the Loussac Library 3600 Denali Street [Google map]
Saturday, December 11th, 10:30 am – 6 pm [Schedule]

The family program is a special event for families with children of all ages to come and enjoy selections from the festival that specifically engage a youth audience with educational and family oriented content. With everything from animation to super-shorts and documentaries, this diverse program is a great chance for families to see a little bit of everything that the festival has to offer.

Family Pre-Teen Program Films
Family Teen Films
Camp Unity – Family Teen Documentary

*Free Event*