Science on Screen with Vivian Mork

The JUMP Society in partnership with the Gold Town Theater has been honored with a Science on Screen grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Coolidge Corner Theater. These grants are given annually to about three dozen independent art-house theaters across the United States in an effort to promote good films and scientific ideas.  The idea is simple: curate a short series of films, and pair them up with a related science-based talk by an expert in the field.    

For this season, we have put together a series of films designed to cover as wide and varied a span of genres, time periods, and experience as possible, with speakers who will cover subjects like parasitic organisms, time travel, post-apocalyptic survival, and the regeneration of fading indigenous languages.  Our films will include Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Monthy Python & The Holy Grail, The Fountain, and our premier event in the series…   

SGaawaay K’uuna (EDGE OF THE KNIFE)

We are thrilled to be screening this new film from Pacific Northwest Canada, the first ever to be performed entirely in the Haida language–a tongue so endangered, with less than 20 fluent speakers, that a dialect coach was needed on set.  Arriving more than a century after British Columbia’s first-ever feature film, In the Land of the Head Hunters — Edward S. Curtis’ controversial but undeniably fascinating portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of northern Vancouver Island — Edge of the Knife is the first feature film to tell a story about the Kwakwaka’wakw’s neighbours, the Haida.

Whereas Curtis remained an outside observer, transfixed by the Kwakwaka’wakw’s masks and regalia, Edge of the Knife has a genuine Indigenous eye.  Part drama, part historical reclamation, First Nations filmmakers Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s film is set during the 19th century.  Inspired by the Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid wildman of Haida mythology, the film charts a simple narrative about a reckless uncle who can’t bear the guilt of having unwittingly led a beloved nephew to his demise, and whose abnegation takes on a horrific physical form over a winter of self-imposed exile in the wild. Both visceral and austere, yet with unexpected dashes of comedy and melodrama, Edge of the Knife may be a significant landmark in the short history of Canadian Indigenous film.

Among other fine Alaskan Native and Canadian First Nations actors, the film co-stars Delores Churchill, who will be here in person on Saturday, March 31 with a screening of her film, Tracing Roots, which we will have more information about in Friday’s email. (but there’s a brief summary below)

Our film will be paired with a talk led by local Tlingit language educator Vivian Yéilk’ Mork.  Vivian was born in Wrangell, Alaska but her clan is from Hoonah. She is Tlingit from the T’akdeintáan clan, Snail House. Her Tlingit name is Yéilk’, Cute-Little-Raven. Vivian has an MA in Cross Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and a certification from Rutgers in Biological Plant Analyzation.  She is also a writer, artist, carver, storyteller, and traditional foods specialist.

The Science on Screen events are free and open to the public.  They will sponsor a second screening on Sunday, March 31, but without the introductory talk by Vivian Mork.  The other screenings are at regular movie ticket prices.

SGaawaay K’uuna–EDGE OF THE KNIFE–Showtimes
Tue. March 26 — Science on Screen talk by Vivian Mork at 6pm;
Movie screening at 7pm — FREE SCREENING

Thur. March 28 at 7pm

Fri. March 29 at 5pm, 7pm, & 9pm

Sat. March 30 at 4:30pm, 7pm, & 9pm

Sun. March 31 at 2pm–FREE SCREENING

JUMP 2019 Winter Film Festival

Thursday, January 17 · 7 pm*
Friday, January 18 · 7 pm*
Saturday, January 19 · 4 pm & 7 pm*

@ The Gold Town Nickelodeon

The JUMP Society Film Festival features locally made short films. Admission is free. No tickets needed.

*Beer will be served at 7pm shows.

Film submission deadline is Monday, January 14. Our only rule: films should be under 10 minutes in length and shorter is better.

You can submit your movie at Alaska Robotics (220 Front Street) or at Lucid Reverie (Emporium Mall – Down the hall from Gold Town Nickelodeon). Check out the submission guidelines for more information, and make sure to include the submission form (online or PDF) with your film. Call (907) 586-3440 for more info.

JUMP Society Membership Night!

The JUMP Society has been active in Juneau since 2002 but we’re relatively new to being a non-profit organization. Our by-laws say we’re supposed to hold an annual membership meeting but we’re picturing it more as an open house, party, screening, hands-on filmmaking night.

We want to get local filmmakers together to talk about work, dream about future projects and just hang out. And we want to share that with the community in a meaningful way.

Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30 – 7:30
At the Gold Town Nickelodeon & JUMP Society Lab in the Emporium.

Of course we couldn’t resist the chance to dust off some old classics. We’re going to throw a bunch of old films in rotation and have them running all night. Any requests? Any offerings?

Hands-on Filmmaking Activities!
We’ll have a stop motion animation station setup and possibly a green screen or VFX station as well so people can roll up their sleeves and mess around with filmmaking. If you’re a filmmaker and want to take the lead on some activity, let us know!

Prop Museum!
Maybe we can turn the hallway into a pop-up museum for JUMP Society props. I’ve still got a “Valley Go Home” sign from a certain JUMP Society classic and Anton has offered to bring in some of his handmade props from Space Trucker Bruce. Anyone else have props to contribute? Maybe we can talk Arlo into bringing his pimped out couch or find Frankie’s garbage can lid?

JUMP Society Lab!
Did you know the JUMP Society now exists in a physical location? We’ve got a multimedia space we’re in the process of outfitting just down the hall from the Gold Town and it will soon be accessible to JUMP Society members who want a place to edit films, shoot interviews, experiment with lighting, record podcasts or try out a green screen.

We’re still setting up the space and accepting donations of decent computers, microphones, mixers, lights and other resources that might benefit local filmmakers. We’ve started a small library stocked with screenplays, books on screenwriting, magazines and films from all over Alaska. Anyone want to check out “Raven’s Blood” on VHS?

If you have ideas for what you’d like this event to be, please get in touch and let us know!