Newsletter 6

We’ve remained somewhat quiet since our festival back in July but isn’t that really what being underground is all about? Quietly lurking beneath the surface just out of sight and then bursting forth like a pimple on prom night.

Well, at any rate, we’re back. The Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society will be having an encore presentation of our first film festival on October 11th at the Silverbow with showings at 7:00 and 9:30. If you missed the festival in July or want to see the films again, this is your chance… Start spreading the word!

In related news, we’re pleased to announce that our second film festival will be in late January and that we’ll be accepting submissions through January 10th. Once again the only rule is that your submission must be 15 minutes or less. We try to show all entries but the length for the next show is fixed at about one hour and forty-five minutes so if we receive more than we can show in that time, preference will be given to local filmmakers and the films we think will be best received by the audience.

A list of the films we will be showing October 11th along with

Accounting for Charlie Boring
By Kevin Myers
An accountant finds love in the most likely of places.

By Patrick Race
Fire Hydrants are everywhere… And they’re after you.

Crazy Monkey Boy
By Caleb and Ken Fankhauser
A Journey into one man’s paranoia and the price it has cost him. The first film created jointly by the Fankhauser Brothers, who both have extensive history in theatre, and Gorilla Filming.

Oscar Mayer
By Greg and Connor Chaney
Oscar Mayer hosted a contest this year to award $10,000 to one school’s music program in each state that made the best video using the Oscar Mayer theme song. This was the Juneau Community Charter School’s entry. We received 24 hours notice before the deadline. It was fun to make even if it didn’t win…

Emma Sourit
By Holly Smith
A film realité following the steps of Emma as she explores downtown Juneau.

Bruce Juice
By Keith Shepro
A high school student being bullied is pushed too far.

Open Your I
By Deanna Clasby
Perception Production Presentations
A dreamscape videoplay, about vision, light and consciousness. Music, poetry, and visuals created by Deanna.

By Connor Chaney
A 7 minute film made by Connor Chaney (11 yrs old) about a knight’s life during the middle ages with some help from mom and dad. It was made for a school assignment but works well as a stand alone short movie.

Any Minute Now
By Kevin Fremlin
Two men reflect on life and death.

Alaska B-Boys
By Justin Benboe
Break dancers of the last frontier.

Lost Thought
By Patrick Race
An animated short about thought processes.

Anonymous Voice
By Greg and Connor Chaney
A preview of a movie about making movie previews.

By Jen Garland
A horticulturally-minded woman attempts to do some landscaping, and becomes the tragic victim of a government permitting system gone wrong.

Flowers for Anarchy; Her Feet of His Ground
By Deanna Clasby, Lex & Bernadett
A documentary on female skate/snowboarders. How do these athletes feel about sisterhood, competition, and progression within the athletic hierarchies.

Music Video
By Venietia Santana
Come dance with Venietia.

The Apology
By Mukhya Khalsa
Hell hat no fury like a woman scorned

Rhythm and Motion
By Gage Choat
You WILL go home with this man tonight.

By Pat Race, Bob Mackinnon
Witness the creation of a new extreme sport based on the age old game of playing in traffic.

Other Upcoming Events
If you’re privy to any upcoming movie related events that an aspiring filmmaker might be interested in, please pass them on and I’ll include them in the next newsletter.

The Business of Fancy Dancing
Featuring an introduction by actor Gene Tagaban in person!
Goldtown Nickelodeon
October 4th, 5th, 6th


Thanks once again to everyone who submitted a film over the summer, the festival was a huge success and I can’t wait to see the next round of entries!

Newsletter 5

Well, I think it’s safe to call our first film festival a smashing success. There was a great turn out and we had standing room only for both the 7:30 and 9:30 shows. That means we had somewhere between 160-180 people view the films and both crowds were good and rowdy, just the way I likes ’em. We screened 18 films, not counting any of the introductions or exit animations and the festival was approximately an hour and 45 minutes long.

We’re debating some sort of encore presentation or perhaps a dinner and a movie night at the Silverbow so that more people can see the films we’ve put together. Also, some of you have requested copies of the film festival. This is something we can’t currently produce with any sort of ease. Maybe if we get enough interested people who all want to kick in $5-$10 for a copy we can send it away and get some duplicates but we don’t have any high speed dubbing equipment here in our office and I don’t have any desire to spend an hour and forty-five minutes creating each VHS copy.

We made just about $100 from donations at the festival which will be used to help pay for advertising costs next time around.

Thanks to all of the film makers who were able to scrape together shorts for the festival. There were definitely some flashes of brilliance through out the festival and I think that the quality of films will only improve for the next time. …and speaking of the next time, we plan on holding our next film festival in approximately six months. I think that lands us in December or January sometime. If anyone has suggested venues or wants help generating ideas for a short film, just drop me a line. I’m open to any suggestions that will make the next festival even better. I’m trying to put together a discussion board to facilitate a little more of a community atmosphere but it’s yet another side project so I don’t have any estimate on when it will be ready.


I just wanted to say thanks once more to the Silverbow, Alaska On-screen Advertising, The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, and all of the great film makers and actors who participated in the festival.

Newsletter 4

The deadline looms for festival entries. We’d like to receive entries on or before the 1st of July but if you let us know ahead of time we can probably accommodate a few days extra.

Films will be shown at 7:30pm July 12th in the Silverbow Back Room.

Thanks to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council who have been supporting us all the way and have allocated $300 for advertising and expenses. I’m in the process of making mini posters to hang around town. Grab one for a souvenir after the festival is over. I’m also thinking of having some stickers made.. Any interest?

Here’s the short version of anticipated entries into the Film Festival. They’re all at different stages of production.. Some are finished and some just have scripts. Right now I’m going to estimate total running time somewhere between 1.2 and 1.8 hours.

  • Pat Race: “Hydrant”, “PedXing”, “Lost Thought”, Festival Intro
  • Jen Garland: “Migraine”
  • Caleb Frankhauser: “Crazy Monkey Boy”
  • Deanna Clasby: A couple shorts.. I’m not certain of titles yet.
  • Aaron Suring: Not certain of the title
  • Greg Chaney: “Anonymous Voice”, and possibly others
  • Keith Shepro: “Bruice Juice”
  • Justin Benboe: “Alaska B-Boys”
  • Gage Choat: Last minute frantic creativity as promised?
  • Kevin Fremlin: “Any Minute Now”
  • Mukhya Khalsa: Not sure of the title..

We may be seeing more or less depending on how things wrap up and what creative flashes sweep over the community in the next week. Good luck to everyone still working.

Other Upcoming Events
If you’re privy to any upcoming movie related events that an aspiring filmmaker might be interested in, please pass them on and I’ll include them in the next newsletter.

Perseverance Theatre:
Crosstraining Writing and Performing Project
June 25-July 5, 2002

Dogtown and Z-Boys
Goldtown Nickelodeon
June 28th-30th


I haven’t been to the 20th century lately but I figure our slide should be up pretty soon. Someone let me know if you see it.

Get me some more entries and have a great fourth!