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‘Day in Our Bay’ celebrates 1 year anniversary with showing at Anchorage International Film Festival


ANCHORAGE – It’s been a year since “Day in Our Bay” debuted at the Anchorage International Film Festival. And what a year the “Day” has had.


The short film documenting a day in the lives of Alaska Natives in the Bristol Bay region premiered Dec. 2, 2011, at the Anchorage International Film Festival to a sold-out crowd. This year, “Day in Our Bay: A Closer Look” is returning with a set of four shorts.


The four short films made from footage by Bristol Bay region residents will premiere at this year’s festival as part of the First Peoples Program, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Alaska Experience Theater. “Day in Our Bay: A Closer Look” also will show as part of the Live Action Shorts, beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Wilda Marston Theater at the Loussac Library.


The films are: The Maqi, featuring Olia Sutton from Togiak discussing her steam house; Akutaq, featuring Diana Gamechuk with sons Kaden and Kolten, from Manakotak, showing how to make Eskimo ice cream; Basket Weaving with Aurora George from Clarks Point, who gathers grasses to make intricate baskets; and The River, featuring multiple participants from throughout Bristol Bay, discussing the importance of the riverways to the traditions and culture of the region’s people. The video shorts are also being posted online.


Over the past year, the full 15-minute Day in Our Bay has shown at film festivals presented by the United Nations Association, National Geographic and the Society for Visual Anthropology, among others. Bristol Bay shareholders whose submitted creative work appears in the film have traveled across the country to these events, serving as “ambassadors” to share their experiences with festival audiences and to rub shoulders with other filmmakers. The film and the ambassadors have offered invaluable opportunities to share values and traditions of life in Bristol Bay with film enthusiasts from around the world.

“We are thrilled to have yet another opportunity for Alaska and the world to get an inside look at the places, people and traditions our region values,” said Andria Agli, BBNC director of shareholder and corporation relations. “These short films can help people better understand the importance of our maintaining our traditional lifestyle, and why we work to pass that knowledge to future generations.”

In addition to helping spread the word about Bristol Bay to the nation, the shareholders also are sending word about the festivals back home. During the festivals, “Day in Our Bay” social media outlets will provide updates on their activities, posting festival updates and photos several times a day.

(Editors: Ambassadors and BBNC representatives are available for interviews.)

About Day in Our Bay

“Day in Our Bay” is a collaborative digital storytelling project created in honor of Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s (BBNC’s) 40th anniversary. One hundred and fifty-eight shareholders in 14 communities received video cameras to participate in a region-wide shoot on Oct. 15, 2011. With the help of 11 video mentors, participants spent the day filming various aspects of their lives in the Bristol Bay region. The footage was then compiled into a short documentary. “Day in Our Bay” was produced by BBNC, with project coordination and development support from the Creative Services division of Bristol Industries, LLC. Go to www.dayinourbay.org to find more information, see a press kit with high-resolution photos or watch the entire film.

About Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA), BBNC works to ensure the continuation of the life and culture of its over 9,000 shareholders – the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut Natives of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. More information about BBNC can be found at www.bbnc.net.

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