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The Power of Film and the Joy of Art Making


Telling our collective stores through film


The museum is a place of inclusion, a safe place for new ideas and different perspectives. We continually work to find ways to build and strengthen community by connecting people through innovative programs and storytelling.

We think film is a powerful way to tell the stories of our community and the world. A film and the story it tells can create a greater awareness of complex problems and can surface possible solutions. We're working with diverse films and filmmakers to connect viewers to characters who can inspire.

Learn more about our film programs and other events below.


On view

Anchorage Museum

Cabin Fever: The Devil is in the Details

On view through Feb. 26
The museum's Cabin Fever program is a way to explore, combat and celebrate our associations with winter. Cabin Fever takes the form of an exhibition in this iteration of our series, which presents non-narrative films as a single-channel installation. These four experimental films and one sound recording stretch the boundaries of cinema and poetry through Northern artists and filmmakers who delve into the varied expressions of cabin fever, ranging from melancholy to amusement. Read More
Anchorage Museum

Camouflage: In Plain Sight

On view through Feb. 5
Winter whites do more than help hide Arctic animals from prey. Scientists believe a white coat also helps keep animals warm. The light-scattering properties of white fur diffuse thermal radiation. Discover more about nature's masters of disguise in Camouflage: In Plain Sight. Read More

History and HITCHCOCK


Community Film Screening: The Empty Chair

6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9
Watch Greg Chaney’s documentary film, The Empty Chair, about an investigation of Japanese internment during World War II and how the community of Juneau came together to defy this injustice. The film is shown in collaboration with Perseverance Theatre, whose play, Hold These Truths, will be performed at the Sydney Laurence Theatre Jan. 6-15. The playwright Jeanne Sakata and other guests will participate in a discussion after the screening. The play explores the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, who took his fight for freedom to the US Supreme Court twice and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Free.

Celluloid Wednesdays: The 39 Steps

7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11
While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes embroiled in an international spy ring related to the mysterious "39 steps." He meets agent Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim), who is soon killed in his apartment. He must elude the police, who are hunting him for murder, while he tries to stop Professor Jordan (Godfrey Tearle) from sending secrets out of the country. Hannay is assisted by Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), an unwilling accomplice who discovers the truth. Presented in partnership with the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association. Free.

Polar Nights


First Friday

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6
Meet a blacktail deer from the Alaska Zoo. Join the Alaska Writing Project and add your voice to a collective sounding board. Watch experimental films in the auditorium. Enjoy a battle of the breweries in Muse. See a live astronomy show in the planetarium. Musician Chris Snyder performs in the west elevator. Free admission thanks to ConocoPhillips. Planetarium admission extra. Read More

Life Drawing Open Studio

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13
Hone observation skills through a self-guided life drawing session. $15 adult, $5 student. Includes Polar Nights admission.

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January Classes and Workshops


Adult Art Class: Intermediate Oil Painting

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7
This class is designed for anyone interested in developing their understanding of the medium and its possibilities. This intermediate course provides hands-on painting time with one-on-one instruction. Participants will take home a finished still-life painting along with a renewed interest and understanding in the medium of oil paint. Taught by UAA art professor David Pettibone. Students are responsible for some supplies; see website for details and to register. $100, members receive 10 percent discount. Register
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