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Kes Woodward

Thursday, June 7th 2012 by Pat

I was recently commissioned by the Rasmuson Foundation to create a mini-doc on Kes Woodward, a visual artist from Fairbanks and the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Artist Award.

Kes was an incredibly gracious host. Lou and I arrived at a time when he was between studios, between homes, and between lives but he found room for us and carved out two days from a very busy schedule.

We talked about life and art and wandered around in the birch forests of Fairbanks as the summer greens were beginning to overpower the chalky dusty colors of early spring, it was a wonderful experience.

We shot way too much footage for this tiny documentary and there was so much more I wish I could have included.

Kes reads every Wednesday morning to a class of Kindergarten students, he’s active in his community and church, he’s an explorer looking within and without to discover truths about the world and he shares his discoveries with anyone who is willing to listen.

Kes has a rare and subtle enthusiasm that fills you with curiosity and a calming sense that the world might be an ok place.

This film also features the poetry of state writer laureate Peggy Shumaker and the instrumental compositions of Marian Call. It was quite an impressive group of Alaskan artists on board for this project.

Alaska Robotics Gallery Opening

Tuesday, May 1st 2012 by Pat

I’m excited to announce that the Alaska Robotics Gallery will be opening this Friday, May 4th.

The Alaska Robotics Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Juneau at 220 Front Street and it’s a beautiful space where we’re selling our prints, cards, shirts, and a huge selection of graphic novels.

I hope you’ll join us this Friday for some fancy cheese and help us warm the house.

Alaska Robotics Gallery

One Minute Films

Tuesday, March 20th 2012 by Pat

Here are couple of one minute films I made in September of 2009 as part of The City One Minutes project. I really enjoyed these documentary sketches of Juneau, I had room in the process for experimentation, mistakes and discoveries.

Thanks to Maaike van der Linden for visiting Juneau and getting us involved in the project. Thanks to Rory Stitt for the snippet of beautiful music. Thanks to Bridget for making me the best coat ever.

Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 8th 2012 by Pat

The most awkward, mushy holiday of them all is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day. Bah Humbug.

I do love the pageantry of it though… Decorated shoe boxes taped to the door of a classroom and butterflies doing aerobatics in every kid’s stomach. Students starting the day by boiling down huge hopes and dreams and the deepest, most secret passions into a thick stock and pouring everything into a few words on the back of a flimsy Scooby-doo greeting card.

The holiday gives kids and adults a chance to play at love by carefully selecting just the right micro-sentiment printed in a card or engraved on a chalky candy heart.

It’s fun, nerve wracking, and dangerous. A day to pay allegiance, embrace passion, and neglect your own healthy doubts.

A day to learn that when those butterflies in your stomach escape they often look more like rivers of industrial chocolate mixed with caramel and scrambled eggs.

Ok, I’m getting carried away. Valentine’s Day isn’t that bad. It’s nice that we have a holiday built around the concept of love.. but do we really need so much pink?

Alaska Robotics goes to Anchortown

Thursday, January 12th 2012 by Pat

On January 19th and 20th we’re doing a screening of our work in Anchorage.

Thursday, January 19th @ 7:30 pm

This show is open to all ages and features content suitable for most ages. A bit of language mostly but nothing a proper twelve year old hasn’t already heard or seen.

Friday, January 20th @ 9:30 pm

This show has the same program but is limited to people over the ages of 21 because we’ll have the bar open. Should be fun!

Both shows are at the Alaska Experience Theatre on classy 4th ave. and tickets are available online or at the door.

NW Film Center – 40th Anniversary

Saturday, January 7th 2012 by Pat

The Northwest Film Center celebrated their 40th birthday by hosting a 40 second film challenge. They’re a really great organization and resource so if you’re in Portland be sure to stop and see what kind of classes and workshops they’re offering.

Thanks to Izzy Christenson and Mircea Brown for collaborating with me on these fun little projects and thanks to Stephanie and Marian for helping out with the sets and vocal coaching.

You can see Mircea’s real documentary on Vimeo or catch it at the JUMP Society Film Festival in February. It’s not about base fishing. It’s about happiness.

… And of course a big Happy Birthday to the Northwest Film Center! You guys rock!

UAF Film Club Archives

Friday, December 16th 2011 by Pat

Fade In.

Fairbanks. The screen is still black because the sun is lazy in this part of the world. It’s negative forty and the students have built a climbing wall by sticking soft serve ice cream cones to the side of a dorm… but we don’t call them dorms, they’re only referred to as residence halls because someone thought that might help with the rampant depression and alcoholism. It didn’t.

You get the idea, UAF was a weird place to go to school. Dark, cold and full of moose.

There was also a film festival.

This compilation of the first four years worth of films was put together by Paul Gentemann in 2004. You might recognize some of these fresh young faces and pay particularly close attention at the 2:50 mark.

John Bolds is posting a bunch of these old films to YouTube and he’ll probably get shut down for the copyright violations soon so catch them while you can!

Tickets on Sale!!

Friday, November 4th 2011 by Pat

Online ticket sales for the DVD release screening are now available. If you have any problems or just like doing business in person, please come by the shop or call 586-3440.

Here are the options for now, regular DVD sales will begin after the 12th and we’ll have the same options (without the tickets) in our online store.

Tickets

$10 – You get admission to the show and with the ticket some discounts and fun at the KXLL after party. Tickets are also available at the door.

Ticket & DVD Combo

$25 – You get admission to the show and one of our new DVDs. That’s a $5 savings on the new DVD.

Super Pack!!!

$50 – Includes one ticket, one limited edition print (secret work in progress of a giant bear attacking the moon), a super strong robot magnet, and both of our DVDs – Alaska Robotics Vol 1 & 2 which include more than fifty films and tons of bonus goodies. Kaboom!

Alaska Robotics Vol. 2

Thursday, November 3rd 2011 by Pat

We made a new DVD to collect the last five years of our short films along with a bunch of other goodies.

Please join us in celebrating the DVD release, we’re doing a big screening of at the JDHS Auditorium on November 12th at 7pm and after the screening we’re going to Mandy’s at the Breakwater for an after party sponsored by KXLL and featuring the music of Playboy Spaceman.

Tickets are available for ten bucks at Lucid Reverie (open 2-6 weekdays) and online ticket sales will be available right here… in a day or two.

This will be the first time we’ve put together a feature length collection of our films outside the JUMP Society Festivals so we’ll be showing all kinds of dusty local classics like “Downtown vs. The Valley” and “Buy Back Alaska” alongside our favorite mini-documentaries, sketch comedy, animation, and political satire.

Robots vs. Zombies

Friday, August 5th 2011 by Pat

Here’s an interview we did at comic-con for Zurvived.it, an online zombie survival guide.

I’m standing by my answer, robots are much more dangerous than zombies. Robots have lasers and all kinds of wicked people killing technology while zombies pretty much just have perseverance and hunger.

Sure, it’s the kind of deep down hunger that wins football games but they’re so hopelessly outclassed. Robots can fly, they can be tiny, they can be giant, they can shoot missiles at you from space. They can repair themselves. Robots all the way.

The only way zombies would even stand a chance at wiping us out as fast as robots is if the disease mutated in such a way that it became airborne or could be carried by animals and insects. Even then, I’m going with robots. They’re a lot harder to take out with a baseball bat or an axe.

I guess it could be argued that robots require a lot of maintenance and resources but they know math. And that’s it, my final argument in favor of robots..

Math always wins.