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Map of Downtown Juneau

Monday, June 30th 2014 by Pat

I love illustrated maps so I made one of downtown Juneau.

map title

The map will be available as a limited print at the gallery and I’ll also be handing out a bunch of the fold-up walking guides for free to local businesses and tourists.

The back includes information on nightlife, basic survival, food and all my favorite things about downtown Juneau.

2014 juneau map

If you’re wondering about the economics, it started out as a map of just a few places I like and grew from there. I didn’t charge anyone and we’re paying for the printing ourselves. I hope to make my money back by selling prints. I also hope putting this out there is good publicity for the gallery and brings a few people in the door who might not find us.

Beyond attracting people to the gallery, I want visitors to be able to appreciate Juneau as much as I do. I want them to find places they’ll love like The Rookery Café or secret spots they might miss like Aunt Claudia’s Doll Museum.

This work had two primary inspirations, the 1984 Fiesta Promotions map of the Juneau area (below) and the Americae Sive Quartae Orbis Partis Nova Et Exactissima Descriptio.

fiesta juneau map

Peggy Shumaker

Thursday, May 29th 2014 by Pat

I was recently commissioned to create a short film about Peggy Shumaker, recipient of the 2014 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist Award.

Aaron and I flew up to Fairbanks for a few days in the spring and had a great time interviewing Peggy and getting more familiar with her work.

For more perspective, I strongly recommend reading her memoir, Just Breathe Normally. Much of what we tried to share here was drawn from the framework of that memoir.

A poetic side note, the shattered wind chimes in the documentary are the actual chimes from her story. She found them shattered on the deck just a few days before we arrived to film and I thought it would be good to include them as both an object of significance and a visual metaphor.

The completely caved-in tire is from her accident as well.

Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence

Tuesday, May 6th 2014 by Pat

I recently attended the Alaska Arts and Culture Conference as a filmmaker in residence. It was an exciting and frantic process which involved capturing footage over the first two days of the conference and then immediately leaning into an all-night editing session so that I could present a finished film at the close of the conference.

I had no plan going into the project and I let my interactions with people guide me along the way. The resulting film is a tiny bit experimental and almost evolved into a narrative piece about reindeer sausage. Despite all that, it somehow managed to stay nicely on the rails.

The resulting mini-doc was created completely from audio and visuals captured during the event and what you see here is exactly the film I presented at the conference with the exception of a couple new title cards.

Now Hiring!

Friday, February 7th 2014 by Pat

help wanted

We’re looking for hard-working, energetic and creative employees for full time or part time employment at both the Alaska Robotics Gallery and on the media production side of things at Lucid Reverie.

Lucid Reverie is a small media firm focused on website design and video production. Our website work is primarily PHP/MySql based and many of our sites rely on WordPress as a content management system. We use Adobe products and have a few Linux boxes and a web server to keep an eye on. We especially like to create mini-documentaries and other projects where our distinct voice can show through.

We also pick up media duplication, digitization, graphic design, animation and other miscellaneous projects.

Alaska Robotics is a label we’ve created for our personal projects, short films and comics. We opened the Alaska Robotics Gallery almost two years ago and we’re seeking flexible, part-time employees to work retail.

We are most interested in employees who demonstrate a wide range of skill, intelligence, creative aptitude, and vision.

To apply for a position, please drop off a current resume and a brief cover letter at the gallery. 220 Front St. Juneau, AK.

Lael’s Film Project – Collision

Friday, January 24th 2014 by Pat

Lael Rogers worked with us the past two summers. She’s a skilled writer, editor and cinematographer and I’m sure we’ll see great things from her as she ventures out into the world of filmmaking. Before that happens though, she’s trying to wrap up a big school project and seeking assistance through Indiegogo.

I hope you’ll drop a few dollars in the hat for her. Lael is talented, a hard worker and well worth the investment.

Forum @360

Thursday, January 9th 2014 by Pat

Aaron, Lou and I sat down with Jeremy Hseih at 360 North for an interview last night to talk about our upcoming political satire project. You can catch it right here if you like…

January Snooozeletter

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 by Pat

Actually, we’ve got a lot going on. Information inside about drawing events, our big teeevee interview and Marian’s concert.

Winter Bear

Friday, January 3rd 2014 by Pat

sleepy bear

It’s not unusual to see bears wandering around town but the one I saw last night was up way past his bedtime. Here’s the story by Casey Kelly at KTOO.

Last Day to Kickstart Alaska Robotics News

Thursday, November 21st 2013 by Pat

Here we go, into the final hours of the fundraiser and we’re closing in on our next goal of $8000!

We spent the last week looking back at our favorite political satire films, let’s cap it off with this one.

Scott McAdams Porno Moustache

I Wish I Were a Whale

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 by Pat

I interrupt my relentless Kickstarter promotion to share a beautiful song by our friend George Kuhar.

Long live Shadow Island Records!