‘Day in Our Bay’ shows at film festivals across U.S.
Bristol Bay Native Corporation
As a short film documenting a day in the lives of Alaska Natives in the Bristol Bay region is touring film festivals this fall. Bristol Bay shareholders are traveling with the 15-minute movie serving as ambassadors to share their experiences with festival audiences and to rub shoulders with other filmmakers.
“Day in Our Bay” is scheduled to show at film festivals presented by the United Nations Association, National Geographic and the Society for Visual Anthropology, among others.
“Day in Our Bay” premiered at the Anchorage International Film Festival to a sold-out crowd in December. Since then, the film has screened at numerous film festivals, sharing stories of life in Bristol Bay and allowing film enthusiasts across the country to view aspects of Alaska Native culture and traditions.
The film was funded by Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC), the Alaska Native regional corporation for the Bristol Bay region, in honor of its 40th anniversary.
Bristol Bay ambassadors are some of the shareholders whose submitted creative work appears in the film. They, along with BBNC representatives, will attend the screenings, and are scheduled to sit in on Q&A and panel discussions at select venues.
Alannah Hurley and Petla Noden, both of Dillingham, are among the first to travel with the film. Alannah’s video showed Native dance, plus interviews with others about life in the region. Petla provided the music and vocals heard in the film.
Petla attended the Port Townsend Film Festival Sept. 21-23. Alannah and BBNC’s Andria Agli attended the All Roads Film Festival, presented by National Geographic, held Sept. 27-30 in Washington, D.C.
“We are thrilled to provide shareholders the opportunity to attend these premiere film festivals,” said Agli, BBNC director of shareholder and corporation relations. “Ambassadors for the region 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.
About “Day in Our Bay”
“Day in Our Bay” is a collaborative digital storytelling project created in honor of 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.
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.