Alaska film wins award of excellence in competition

Mike Dunham
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News

"About Face: The Story of Gwendellin Bradshaw," produced by Affinityfilms, Inc., directed by Alaska filmmaker Mary Katzke, has won an award of excellence from The Accolade Competition. The award was given in the Feature Documentary category.

The Accolade, based in La Jolla, Calif., is an international, non-traditional, virtual venue that has won attention from the industry over the past seven years.

It's noted for picking filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and documentaries. Information and lists of recent winners can be found at

Katzke's film followed the odyssey of an Alaska girl who suffered serious burns at the hands of her mother. It was among the audience choice award winners at the Anchorage Film Festival in December.

Kilcher is a princess

• Q'orianka Kilcher, of Homer Kilcher lineage, has the lead role of Hawaiian Princess Ka'iulana in the new film "Barbarian Princess."

It's billed as "The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization" and includes, in the big cast, well-known actors including Barry Pepper ("Saving Pivate Ryan," "The Green Mile," "We Were Soldiers," "The Dale Earnhardt Story").

"Barbarian Princess" is scheduled to be screened at the Indigenous World Film Festival, which will place at the Alaska Native Heritage Center Feb. 5 and 6.

Kilcher starred as Pocohantas in the film "The New World," which also featured Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale and Wes Studi.

According to Phillip Blanchett, who is helping to organize the event, Kilcher will attend the Anchorage screening. He also told the Daily News that one of the movie's producers is a graduate of West High School.

Admission will be free on Feb. 5. Events will start with a reception at 7 p.m., an opportunity to meet film producers and directors.

Saturday's showings will include two films previously reviewed in the Daily News, "Dear Lemon Lima" and "For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska," as well as "Barbarian Princess," which will screen at 7:30 p.m.

More information about "Barbarian Princess" is posted at the Internet Movie Database, A complete schedule for the film festival can be found at

Climate change Film at UAA

• Irish Filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer will be at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday to present their new and controversial film, "Not Evil, Just Wrong."

The documentary describes the politics behind the fears of climate change and suggests that those who think they are saving the planet from climate change are only hurting the poor.

A discussion will follow the screening, which is cosponsored by the Alaska Policy Forum and the UAA College Republicans. Admission is $8 for the general public. For more information, call 334-5853 or e-mail