New Short Film about George Attla to Get Alaska Premiere during 2016 Fur Rendezvous

The film provides an inside glimpse into life of George Attla,greatest sprint sled dog racer of the twentieth century, who died in February 2015

The film provides an inside glimpse into life of George Attla,greatest sprint sled dog racer of the twentieth century, who died in February 2015

 

Published January 28, 2016

ANCHORAGE—The Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA) will host a fundraiser screening event of “In Attla’s Tracks” on Sunday, February 28—the third day of the 2016 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous—in the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center auditorium.

“In Attla’s Tracks” follows 81-year-old George Attla, who is recognized by many as the greatest sprint sled dog racer of the twentieth century, as he trains and readies his grand nephew, Joe Bifelt, to compete in the world’s largest dogsled sprint race. Yet, as the months pass, an unexpected development causes young Bifelt to re-evaluate what it means to be a champion. The film, which was nominated for an award by the International Documentary Association (IDA), was directed by Catharine Axley, who will be on hand to introduce the film, do some Q&A, and talk about Attla, a feature-length documentary about George Attla that she is currently working on.

George Attla - Photo by filmmakde Catharine Axley

George Attla – Photo by filmmakde Catharine Axley

There will be two performances of this program. The first will be at 2:00pm, the second will be at 4:00pm. Entrance to the event will be via the doors on the 7th Ave. side of the museum. Admission is $15, $20 for a couple, $25 for a family. This event is a fundraiser for AMIPA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Additionally, DVDs of “Spirit of the Wind,”  the 1979 feature film about George Attla, starring Pius Savage and directed by Ralph Liddle, will be available for purchase at this event for $30. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these DVDs will benefit AMIPA. For the most current event information, click here.

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