Alaska Film Forum presents 10th Open Projector Night

Woman kisses man at Open Projector Night screening.
Filmmaker Matt Jardin and Megan Hellenthal at Open Projector Night last Thursday at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. Jardin is the proprietor of Alaskero Pictures.
People crowd the lobby at Bear Tooth Theatrepub at Open Projector Night.
Revelers in the lobby of Bear Tooth Theatrepub at Open Projector Night. The event ended at 1 a.m.

About every three months Bear Tooth Theatrepub hosts a 90-minute event known as Open Projector Night, or OPN. The event presented by the Alaska Film Forum, Bear Tooth Theatrepub and Alaska Filmmakers is a chance for local filmmakers to showcase their works publicly. The works are often of decent, if not very good, quality and are really quite impressive.

The last OPN, on Jan. 30, was the 10th OPN ever held. There were short films including a fishing film about catch and release, music videos and animated shorts. Other films spanned topics such as building a robot, killing one’s ex and heart-wrenching tales about mourning.

The audience seemed to enjoy all but a few films of the set.

“One cartoon was really dragging on. That was boring the hell out of me. Other than that, I was pretty entertained by the whole thing,” said UAA alumnus Chad Bird, who was in attendance at last week’s OPN.

Alaska Film Forum, one of the sponsors of the events, mission statement is, “Building Alaska’s film community and encouraging independent filmmaking through exhibition, education and production.”

OPN, which Alaska Film Forum began in 2011, is just one of the many ways they allow filmmakers to exhibit their works.

Those interested in submitting films for future OPN can contact Joshua Lowman at 907-244-7579 or joshua. [email protected] or visit http://www. alaskafilmforum.org.