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Alaskan Filmmaker Teaching Summer Course At UAF

University of Alaska Fairbanks Film Department

Filmmaker Andrew MacLean is returning to Fairbanks to help teach his craft.  MacLean, who grew up in Fairbanks and Barrow, garnered national and international awards for his 2012 feature film “On the Ice”.  MacLean now lives in New York, and is coming home next week to be one of the instructors for a University of Alaska Fairbanks Film Department course.  

MacLean says the course will consist of "teaching students how to do the various crew positions, you know, including myself as director and we have a producer, a cinematographer, a key grip, things like that. So it’s an opportunity for the students to come in and learn all these different positions, actually making a film.”   

MacLean wrote a short film specifically for the two week UAF F.R.A.M.E. (Film Reel Alaska Mentorship Experience) program course. He says it’s very different from the dark themed “On the Ice”.       

"It’s about a guy, a very un-heroic guy, who finds a way to become a hero. There’s also, there’s a little bit of gangster element to it, a little bit of crime kind of caper aspect to it, I guess," MacLean said. "It’s funny too, it’s definitely supposed to be funny.”

The short film will be produced with locally cast actors during the F.R.A.M.E. program class, which runs from May 27 to June 14.  The for-credit course is aimed at providing experience students can use to get jobs in the film industry. 

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