DANA LIXENBERG VISITS SHISHMAREF AGAIN
In October photographer Dana Lixenberg returned to Shishmaref with 50 copies of The Last Days of Shishmaref. The book was co-published in November 2008 by Paradox and Episode Publishers. In some of the houses she found her own pictures pinned to the wall: polaroids she had left during her last visit. Since then, a new seawall was built. It is meant to protect the island against erosion from the waves caused by the increasingly violent autumn storms. During her visit Lixenberg also met with the school’s new deputy director discussing the possibility of pupils continuing their role as video reporters for the Shishmaref website.
LIBéRATION'S ARTICLE ON SHISHMAREF
It was an article in the French newspaper Libération by Pascal RICHE that triggered the eye of Jan Louter in 2005. It became the source and inspiration of this project.
LETTER TO AL GORE FROM SHISHMAREF SCHOOL KIDS
Schoolchildren from the Bering Strait School District in Shishmaref have written a letter to Al Gore. Jan Louter (director) will be forwarding the letter to Al Gore on the children's behalf. In the letter, the children explain that it’s no longer possible to stay on the island of Sarichef. Within a couple of years, their familiar surroundings will be swallowed by the sea. They are asking Al Gore for attention for this issue and support, both financial and in the media, so that the community can be relocated to the mainland. Read the letter here. Al Gore once spoke about Shishmaref on the Oprah Winfrey Show. An excerpt of their conversation can be seen in the film of The Last Days of Shishmaref.
SHISHMAREF IN THE MEDIA
The case of Shishmaref symbolizes the struggle of Arctic villages to maintain their traditional lifestyles. In the last years, Shishmaref has literally been flooded by journalists and TV crews.
Since 2002, Shishmaref has been solidly on the map in terms of worldwide attention from newspapers, radio, TV stations and websites. Thanks in part to the efforts of Tony Weyiouanna Sr. and the Erosion and Relocation Coalition, the situation in Shishmaref has come to symbolize the rapid climate changes unfolding in the Arctic region. A nearly uninterrupted flow of journalists and TV crews visited the village and has continued unabated, even to this time (2008). For example, the visitors scheduled for June 2008 included: PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), a Japanese crew and a Swedish documentary filmmaker.
KQED - QUEST
Anchorage Daily News
The Sydney Morning Herald
American Association for the Advancement of Science
More information about Shishmaref,
Eskimo cultures, Alaska, Climate Change.
Shishmaref Erosion and Relocation Coalition
Pictures of Shish after a storm
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Listen to: Climate changes lives of whalers in Alaska
Alaska History and Cultural Studies
Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Subsistence
Alaska Community Database
Climate Change Impacts in Alaska
ALASKAN ESKIMO CULTURES
Alaska Native history, education, languages, and cultures
THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF AT THE UPCOMING FAJR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN TEHRAN
“It is a great pleasure for me to inform you that your film THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF has been selected for presentation at the upcoming Fajr International Film Festival to be held in Tehran, Feb. 5-15, 2011.” The film’s selection for the film festival in Iran is great news. It could be an interesting opportunity to sell the film to TV stations in the Middle East, reaching a new audience in that part of the world. For that reason, director Jan Louter will in all probability accept the gracious invitation to attend the festival. If he is able to go, a new blog post on the exciting event is sure to follow.
TV SALES USA
In the last few days of 2010, our sales agent Ryan Krivoshey with The Cinema Guild in New York sold the film to The Documentary Channel (USA). This is great news: we’re reaching a new audience. Other American parties had previously expressed an interest, including Lois Vossen, vice president of ITVS, for the Independent Lens slot. (Ms Vossen had purchased broadcasting rights for another film by director Jan Louter in the past: ‘A Sad Flower in the Sand’, a documentary about the life and work of John Fante.) In the end, the sale did not go through because her broadcasting slot only had room for 50 minutes, which would mean cutting out 43 minutes of the film. Hi Julia and Jan, Some good news. We just concluded a TV sale for LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF with the Documentary Channel. Their license fees are not high, but with the US TV market being in such a poor state, I’m glad to just make a sale these days. And of course, it means the film will be seen by more people. All best, Ryan
DVDS SALES IN THE US
DVD sales in the US are looking good. ‘The Last Days of Shishmaref’ was the best-selling DVD on the Cinema Guild list in April 2010. Publicity was handled well, including brochures and promotional postcards. Libraries and universities were the primary purchasers; universities are using the DVD in their teaching materials.
DVD SOLD OUT/NEW PRINT
The first edition DVDs for the Dutch market, released by Cinemien, have been sold out for some time now. A re-release is in the making; the DVD will be available again in stores and on the internet at the end of February 2011.
The film has won 11 awards to date, presented at a wide range of film festivals. It goes without saying that Miroir Film and director Jan Louter are thrilled by this excellent achievement.
AFI FEST, Los Angeles, USA, November 2008. Feature Documentary. Special Jury Award.
International Film Festival, Anchorage, USA, November 2008. Best Feature Documentary.
ONFilm Festival, Virginia, USA. March 2009. Best Feature Documentary. ONFilm Festival, Virginia, USA. March 2009. Best Environmental Documentary.
Festival International du Film Insulaire, Bretagne, France, August 2009. Best Film Île d’Or
Radar International Independent Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany, October 2009. Best Feature Documentary
Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival, USA, November 2009. Best Feature Documentary
Green Planet Blue Festival, Romania, February 2010. Best Feature Documentary
ACF’s Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award for Excellence in Film.
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, March 2010. Best Environmental Documentary, WWF Award
Tenerife International Film Festival, UK, June 2010. Best Documentary.
Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands. September 2008. Best Camera.
Sichuan TV Festival, China, November 2009. Best Nature & Environmental Protection Award.
DUTCH HERITAGE DAY - USA
Jan Louter’s film will be screened at Dutch Heritage Day (November 16th) in the Dutch Embassy in Washington. This event is attended by an official Alaska delegation on its way to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Three poster format prints were made to accompany the welcome reception in the Dutch Embassy. The film has been awarded on several international filmfestivals in 2009. Find the complete list in the film section.
JöRG COLDBERG'S BEST PHOTO BOOKS 2009
Dana Lixenbergs book was mentioned as one of the best photo books of 2009 amongst others as jpegs by Thomas Ruff and American Power by Mitch Epstein. click here to view the article.
GREENHOST SPONSORS WEBSITE
Greenhost claims to be The Netherlands’ largest Internet hosting company using environmentally friendly technologies and energy. Greenhost, which has hosted Paradox projects for the past ten years, has become the official sponsor of the media-rich www.thelastdaysofshishmaref.net.
FOTO8 REVIEWED THE BOOK
An excellent review was written by Ken Grant for the print and online magazine FOTO8 based in the UK. (Jun 2009) click here to visit.
“Employing a large format process, Lixenberg has worked fluently, [....] building through its portraiture, interior details and the careful noting of the land and its seasonal shifts a refined, substantial understanding of a community that sits at the edge of the US in every sense. […] Looking at these pictures, it’s easy to sense the concerns that must preoccupy each life in Shishmaref and wonder how this community will continue as it eventually, inevitably relocates itself. As each section of this book closes, the sea laps against the land, appearing vivid, daunting and persistent. It becomes clear that it will explode again, working itself into the autumn storms that will surge and trespass, making these concerns ever more desperate.”
BOOK REVIEW ON CONSCIENTIOUS
Lixenberg’s book received several excellent reviews in the international press. Conscientious, Jörg Coldberg’s blog on contemporary photography states: “Unlike most other photography books, which come with some sort of introduction, a bunch of photographs, and then a short statement plus acknowledgements by the photographers (a somewhat tiring format, isn’t it?), The Last Days of Shishmaref alternates photography sections with sections of text that provide some context. So you can treat the book not “just” as a photography book, but you can also learn something about what is actually going on, what is causing the little village to disappear into the sea. I can’t think of a better way to approach the subject matter. (…) It is the kind of book that belongs onto the book shelves of any serious collector and anyone who appreciates contemporary photography for what it does and for how it does that. A stunning achievement.” visit Jörg Coldberg’s blog here
“Unlike most other photography books, [....] The Last Days of Shishmaref alternates photography sections with sections of text that provide some context. So you can treat the book not "just" as a photography book, but you can also learn something about what is actually going on, what is causing the little village to disappear into the sea. I can't think of a better way to approach the subject matter.[….]It is the kind of book that belongs onto the book shelves of any serious collector and anyone who appreciates contemporary photography for what it does and for how it does that. A stunning achievement.”
BOOK NOMINATED BY PHOTOEYE
Dana Lixenberg's book The Last Days of Shishmaref has been nominated by Lesley Martin, editor of Aperture Magazine, for Best Photobooks of 2008 in Photo-Eye Magazine.
BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGN
The book, designed by the prize winning company Mevis & van Deursen, co-published by post editions and Paradox, was awarded as one of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2008. A few signed copies of the book together with a print in a limited edition of 100 (23x30 cm) are still available.
THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF WINS 2 FILM AWARDS
The Last Days of Shishmaref, a film by director Jan Louter, picked up the jury prize in the ‘Best Documentary Feature’ category last weekend at the Anchorage International Film Festival in Alaska. This is the second award that the documentary has received in the United States. Last month the film also won an award at the 2008 AFI FEST in Los Angeles: a Special Mention Jury Award for International Feature Documentary. The AFI FEST is the prestigious film festival organized by the American Film Institute in Hollywood. Although the jury award does not include a cash prize, the honorable mention immediately thrust the film into the spotlight for the press and distributors. Director Jan Louter had a positive discussion last week with the Cinema Guild in New York. The Guild is one of the largest American distributors for independent documentaries. In any case, the film has been picked up by a wide circuit of American libraries and will be used for other educational purposes. All that's needed now is positive reviews from newspapers such as the New York Times. That could signal the kickoff for The Last Days of Shishmaref to circulate in American movie theaters.
LECTURE BY DANA LIXENBERG
Lecture by Dana Lixenberg in the exhibition space on Thursday 18 December 15.30.
Due to the lecture, the exhibition will be closed from 15.00 hours on. A ticket to the lecture (€9 / €6) is also as a ticket to the exhibition. Reservation recommended. More info at LPII.
MRS. DEANE RECOMMENDS A VISIT ON A LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
The highly appreciated photo blog Mrs. Deane, runned by Beierle + Keijser, visual artists from respectively Germany and Holland, warm-heartedly recommend a visit to the museum and the website. (Dec 2008) click here to read the review.
“The last days of Shishmaref is a captivating and engaging project about an Alaskan village threatened by global warming. Besides that, it is also an interesting project about photography, film, weblog, sound files and education coming together to create what can be called an immersive experience in a topic that may leave you shivering. Do go and waste your Sunday afternoon on this website; there is plenty to be seen and heard. Dana Lixenberg's large format photographs are part of the attraction, but don't miss out on the vintage photographs to be found in other sections (e.g. 'the island').”
REVIEW NRC HANDELSBLAD
Wednesday 10 December
Eddie Marsman wrote a beautiful review on the work of Dana Lixenberg and the exhibition in LPII. Only in Dutch available here.
DEBATE IN ZAAL DE UNIE, ROTTERDAM
In cooperation with the Rotterdam Council for Art and Culture, LPII is organizing a debate on ‘global solidarity in relation to the climate problem’. The occasion is the exhibition of The Last Days of Shishmaref in LPII. Date: Thursday 11 December 2008 (20.00-22.00) Location: Zaal De Unie, Mauritsweg 34-35 Entry: Admission is free. Please book in advance: 010-4333534 or Zaal de Unie More information: Rotterdam Council for Arts and Culture, 010-4335833 Francisco van Jole will be the host for the evening. Guests include Dana Lixenberg, photographer; Riekje Ziengs, documentary editor; Bas Vroege, director of Paradox (which produced the book, exhibition and website); Maurits Groen, director of MCMG (Environment and Communication) and the person who initiated Al Gore’s visit to the Netherlands. Excerpts from The Last Days of Shishmaref by Jan Louter will be shown. The guests conduct their conversation based on the images. In addition, they ponder the question of whether such a project can contribute to global solidarity. And, closer to home, they consider the extent to which the Rotterdam Climate Initiative can learn from this project. The debate will also cover the value and impact of the Last Days of Shishmaref project. The creative power of artists can offer an opening for you to identify with a situation. The climate problem is real for everyone.
IN MOVIE THEATERS NOW
The Last Days of Shishmaref. An Inupiaq community swallowed by the sea The film is playing in theaters throughout the country: 11-17 December 2008 Filmschuur - Haarlem 19-24 December 2008 Theater de Fabriek - Zaandam From 18 December 2008 on Lumière - Maastricht 27 December 2008 Filmliga - Hengelo 2009 1 January 2009 Filmtheater Luxor - Zutphen 1-5 January 2009 Zevenskoop - Den Helder 9-14 January 2009 Filmhuis de Keizer - Deventer 15 January 2009 Filmhuis Schiedam - Schiedam 21 January 2009 Filmhuis Zevenaar - Zevenaar Witte Theater - IJmuiden 22 January 2009 Filmtheater De Luxe - Schagen Filmhuis Emmen - Emmen Theater de Kolk - Assen 23 through 25 January 2009 Provadja - Alkmaar 17 February 2009 Filmhuis Purmerend - Purmerend
SPECIAL EDITION: BOOK + PRINT
For the occasion of the exhibition in Las Palmas, episode publishers and Paradox offer a special edition of the photo book The Last Days of Shishmaref with the intriguing portraits, interiors and landscapes by photographer Dana Lixenberg. The book will come accompanied by a print of her portrait of Teddy Sockpick. Book and print will be signed en numbered by Dana Lixenberg.
Photo: Teddy Sockpick | Inktjetprint | 23 x 30 cm | print run 100.
Publication: The Last Days of Shismaref | Dana Lixenberg | paperback | 208 pp.
Price for print and book: € 195.00 (incl.VAT and shipping within the Netherlands and Europe). To order this special edition, mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or use this form. You will receive an invoice from episode publishers.
EXTRA SCREENINGS AT LANTAARN/VENSTER, ROTTERDAM
The film The Last Days of Shishmaref will be shown in Lantaarn/Venster in the coming week.
For more information: Lantaarn/Venster, Rotterdam.
DANA LIXENBERG AT CULTURA
Dutch films and docs about Dana Lixenberg.
More information: Cultura/NPS.
DANA LIXENBERG GUEST IN TALK SHOW ON DUTCH TELEVISION
Dana Lixenberg will be a guest on the talk show De Wereld Draait Door hosted by Matthijs van Nieuwkerk.
Monday, 10 November 19.30, Nederland 3.
During the preview on November 6 both book and exhibition were presented to an audience including international curators who were attending the annual Oracle conference, organised by the Nederlands Fotomuseum.
EXHIBITION TOURS AT LPII
Sunday 9 November
Exhibition tours starting at 13.00 and 15.00. Dutch spoken
Sign up at the counter of the Nederlands Fotomuseum €2.50 per person excl. ticket.
EXHIBITION OPENS 9 NOVEMBER
The Last Days of Shishmaref in LPII Las Palmas, Rotterdam
9 November 2008 – 11 January 2009
NL-3072 AR Rotterdam
+31(0)10 2030 444
€ 6 / € 3 with discount / Free for children under 12 years and Rotterdampas. Combination ticket LPII & Nederlands Fotomuseum: € 8
Tuesday to Friday 10-17 uur
Saturday and Sunday 11-17 uur
DISCOUNT: COMBINED VISIT EXHIBITION AND FILM
If you visit the exhibition with a ﬁlm ticket, you get a € 3 discount. You can also choose to donate that amount to S.O.S. Save Our Shishmaref is a fund raised by the students of the Shishmaref School. They hope to raise money to help relocate their village. The discount also applies vice versa.
More information: LPII Las Palmas, Rotterdam and Cinemien.
THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF SHOWING IN HOLLYWOOD
The Last Days of Shishmaref was selected for a prestigious film festival in Los Angeles. The film will be shown at the AFI FEST. This authoritative festival organized by the American Film Institute will be taking place this year for the 22nd time in various film venues in Hollywood and the historic Roosevelt Hotel. AFI Fest is the definitive American podium for international cinema, as well as the kick-off for the awards season. At the same time, it offers a film market where filmmakers and producers can meet each other. Miroir Film will be heading to LA to be present at the showing. The festival runs from 30 October through 9 November. AFI FEST
JAN LOUTER IN TALK SHOW HOSTED BY MATTHIJS VAN NIEUWKERK
Jan Louter in talk show hosted by Matthijs van Nieuwkerk
Jan Louter was a featured guest on Matthijs van Nieuwkerk’s talk show during the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht (September 2008). Watch the show here.
REVIEW BY HANNEKE GROENTEMAN
Tip The Last Days of Shishmaref, a documentary by Jan Louter and Melle van Essen. An impressive film, playing Saturday afternoon 4 October at the Rialto in Amsterdam (4 p.m.), starting 9 October in various theaters, and no doubt soon on television as well (although you really should see this film on the big screen!). About a melting ice cap that threatens a tiny community in Alaska. Their island is disappearing – and in its wake goes a beautiful, primitive community that has been there for centuries. A beautiful film. 04 October '08 - 01:32 Hanneke Groenteman
PREMIèRE THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF
Première of The Last Days of Shishmaref Saturday, 27 September Netherlands Film Festival Utrecht It’s almost time! Saturday, 27 September marks the première of The Last Days of Shishmaref at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht. The film plays at 7:30 p.m. in Rembrandt 1. It is still a surprise who will open the film. However, it is already clear that the film is in the running to be nominated for a Golden Calf. Other screenings of The Last Days of Shishmaref during the film festival: 28 September at 11.45 (Movies 2) 30 September at 19.30 (Rembrandt 1) 2 October at 19.30 (Rembrandt 2) The Netherlands Film Festival runs from 24 September through 3 October in Utrecht.
THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF IN THE MEDIA
The Last Days of Shishmaref has garnered a lot of media attention. Special appearances on Dutch TV: - Nova (Shishmaref Special, Saturday, 20 September at 22.15 on NL 2.) - MAX broadcast (Tuesday, 23 September at 16.30 p.m.) - NPS Kunststof (Sunday, 28 September at 16.15 p.m.) - Pauw & Witteman (tentatively: Tuesday, 14 October at 22.00) - De Wereld Draait Door (Tuesday 28 October or the first week of November) Jan Louter (director) will make guest appearances: - Matthijs van Nieuwkerk talk show, Pavillion at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht (Sunday 28 September at 22.30) - Preview première and interview with Hanneke Groenteman, Rialto cinema (Saturday, 4 October at 16.00) - Preview première and debate, LUX in Nijmegen (Saturday, 4 October at 19.00) - Preview première National Geographic, Ketelhuis Amsterdam (Sunday, 5 October at 15.00)
MOVIE2MOVIE REVIEW OF THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF
Dutch online movie review zine 'movie2movie' published an enthousiastic review of The Last Days of Shishmaref.
"If you think that, after Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' and Leonardo Di Caprio's 'The 11th Hour' (not to forget 'Earth'), you don't need to watch another movie on climate change, then please read on."
JAN LOUTER IN DE VOLKSKRANT
Journalist Bor Beekman interviewed director Jan Louter about The Last Days of Shishmaref for the Volkskrant. The article was published in the special supplement on the Netherlands Film Festival Utrecht 2008. Read the article here.
NOVA IN SHISHMAREF
On the evening of Saturday, 20 September at 22.15, Nova broadcast a report on the trip that Jan Louter (director) and Melle van Essen (cameraman) took to Shishmaref. View the Nova report here. The aim of the trip was to let the Inupiat Eskimos see the documentary for themselves. The trip was filmed by Annephine van Uchelen (editor) and Ellen Brans (reporter/camerawoman) from Nova. Before the trip, Annephine saw The Last Days of Shishmaref and wrote a piece about it for glossy magazine Green2. What was it like to be in Shishmaref yourself?‘It was touching to see. Just like a refugee camp on a marshy island. Big piles of rubbish lying all around the houses. I think that it’s not cleared away because they know that they'll have to move in the end anyway. And there’s no money available to do the job right. Inside the tiny houses, too, there are enormous collections of things lying around. I myself live on a houseboat in Amsterdam, so I know how easily things pile up around you.’ How was your interaction with the islanders?‘Pretty quickly, the children were shouting greetings to us: ‘Hi Annephine, hi Ellen!’ and we were invited to a party at their home. The meal of seal or caribou didn’t appeal to me as a vegetarian, but naturally I anticipated that. I did eat some lovely, fresh-caught salmon.’ What did you miss the most? ‘A shower! Now, every time I crank open the faucet, I have so much more appreciation for it.’
The film has been awarded on several international filmfestivals in 2009. Find the complete list in the film section.
LAUNCH WEBSITE 2
Shishmaref is an Inupiaq Eskimo community on an island in the far northwest corner of Alaska. Their native land is threatened by the sea as a result of global warming. The 600 inhabitants will be forced to relocate to the mainland within ten years. They may be considered the first community of climate refugees. The project The Last Days of Shishmaref documents this drama by a feature-length film, a photobook and a traveling exhibition.
The website is part of the project The Last Days of Shishmaref. On 19 January 2005, film director Jan Louter read a dramatic report in French newspaper Libération about the disappearance of an island just below the Arctic Circle, where a community of some 600 Inupiaq Eskimos lives. Climatologists predict that climate change will cause the island to be swallowed up by the sea within the next ten years. The report struck Louter to the bone, and he vowed not to let the passing of this island go by unnoticed. The result was a documentary, a website, a book of photography, an exhibition, and an educational course.
Where the film, the exhibition and the book give an impression of a specific time, the website goes farther. The website ties together the past, present and future of the island and of the people of Shishmaref. Over the years, a multimedia archive will be compiled; visitors to the archive become familiar with the dilemmas that accompany the forced relocation. In this small way, the inhabitants of Shishmaref can help write the last ten to twenty years of their centuries of history on the island, which is steadily crumbling into the sea.
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