Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Film Q&A at Film Fest

Posted October 19, 2020 at 5:00 am by

"Love Is the Way" poster. Contributed Image

By Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival

“Love is the Way” brings togeth­er voic­es speak­ing in defense of the Arc­tic Nation­al Wildlife Refuge, high­light­ing the gen­er­a­tions of stew­ard­ship by Gwich’in and Iñu­pi­aq people.

Inspired in part by footage of the late pho­tog­ra­ph­er Michio Hoshi­no, this film explores the friend­ships, val­ues, and sto­ries shaped by the place and the strong com­mit­ments to its protection.

From award-win­ning film­mak­ers Jere­my La Zelle and Kirstin Gates, this film reminds us of the sacred con­nec­tions between us and the ways that a place can teach us how to live with respect and compassion.

Film­mak­er Kristin Gates will par­tic­i­pate in a livestream Q&A on Sun­day, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m., along­side Senior Pro­duc­er Ryan Arash Marsh of the North­ern Alas­ka Envi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter and front­line com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers from the Gwich’in Nation. View this film on demand dur­ing the Fes­ti­val, Oct. 15–25. Full details about his film and Q&A are avail­able at

Jere­my Là Zelle is a lead­ing adven­tur­er, expe­di­tion pho­tog­ra­ph­er and cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er. His doc­u­men­tary work has led him to the Arc­tic, the Himalayas, remote regions of Africa and South Amer­i­ca, and beyond. He has won numer­ous inter­na­tion­al film fes­ti­val awards for his doc­u­men­tary work.

Kristin Gates is a film­mak­er who uses doc­u­men­tary film to tell sto­ries that per­tain to envi­ron­men­tal and human rights issues. Kristin has lived in Alas­ka for the last ten years and has become an expert in expe­di­tion travel.
The 2020 Fri­day Har­bor Vir­tu­al Film Fes­ti­val runs through Sun­day, Oct. 25, pro­vid­ing on-demand access to 20 award-win­ning fea­ture doc­u­men­taries, 12 short films and 11 stu­dent short films.

All are suit­able for the entire fam­i­ly. Full details about the films, how to view them, and how to vote for your favorites is avail­able at

Pur­chase your All-Access Pass ($75) or 5‑Film Pass ($35) NOW at Sin­gle-film tick­ets ($8.50) are also avail­able. Gath­er your fam­i­ly togeth­er, as all can watch on one pass!

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