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Mush! to the Movies: A Polar Film Club

Join us for a selection of polar-themed films handpicked by LA Filmforum's Director Adam Hyman and members of The Velaslavasay Panorama. The series will feature six events with free popcorn offered to all in the Nova Tuskhut, the only Arctic Trading Post on the North American continent, located on the grounds of the Velaslavasay Panorama. Specialty shorts will also accompany each feature film.

Attendees will be given a unique souvenir Polar Passport, and those who attend all six screenings will receive a surprise gift and a chance to win a night’s stay in The Nova Tuskhut!

The second screening:

Das Eskimobaby (1918)
Eskimo Hunters of Northeast Alaska (1949)

Friday, February 6, 2015
$10.00 General Admission
Free tickets with advance RSVP for
Current Members of The Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiast Society and Los Angeles Filmforum Members

Contact the secretary to RSVP: ____

Das Eskimobaby
Germany, 1918, 65 min., b&w, digital projection
Directed by Heinz Schall
Silent with score by Maud Nelissen

This rare, winning German silent film stars comedy diva Asta Nielsen as Ivigtut, and Freddy Wingardh as a young polar explorer, Knud Prätorius (whose character is, perhaps, modeled on Danish explorer and anthropologist Knud Rasmusen). Prätorius brings Ivigtut back home with him to Berlin from her Eskimo village, where she experiences a confounding and comical Western culture.

Preceded by:

Eskimo Hunters of Northeast Alaska
1949, 20 min., b&w, sound, digital projection
Produced by Louis deRochemont, directed by Kay Norton.

A straightforward documentary with an Eskimo boy as narrator, detailing the daily activities of the boy and his family. “This film shows activities seen in Nanook [of the North] and [The Wedding of] Palo as practiced decades later: here, seal are hunted with rifles, igloos are roofed with canvas, furs and crafts are exchanged for manufactured goods at the trading post, songs and dances become recreations in the school house. The dog sled, umiak and kayak are means of transportation, and hunting remains the basis of their livelihood.” – Flicker Alley

Upcoming Screenings:

III. Nanook of the North (1922) Friday, March 20th, 2015, 7:30pm  



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