Based on a 2009 conversation between filmmakers Len Kamerling and Steve Elkins in Fairbanks, Alaska, this short film is Elkins's tribute to Kamerling's breathtaking work in Yup'ik eskimo villages, Hokkaido, and Tanzania, exploring his unique process of living amongst remote, endangered cultures, then allowing those communities to collaborate in the editing and development of his films about them. Kamerling discusses the tensions this creates with anthropologists, and his personal journey through the challenges of authentic representation in ethnographic films as the cultures they depict rapidly disappear from our planet. Kamerling also discusses his kinship and collaboration with composer John Luther Adams on the feature "Strange and Sacred Noise". Adams's unique exploration of Alaska through its sonic geography is one of the subjects of Steve Elkins' film "The Reach Of Resonance".
John Luther Adams - A Sonic Geography Of Alaska: vimeo.com/3019076