Feature film coming to Fairbanks, seeks actors

Jeremy Smith / Sun Star Reporter
March 1, 2011

Chinonye Chukwu will be filming "alaskaLand" in Fairbanks from March 27 to April 10. Over 200 extras will be cast during the March 5 auditions taking place in the Great Hall.

Former Fairbanksan and UAF student Chinonye Chukwu is returning for two weeks to film her first full-length feature, “alaskaLand.” Approximately six speaking roles and 200 extras will also be cast in the film.

Chukwu is Nigerian-born and Alaska-raised. Previously she had taken a film class at UAF, and decided to build upon that introduction and venture out into the world of film-making. She enrolled at Temple University and earned her masters in film and media arts.

Chukwu’s early work included 2009 Diamond Screen Festival winner Igbo Kweno!, a comedic drama about what it can mean to be a part of a second generation in America. Her most recent film, The Dance Lesson, was a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards and received an Honorary Mention at the Los Angeles International Film Festival. The Dance Lesson concerns a 13-year-old black girl who wants to be a ballerina in her gentrified community of North Philadelphia.

According to Chukwu, artistically she is most concerned with, “images that are rich with cultural nuances.” Her themes often deal with the complex and contradictory issues of ethnic identity, dual identity, and cross-cultural interaction.

Her first feature-length film, “alaskaLand,” is a story of a young Nigerian-American man attempting to find his place between cultures in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The film will be casting for the following speaking roles:

  • Anthony – male of color between the ages of 18 and 22
  • Anthony’s Little Sister – 14 year old girl of color
  • Assistant Dean – white female in her 30s
  • Dean – black female in her 40s
  • Stranger – white male in his 50s – 70s, an “Alaskan Man”
  • Emily – Alaskan Native female that is between the ages of 20 – 22

Approximately 200 extras from Alaska will also be cast in the film. Auditions are open to the public and will be held at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks campus in the Fine Arts Complex, Regent’s Great Hall on Saturday, March 5 from 12 – 6 p.m.

“alaskaLand” will be shooting between March 27 and April 10 in and around Fairbanks.

You can learn more about the film, the casting announcement and the director by searching Facebook for AlaskaLand: the Movie or visiting www.uaf.edu/film/news-1/.

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