Keepers of the Shy Place

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On the tiny island of St. Paul, Alaska, marine debris is taking its toll on the ecosystem--especially the northern fur seal, a species of enormous cultural significance to the Unungan people who call this place home. Join the members of this resilient community as they confront this challenge with action and profound wisdom in order to protect the ocean wilderness that defines and feeds them, and which is quickly changing.

Included in the 2021 touring collection.

  • Producer: Gianna Savoie

  • Duration: 14min 45sec

  • Category: 2021 Selection

Ages 8+

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Join filmmakers, Madeleine Brennan and Gianna Savoie in conversation about three short films: Growing Up Kiwi, Keepers of the Shy Place, and Expedition Nautilist: Fiji. Gianna acted as Madeleine’s advisor on her film, a nominee in the best student film category--the two worked together in the Masters program at the University of Otago in New Zealand. 20 minutes. The two get into how they think up titles, how they approached each specific project differently, and all the amazing collaborators along the way. Moderated by Carrie Richer, IWFF Artistic Director.