Hunting in Wartime profiles Tlingit veterans from Hoonah, Alaska who saw combat during the Vietnam War. The veterans talk about surviving trauma, relating to Vietnamese communities, readjusting to civilian life, and serving a government that systematically oppresses native people. Their stories give an important human face to the combat soldier and show the lasting affects of war on individuals, families and communities.
There are many films out today that profile veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hunting In Wartime has the long-range perspective of how a soldier’s life was affected long after the war ended, giving us a glimpse into what present-day soldiers may confront in the future. The film portrays a stark reality of the human cost of war.
National PBS and PBS World Channel
Red Nation Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
Old Castle Theater, Bennington VT
Red Dirt Film Festival (OK)
University of Alaska Southeast (AK)
University of Montana
Sitka Public Library (AK)
Alaska Native Heritage Center (Anchorage, AK)
Homer Theater (Homer, AK)
Gold Town Movie Theater (Juneau AK)
Hoonah Indian Association Community Center (Hoonah, AK)
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Samantha Farinella (Producer/Director)
Samantha Farinella is a New York City-based filmmaker and founder of One Angry Woman Productions.
Farinella's latest feature length project, Hunting in Wartime, premiered nationally on PBS and won the Big Sky Award at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism in Documentary and the Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award at the Inwood Film Festival in NYC. It has screened in over thirty venues including the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, The National Archives, the Cambodian International Film Festival, the American Indian Film Festival and the Hanoi Cinematheque.
Her first feature documentary, Left Lane, won eight awards including honors in New Zealand, Paris and New York. It received official selection in over fifty national and international festivals including: San Francisco's Frameline, Out in Africa (South Africa's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival), Galway Film Fleadh, Barcelona's Kosmopolis and opening night at Boston's LGBT Film Festival.
She also has extensive television production and advertising experience with media companies including Viacom, The History Channel, Animal Planet, PBS and Hogarth Worldwide. Farinella's most recent positions are as an adjunct professor and/or guest lecturer in media and film production/studies.
Samantha received her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY).
Christie George (Producer)
Christie George is the Director of New Media Ventures, a Democracy Alliance project focused on investing in early stage new media organizations. Previously, she was an independent management consultant working with think tanks, international development organizations and start-ups to integrate business components into their mission-driven activities.
She has extensive experience in media including six years with Women Make Movies, the world's largest distributor of films directed by and about women. At WMM, she played a key role in helping set strategic direction for the organization, managing sales and marketing efforts for the company's slate of independent films and launching new initiatives, including The Girls Project, a critically acclaimed series celebrating girls' lives around the world.
George received her MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. She also graduated with the Said Prize, awarded annually to the top student in the MBA class.
Sonya Gray (Producer)
Sonya M. Gray is of Tlingit descent, born and raised in the village of Hoonah, Alaska. She is a Raven of the Ta’akweinadi Clan (Sea Lion ). Her father, Dennis H. Gray, Sr. is the current leader of the Wooshkeetaan Clan (Shark) and her late mother, Liv C. Gray, has the honorable distinction of being Hoonah's only female Mayor to date.
Sonya has been involved with her culture and served her community in many capacities; as an educator, volunteer and advocate. Her involvement includes serving as Grand Secretary for the Alaska Native Sisterhood, the oldest non-profit organization, founded to fight for the civil rights of Alaska Natives.
She has also worked in the public school system with primary and secondary students as a reading/math instructor for challenged students, as well as providing after school tutoring services and coaching various athletic teams.
She currently lives in Ottawa, Canada where she is attending Carleton University, pursuing an Anthropology B.A. Honours degree.
Erin Greenwell (Producer/editor)
Erin Greenwell is the founder of Smithy Productions. She directed her feature film "My Best Day", which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Feature narrative films include "Clutter" starring Carol Kane and "The Hungry Ghosts" directed by Michael Imperioli. Television editing includes PBS, TLC, Animal Planet and the Travel Channel.
Aside from working on Hunting in Wartime, documentary editing includes the award winning musical documentary short "Passion", documenting the life of Polish violinist and composer Zbigniew Seifert, PBS' s "In the Life" (LGBT magazine format show) and Devil May Care, a music documentary spanning 8 decades of jazz man and creator of School House Rock, Bob Dorough.
Marlene Johnson (Advisor)
Marlene Johnson is currently the board chair of the Huna Heritage Foundation. She will take on an advisory role as well as serve as one of the film's subjects.
Marlene Johnson is native Tlinkit T'akdeintaan (Sea Pigeon) and was born, raised and still resides in Hoonah, Alaska. She studied management, financial management, and personnel at the University of Oregon and Washington State University.
Currently, Ms. Johnson holds several positions in Alaska, including Commercial Fisheries Entry Commissioner. She also serves on the University of AK School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences advisory council, the Southeast Alaska Selective Service Board, and the Board of Trustees on the Sealaska Heritage Institute, among others.
Johnson has received many awards for her service to the community, such as the Alaska Democratic Party's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Alaska Federation of Natives Citizen of the Year Award in 1995, and the Outstanding Women of America Award 1985-1991.
James Lindoff (Advisor)
James Lindoff is a key advisor to Hunting in Wartime. Lindoff is Native Tlingit Kaagwaantaan (Eagle-Wolf) from Klukwan and grew up in Haines, Juneau and Hoonah. Lindoff is a decorated Vietnam Veteran having served as Sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division from 1966-1968.
Lindoff went on both special operations and reconnaissance missions; he made 69 jumps, 8 of them over 15,000 feet. After being shot, Lindoff received the Purple Heart.
As the Commander of the Hoonah Veterans for the Southeast Alaskan Native Veterans Association, Lindoff has responsibilities for flag detail, funeral detail and leading the local veterans' marches in Hoonah.
Lindoff currently resides in Hoonah and has provided extensive support for the documentary, advising on everything from veterans affairs to Tlingit custom to current economic realities within Hoonah.
Lyle Kelly James and Kolene Elizabeth James (Song Composers)
Lyle Kelly James, is the son of Betsy and Owen James, and grandson of Jacob Pratt Jr. and Rose Gerber, and Kelly and Betty James. His Tlingit name is Xeetli.eesh, and comes from the Wolf House. Xeetli.eesh is Tlingit, Kaagwaantaan, Eagle/ Wolf Clan and a child of the Tlingit, Kiks.adi, Raven/Frog Clan, and grandchild of the T'akdeintaan Raven/Sea pigeon, L'uknax.adi Raven/ Coho, Lukaax.adi Raven/Sockeye, Filipino, Naanyaayi Eagle/Killer whale, Sik'nax.adi Eagle/Brown Bear, Tsaagweidi Eagle/ Split Killer whale, and the Hawaiian nation. He was raised in Hoonah and Kake, Alaska.
My English name is Kolene Elizabeth James, my Tlingit name is DaxKilatch ~ Keeper of Sacred Things or Sacred Knowledge. My name comes from the Head of the Nass River. My parents are Francis and Norma Jean Dunne. I am the child of the Tsimshian through my father's tribe. I am Haida and Tlingit Gaanax.adi ~ Raven Starfish from the Taantakwaan ~ people of Tongass and I am also (Tsimshian) Gitlaan Ggan haa da of Metlakatla on my mother's side (Metlakatla is the only reservation here in Alaska). I was raised in the village of Saxman (outside of Ketchikan city limits), the better half of my childhood and spending most of my summers in Metlakatla with my beloved grandmother Jessie Ridley. I am also the grandchild of the Teikweidi ~ Brown Bear People, Tsimshian People, and Irish.
We are very proud of our heritage! We are humbled to be blessed as parents of 3 children ~ Devon, Kordell, and Corinne.
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Hunting in Wartime was the proud recipient of the Rasmuson Foundation grant which was fiscally sponsored by The Hoonah Indian Association.
Hunting in Wartime is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Hunting in Wartime was recently awarded a grant from the Alaska Humanties Forum.
Thank you to our supporters for helping make the film a reality:
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