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Short film produced by Unalaskans debuts at environmental film festival

In collaboration with the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, Usugilix Awakun is a short film produced by First Nations Development Institute, Spruce Tone Films and KUCB’s Kanesia McGlashan-Price. The film follows Unangax̂ scientist Shayla Shaishnikoff as she researches paralytic shellfish toxicity around the island. The film premiered at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California in February and is continuing to make rounds within festivals, like the Portland EcoFilm Festival.

In this episode of “Island Interviews,” McGlashan-Price discusses her role as a Story Producer and what it was like to film Shaishnikoff’s scientific research.

This interview originally aired on KUCB on March 7, 2024.

Sofia was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She’s reported around the U.S. for local public radio stations, NPR and National Native News. Sofia has a Master of Arts in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism from the University of Montana, a graduate certificate in Documentary Studies from the Salt Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder. In between her studies, Sofia was a ski bum in Telluride, Colorado for a few years.
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