Steve Elkins Interviews Filmmaker Len Kamerling!
January 28, 2013
In January 2009, during production of “The Reach Of Resonance” with composer John Luther Adams in interior Alaska, RoR director Steve Elkins was introduced to his close friend Len Kamerling, whose life and work has had a profound impact upon both Adams and Elkins. While Adams has been exploring Alaska’s sonic geography, Kamerling had been living in remote Yup’ik eskimo villages exploring the emotional geography native Alaskans have cultivated with the land to survive in such extreme conditions. Kamerling’s work provides new depths to Adams’s observation that “we need to know where we are in order to have a more complete understanding of who we are” and Elkins’ attempts to better understand how listening creates culture through the process of making “The Reach Of Resonance.”
The following short film features Steve Elkins’ 2009 interview with Len Kamerling in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Len’s breathtaking footage from his unique ethnographic filmmaking in Yup’ik eskimo villages, Hokkaido, and Tanzania.