"Hunting In Wartime" New Haven Premiere

1:45pm Fri May 4 - Gateway Community College

Playing With: "Water Is Life" & "Hibernia By The Bay"

Hunting In Wartime

Hunting In Wartime profiles the incredible stories of Tlingit Native Americans from the village of Hoonah, Alaska who served in the Vietnam War. Their stories confront the complexity of serving a country that systematically oppressed them; from forbidding Tlingit language, to over logging, to laws that robbed returning vets of their ancestral trade of fishing. Many vets succumbed to the horrors of alcoholism, PTSD and suicide while some were able to climb back out to lead the next generation back to their Tlingit culture.

"Water Is Life"

Directed by: Joseph Erb.  An animated film that talks about the issue of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and their struggle to survive as they try to protect the water source into their small nation. Narrated by The Standing Rock Chairman.

"Hibernia By The Bay"

Directed by: David Jackel.  On one stunning Irish bay that flows to meet the Celtic Sea, you'll find five siblings farming Europe's most highly prized oysters. Ireland was coined "Hibernia" by the Romans, meaning "Winter", and is known not only for its mythology but for the fight of its people and an ethereal connectedness to nature. These things run strong in the Harty Family.

GAA Films creates documentary short films that highlight the untold stories of people who love, fight for, or are transformed by aquaculture.


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Hunting In Wartime Continues:

Awards & Accolades
Big Sky Award - Big Sky Film Festival
JAMES ARONSON Award for Social Justice Journalism
National Board of Review Student Grant Award
Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking - Inwood Film Festival
Best Student Film - Inwood Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Picture – NewFest (New York's LGBT Film Festival)
Public's Choice for Best Feature Documentary Award - Paris Feminist and Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Documentary - Outtakes New Zealand
Audience Award for Best Documentary – Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Film + Video Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Documentary - Reel Pride Michigan
Audience Award for Best Female Feature – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award - GirlFest Hawaii
Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary - Fire Island Film Festival
Honorable Mention: SAMHSA Voice Award

Director Biography - Samantha Farinella

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 on National PBS and has screened in over twenty venues over the past year including the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, The National Archives, the American Indian Film Festival and the Hanoi Cinematheque. It recently 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.

Her first feature documentary, Left Lane, won eight awards including honors in New Zealand, Paris and New York. It was featured in over forty festivals including Galway's International Film Festival, Frameline in San Francisco and Out in Africa (South Africa's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival).

She has extensive television production experience, having produced award-winning behind the scenes and promo spots for numerous series on TeenNIck. In addition, Farinella has many accomplishments in field production and videography with networks including MTV, Spike, The History Channel, Animal Planet and PBS.

Samantha also has creative agency experience as a Broadcast Producer where she specialized in reversioning US commercials for the global market. She is currently an MFA candidate in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College.
Director Statement

When "Hunting in Wartime" screens in festivals we will network with local VAs and Native American organizations to insure strong turnouts.


05.04.18 - 1:45 pm
1 hour 6 minutes