Leonard Kamerling is Curator of Film at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and Professor of English at UAF. Over the last 25 years, he has produced numerous critically acclaimed, international award winning documentary films about Alaska Native cultures and Northern issues. He received his training at the London Film School, and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from UAF. He joined the Creative Writing Faculty in 1999 where he specializes in teaching writing for film, theater and television.
His film, “Heart of the Country,” was nominated for the American Film Institute’s prestigious Par Lorenze Award. Recently his documentary, “The Drums of Winter,” was named to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.
Throughout his career, Leonard Kamerling has been concerned with issues of cultural representation in film, cross-cultural communication and the role that film and film writing can play in eliminating stereotypes and in credibly translating one culture to another.