A map of Alaska with the Southeast region highlighted.
Organization: Sitka Trail Works
City: Sitka
Region: Southeast
Program Area: Community Development
Grants Received:
2013: $40,000  2005: $168,000
2011: $18,000  2004: $12,019
2009: $15,000
2008: $170,617

"The Trail"

Ellen Frankenstein is a filmmaker, community artist, media educator and director of the nonprofit, artchange, inc. Ellen's director/producer credits include the award-winning PBS broadcast documentaries, Carved from the Heart, No Loitering and Eating Alaska. Frankenstein's photography projects have ranged from exploring the underside of adventure to digging into the everyday life in war zones and barrios. Filmmaking and photography residences, fellowships and artist in schools projects have taken her from Barbados to Lexington, Los Angeles, Kake and Savoonga. Inspired both by observations of kids and their relationship to the natural and digital worlds, and interpretations of her last name, Frankenstein is developing a multimedia project about our relationship to technology. Ellen is also working on a film about master weaver Delores Churchill, while stepping her toes into a community storytelling, radio and mapping project. Away from work, Frankenstein has helped sail a small wooden boat to New Zealand. She tends her husband as he dives for sea cucumbers and tries to grow tomatoes, basil and other home-grown foods in often soggy Sitka. To learn more about her work go to www.artchangeinc.org and www.efclicks.net.