Documentary | Catharine Axley

ATTLA tells the gripping but virtually unknown story of George Attla, an Alaska Native dogsled racer who, with one good leg and one outlandish dream, dominated the sport for five decades, becoming a rockstar figure for both Natives and whites.

57 minutes

Release: December 16, 2019

Expiration: December 16, 2023

Distributor: Independent Lens

Rights: Unlimited releases over four (4) years beginning 12/16/2019;

SCH/1YR (for K-12); and non-commercial cable rights.

Catharine Axley

CATHARINE AXLEY is a documentary filmmaker and editor who seeks stories of empowerment through subjects that defy expectations. Her films have played at festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Harlem International Film Festival, and the United Nations Association Film Festival.

Melissa Langer

MELISSA LANGER is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Oakland. She holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University and a B.A. in History from Carleton College. Her short films include Treasure Island, Hauled Out, and Terms of Intimacy. Her most recent film, My Aleppo, tells the story of a young Syrian family in South Africa as they struggle to retain ties to the ancient city of Aleppo.

Kristine Stolakis

KRISTINE STOLAKIS is a BAFTA nominated documentary filmmaker and producer. Her films have played at festivals internationally, including Hot Docs, DOC NYC, and Seattle International and have been featured in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, and Mother Jones.


Associate Producer & Cultural Advisor
EVON PETER was appointed Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community, and Native Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks by Chancellor Biran Rogers in July, 2014. A UAF alumnus, Peter is Neetsaii Gwich’in and Koyukon from Arctic Village, where he served three years as the tribal Chief.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.