And then I met Charlie

Nancy Bayer played piano when she was a girl. Then she didn’t play for thirty years. It wasn’t until she met Charlie Hunt, a mandolin player since his twenties, that she rediscovered her fondness for the instrument. Nancy and Charlie are from Fairbanks, Alaska. The couple play jigs and folk songs at the Atlin Arts & Music festival every year. Caroline Mercer and Adam van der Zwan watched them perform at this year’s festival as part of Stories North 60 Second Film Festival.

Sounding off in the not-so-quiet campground

Sounding Off in the Not-So-Quiet Campground is a short film produced by Lisa Johnson, Olivia Robinson and Raisa Patel. The film hears from some lively campers at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival. Nadia, Jonathan and Gus discuss the high notes they feel set the tone beyond the main stage. The film was first screened at the inaugural 60-second film festival at Atlin’s Globe Theatre.

Remembering in red

Red dresses blew in the wind along the Alaska Highway into Atlin B.C. and lined the roads in the northern town. Shauna Yeomans-Lindstrom of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation hung the gowns to draw a subtle but stunningly powerful message about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Red Dress Project was installed at the 2018 Atlin Arts and Music Festival as part of a national movement.This short documentary was produced by Dana Hatherly and Isaac Würmann as part of the 60 Second Film Festival at the 2018 Atlin Arts and Music Festival.

Stichin' the beat

Artists of all types come together through their desire to create at the Atlin Arts & Music Fesitval. In this video, embroiderer Meshell Melvin works to the beat of Speed Control’s ‘Riverside’ to demonstrate the similarities between visual and performance art. Created by Kira Locken and Shanice Pereira for the Atlin 60 second film competition.

Quiet connections

Every year the tiny town of Atlin draws people from all over the world to its annual arts and music festival. While the variety of events draws people together , some people need to take a break from the energy of the main stage. For the Atlin Arts and Music Festival’s 60 Second Film Festival, Lauren Hicks and Madison Ranta documented festival attendees taking a pause from the bustle of the festival’s events. Wes, Leslie, Audrey, Nora, and Kat shared their stories. 

Decorating time

Music can have a variety of faces and meanings. For the listeners and artists at Atlin Arts and Music Festival, music can be a career, a cultural expression, a way to connect, or a way to give back. In a hamlet as small as Atlin, music rises taller than the mountains that surround it. This film was produced by Katherine Lissitsa and Levi Garber. 

Strings for nepal

Every July creators of all kinds congregate in the hamlet of Atlin, BC. Sarah Svoboda, a young violinist busks on the festival grounds with a special goal in mind. Listen to the sounds of Sarah’s song and find out what she plays for. This film was produced by Kiera Kowalski and Cat Kelly. 

Music and art in sleepy atlin


Graham Rudge is an artist and hat-maker. Heather Steinhagen and Aurora Stephany showcase their art and paint festival-goers with intricate glitter designs. In the campground next to the festival, Henry Beairsto, plays instruments with his friends in front of their funky van. The 60-Second Film festival of Stories North offered an opportunity to showcase the unique characters the festival brings together; their collective similarities, and charming differences.

Consent tent

Les EssentiElles and the Yukon Status of Women Council (informally known as Consent Tent) welcomed visitors to their stand at Atlin Arts and Music Festival, from little boys and girls to seasoned social justice activists. Katie Jacobs and Jennifer Liu spoke with Alexia Oman on how her team is ensuring festivals are safe spaces for all. 

Tent city

Madeline Lines and Reina Cowanclimbed in to people’s tents at Atlin Music Festival’s Tent City, for their shot at the 60 second film festival. They spent the day tent-hopping, laughing, and connecting with complete strangers. They asked everything from the trivial questions to deeper questions. The result is a glimpse of these often random, sometimes funny, sometimes profound, meaningful conversations that can happen when you wander over to someone’s tent to introduce yourself.