Scene 1Wed, Mar 9, 2016 7:00 PM Event Date Passed
Series Info
Series:Special Event


FilmScene is pleased to present An Evening with Jessica Oreck, whose films have played at festivals, cinemas and arts venues around the world. We will screen some of Oreck's short work followed by the feature-length AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS with post-screening discussion to follow.

FREE admission for FilmScene members (non-members regular price) as a way of saying thank you for your support--simply login to claim your tickets online or stop by the Box Office. Your seat will be guaranteed up until 10 min. before showtime, at which time we will release unfilled seats to anyone seeking walk-up tickets. Members may still get tickets for free at the door pending availability. Thank you!


"A work of cinéma vérité of the highest order: vivid, immersive and unflinching." -Sheri Linden, LA Times

"A work of ethereal beauty...utterly engrossing. -John Anderson, Variety

Critics' Pick - The New York Times + Village Voice

One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard-earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature. Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness. These men are what John Wayne wanted to be. The brothers, along with their wives and children, live well north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, where they are the leaders of a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland. AATSINKI follows the family for the span of one year, quietly observing their seasonal routines and the difficulties and joys of a life so closely tied to the land.


Jessica Oreck is an ethno-biologist (having previously worked as an animal keeper and docent at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC) and filmmaker who makes projects large and small that instill a sense of wonder and invite viewers to question their relationship with the natural world. Her award-winning first feature-length documentary, "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo," played theatrically globally and aired on PBS's Independent Lens. Read more at Oreck's website: