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Baking Alaska is an award-winning documentary film about two Southern sisters who pursue a dream of opening a bakery all the way to Homer, Alaska. Amid fishermen and outdoorsy adventurers they'll face the challenges of an extreme environment and working with family.
The film has been accepted to the 2013 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, the 2013 LA Femme International Film Festival and the 2013 Ruby Mountain Film Festival.
Spend an hour watching the documentary and engage in conversation with filmmaker Kari Barber.
Kari Barber is a member of the Reynolds School of Journalism faculty. She is journalist and documentary filmmaker with a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Filmmaking and Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
She's worked internationally as a freelance journalist in Southeast Asia and West and Central Africa where she reported for international media organizations including the Voice of America, Associated Press Television News, Marie Claire magazine, Reuters news agency, France 24, the United Nations humanitarian news analysis site IRIN, and The Christian Science Monitor. As a journalist she traveled to nearly a dozen African countries producing radio, television and multimedia reports on topics including dissident bloggers, government human rights abuses, presidential elections, civil conflicts, art, sports, oil unrest and economic growth. She also worked in Sierra Leone as a media trainer for the organization Journalists for Human Rights.
In 2009 Barber returned to the United States to live in Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and reporter for two documentaries for the premier PBS public affairs show Frontline.
Her current work includes a transmedia web social history project and documentary film about historical all-black towns that formed after the Civil War in her home state of Oklahoma during an unrealized effort to make it the first all-black state.