No Loitering

A place with high school drop-out and domestic violence rates, Sitka, Alaska teenagers reflect on the possibility of finding a place in society.

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Premiere Date
March 17, 2002
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Ellen Frankenstein

Ellen Frankenstein is a filmmaker and media educator based in Alaska. She has produced and directed documentaries including, Eating Alaska, A Matter of Respect, Miles from the Border, and Carved from the Heart. Frankenstein has coordinated and participated in community arts and school-based media projects from South Central Los Angeles and Show more Lexington, Kentucky to Kake and White Mountain, Alaska. Frankenstein has exhibited her still photography nationally. She has a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California. Grants and awards include a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship and grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities. Show less

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The Film

In the small island town of Sitka, Alaska, "no loitering" signs adorn most shop windows, and local teenagers know the signs are meant for them. High pregnancy, high school drop-out, substance abuse, and domestic violence rates reflect a generation of teens who feel alienated and isolated. Alaskan Native (Tlingit), Filipino, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Caucasian youth reflect on the possibilities of finding a place in society.