GCI awards two Alaska Natives with fellowship, trip to Hollywood

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, awarded two Alaska Native content creators with the first-ever fellowship opportunity developed in collaboration with the Walter Kaitz Foundation, cable’s nonprofit arm which serves to advance diversity and inclusion throughout the industry. GCI announced Anna Hoover, an Alaska filmmaker, and Phillip “Ossie” Kairaiuak, a composer, playwright and member of the indigenous music group Pamyua, as the GCI-Walter Kaitz fellowship recipients on Sunday night at the Anchorage International Film Festival’s awards ceremony. Hoover and Kairaiuak will travel to Los Angeles in February to attend the Walter Kaitz Foundation’s 9th Annual Hollywood Creative Forum, with the goal of establishing connections in the industry to propel their careers.