These are challenging times for everyone. The world seems upside down: jobs have disappeared, we have to keep distant from one another, and many have been staying inside for what seems like an eternity.
So we’re giving you a gift: You can now rent our films ALASKA FAR AWAY and WHERE THE RIVER MATANUSKA FLOWS for only $.99. That’s right – less than a dollar. The rental period has been extended to three months, so you’ll have ninety days from whenever you rent the film or films, so you can watch whenever and as often as you like. Just click on the “Buy/Rent/Watch” tab above, and click again under each film for “Stream and/or Download.”
ALASKA FAR AWAY, and our companion film, WHERE THE RIVER MATANUSKA FLOWS, are particularly timely as people face tremendous challenges of personal hardship as a result of Covid-19. These films take us back to the Great Depression – another time of widespread unemployment and deprivation – sharing stories of people whose lives were transformed by an innovative government program designed to give them a chance at a better life.
ALASKA FAR AWAY has been enjoyed by millions of people around the country on public television and at film festivals. For those who want to dive deeper into the story, WHERE THE RIVER MATANUSKA FLOWS offers more in-depth interviews with the people who lived this adventure, and who built what is now the thriving community of Palmer in the beautiful Matanuska Valley of Alaska.
Both films are suitable for the entire family. Please enjoy them at this bargain price. In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones stay well, stay safe – and don’t forget to wash your hands!
We have lots of great news to share for the New Year, starting with our biggest announcement:
We’ve gone digital!
You asked…we listened…and we finally figured out how to do it.
We are happy to announce that our films Alaska Far Away and Where the River Matanuska Flows are now available for streaming and/or download from our web site, in addition to being available on DVD. We are excited that our films will now be widely available to viewers everywhere. So please, spread the news to your family and friends!
And more great news: our new look
Our web site has a whole new look, thanks to our talented friend Valli Hilaire. We hope you like it as much as we do!
And yes, you may notice that the name of our web site has changed again, back it its original form, www.alaskafaraway.com. However, for the time being, feel free to use either www.alaskafaraway.com or www.alaskafarawaythemovie.com.
Southern California viewers take note: Alaska Far Away returns to KVCR-TV on Sunday, January 28 at 10:00 PM.
During the 2017 Alaska State Fair, Rhonda McBride of Anchorage news station KTVA interviewed us about Alaska Far Away and the history of the Matanuska Colony, as part of a feature story about the history of agriculture in the Matanuska Valley.
Read the story here.
Watch the interview here.
We’re celebrating our seventh consecutive year of sharing Matanuska Colony history in the historic Wineck Barn at the Alaska State Fair. Each day throughout the Fair we show our films Alaska Far Away and Where the River Matanuska Flows, as well as vintage newsreels from the early days of the Colony in the 1930s. Since 2014, the Palmer Historical Society has shared the Wineck Barn with us, presenting wonderful displays of historical items from their vast collection of Colony memorabilia. (This year’s display honors the Colony’s military veterans – it’s a must-see.) Continue reading “Greetings (once again) from the Alaska State Fair!”
Something fascinating happened this month. Well, WE find it fascinating. Continue reading “You “Like” us! You really “Like” us!”
As a real live small business (really, it’s just the two of us, Paul and Joanie), we applaud the concept of Small Business Saturday. In fact, we encourage people to support small businesses EVERY day. For example, you can purchase our films from Amazon, or you can purchase them directly from us. Continue reading “Small Business Saturday (or every day)”
It has been a long time coming, but within the past month Alaska Far Away finally debuted in the San Francisco Bay Area — both in a live screening AND on public television! Continue reading “At Last: Alaska Far Away Comes to the Bay Area!”
No, Alaska Far Away isn’t up for an Academy Award this year – after all, we released the film in 2008. (Has it really been that long ago??) Continue reading “And the Oscar goes to …”