Friday, May 19, 2017

You "Like" us! You really "Like" us!

Something fascinating happened this month. Well, WE find it fascinating.

On May 10th we commemorated the 82nd anniversary of the arrival of the first Matanuska colonists in Palmer, Alaska with a post on our Facebook page. We posted a couple of photos, and a link to our trailer. A few people "liked" the post. A few commented. And then a few more. And then more, and more, and more, and....

As of today, 61 people have shared that post, and it has been seen by 3,648 people. Wow! For us, that's the equivalent of going viral.

But wait, there's more. The post we shared one year BEFORE, for the 81st anniversary, suddenly went viral, too. Out of the blue, it has been shared 872 times, reaching over 57,945 people!

What does this mean? Well, in simple terms, of course, Facebook's algorithm is set up so, literally, the more times your post is seen, the more it spreads, and the more people see it. But we think something else is going on.

When we filmed the interviews for Alaska Far Away and Where the River Matanuska Flows, we were interviewing primarily the original colonists (36 of them) and many of the "colony kids." Most of those interviews were filmed in 1994-1997 - over 20 years ago. By now, all of the original colonists are gone, as well as many of the colony kids. But a whole new generation is now discovering our films, and discovering that their families were part of a unique part of our country's history. They are proud that their grandparents, or great-grandparents, or great-great-grandparents, were part of the Matanuska Colony, and they are sharing that pride in the ultimate 21st-century manner - on social media.

We welcome all our new "friends" on Facebook, and encourage you to share this wonderful story with your family and friends. Thanks for "Liking" us!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday (or every day)

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. Either way, you are happy; you get our films. Yay! But when a customer purchases our films from Amazon, they keep a large chunk of the purchase price. When you purchase directly from us, on the other hand, you are supporting a pair of real live filmmakers, and you get friendly, personal service (Paul packages up and mails every single film; he's really good at that). That way, we're ALL happy. 

If you are lucky enough to live in the Matanuska Valley, you can also purchase our films in person from some wonderful local sources: the Palmer Historical Society (at the Colony House Museum); the Palmer Museum and Visitor Center; and at our favorite Alaska bookstore, Fireside Books

Thank you for supporting small businesses, and thank you for supporting our films!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

At Last: Alaska Far Away Comes to the Bay Area!

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!

Thank you to everyone who came to our free screening at the Letterman Digital Arts Center on July 15th. We are grateful to our friends at LDAC for allowing us to use their beautiful theatre, and everyone enjoyed spending some quality time with Yoda, Darth Vader, and the Imperial Storm Trooper before the show.
Paul and Joanie greeting an Imperial Storm Trooper

Our enthusiastic audience!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the screening, including a lively question-and-answer session afterwards. It is always a pleasure to show our film to a live audience, but holding a screening in our home town in front of family and friends was especially sweet.

And then on Sunday, August 7, we received more good news: Alaska Far Away received its public television broadcast premiere on KRCB-TV. We hadn't received advance notice, but that night several of our friends and family started texting the good news to us - our film was on the air. Many thanks to KRCB, which broadcasts from Rohnert Park down through San Francisco. Let's hope the other Bay Area stations pick it up as well. If we get advance notice of any broadcasts, we will post them on our Facebook page, on Twitter, and, if possible, by sending out an email to our followers.

Next stop: We're heading back to the Alaska State Fair in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more news!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

You are invited: Free screening of ALASKA FAR AWAY in San Francisco on July 15

We have very good news for our San Francisco Bay Area fans!

At long last, Alaska Far Away will have its San Francisco premiere. Join us on Friday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. for a free screening at the Premiere Theatre at the Letterman Digital Arts Center. Not only is this a rare (the Bay Area has been waiting eight years!) opportunity to see Alaska Far Away on the big screen, but it also a highly coveted opportunity to visit the Premiere Theatre - yes, the building guarded by the Yoda statue in the Presidio.

Tickets for this event are free, but because of the security protocols at Letterman Digital Arts Center, you must reserve your tickets online. Seating is limited, so don't wait. Just click here to reserve them on Eventbrite.