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.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

And the Oscar goes to....

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??)

But we do want to send a big shout-out to our friends at Skywalker Sound, who were nominated this year for not just one, or two, or three, but FOUR Academy Awards for their exceptional sound work on feature films. Congratulations!

When we were doing post-production on Alaska Far Away we were working on the tightest of budgets, but we still wanted to take care to ensure the highest quality possible in our post-production work. The good people at Skywalker Sound, who are generally recognized to be the best in the business, worked with us to give us the best possible sound. Much of their work is so subtle that you do not consciously notice it, but it adds immeasurably to the overall viewing experience.

We are proud to list Skywalker Sound in the credits of our film, and will be rooting for them during the Academy Awards on Sunday!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Happy Holidays (and some New Deals)


Congratulations! You've survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday.

Ready to just treat yourself and your loved ones to some laid-back, no-pressure deals on something everyone can enjoy? Good, because we're having a sale!

Here's what's new from us this holiday season:

*  SPECIAL DEALS  *  Just for December, we're dropping the prices on our DVDs. Yes, we're rolling back prices $5 each on Alaska Far Away, Where the River Matanuska Flows, and the gift set of both films. Those savings can really add up, especially when you're shopping for your whole list!
*  NEW ITEMS * We're particularly excited to offer a very special book this holiday season.  When we started conducting research for Alaska Far Away back in 1994, we found ourselves relying heavily on a handful of books, most of which are out of print. Well, we were delighted to find a stash of one of those invaluable books, and are offering copies to you this holiday season at a bargain rate, as long as the limited supplies last.

Originally published in 1955, and out of print since the most recent edition in 1980, Matanuska Valley Memoir is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of the Matanuska Valley, and the Matanuska Colony. The book includes the history of the Valley from 1741 to 1955, with an emphasis on agriculture, the Matanuska Colony, and the role of various government and financial institutions in the development of the Valley. Matanuska Valley Memoir is based on published and unpublished materials and personal accounts by longtime residents. If you like books about Alaska and Matanuska history, this book should be in your collection. Only $10 each, while supplies last.
Matanuska Valley Memoir: The Story of How One Alaskan Community Developed, by Hugh A. Johnson and Keith L. Stanton. Bulletin 18, 3rd edition, 1980. Originally published July 1955. Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station: Palmer, Alaska.

* ONE MORE DEAL *   When you make any purchase this month - any of our films, or Matanuska Valley Memoir, you can get a copy of Matanuska Colony 75th Anniversary Scrapbook for only $5. Yes, only FIVE DOLLARS. Such a deal!

Matanuska Colony 75th Anniversary Scrapbook is a lovingly-compiled treasure-trove of photographs and memories from the early days of the colony, by Lynette Lehn and Lori Kirker of Alaskana Books. We only have a few copies left, and when they're gone, they're gone. So get them now while you can!
And, last but not least:

*  FREE SHIPPING  *  Once again, we are offering free shipping throughout December, anywhere in the U.S. This is our annual gift to you!

This is all good news for you. 

We have also updated our shopping page on this website: check it out! Always feel free to email us at alaskafaraway (@) if you have questions or problems placing an order.

Thank you for your support. Wishing you a very happy holiday season.