Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer in Alaska, and more debuts across the country

It is now officially summer in Alaska, that magical time when the flowers shoot up so fast you can practically hear them grow, the fish are jumping, the tourists are arriving, and you never want to go to bed because the sun is shining all day and night. If summer also includes a few pesky mosquitoes and the
occasional 90-degree day, so be it. If you've never been to Alaska in the summer, GO! And if you have, GO AGAIN! And if you're going, don't miss the beautiful Matanuska Valley. Every time we return, it takes our breath away. Majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, rolling farmland, friendly people, intriguing history, and the most delicious produce you're ever going to taste make it a wonderful place to visit. We can hardly wait to return again in August to show our films in the Wineck Barn at the Alaska State Fair. We'll be writing more about our Fair plans soon, but we'll just say that we hope you join us, because there will be plenty going on in the Wineck Barn to bring you back again and again.

In the meantime, Alaska Far Away continues its tour of public television stations across the country. Here's a list of the broadcasts through the end of June. Not in your broadcast area? Please share this link -http://p0.vresp.com/c2tlo3 - with friends and family in the areas where it is being shown. Thank you!

East Tennessee Public Television - Knoxville, Tennessee
Thursday, June 20 at 10:00 p.m.

WUSF-TV - Tampa, Florida
Saturday, June 22 at 4:30 a.m.

WBCC-TV - Orlando, Florida
Saturday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 a.m.

WGVU - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sunday, June 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Idaho Public Television -
Idaho PTV operates stations that reach 97% of Idaho's population, as well as reach 6 surrounding states and Canada. Some of their stations broadcast in Mountain Time, others in Pacific Time. Their broadcasts of Alaska Far Away are as follows:
KAID, KIPT, KISU - Boise, Idaho
Sunday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. MT
Monday, June 24 at 12:00 a.m. MT

KCDT & KUID - Northern Idaho and Spokane, WA
Sunday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.PDT

KNCT - Killeen, Texas
Thursday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

In a Colony State of Mind

So much Matanuska Colony-related news this weekend - where to start?

COLONY DAYS
Palmer, Alaska is enjoying Colony Days this weekend - the annual celebration of Palmer's Matanuska Colony roots, and  the arrival of summer in Alaska - round-the-clock sunshine, plants growing a foot every day, and being outdoors as much as possible.

This public celebration comes one week after the colony families gathered for their annual reunion dinner. "Colony kids" who grew up in the Matanuska Colony, along with colony grandkids, great-grandkids, etc., gathered for an afternoon of nostalgia and catching up.

And speaking of nostalgia: the opening scenes of Alaska Far Away were filmed during the Colony Days Parade in 1995. Look familiar? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX12QFQ0Lvk

COLONY DAYS GIVEAWAY - YOU COULD BE A WINNER
We're honoring Colony Days by taking part in the I Love Palmer/Colony Days Giveaway. Created by Palmerite Laura Sampson, author of the blog, Hey What's For Dinner Mom?, the giveaway includes ALL of the following Matanuska Colony-themed prizes:
*  A set of BOTH of our films on DVD: Alaska Far Away and its companion film, Where the River Matanuska Flows
* Helen Hegener's new book, The Matanuska Colony Barns - a must-have for anyone who interested in
the Matanuska Colony, Palmer, Alaska, farming, barns, history, or great books. (That pretty much covers everyone, doesn't it?)
* Heather Lehe's book, Colony Kids - a charming novel about the early days of the colony written from the perspective of the kids themselves, and based on stories from actual colony kids (including some stories featured in our films).




So enter the giveaway now! The drawing ends in three days, and your odds of winning are great.

THIS WEEKEND'S BROADCASTS AND MEDIA
Our interview on Aspen Public Radio can be heard here. And we were jazzed to wake up to see a glowing article about Alaska Far Away posted on Alaska Dispatch.

Meanwhile, Alaska Far Away is showing on public television stations in three different states over the next three days. Here are all the details. Please spread the word to friends and family in these broadcast areas.

Colorado Public Television
Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 a.m.

Tune in to Aspen Public Radio this week, as we talk with filmmaker and NPR reporter Rob St. Mary about Alaska Far Away. Check our Facebook page for time and date.

WPBS-TV - Watertown, New York*
Sunday, June 9 at 12:00 noon
* WPBS-TV also reaches eastern Ontario, making this the first international broadcast for Alaska Far Away


Wyoming PBS

Monday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Week of Debuts: Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, New York State, Wyoming, Michigan

UPDATE:

While Alaska Far Away continues showing on KAKM and KTOO in Alaska this week (final broadcast Wednesday June 5 at 8:30 p.m.), we're also excited to make our debuts in six more states in the coming two weeks. For our new viewers - welcome! If you enjoy this saga of the New Deal pioneers, we hope you will help us spread the word as Alaska Far Away makes its way to public television stations around the country. If you want to stay up-to-date on our broadcast schedule (not to mention live screenings), please "like" our Facebook page. We also send emails to folks on our mailing list with each week's broadcast schedule. If you'd like to receive these updates, just email us at alaskafaraway@aol.com.

If Alaska Far Away inspired you to take a trip to Alaska, be sure to visit Palmer and the beautiful Matanuska Valley. Click on the tab above labeled "More Information" for links that will provide information on travel, history, and places to visit.


Here's this week's broadcast line-up.

KLRU-Q - Austin, Texas
Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Monday, June 3 at 1:00 a.m


KENW-TV - Portales, New Mexico
Tuesday, June 4 at 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5 at 3:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Colorado Public Television
Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 a.m.

Tune in to Aspen Public Radio this week, as we talk with filmmaker and NPR reporter Rob St. Mary about Alaska Far Away. Check our Facebook page for time and date.
WPBS-TV - Watertown, New York*
Sunday, June 9 at 12:00 noon
* WPBS-TV also reaches eastern Ontario, making this the first international broadcast for Alaska Far Away


Wyoming PBS

Monday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 a.m.


Q-TV (WDCQ) - Flint, Michigan
Thursday, June 13 at 4:00 a.m.