Saturday, January 17, 2015

On the air again: More broadcasts

There are few things more gratifying to a filmmaker than to show your film to a live audience. We've been blessed with many opportunities for live screenings: film festivals from Alaska to Northern Ireland; community screenings from coast to coast in theatres, schools, colleges, churches, libraries, and historical societies; and, of course, our repeated visits to the Alaska State Fair, where we are honored to show our films several times a day in an historic Matanuska Colony barn. Nothing compares with being able to watch an audience become engrossed in your film, and to answer their questions and discuss it with them afterwards. 

But films can also be shown on television, and Alaska Far Away has developed a life of its own on the public television circuit. Thanks to the good folks at KAKM/Alaska Public Media and American Public Television, Alaska Far Away has now been shown from Miami to Fairbanks, from Maine to Los Angeles, from Bemidji to Austin. Some stations show it over and over again (thank you, ThinkTV in Ohio!), and when we sat down to crunch the numbers, they looked like this:

- 55 public television stations
- in 29 states
- for a total of 335 broadcasts
- to a potential audience of 107,665,518

Those numbers blew us away. That means that a whole lot of people we've never met have been watching Alaska Far Away in the comfort of their own homes. 

Now, remember that "potential audience" means every person in a household with a television set within range of those 55 stations. And, of course, no one show - not even the Superbowl or the Oscars - is watched by absolutely everyone. However, if even 1% of that potential audience has seen our film, that would be well over one million people. We'd be pretty happy with a number like that.

And if you haven't seen it on your local station yet, there are a few more chances coming up in the next week:

Idaho Public Television
Sunday, January 18
11:00 a.m.
Additional broadcast 1/19 at 1:00 a.m.

Oregon Public Television

Sunday, January 18
7:30 p.m.

Colorado Public Television
Saturday, January 24
9:00 p.m.

A full house for the screening at the Moose Lake Public Library in Moose Lake, Minnesota
Glamorous marquee for our film festival debut in Muskegon,, Michigan

Daily screenings in the Wineck Barn at the Alaska State Fair

An overflow audience at Nicolet Technical College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin