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.

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!