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Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Julie Michelle Decker (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Alaska Documentary with Ric Burns

Development of a three-part documentary film on the history of Alaska produced through a partnership between the Anchorage Museum and Steeplechase Films.

The Anchorage Museum, in partnership with Steeplechase Films, will develop a three-part documentary series titled Alaska, produced for national broadcast. To date, no comprehensive documentary has been completed on the history and identity of Alaska. While Alaska continues to hold a strong focus for reality television and wildlife documentaries, a cohesive film based on scholarship, history and strong humanities content has not been accomplished. The film series will present the attraction that Alaska continues to hold in the American imagination, while also exploring the authentic history and experience of life in Alaska—how Alaska has emerged as a place of strong adaptation and resilience, of individualism mixed with community, innovation and diversity. The film series will explore the patterns, themes and stories of Alaska's peoples who have thrived with the land for generations--and those who are profoundly affected by either their visit or their life of calling Alaska home.

Project fields:
American Studies; U.S. History

Media Projects Development

Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 11/30/2021