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New online series explores Alaskan filmmakers

Posted: April 20, 2011 - 7:18pm

On March 4, Tri-Seven Pictures launched a 12-part web series titled “Alaska Filmmakers,” aimed at highlighting Alaskans working in the film industry. A new episode is released each Friday, and as of last week, seven episodes have been released online for public viewing.

The program examines different aspects of filmmaking though the stories and backgrounds of its weekly guests, who include writers, directors, cinematographers and editors.

The first seven guests have been Ron Holmstrom, Crooked Pictures, Dan Sparkman, Dave Worrell, Tom Pillifant, Claudio Oakley and Jim McLain.

The format of the program is similar to more in-depth series such as “Inside the Actors Studio,” “Piers Morgan,” and similar shows produced by the Biography and History Channels. Hosts look to explore what inspired each guest to take part in the production field, and their journey towards that goal.  The show also touches on the use and progression of current production technology and techniques employed by today’s filmmakers in Alaska and around the world.

The AKF series was created by D.K. Johnston and produced by his wife, and co-founder of Tri-Seven Pictures, Katherine R. Johnston.  Among those involved in the series include award winning filmmaker Michael Collier, SAG Representative Ron Holmstrom, Assistant Director J.R. Foster, and cinematographers Dan Lee and Zak Melms.

For more information, visit www.alaskafilmmakers.com.

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