New Documentary to Air on Alaska Public Televison on Easter Sunday

by Mike Martz on March 26, 2013

A Great Way to Look at Alaska

Alaska’s Marine Highway


Statewide Premiere – Easter Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Alaska’s Marine Highwaythe first of four documentary programs about the Alaska Marine Highway will be broadcast Easter Sunday.  The programs are designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s unique ferry service.  The first broadcast, an early preview release for Alaskans, is scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m.  The documentary will be fed nationally via satellite on May 15 for broadcast by public television stations across the country.

Alaska’s Marine Highway  episode one includes the history of the system and describes why the AMHS was necessary in the past and is important in Alaska today.  The program was designed to play to a general, national audience while Alaskans will find it interesting and entertaining.

The three subsequent episodes are in various stages of completion and will all premiere during 2013, the anniversary year. The topics for those programs include Life on Board the ships, The Voyage of the Malaspina which will include the re-creation of the inaugural voyage fifty years later, and an episode on how the ships have been Connecting Communities and People in the Last Frontier for half of a century.

The 360North field production crew traveled for most of the summer of 2012.  They rode the ships from Ketchikan through Southeast Alaska, throughout Prince William Sound and out the Aleutian Island chain to Unalaska.  Interviews and footage were gathered from people on board including crew, Alaskan riders and visitors to Alaska.  They also talked to people in almost every port about their communities, about the ferry, how it is used locally and how it has become an essential part of Alaska life.  The crew was also in Bellingham to chronicle the Southern terminus of the AMHS and the story of how the Southernmost port was moved out of downtown Seattle 24 years ago.

All of the interviews recorded for the project will be compiled in an oral history collection at the Alaska Film Archives where the material will be available for academic, patron and public uses and preserved for the future.

The production team for Alaska’s Marine Highway is comprised completely of Alaskans.

Funding for Alaska’s Marine Highway was provided by:

  • ·         The Alaska Marine Highway, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • ·         Travel Alaska, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
  • ·         The Southeast Conference
  • ·         The Port of Bellingham, Washington

For more information and to watch a video trailer go to

Press photos are available for download at

Additional video material is available by calling 907-463-6472.

Alaska’s only television public affairs channel 360 North is seen statewide on GCI Cable channel 15 (channel 18 in Juneau) as well as eight additional cable companies throughout the state, and is broadcast over the air on KTOO-TV in Juneau (channel 3.3) and KAKM-TV in Anchorage (channel 7.3) and KYUK in Bethel (channel 15.3).  360 North is also available on Dish Network and DirecTV, and is webcast on the Internet

For more information contact Tim Olson at 907-463-6472 or

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