"A compelling film that tells a breathless adventure story with sophistication and fascinating detail.
ICEBOUND reveals both the beauty and the rigors of life in the North, and explores the place of Alaska in American history, culture and imagination.
This film will have a long shelf life."
President, Alaska Public Telecommunications
former Executive Director, the Alaska Humanities Forum
UPDATE: We're honored to announce that the legendary actor Sir Patrick Stewart, one of the great voices in documentary film, will be our narrator.
Thank you to our contributors. As we enter the homestretch, your support is as vital as ever.
ICEBOUND brings to the screen for the first time the true story of one of the most legendary stories in Alaskan history. Produced and directed by Academy Award-nominee Daniel Anker, the film has been a labor of love for many who have worked hard to bring it to fruition. We will be finished in early 2012, and hope to begin screenings by late winter.
In January 1925, more than thirty men, and at least 150 dogs, battled storms and life threatening cold weather, in a daring relay of antitoxin across the frozen wilderness to save the children of Nome from a deadly outbreak of diphtheria. The story encompasses a layered history that, while uniquely Alaskan, speaks to a fascinating moment in American culture. It is memorialized with statues and monuments in New York, Cleveland, Anchorage, Seward and elsewhere, and made famous by the Spielberg animated film "BALTO" and numerous children's books. The spirit of the Serum Run is commemorated, in part, by the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
ICEBOUND tells this true story through the authentic voices of Alaskans, including the last surviving children stricken with Diphtheria, elders from Nome and the Interior villages who were witness to the events, and descendants of the original mushers. Others who appear include mushers George Attla, Dan Seavey, Howard Farley, and Richard Burmeister, historians Paul Ongtooguk, Stephen Haycox, Dirk Tordoff, Matt Ganley, Joan Antonson, Neal Gabler, Preston Jones, Kevin Keeler, journalists Michael Carey, Dermot Cole, Craig Medred, and many others. The production team also collected rare photographs, footage, and thousands of newspapers articles, in an attempt to separate fact from myth, and tell the full story of this true-life adventure for the first time.
Planning has also begun on a large scale educational outreach initiative that will be launched in Alaska and throughout the country to accompany the release of the film. We are just shy of funds needed for completion. Your generosity will allow us to finish the film.
ICEBOUND is produced and directed by Daniel Anker (Scottsboro: An American Tragedy; Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust; Music from the Inside Out). It is co-produced by Tiffany Peckosh. The film's editors are Bruce Shaw (The Thin Blue LIne, Ken Burns' The Civil War, Imaginary Witness) and Jean Tsien, a.c.e (Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, Crouching Tiger, Please Vote for Me). The Cinematographer is Tom Hurwitz, a.s.c (Valentino, the Last Emperor, Liberty, Woodstock, Dancemaker). Alaskan crew includes Line Producer Bob Crockett, Cameramen Tom Pillifant, and Grip/Gaffer Greg Kern. Aerial photography was by Daniel Zatz. Tyler Rhodes provided additional camerawork.
The film is a co-production with Arte/ZDF of France/Germany and gebrueder beetz filmproduktion. It received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities production grant in 2007. Additional funding has been provided by: The Rasmuson Foundation, The Iditarod HIstoric Trail Alliance, The Bering Straits Native Corporation, Mary Totten, and the Gottstein Family Foundation.
Numerous individuals and organizations throughout the state of Alaska have participated and been supportive of the project in a variety of ways, including: Judy Bittner, Aaron Burmeister, Amanda Byrd, Shirley Cleaver, Terrence Cole, Ruth Coy, Al Crane, Dick Evans, Suzanne Evans, Lanie and Hugh Fleischer, Larry Hausmann, Stephen Haycox, Maggie Halleran, Sidney Huntington, Midi Johnson, Doug Katchatag, Cussy Kauer, Steven Lindbeck, Bill McCarty, Jr., Yale Metzger, Bruce Merrill, Hannah Moderow, Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan, Paddy Nollner, Mark Nordman, Henry Oyumick, Bruce Parham, Lee Poleske, Leo Rasmussen, Gerry Riley, Susan Richmond, Chas St. George, Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury, Laura Samuelson, Agnes Sweetsir, Donald Towarek, Candy Waugaman, Dave Worrell, Gary Zimmerman, Lauren Zwack, and the Alaska Film Office, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, AMIPA, the Nome Museum, the University of Fairbanks Library, the Anchorage Museum, the International Sled Dog Symposium, the Iditarod Trail Committee, the Aurora Inn, the Captain Cook Hotel, Pike's Lodge, The Rough Woods Inn, Sleep Inn of Unalakleet. We are grateful to the people of Nome, Unalakleet, Nenana, and Galena, for their unparalleled generosity.
Tax Deductible donations may also be made directly to API Arts and Outreach, a not-for-profit 501c3. Please click here. Confirmation and receipt will be sent by email or mail.
Checks may be mailed to:
API ARTS & OUTREACH - ICEBOUND, 18 W 21st Street, Suite 803, New York, New York 10010
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