Alaska’s Marine Highway is an exciting multi-year project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Marine Highway System. The oral history and preservation aspects of Alaska Marine Highway – Golden Anniversary culminated in four one-hour public television documentary and oral history programs airing across Alaska and North America.
Transportation in Alaska has always been unique. With vast expanses of land and rugged geography, getting around the country has also been difficult. Water, mountains, tundra, forests and ice make getting from place to place a challenge.
Since people first settled in Southeast Alaska, water travel has been a necessity and part of life. For fifty years, a constant, stalwart and integral part of that history has been the blue and gold hulls of the Alaska Marine Highway ships.
This is a beautiful show.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I think everyone in the audience felt like they were part of something special.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a great time and the film brought back many great memories for all of us.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The quality of the production both visually and audibly was extremely professional.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It just hit all the right notes. A complete, entertaining package, too. Everything came together perfectly.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I have never heard the history of our ferry system before. It is pretty amazing and the documentary did a great job of telling the story.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It was artistic, touching, beautiful (your wildlife and scenic shots are poetry), nostalgic….great story telling.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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Mike Sakarias and Lucy Peckham recorded and perfected the sound of the Alaska Marine Highway.
No story–or documentary– is complete without music. Production Manager Jim Mahan volunteered for the task of finding the music and hit all the right notes.
With hours of footage, music, interviews and graphics, putting together a documentary can be a complex challenge. Editor, Kelli Burkinshaw was more than up for the task.
Skip Gray, the principle photographer for the project, was there for almost every mile of the way.
Writer Lynne Lott says that the story of Alaska’s Marine Highway is not just one story, it’s the story of many.
The Crew & Credits
Production Manager / Music Director
Editor / Post Production Director
Field Engineer / Assistant Editor
Post Production Sound Engineering
Both Ears Live Sound
Graphics and Animation
Website & Social Media
Project Underwriting Development
CoastAlaska Business Office
The Alaska Marine Highway crews and port staff
Kenneth Checote Moriarty
John and Penny Beiler
Historical Film and Photographs
Alaska Film Archives – University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska State Library Historical Collections
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities – Photos by Ray Krantz
Unified Command, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
The United States Coast Guard
Baker Jennings Films