Indie Films

Indie Alaska

INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The weekly videos will capture the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these videos will present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska. Music by Starship Amazing.

How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu's Life

7m 2s

Carol Seppilu describes jogging with a tracheotomy as “trying to breathe through a straw while running.” She's even dealt with her trach freezing shut while running in the frigid winter temperatures in Nome, Alaska where she lives. She's learned to adapt to challenges like this since surviving a suicide attempt in 1999.

Episodes

  • How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu's Life: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu's Life

    S11 E5 - 7m 2s

    Carol Seppilu describes jogging with a tracheotomy as “trying to breathe through a straw while running.” She's even dealt with her trach freezing shut while running in the frigid winter temperatures in Nome, Alaska where she lives. She's learned to adapt to challenges like this since surviving a suicide attempt in 1999.

  • Alaska cartoonist draws his experience with Parkinson’s

    S11 E4 - 6m 45s

    Peter Dunlap-Shohl was living his lifelong dream, as an editorial cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News. But in 2002, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he asked himself What else would he be losing besides his craft as an artist? his identity?

  • Crabbing beneath the Bering Sea Ice in Nome | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Crabbing beneath the Bering Sea Ice in Nome | INDIE ALASKA

    S11 E3 - 2m 53s

    Phillip Pryzmont hasn't been to a city in over 4 years. He spends his winters in Nome, Alaska cutting holes in the thick ice in the Norton Sound on the Bering Sea. Each of these holes contains a large crab pot that he regularly checks for Alaska Red King Crab to feed his family and sell to others.

  • I am an Alaska Native Healer | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I am an Alaska Native Healer | INDIE ALASKA

    S11 E2 - 5m 3s

    Amelia Simeonoff has been working in traditional healing most of her adult life after taking mentorship with one of Alaska's most prominent Indigenous healers, Grandma Rita. Now she is using the practices of talking circles, drumming, and crafting to help Alaskans heal from trauma, and mental health challenges.

    This episode was made possible in part by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

  • How to grow tea at -35°F | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to grow tea at -35°F | INDIE ALASKA

    S11 E1 - 4m 51s

    Born in Hong Kong and raised in Alaska, tea connoisseur Jenny Tse takes us on a tour of the world's first geothermal tea farm, hand-rolls a batch of tea leaves, and serves up the freshest cup of hot tea in the heart of winter. Story and video by Jeff Chen. Music by Universal Production Music.

Extras + Features

  • Seward's Sweet Darlings: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Seward's Sweet Darlings

    S8 E12 - 4m 25s

    Sugar and candy were in Hugh Darling’s blood. His grandmother, Emma Jean, owned and operated the first candy store in Seward, Alaska in 1908. Hugh believed that one day he would go on to run the family business. In 1997, Hugh and his wife Iris opened Sweet Darlings and quickly became one of Seward's most popular tourist spots.

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