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.

Search and Rescue Airman learns to fly Alaska's tiny planes

3m 58s

Staff Sergeant Jasmine Chavez is a Loadmaster in the Alaska Air National Guard stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where she works with the 211th Rescue Squadron to perform Search and Rescue operations across the state. Years of riding in the back of C-130's and being around aircrew and flight operations helped her when she decided to pursue her private pilot license.

Episodes

  • Search and Rescue Airman learns to fly Alaska's tiny planes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Search and Rescue Airman learns to fly Alaska's tiny planes

    S10 E15 - 3m 58s

    Staff Sergeant Jasmine Chavez is a Loadmaster in the Alaska Air National Guard stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where she works with the 211th Rescue Squadron to perform Search and Rescue operations across the state. Years of riding in the back of C-130's and being around aircrew and flight operations helped her when she decided to pursue her private pilot license.

  • Meet the Bicycle Baron A cyclist trip around the world

    S10 E14 - 3m 5s

    Growing up in Japan, Hugh Yamada always had a fascination for bicycles both new and old. But it wasn't until his first year-long bicycle trip from Hokkaido to Okinawa that he discovered a love for travel and a need to take an ambitious step forward.
    The Bicycle Baron, as he's known on YouTube, is planning to travel the entire world by bicycle. Starting in Alaska and ending in Japan.

  • Inside an ambitious family farm in Delta Junction, Alaska: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Inside an ambitious family farm in Delta Junction, Alaska

    S10 E13 - 4m 50s

    Bryce Wrigley opened The Alaska Flour Company in Delta Junction, AK in 2009 with the help of his family and they have been producing strictly Barley ever since. They plan on continuing in this family tradition and, with thousands of untouched acres ready to produce, they believe that the future of Agriculture will be grown in Alaska.

  • I Lived in Whittier, Alaska: A Town Under One Roof: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I Lived in Whittier, Alaska: A Town Under One Roof

    S10 E12 - 3m 6s

    Erika Fitzgerald jumped at the opportunity to teach in Alaska after graduate school. She didn't expect she'd be living and working in Whittier, a town where nearly all residents live in the same building, and the only way in and out is through a tunnel that closes each night.

    Erika's story was first featured in 2013 and INDIE ALASKA contacted her to see how she felt about her time in Whittier.

  • Taking Disabled Kids on Epic Alaskan Adventures: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Taking Disabled Kids on Epic Alaskan Adventures

    S10 E11 - 5m 29s

    Dan Redfield and his wife Kristen Frederic were excited, first-time parents when they had their daughter, Ava. As a young couple with a love for the outdoors, they started taking their daughter on adventures. When Ava was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, a rare, genetic, fatal disease, taking Ava outside became more challenging. Now he helps disabled families have their own epic adventures.

  • Pamyua, Alaska's most famous Inuit band | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Pamyua, Alaska's most famous Inuit band | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E10 - 6m 16s

    Pamyua (bum-yo-ah) is a musical group that has gained worldwide recognition. Founded by Inuit Yup'ik African American brothers Phillip Kilirnguq Blanchett and Steven Qacungatarli Blanchett, the group produces music with traditional Yup’ik and African-American elements to create what they call "Inuit Soul." They are also the artists behind the theme song for the PBS Kids show, Molly of Denali.

  • A day in the life of a Russian pianist | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A day in the life of a Russian pianist | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E9 - 5m 11s

    Russia has a long history in Alaska since the fur trades. One notable member of the Russian Orthodox community in Anchorage is professional pianist, Margarita Merkusheva. Since moving to Alaska from Vladivostok 20 years ago, she's continued to advance her musical career by writing custom music for the Alaska Dance Theatre and giving piano lessons to dozens of families in the Russian community.

  • The Karelian Bear Dog: Protecting people and bears: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Karelian Bear Dog: Protecting people and bears

    S10 E8 - 4m 11s

    Alaskans are used to seeing bears in their neighborhoods. Nils Pedersen and his Karelian Bear Dogs, Soledad, Rio, and Mardy work together to reduce human-bear conflict in Alaska. Nils is the Director of the Wind River Bear Institute, which was founded to provide innovative, non-lethal solutions to complex human-wildlife conflict issues.

  • Speed riding: Extreme skiing in the sky | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Speed riding: Extreme skiing in the sky | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E7 - 6m 44s

    Josh Randich lives a pretty quintessentially Alaska lifestyle. Grind in the summer and play in the winter. And the sport occupying most of his winters these days is speed riding. While the sport has most of its popularity in Europe, it's still relatively new in the U.S. But now, due largely to Josh's influence, the sport is growing in the Last Frontier.

  • John's Home Studio: Alaska's Most Underground Music Venue

    S10 E6 - 4m 2s

    John Larson always had a dream to have his own recording studio, and to work with the vibrant music scene in Alaska.

    When COVID-19 hit in 2020, restrictions for music venues left Musicians no where to perform. John saw this as an opportunity to turn his home studio into a livestream internet show every Friday Showcasing Alaskan musicians.

  • Could Seaweed Help Save the Planet? | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Could Seaweed Help Save the Planet? | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E5 - 6m 52s

    Seaweed and kelp is a billion-dollar industry — one that has the potential to help alleviate the pressures of climate change. Currently, the biggest players in the kelp industry are out of Asia, but Seagrove Kelp Co. in Craig, Alaska is trying to prove that the Last Frontier could be a global seaweed competitor.

  • What is ski biking? And why is it so fun?! | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What is ski biking? And why is it so fun?! | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E4 - 4m 31s

    Ski bikes are becoming more common at ski resorts across Europe and in some parts of the U.S., but Claudine Haynes is on a mission to bring it to Alaska. Inspired by her love of the easy-to-learn sport, she is building her own ski bikes and even inviting strangers to her house in Eagle River, AK to try it out themselves.

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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