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“Media with Meaning”, An Interview With Alaskan Filmmaker And Documentarian Mary Katzke

Katzke has beaten the odds to be a successful filmmaker in Alaska--long before the Alaskan film industry started to boom. She is most famous for her documentaries. Mary is currently producing "A Day in Bristol Bay", where cameras and mentorship are being given to community members to give authentic insight into what life is like for the people of Bristol Bay.
Healthy brain next to a brain with severe Alzheimer's Disease.

Dementia: Plight of the Alaska caregivers

More than 8,000 Alaskans live with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. Filmmaker Mary Katzke tells the stories of five families, and aging experts join us to put this topic in perspective. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Filmmaker Documents Emotional Toll Of Caring For Alzheimer’s Patients

Local filmmaker Mary Katzke of Affinity Films, has taken on the subject of family members caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease. Katzke says she started out documenting friends in the sandwich generation: Those with careers, children at home and also caring for aging parents but she focused in on five families dealing with Alzheimer's because of the emotional toll of caring for a family member who may not recognize you. One of those caregivers is Janet Burts, who has been caring for her mother since her father passed away in 2010. Katzke says in a state with the fastest growing elder population per capita of any other, exploring the individual decisions that each family has to make is timely. Download Audio

World School

A family tragedy inspired Mary Katzke to sell her house and belongings, take her 10-year-old Corrin out of school, and head off around the world with him. Now Mary and Corin are back, and they've produced a film and exhibit about their experiences called World School. They join us to talk about jumping off the deep end into the wide world. Listen Now KSKA: Wednesday 9/4 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

“World School” Documentary & Photography Exhibit

Alaskans looking for some inspiration to travel won’t want to miss “World School,” a photography exhibit and film that will be shown in Anchorage in September. The photos and 45-minute documentary chronicle the year long, global trip taken by Alaska Filmmaker and mom Mary Katzke and her at that time 5th grade son, Corin. Read more.

100 Stone ‘pays it forward’

KSKA: Wednesday, June 28, 2 pm and 8 pm. Artist Sarah Davies created the public exhibition 100 Stone by collaborating with individuals who had experienced depression to create body casts. Eventually dozens were installed on the beach below Point Woronzof. Now, Davies and the Alaska Humanities Forum want to fund another compelling work that engages and heals. LISTEN HERE

Alaska News Nightly: November 11, 2014

Alaska Division of Elections Begins Counting Absentee, Questioned Ballots; Claman increases lead in House District 21 race; Archaeological Findings Could Shed Light On Alaska's Early Residents; The Job Hunt Is On As Military Members Transition Back To Civilian Life; BC Official Says Mine Concerns Heard, Critics Disagree; Filmmaker Documents Emotional Toll Of Caring For Alzheimer's Patients; Tlingit Code Talkers Honored At Veterans Day Ceremony In Juneau; After 70 Years, WWII Dog Tag Discovered on Bering Sea Coast is Returning Home Download Audio

The Alaska Pilot Project

Already one of the most generous film tax incentive programs in the country, the Alaska Film Incentive Program will receive a boost in July allowing movie makers to receive a 50 percent credit on all wages paid to Alaskan writers, producers and directors. This development spurred Affinityfilms, Inc., a nonprofit educational media production company based in Anchorage to create the Alaska Pilot Project. The project aims at to educate local writers in the craft of writing for television with the ultimate goal of launching a television series set in and filmed in Alaska. KSKA: Monday at 1:00 pm

Babies on Track Video Receives National Award

The Alaska company Affinityfilms, Inc. has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition. The award, in the instructional/educational category, is for Babies on Track, a 14-minute DVD produced for Best Beginnings. Learn more.

Alaska State Council On The Arts

Alaska Radio Reader Rambler hosts Charlotte Fox as she says farewell to leading the Alaska State Council On The Arts, but she is leaving with a Major State Arts Event as part of her legacy and leadership of Alaska's infinite resource..the nurturing of the rich Arts and Cultural life of Alaska. KSKA: Monday, 12/26 @ 1:00pm

Alaska’s Film Incentive Program: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

The legislature came up with an incentive program to bring filmmakers North to make their next Blockbuster. What has that money bought us? What has it meant to Alaskans with and without film connections? How does the average Alaskan become a carpenter or an extra? KSKA: Wednesday 9/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm