Hollywood Alaska

The formerly "Everybody Loves Whales," - now called "Big Miracle," the first major, modern movie filmed entirely in Alaska is about to hit theaters. The tale of serial killer Robert Hansen, starring John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, filmed in Anchorage this fall. Other major-studio films are considering an Alaska shoot, even as an army of reality TV camera crews continues to prowl the state. Producers credit the state’s fledgling tax incentive program – one of the most generous such public subsidies in the country – with enticing movie-makers to the Last Frontier. How long will the gold rush last? Is the state getting a big enough return on its investment? Welcome to Hollywood, Alaska.

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What to expect in season two of 'Flying Wild Alaska'

Jim Tweto marshalling the 1900. The Twetos star in "Flying Wild Alaska," premiering Oct. 28. Find more pictures at the bottom of this post. (All photos courtesy of Discovery Channel)Jim Tweto marshalling the 1900. The Twetos star in "Flying Wild Alaska," premiering Oct. 28. Find more pictures at the bottom of this post. (All photos courtesy of Discovery Channel)

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

Look for season two of Discovery's "Flying Wild Alaska," the Bush pilot reality show starring the Tweto family of Unalakleet, to premiere Oct. 28.

That's the same night as the new episode of "Gold Rush: Alaska."

Ariel Tweto peeking out from under one of the planes.Ariel Tweto peeking out from under one of the planes.

Here's what Discovery promises in the second season "Flying Wild:"

-- Dangerous weather, from conducting risky landings on frozen rivers, to dangerous icing conditions on the ground and in the air.
-- Critical lifesaving operations, as pilot Luke Hickerson races to get a village elder to the hospital, and Era transports fire crews to combat wildfires raging across Alaska. And when a tsunami warning threatens the entire west coast, Era Alaska is called upon to aid a village devastated by heavy flooding. Later in the season, Jim Tweto searches for a group of missing mountain climbers lost somewhere in Alaska’s Brooks Range.
-- Alaskan culture, as Ferno, Ayla and Ariel “run with the reindeer,” an event tied to festivities surrounding the Iditarod dog sled race; traditional native Bowhead whale hunting; attending “Artic Man,” a local skiing competition; and pilot John Ponts’ skateboarding buddies come to Unalakleet to build a ramp for local kids.
-- Unusual cargo, as Luke brings the first ever ATM to a village – along with a planeload of cash! And pilots John Dronenberg & Justin Essian try to fly 1600 lbs of volatile propane to a secluded fishing lodge.
11 Ariel’s quest for her pilot’s license. As Ariel continues to work towards her license, pilot and teacher John Ponts puts money on the line to challenge her to make a perfect landing.
-- International intrigue, as pilots skirt the Russian border to deliver vaccines on Alaska’s most treacherous runway.

(Wonder if the "village devastated by heavy flooding" they refer to is Crooked Creek? And when exactly was the tsunami warning Discovery is referring to? Surely not this one?)

Ferno Tweto.Ferno Tweto.

Ariel & dad.Ariel & dad.

Jim Tweto sitting on tire of Cessna 180 out in the backcountry.Jim Tweto sitting on tire of Cessna 180 out in the backcountry.

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