Nominee: Best Inspirational Film - June 2021 Edition
WRITER, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Mark D. Rose was born in Corvallis, Oregon to a logging family seasoned in the outdoors. At an early age he and his family moved to Alaska, where he was raised near Juneau.
Immersing himself in that challenging environment, he eventually took up aviation and focused his career in that direction for the next 3 decades, eventually thrown into the construction of the Alaska Pipeline as manager of a fleet of helicopters, tasked with building out the mountain network vital to the project. Working and flying in those extremes pushed he and his colleagues to the edge on many occasions, teaching life lessons that only Alaska and the mountains can.
Mark was always fascinated with photography, attested by the photo albums he collected based on the experiences he witnessed and documented along the way. Holding multiple patents in wireless, Mark moved from high-tech then to writing (wrote 4 books) and now film, seeing that the current generation would rather watch than read, so here I am!
Hello Mark Rose, thank you for sharing your exceptional story with us. How did you realize you wanted to make a film of it, and why a film?
After writing several books and the most popular being “Last of the Long Hunters”, and inquiring about making a doc about those true-life experiences, I thought, “what the the heck, why not try this” so I checked with a couple of respected filmmakers and decided to try it.
Another striking trait of the film is the accuracy with which each character recounts their shared stories. Why do you think you all have such acute memories?
Well, as Producer with a drive to "tell it like it is" and the book "Last of the Long Hunters" as a basis, and not play around with the truth, my motives were pure, it was to be the truth as much as the public could tolerate, without getting into the ugly details.
This is also the testimony of a man's spiritual quest —yours, as a point of fact. What compelled you to also share that aspect of your journey?
Ok, glad you asked that one; as you know, this film tells the story of my conversion to Christiantity, within the context of a true Alaskan story. It's also raw and humbling in that respect, as the experience for me was real, and I felt it needs to be told, whether it sells tickets or not is the bottom line.
Coming to Christ in an honest manner is not a boastful ego trip, its about the fact that if man desires to know God, you play by His rules, be humble, and not your own self if you desire the rewards, those being forgiveness of sin, finding peace and having a clear conscience. The big payoff I have found is getting supernatural answers to prayer, thats the fun part!
What is the situation in Alaska nowadays, in terms of climate change? Have you observed that any significant changes have occurred in the region since you first started exploring it? If not, what do you think are the reasons? If yes, have you engaged in any type of action to help preserve the area?
I've worked with several well known Geologists and Glaciologists over the years flying, and personally feel we are in a cycle these days, warming for sure based on the glaciers melting around the world. On the contrary, the weather patterns are flipping back now, we seeing record cold in some areas in Alaska, so unless I can live 5-10 more lifetimes, I would reserve judgement on that one!
How long did it take you to complete your movie, and as a "fresh" filmmaker, if you may, what was your process in embracing this new form?
We shot over a 3 year period, one was to catch the different seasons to capture the natural beauty of Alaska. Further, I wanted to mention a few things that happened while shooting if I could; in the scene where we depicted dropping the survival suit to Mick on the ground, the day started as a smooth and beautiful evening to fly out the set where the camera was setup.