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City of Juneau stars in new film for first time in 13 years

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

KTOO news reports on a new Alaska film “Wildlike” will put Alaska's capital city on the silver screen for the first time since 1999. Directed by Frank Hall Green, “Wildlike” will be the first time Juneau has been the backdrop for a movie since 1999’s Limbo -- even one Seattle scene was shot in Juneau. A little payback, producer Joe Stephans told KTOO.

Ten of the 23 crew members are full-time Alaskans. Producer Shuyler Weiss tells KTOO that the role Alaska plays in the film is also different than many movies.

“Rather than Alaska as a kind of adversary or something to be conquered, Alaska is the salve in this movie,” Weiss told KTOO. “It’s a character in its own right. And for our two leads, a teenage girl and an older man, they come to Alaska seeking something and they might not even know what it is.”

Production Weekly describes the film’s premise. Ella Purnell stars as Mackenzie, who is sent to Juneau to live with her uncle. But “the relationship is not what it seems” and Mackenzie is forced to run away from her caretaker. She attempts to make her way back to Seattle, but only winds up deeper in the Alaskan woods. There she meets a loner backpacker, Bartlett, who serves as an “unlikely father figure” with his own scars.

Filming wrapped up on Sept. 6, after 31 days of filming in Alaska, according to Wildlike’s Facebook page. It is expected to be released in 2013.

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