Winner of the Grand Jury Award at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival
The Great Alone (directed by Greg Kohs) captures the inspiring story of Lance Mackey, one of the very best sled dog racers of all time, who won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race four times. From his days as a boy by the side of his famous father – who won the Iditarod in 1978 when Lance was 7 years old — to cancer’s attempt to defeat him, The Great Alone pulls viewers along the punishing, 1,200-mile ordeal of Lance’s emotional and physical journey during the 2013 Iditarod race, flashing back to his life story from a young age and culminating in his four Iditarod championships. Lance, whose goal was always to be like his dad, credits his dogs with saving his life by giving it new meaning after his cancer diagnosis. Shot in the Alaska arctic, the film displays powerful aerial images of the Iditarod Trail — its vastness, its beauty and its unforgiving ruggedness.
Released in 2015
Running time: 80 minutes
10:00 am on Sat., Nov. 7th at the Grange
3:00 pm on Sun., Nov. 8th at Friday Harbor House