It started out as an idea to make a home movie in the small town of Sterling and now the kids and producers involved with the project are on their way to Hollywood to walk the red carpet at the International Family Film Festival. "It was actually the idea of our executive producer David and Verssa Walber. It was going to be an end of the school year project so we were looking for something new that wouldn't be re-doing another play or somebody else's script, but we wanted something that would capture the essence of the youth in Alaska, so we created a story about six teenagers and an Alaskan experience that turned their comfortable, self centered lives into a life threatening lesson of survival as an ill-prepared afternoon snowboarding trip turns tragic with injury and sub-zero temperatures. Thus the title '48 Below!" said Tina Wegner who wrote the screenplay.
Two Sterling missionaries have managed to get out of harm's way in Kenya, but their trials are not yet over as they remain somewhat stranded in Africa.
It is not unusual for high school students to produce songs, poems and slide shows for their graduation programs this time of year, but not many productions go on to become Hollywood major motion pictures.
Two Sterling women are resting easier today knowing their missionary loved ones have managed to escape the violence in Kenya that has left 300 dead.
Rocks and bottles were being hurled at their hotel, people were being stoned, buildings broken into and through it all a 13-year-old boy and a 72-year-old man from Sterling held fast to their belief that God would protect them and save them from Kenya's violence.
Sterling resident Joan Mary Kuczmarski, 77, was called to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 13, 2012. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012 at The Ministry of The Living Stone Church. (The corner of Otter Trail and
Sterling resident Debra L. Anderson died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at her home in Sterling. She was 56.
Soldotna resident Mr. Everett W. Hewitt, 49, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna due to lung cancer with his family by his side.
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