Films shot in Kodiak or about Kodiak
Disney Channel and DVD
National Geographic Channel
Weather Channel, Al Roker Entertainment
Andrew Davis, Director
Filming was shifted to Shreveport after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, where the film was being shot. 60,000 lbs of ice were used to recreate some of the scenes that were supposed to have been shot in Kodiak. (Plans to shoot segments of the film in Kodiak were abandoned as a result of impending eruptions of a nearby volcano.)
Werner Herzog, Director
Kodiak was a short lived, half-hour adventure program (produced by Warner Bros. TV) that aired Friday evenings on ABC during the 1974-1975 television season. The show revolved around the main character of Cal "Kodiak" McKay (played by Clint Walker), an Alaska State Trooper. Kodiak, always accompanied by his Eskimo sidekick Abraham Lincoln Imhook, used his four-wheel drive truck to track down desperate killers through 50,000 miles of Alaska backcountry. The show was broadcast against NBC's hit Sanford and Son, which was the second highest rated program that season. Kodiak couldn't lure viewers in to watch and was cancelled after four airings.
Known episodes of Kodiak
Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska is home to the amazing Kodiak bears, cousins of the grizzly, which reach an astounding 1,500 pounds. This National Geographic documentary follows the development of the tiny cubs until they become 2 year olds. Then their mothers reject them and they must follow a tough life of survival. Eventually the bears learn to feast on salmon and to call truces during mating season. Encounters with humans nearby often lead to tragic consequences, as foraging bears are fatally shot by locals. Most of the island is a bear refuge, with the remainder belonging to Native Americans since 1970. But the encroachment of some unapproved housing on bear habitat suggests that humans are still wresting with how to share the island peaceably. ~ Gayla Mills, All Movie Guide
A documentary on sustainable fishing in Kodiak will be featured on 70 government access stations nationwide. The documentary was shot by EcoNews, a branch of Environmental Communications Inc. The company is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that focuses on worldwide environmental issues. Nancy Pearlman, project oversight.
While in Kodiak, Pearlman and her crew explored various aspects of the fishing industry and took a tour of a pollock processing plant. They also interviewed employees of the Marine Conservation Alliance and the Kodiak lab at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center to understand the scope of Kodiak’s fishing business.
Pearlman said it will be available to Kodiak residents on PBS and YouTube. EcoNews will also send a tape to anyone who places a request with EcoNews. EcoNews can be reached at www.ecoprojects.org.
Bart the Bear was a Kodiak bear that appeared in many Hollywood films. Bart came from star lineage. His mom starred in Grizzly and Day of the Animals. Bart grew to be 9’6” tall and weighed 1,500 pounds. While Bart’s heritage is that of a Kodiak brown bear, he was actually born in captivity in Baltimore, Maryland. He died in Park City, Utah.
He starred opposite the likes of John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Annette Bening, Ethan Hawke, Steven Seagal, Gregory Peck, Brad Pitt, Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopikins.