Actor Brian Presley directed and stars in “The Great Alaskan Race,” a film that’s now showing in select theaters nationwide. And unlike most films, all proceeds will be donated to support two nonprofit organizations.
Presley is a professing Christian and under his new production company P12 Films, profits from “The Great Alaskan Race” will go to the Christian addiction network Hope is Alive, and Battle Dawgs, an organization that helps veterans suffering from PTSD through the use of therapy dogs.
“The Great Alaskan Race” tells the true story of “a team of sled dog mushers in 1925 who race through a blizzard to bring a needed antitoxin to Nome, Alaska, to prevent an outbreak of diphtheria. After overcoming personal tragedy, widowed father and champion musher Leonhard ‘Sepp’ Seppala (Presley) steps in the midst of a diphtheria outbreak in his small dock town of Nome, Alaska, to safely deliver the anti-toxin to the hospital,” the film’s synopsis reads.
“With his own child’s life on the line, Sepp battles the impossible, accompanied by his trusty pack of sled dogs. When a severe winter storm has made it impossible journey for planes, trains, or any form of transportation, Sepp and his dogs are able to get the anti-toxin to the children in need, just in the nick of time.”
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Presley, where he talks about his faith, mission, and his new film “The Great Alaskan Race.”
Christian Post: What drew you to this story and wanting to tell it both as an actor and as a filmmaker?
Presley: I feel like my calling is to tell stories that are true stories; stories of inspiration, stories of hope, stories that can bridge the faith world, secular world. I like watching flawed people overcome unimaginable obstacles that draws them closer to their face and to God. All the elements, when I first came across this over nine years ago, I just said, “I’ve got to make this movie. I gotta tell the story.”
I had everybody in town tell me, “No, there’s no way.” Faith is part of my life and I just never gave up; persistence paid off. I just knew at the heart of it at some point I was going to be able to make this movie. It’s perfect being able to make it with my daughter playing my daughter in the movie, and timing is everything. It was a blast being able to have her alongside to have that experience.
CP: Speak on the importance of telling true stories with a redemptive theme in these times we live in?
Presley: The world we live in is a crazy place. You can turn on the news and find a million reasons why to get depressed about the stuff that gets broadcasted. I just think no matter what trial you’re going through, for me in storytelling, no matter what time period, whether it be the 1800s, 1900s, I believe that even though we’re a hundred years later, people are still dealing with losing their jobs and how you’re going to pay for your family? How are you going to put food on the table? What’s the next job going to be? I think those are all relatable issues, whether you lived in 1925 or you live in 2019. We’re [still] facing disease and epidemics.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law