Surviving Alaska: Down and Out in America's Coldest City

How do the outdoor homeless survive the winter in America’s coldest city?

That’s the question Weather Films, the documentary film unit of the Weather Channel’s website,, asked in January 2014.

We sent a crew to find out.

We discovered a group of people who brave punishing cold, random violence, their own substance abuse problems, and the efforts of outreach workers in the pursuit of living as they want to — outside, beyond the reach of shelters and law enforcement.

There’s no narrator in this film — our goal was to show the humanity and complexity of the men and women living without homes to by letting them speak for themselves.

Read the full story here:

Executive Producers
Shawn Efran, Greg Gilderman, Neil Katz

Eric Jankstrom

Brandon Kieffer

Director of Photography
Eric Jankstrom

Additional Camera
Shawn Efran
Zak Melms

Associate Producer
Katie Wiggin
Kait Walsh

Nicole Betancourt

Coordinating Producer
Brady Leifer

Nathan Matthew David

Assistant Editor
Kim Schlechta

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