National Geographic and Alaska’s Old Believers

The National Geographic Channel начинает съемки документального фильма о старообрядцах Аляски, сообщает Homer Tribune. Это намерение вызвало очень неоднозначную реакцию (читайте комментарий Alan Mairson).

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National Geographic puts out Old Believer casting call
• Tuesday, New York producers begin scouting in Homer hub for new series

By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune

Three National Geographic producers are coming to Homer on Tuesday to begin casting for a new television series on the Russian Old Believer communities.

Executive Producer Lisa Blake considers Homer the hub of Old Believer villages for Alaska. The docu-series casting is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Nikolaevsk School. Producers will stay in Homer talking with people interested in participating in the series through Feb. 1.

Each Russian Old Believer family will be paid to be in the docu-series, which the producers are planning to run for three seasons. This means a lot of episodes, for which each family earns $3,500 per show.
“We’re looking for families with big personalities and an interesting story to tell,” Blake said. “We don’t have a preconceived story line – this is documentary style. We are not creating anything. (The show) is simply to learn about and explore the people in Homer. It is open to anyone who wants to participate, who is interesting and interested in being a participant on camera.”

National Geographic has done similar series on the Amish, the Mennonites and the Hauterites, all closed religious groups working to retain their ancient traditions in a modern world. National Geographic research teams looked into the Russian Old Believers from New York, then sent a small team to Homer in October. Blake came to size up the assignment to see if Homer would be the right location for starting the series. “Even though it was October, I could still tell Alaska is this incredibly special place,” Blake said.

The initial visit Jan. 29-Feb. 1 would be just the casting.

“We are available to meet with people each day through Feb. 1,” Blake said. “We’re having a town hall meet and greet at the school on Tuesday night. We would like to see as many people as possible. This is casting a really wide net.”

The docu-series would focus on the day-to-day lives of men, women, children and teens in the Russian Old Believer villages. Homer has four primary villages, all located in remote ares: Kachemak-Selo, Voznesenka, and Razdolna are located 25 miles down East End Road overlooking the Fox River Valley and the hat flats that long served cattlemen in the region. The fourth village is Nikolaevsk, settled in 1967 off North Fork Road on rich farming land. Today it is across the street from a present day natural gas well.

Old Believers separated after 1666 from the official Russian Orthodox Church as a protest against church reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon between 1652–66. Old Believers continue liturgical practices which the Russian Orthodox Church maintained before the implementation of these reforms, and were persecuted for it. Groups escaped to various countries around the world in the ensuing centuries, and are said to have come to Alaska in the 1960s.

“This is not a historical retelling. This is today. People want to know what their lives are like today,” Blake said.

National Geographic has already given the “green light” for a pilot on Alaska’s Russian Old Believer families. If that is a hit, the season would cut immediately into the first show.

“Homer is the hub as we are envisioning it now. If there are other Old Believer villages in Alaska, we would love to hear from them as well,” Blake said. “The religion is very interesting to National Geographic viewers, that devotion, the gravitas. Our viewers love that.”

Unlike shows such as Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel that go for the nitty grit and glory in a sensational approach, National Geographic is respectful.

“The National Geographic Society would never go for it being any other way,” Blake said. “We are looking at religious questions – such as ‘how do you maintain your faith and devotion to traditional values in contemporary America?’ Because it’s National Geographic our approach is very respectful – this is not Jersey Shore. The National Geographic Society would never let that happen.”

Each person interested in the series will need to sit for an on-camera test. At Tuesday night’s meet and greet, the producers will make appointments to meet people in their homes and do on-camera session with them at that time. Call 213-730-4545 for more information, and ask for Lisa Blake.

http://homertribune.com/2013/01/national-geographic-puts-out-old-believer-casting-call/

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1 Response for “National Geographic puts out Old Believer casting call”

Alan Mairson says:

January 24, 2013 at 7:12 am

Lisa Blake says (above): “Because it’s National Geographic our approach is very respectful — this is not Jersey Shore. The National Geographic Society would never let that happen.”

 I’m sure Ms. Blake is well intentioned, but she also must know that the National Geographic Society does not own the National Geographic Channel. The Channel is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which specializes in tabloid television, not “National Geographic-style documentaries.”

 As for the pitch Ms. Blake is making to the people of Homer, it has been done before, exactly the same way — and with disastrous results. Please see: http://www.societymatters.org/hutterites

Alan Mairson

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4 комментария на «National Geographic and Alaska’s Old Believers»

  1. Educated Old Believer:

    I should not be shocked by the rampant bigotry that you arrogant people are posting. As a member of this religion I am appalled at how poorly you view us. We are a Christian community full of people. People make mistakes, people sin, and people do bad things. However, your blanket statements are completely unfounded and racist. My family struggled to reach this safe haven called America and they are not bad people. These things you accuse all of us of doing are not things I have ever seen, heard of, or been witness to. We are not stupid. My family does not abuse children, or do the horrid things you suggest. Your accusations are unfounded. I can only pray for your lost souls and suggest you seek counseling. You do not know us and while I am disgusted enough to never want to meet you, I hope you learn something positive about my people because the way you speak about us is not the America I was raised to love. I am now happy that my parents found this racism to be such an appalling thing that we moved to Oregon when I was a child. I have spent my entire adult life as a proud American, but today I am seriously questioning that. I really hope your hatred changes. Racism is ignorance. Your ignorance is disgusting.

  2. Vogelfrei:

    Очень интересно узнать: кто согласился за 3500 далларов изображать из себя куклу перед камерой. Думаю, таких людей в Николаевске будет немало, учитывая их аферы со страховками. Им деньги ОЧЕНЬ нужны!

    • Vogelfrei:

      Аферисты со страховками есть. Это не секрет. Они есть и во всей остальной Америке, помимо штата Аляска.

      Я же призываю гнать этих этих «документалистов» куда подальше. Они делали много фильмов — и у нас в Африке, и в канаде, и в Соединенных Штатах — и везде были скандалы и судебные дела.

      Если АФЕРИСТЫ староверы Аляски готовы за 3,500 изобразить из себя полных идиотов и нераскаянных воров — это их дело. Но я надеюсь, что среди староверов Аляски не все лакеи и продажные суки. Впрочем, фильм от the National Geographic Channel покажет кто есть кто в Николаевске.
      ОЧЕНЬ ИНТЕРЕСНО БУДЕТ ПОСМОТРЕТЬ ЧЕРЕЗ МЕСЯЦ НА НЬЮ-ЙОРКСКИХ ШЕСТЕРОК И СУК, ПОЛУЧИВШИХ 3,500 ЗА ТО, ЧТО НАБЛЕВАЛИ НА СТАРУЮ ВЕРУ.

  3. Bear:

    на сайте газеты the Homer tribune обсуждение продолжается:

    Elena M says:
    January 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I think this National Geographic should ask permission to from the whole community of Old Believers before casting and piloting a show for the whole world to see. Some Old Believers are strict in keeping our faith and feel that this show would somehow ridicule us. As is it, some Homer and surrounding area residents already have a lot of issues with Old Believers. Some issues are not religious but to the success of our community keeping to our selves.
    And who knows what the person who is cast has enough knowledge to answer simple “Why is this done this way and what does it represent”
    It seems like that there is a lot of Old Believers in Homer- but are they all practicing faith? or are they wearing dresses and don’t know the reason why they are wearing dresses. Do they speak or read Slavic or Russian?
    Again, does the Old Believer community want to be on National Geographic? or will a few be cast and go with the show!

    Alan Mairson says:
    January 24, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Lisa Blake says (above): “Because it’s National Geographic our approach is very respectful — this is not Jersey Shore. The National Geographic Society would never let that happen.”

    I’m sure Ms. Blake is well intentioned, but she also must know that the National Geographic Society does not own the National Geographic Channel. The Channel is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which specializes in tabloid television, not “National Geographic-style documentaries.”

    As for the pitch Ms. Blake is making to the people of Homer, it has been done before, exactly the same way — and with disastrous results. Please see: http://www.societymatters.org/hutterites

    Alan Mairson
    http://www.societymatters.org

    Alan Mairson says:
    January 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

    P.S. For more on The Art of The Sucker Punch, please see:
    http://societymatters.org/2013/01/24/the-fine-art-of-the-sucker-punch/

    Also: Thank you, Naomi Klouda & the Homer Tribune, for your detailed & revealing story. I only hope the folks in Homer & vicinity fully grasp what’s about to happen to them.

    Kimberly says:
    January 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I am stunned the church leaders are allowing their congregation to participate. For years those who reside out East End and Nikolavesk have come into Homer with a holier than thou attitude behaving as they are the chose all the while they are some of the worst offenders of God’s law. The least of their hypocrisy is acknowledging television let alone auditioning to be paid from it. Anyone who involves themselves in this feature deserves what will come. For many it will be audits by the IRS for hidden income. They along with others will certainly be asked by the state to explain assests they neglected to include when applying for aide such as welfare, HUD assistance and medical. There are some very fancy, very expensive rides in some of the driveways in these villages. Perhaps an accounting will finally be done proving what is known many yearly pfds are paid out to individuals whose family allow them to use their Alaska address who have not resided in the state for years.

    The above is in addition to insurance frauds, from house to boat to vehicle. These scandals are what will be focused on for easy viewership however the real stories NATGO should expose is the covering up of childabuse by the church and community. NATGO should expose the 13 year olds brought over from Brazil to marry old men to satisfy the elder perversion keeping the offender from damnation by marriage. NATGO should uncover the assistance by parents of underaged drinking, lawlessness, property damages. Heck peruse any name of a church member with supposed position on Facebook and see the weddings where kids are throughly drunk, being taken advantage of. Those who are the most who theive hold titles in the church claiming

    https://oldbelievers.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/national-geographic-and-alaskas-old-believers/

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