Alone in the Wilderness
By Dick Proenneke & Bob Swerer Jr.
Running time: 50 minutes
Alone in the Wilderness is the remarkable story of Dick Proenneke, a self-educated naturalist who in 1968, at the age of 51, decided to experience total isolation in the heart of Alaska. Proenneke built his own log cabin on the shores of Twin Lakes, a truly remote area where few humans had ever been. Totally hand-made and notable for its remarkable craftsmanship due to his skill as carpenter and wood worker – the structure and interior were all made from the materials to hand – the site became became part of National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Proenneke ended up living in Twin Lakes for 30 years, with only wolves and grizzly bears for neighbours, a canoe for transport and his own survival skills to rely on. He filmed his adventures with a wind-up Bolex camera and tripod and it is this footage, later produced into a film by Bob Swerer, that is used in this extraordinary documentary. It follows Proenneke's simple yet profound experience, expert craftsmanship and the stunning Alaskan wildlife and scenery, as he learns many things, in particular, that there is no need to rush things as, in his own wise words, “there's plenty of time out here”.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.