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Grand Portage Lodge hosts special Beargrease screening of "The Great Alaskan Race"

Actor/director Brian Presley, the man behind the film: The Great Alaskan Race is here on the North Shore this week to be part of the action of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

The independent movie by P12 Films tells the story of a famed dog sled incident in Alaska in 1925, a great race to save the children of Nome, Alaska from a deadly epidemic.

Presley directs and stars in the movie, along with Henry Thomas, Bruce Davison and Treat Williams.

The Great Alaskan Race debuted at the San Diego International Film Festival in October 2019 and there was a special screening in Duluth shortly after.

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has arranged a second Minnesota showing during the sled dog race. The movie will be shown at the Grand Portage Lodge at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Rhonda Silence of WTIP caught up with Brian Presley to learn more about the making of The Great Alaska Race and about his connection to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.