September 15, 2020Rick StattlerPrinted & Manuscript Americana The First Feature Film Shot in Alaska: The Chechahcos Read more about The First Feature Film Shot in Alaska: The Chechahcos You may never have wondered about the birth of the Alaskan film industry. The first Hollywood film studio was launched in 1911, and from there the industry spread up and down the Pacific coast. Just 13 years later, The Chechahcos became the first feature film shot in Alaska. A melodrama set during the Klondike Gold Rush, no Alaskan or Wild West cliché was spared in its production. If you like glaciers, saloons, and damsels in distress, this is the film for you.