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The Cheechakos The Cheechakos Project is an exploration of early Anchorage through music, film, photographs, and historical documents, with emphasis on the history of The Cheechakos. Through this project, the Anchorage Fine Arts Society (AFAS) commissioned a historically accurate orchestral score to accompany the film (the original score was considered lost) and collaborated with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (ASO) for a public showing of the film during the Anchorage Centennial Celebration in July 2015. The Cheechakos played to a sold-out Atwood Concert Hall with the ASO performing the score. AFAS was awarded an Anchorage Centennial Community Grant in 2015 for “The Cheechakos Project.”

In 2018, the film was digitally preserved and restored by Alaskan -born digital preservationist Reed Bovee of Reflex Technologies in Burbank, California. This phase of the project was supported by the Atwood Foundation. The restored version is now available on DVD/Blu-ray with music performed by the ASO and special features about the history of the film and its preservation. 

AFAS founding member and ASO clarinetist Chris Beheim conducted the initial research on the film and facilitated the commissioning of the orchestral score. His work has brought new life to the nearly-forgotten but historically significant film. Chris gives public presentations about the making of the film and continues his extensive research to this day.

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The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is funded, in part, by the Atwood Foundation, Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation , Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Assembly, Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and through the generosity of many individuals and corporate community leaders.
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