I Love Alaska, 50'
A film by Lernert & Sander

August 4, 2006, the personal search queries of 650,000 AOL (America Online) users accidentally ended up on the Internet,
for all to see. These search queries were entered in AOL's search engine over a three-month period. After three days AOL
realised their blunder and removed the data from their site, but the sensitive private data had already leaked to several other sites.
I love Alaska tells the story of one of those AOL users. We get to know a religious middle-aged woman from Houston, Texas,
who spends her days at home behind her TV and computer. Her unique style of phrasing combined with her putting her ideas, convictions and obsessions into AOL's search engine, turn her personal story into a disconcerting novel of sorts.
Over a period of three months, a portrait of a woman emerges who is diligently searching for like-minded souls. The list of her search queries read aloud by a voice-over reads like a revealing character study of a somewhat obese middle-aged lady in her menopause, who is looking for a way to rejuvenate her sex life. In the end, when she cheats on her husband with a man she met online, her life seems to crumble around her. She regrets her deceit, admits to her Internet addiction and dreams of a new life in Alaska. Click here for all search queries of user #711391.

Commissioned by Submarine Channel for minimovies.org
Camera by: Misha de Ridder
Voice over: Mary C. McKitrick
Editor: Sander Cijsouw
Executive producer: Femke Wolting and Bruno Felix
Line Producer: Willeke Steenbeeke
Publicity: Yaniv Wolf

Watch full episodes at minimovie.org

"Every day we type in search queries without considering what they say about us.
But what if our searches were not only made public but turned into a movie?
You'd get I love Alaska... It'll make you think twice before you Google."
(Wired, Oct. 2009)

2012
Holon Cinémathèque, Holon (IL)

2011
Sundance Channel, Digital Shorts (USA)

2010
Tromsô International Film Festival, January 18 - 24, Tromsô (NOR)

2009
Dutch Film Festival, Utrecht (NL)
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, February 13 - 22, Missoula, Montana (USA)
Belfast Film Festival, March 26 - April 4, Belfast (GB)

2008
Private viewing, Lost&Found, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam (NL)


Photography: Misha de Ridder 


 


 


 


 


Misha filming  


Misha filming 


Almost died 


Lernert & Misha 


Frozen beard Sander