Tom Lange | October 8, 2015
Greg Kohs ’88 will wait as long as it takes to earn the trust of his film’s subjects.
Kohs, who majored in American studies in the College of Arts and Letters, makes his living directing television commercials and independent documentaries.
His newest film, The Great Alone, about four-time Iditarod champion and cancer survivor Lance Mackey, won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival this summer.
The journey to the film’s premiere took seven years, roughly half of which were filled with Kohs convincing Mackey to share his story in a feature-length documentary.
Kohs, who won 10 Emmy Awards while working at NFL Films, got the idea for the documentary in 2008. He was making a series of short films for Nike and the Livestrong foundation celebrating cancer survivors, and Mackey was one of the subjects. Kohs soon realized he wanted to spend more time chronicling Mackey’s life.