Between Earth and Sky: Stories from the Last Frontier


“Between Earth and Sky” is a film about Alaska, and the arctic soils field tour led by Dr. Chien-Lu Ping. The tour is in its 23rd year and has led hundreds of students and professionals through one of the harshest environments on the planet, a 500 mile stretch from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, AK. Through the lens of Alaska we can see how climate change is effecting our entire world, and through the soil science tour we can better understand what these changes mean. We'd like to thank our funding partners: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation ServiceThe Soil Science Society of AmericaThe University of Alaska-FairbanksThe Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech Public Media, and Texas Tech University.  

Texas Tech Public Media is proud to present the teaser for upcoming nonfiction film, "Between Earth and Sky," coming in 2017. Funded by The National Resources Conservation Service, Texas Tech University, Soil Science Society of America, BL Allen Endowment in Pedology, and The University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Weston Davis has worked at KTTZ-TV in many different capacities. He started as an intern and showed great potential as a professional in the film and video production industry. Weston's goal is to be a feature film director and he has made great strides in working toward that end. As an intern Weston was a self starter who could handle anything thrown at him, from editing video into a story, to producing and shooting his own pieces, Weston is a natural storyteller. 

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a new study published today, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the highest shoreline erosion rates in the world. Analyzing over half a century of shoreline change data, scientists found the pattern is extremely variable with most of the coast retreating at rates of more than 1 meter a year.  

Jonathan Seaborn serves as Co-Director on Between Earth and Sky. He came to Texas Tech Public Media in September of 2014 and has already had a huge impact on the production of 24 Frames, Inside Texas Tech, as well as the many other films and projects that KTTZ-TV produces. 

When Between Earth and Sky came to Texas Tech Public Media the question was asked, "who wants to go to Alaska?" Yet, before it was even explained why, Jon's hand shot up. He's an adventurer who loves a challenge and exceeds with his leadership and skill behind the camera. 

Full disclosure, I'm writing this about myself, and because of that I'll keep it short. I've been working in film and television since I turned 18 and got my start at PBS in Portales New Mexico at KENW-TV. I came to KTTZ-TV in Lubbock in 2011 and love working with the amazing people here and at Texas Tech University and the community of Lubbock.