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Polar Film Festival

"Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us." ~Robert Redford, President and Founder of the Sundance Film Festival

The Explorers Club invites you to its inaugural Polar Film Festival – to celebrate Antarctica Day (the anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty on December 1st, 1959) and showcase a diverse collection of feature films, documentaries and shorts about and from the Arctic and Antarctica. The films explore the history and grandeur of Earth’s polar regions as well as the environmental challenges they are facing.

In the long tradition of The Explorers Club, you will have an opportunity to rub elbows with polar explorers, filmmakers and special guests who will share their stories and imagery as we honor their passions and spotlight their life’s work.

Film line-up to be screened in the Clark Room include: “Diet of Souls,” “Terra Antarctica,” “Great White Silence,” “Ice People,” “Passage,” “North,” “People of a Feather,” and the acclaimed “Chasing Ice.”

Other films and videos will be continuously shown in the Members Lounge and in the Trophy Room throughout Saturday and Sunday; among them are: “Inuk,” “Imiqutailaq: Path of the Arctic Tern,” and “Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica.”
Speakers/Presenters include: Aaju Peter, John Houston, Stefan Kindberg, Jon Bowermaster, Raymond Arnaudo, Ken McGoogan, and welcome remarks by Alan Nichols, the EC President.

Throughout the 3-day event, original paintings by Sheena Fraser McGoogan will be on display, and Look North Gallery will exhibit a selection of Inuit sculpture and art.

Program Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, November 30, 2012:

5:30p – 6:30p: Reception
6:30p: Inuit Welcome – Opening Ceremony by Aaju Peter
6:45p: John Houston introduction of “Diet of Souls”

Saturday, December 1, 2012 – Celebrating Antarctica Day:

9:00a – 10:00a: Registration and Continental breakfast
10:00a: Introduction to film festival
Film Short
Jon Bowermaster – feature film “Terra Antarctica”
11:30a: Raymond Arnaudo – presentation on the Antarctic Treaty
12:00 - 1:00p: Lunch break in library
1:00p: Feature film – “Great White Silence”
Film short (parody)
3:00p: Feature film – “Ice People”
4:15p: Feature film - "The Polar Explorer" - Mark Terry
5:30p – 6:30p: Dinner break / Reception in library
6:30p: Ken McGoogan - presentation: "Return to Rae Strait" and John Walker's film "Passage"

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 – Arctic Films

9:30a – 10:30a: Registration and Continental breakfast
10:30a: Film Short – “North”
11:00a: Feature film – “People of a Feather”
12:30p – 1:30p: Lunch break in library
1:30p: Feature film – “Chasing Ice”
Film shorts
3:00p: Documentary – “Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos”
Inuit closing ceremony

Partial list of films to be screened in the Trophy Room –
Saturday & Sunday (times TBD):

“Into the Cold,” "Being Caribou,” “Imiqutailaq: Path of the Arctic Tern,” portions of “Journey to the Edge of the World,” “Antarctica: Atlantic Odyssey Voyage” and “Nenets: Winter” (Q&A with former CBS correspondent Bill Gasperini), “Tuurngait” and others.

Date: 11/30/12

Location: New York City Headquarters, 46 East 70th St., New York, NY

Reservation Notes:

Seating is limited; reserve tickets early

Friday – Reception, Opening ceremony and film
Explorers Club Members: FREE
Students (with ID): $35
Non-members: $45

Saturday – full day
(including breakfast, and buffet lunch and dinner reception)

General admission (members and non-members): $60
Students (with ID): $35

Sunday – full day
(including breakfast and light lunch)

General admission (members and non-members): $45
Students (with ID): $25

3-Day Pass – (members and non-members):  $125

To make a reservation please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or call the Club at 212-628-8383

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