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Polar Film Festival 2019

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Saturday Morning, January 26

9:00 - 9:30 am - Check-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm - Morning Screenings

White Wolves: Ghosts of the Arctic - Feature

Dir. Oliver Goetzl - Filmed in Ellesmere Island in Northern Canada, one of the harshest places on Earth, Goetzl follows a wolf family over a year.

A Shifting Continent  - Featurette

New York Times VR Series - Fly with scientists in a military cargo plane as they probe the structure of the Ross Ice Shelf, a Texas-size chunk of floating ice. What they discover will help predict Antarctica’s fate.

The Traverse - Featurette

Dir. Billy Collins, with Kathy Kasic - Follow the SALSA (Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access) Traverse team as they use specialized tractors to haul roughly 1,000,000 lbs of science equipment across 600 miles of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

The Islands and the Whales - Feature + Q&A with Dr. Pal Weihe of the Faroe Islands

Dir. Mike Day - The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but, when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever.

Saturday Afternoon, January 26

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch (separate ticket required)
1:30 - 4:15 pm - Afternoon Screenings

Rise - Short

Dir. Dan Lin - Two indigenous poets - one from the Marshall Islands and another from Greenland - meet at the source of our rising seas to share a moment of solidarity.

Defending the Arctic Refuge - Featurette

Dir. Jeremy La Zelle, Kristin Gates - Documenting an expedition through Gwinch’in lands assessing the impact of Arctic drilling on the people and animals.

Admiral Byrd and the Dogs of his Expeditions  - Short

Dir. Pamela I. Theodotou - From The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, this film features footage from the 1933 Byrd Antarctic Expeditions.

Pulling Teeth from a Polar Bear - Featurette

Prod. Jacqueline Allegra Curnick - This documentary takes viewers to remote St. Lawrence Island in Alaska to hear from members of the Yupik community who have been affected by toxins in the environment.

Ice Alive - Featurette

Dir. Chris Hadfield, Joseph Cook, Eddie Frost - Joseph Cook takes a closer look at the microbial life that can be found all over the planet's glaciers and ice sheets.

Under a Cracked Sky - Short

New York Times VR Series; Prod. Jonathan Corum, Graham Roberts; Cinematography by Evan Grothjan; Underwater Cinematography by Rob Robbins, Steven Rupp - From the National Science Foundation and the United States Antarctic Program: Dive under eight feet of sea ice to swim with seals, explore ice caves and float above a dark seabed crawling with life.

Past Ice / Future Ice - Short

Dir. Jamey Stutz - A fact-packed science film journey to David Glacier, Antarctica which frames modern ice changes in a historical context and informs predictions of the future Antarctic Ice Sheet and global sea level.

Three Thousand - Featurette

Guilt Trip - Featurette

Dir. Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas - The only thing greater than this group of skier's desire to claim a first descent on Greenland's second highest peak is the size of their carbon footprint to get there. Loaded with guilt, they bring along renowned glaciologist, Alun Hubbard, who’s scientific hypothesis, if proven, could rewrite popular projections of global sea-level rise. (trailer below)

4:30 - 6:00 pm - Historical Presentation

"Explorers, Ethnographers, and Filmmakers during the Fifth Thule Expedition Across Arctic America, 1921-24" with clips from the documentary Knud Rasmussen: The Great Enchanter (2017)​. Featuring presentations from:

      •  Lene Borch, Filmmaker with Nordisk Film, Denmark
      •  Scott MacKenzie, Queen’s University, Canada
      •  Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Georgia Institute of Technology

Saturday Evening, January 26

6:00 - 7:00 am - Cocktails with Filmmakers
7:00 - 9:30 pm - Screenings

Sami Blood - Feature

Dir. Amanda Kernell - This Swedish coming-of-age drama is set in Sweden in the 1930s and concerns a 14-year-old girl who experiences prejudice at a nomad school for Sami children, and decides to escape her town and disavow her Sami heritage. (trailer above)

True North - Short

Chavala visits with members of the Arctic's Sami indigenous population to learn about their history and way of life as reindeer herders.

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