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Polar Film Festival 2016 Saturday

Morning Program

9:00am - 12:00pm

•  Check-in and coffee
•  Introduction by Festival Co-Chair Stefan Kindberg

Nanook of the Now:
Documentary, Found Footage, and Arctic Film Today

Special screenings curated by Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s University, Canada) and Anna Westerstahl Stenport (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (USA, 1922) has been labelled the first “documentary,” though most film scholars agree that the film is deeply problematic in its depiction of Canadian Inuit cultures. A number of subsequent documentaries from various traditions have grappled with Nanook’s legacy, reinterpreting the film in ways that engage and contemporary audiences and counteracting the ethnographic and anachronistic foundation at the heart of the Flaherty original. This special program addresses these issues through films that re-imagine and re-work Nanook, through the uses of found footage filmmaking, biographical documentaries, ethnographic self-awareness, and humor.

Includes screenings of:

•   Houses of the Arctic - Pathé, France, 1928 (11 min.)
•   Nanook Revisited - Saumialuk, Claude Massot, France, 1988 (55 min.)
•   Martha of the North - Marquise Lepage, Canada, 2009 (45 min.)
•   “Kunuk Uncovered!” Documentary Now - Alex Buono, Rhys Thomas, USA, 2015 (20 min.)

A Q&A and concluding remarks with Scott and Anna will round out the session.

Lunch   $30, must reserve in advance

12:00pm - 1:00pm

•   Lunch has a separate fee and must be reserved in advance
•   There will be no extras for sale the day of the event
•   Gluten free, Vegetarian or Regular

Afternoon Program

1:00pm - 6:00pm

Northern Lights - A Magic Experience
Produced by Dr. Pål Brekke (25 minutes)
This documentary takes you on a breathtaking journey through space. By using pedagogic top-quality animations and spectacular solar imagery from NASA satellites it tells the full story of the northern lights from myth to science. The film is packed with interesting historical anecdotes, includes tips about how to take your own stunning aurora photos, and features some of the world’s best photography and time lapse sequences of the northern lights. It also contains brand new - never before seen - graphics and animations specially made for this documentary.

A Q&A with Dr. Pål Brekke will follow the screening.

•   Click here to view the trailer

Wild Alaska
Created by Aliscia Young & Richard Sidey, Music by Inga Liljeström (5 minutes)
A visual nature essay from the coastal wilderness of Southern Alaska; water, mist, mountains, glaciers, icebergs, whales, fjords, forests and bears. Wild Alaska was filmed during an expedition in July 2015.

In the Middle of Everything
Produced and Directed by Nicholas Castel (5 minutes)
Inspired by the words of Greenlandic artist Miki Jacobsen, In the middle of everything is film about the moments that seem stick in your heart forever, or rush you by in a whirlwind. In the north, the epic landscapes can make you feel like a small and insignificant part of the picture. But the deeper you look in the universe, the existence of all things, no matter their size or function, is of equal value to it’s composition. As Miki put it, it exist in the perfectly intricate and unexplainably beautiful reality, “in the middle of everything”. This film was captured during the Students On Ice 2016 Arctic Expedition to Nunavut, Labrador and Greenland.

Created by Reuben Hernandez (2 minutes)
Filmmaker Reuben Hernandez instantly draws you into his over two month long journey south to Antarctica by stimulating your senses with one second a day. See, hear, and nearly touch the people, the wildlife, and the wilderness.

A Q&A with Hernandez will follow the screening.

My Deadly Beautiful City
Directed, Written and Produced by Victoria Fiore (11 minutes)
Residents of an industrial town in the Arctic ponder how pollution affects their lives and the landscape.

•   Click here to view the trailer

Explorers Club & Adventure Canada
Young Explorers

Featuring films from Heart of the Arctic
Adventure Canada Expedition
(1 hour)
Featuring films from young explorers—

•   Aleks Rikhterman
Aleksandr Rikhterman is a young video producer from Ukraine intent on showing the adventure that is life when one pushes themselves completely out of their comfort zone in an attempt to understand the world around them. He is a 2015 Television Academy Foundation College Television Award 1st place Emmy winner in the unscripted/ reality series category for his web series – “A Solo-Traveler’s Guide To: The World”.Since then his adventures included driving two thousand miles across Vietnam on motorbikes to film a short documentary, traveling to Trinidad & Tobago to shoot/edit an episode of KICK TV’s Football Vagabond, and produced a short documentary on what it means to experience the Arctic from his time there as part of Adventure Canada’s Young Explorer program.

•   Trevor Wallace
Trevor Wallace is an explorer, artist, and filmmaker. Originally from California, he travelled to all seven continents before the age of 21 pursuing projects on indigenous identity and the environment. He specializes in collaborating with remote communities and documenting expeditions in harsh environments. In his YouTube channel World Wide Wallace, he chronicles the creation of his projects most recently elephant tracking in Kenya, a 75 mile adventure race he participated in, and an archeology expedition to the borderlands of Western China. His film Passing the Flame was created with the support of the Young Explorers Program and Adventure Canada. Trevor is a member of the Explorers Club.

•   Nicole Collier
Nicole Collier is a Science Instructor at Marlborough School in Los Angeles. After graduating from Smith College with a degree in Geosciences, she worked seasonally with the National Park Service and NOAA in Alaska, Colorado, and Washington. Her primary research interests include alpine hydrology, aqueous geochemistry, and cryosphere-climate interactions. In her free time she enjoys long walks in the alpine, copious amounts of tea, powder days, and sleeping under the stars. She is passionate about continuing to pursue field science as an educator, and hopes to show her students that reaching the ends of the Earth, especially as a woman in science, is tangible.

Q&A's with the filmmakers will follow the screenings.

Afternoon Break   

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Skiing the Seven Summits
A film by Montage Production; Key cast: Kit DesLauriers" (60 minutes)
When Kit DesLauriers successfully skied from the summit of 29,035 ft Mt. Everest on October 18th, 2006, she became the first person to ski from the summit of the highest peak on each continent, a.k.a. the Seven Summits. She has the distinction of being the first person to make a ski descent of the Polish Glacier on Aconcagua and the first female to make a complete ski descent of Vinson Massif in Antarctica. The film highlights the skiing exploits of this unassuming resident of Teton Village, Wyoming, including winning the Women’s 2004 and 2005 United States Freeskiing World Tour Title and 2005 U. S. Freeskiing Nationals.

Norma’s Story
Director: Alex Hawley, Producer: Karen Hawley, Key Cast: Norma Kassi (6 minutes)
Norma's Story is a true tale of change. It documents the effects of climate change on the environment , culture and food security of the Vuntut Gwitchin people of the Northern Yukon as seen through the eyes of Norma Kassi.

Alex Hawley is a Toronto based animation director, graphic novelist, and children's book writer. Winner of the 2012 Best short animation for children at the Ottawa International Animation festival for "Beethoven's wig" and Best Canadian short at Toronto's Planet in Focus 2015 for "Norma's Story".

Katatjanik utippalianinga (The Return of Throat Singing)
Producer: Jenn Brown, Editor: Victoria Wells, Cinematographer: Troy Maher (7 minutes)
The community of Nain in northern Labrador is rich with breathtaking landscapes and people with a strong storytelling history. Created through the St. John's International Women's Film Festival's FRAMED film educations series, in partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government, this film explores throat singing- a special talent and traditional game for both fun and public entertainment, which was nearly destroyed but has since been revived.

This Student Film was co-directed by: Caroline Nochasak, Heather Angnatok, Jason Dicker, Jennifer Semigak, Joshua Jararuse, Matmatil Angnatok, Maxwell Saksagiak, Nancy Nochasak, Sarah Semigak Lidd, Troy Maher, Jenn Brown

Why the Little Fish Matter: The Arctic Coastal Ecosystem Survey
Directed, Written and Produced by Liz McKenzie (10 minutes)
The arctic is a surprisingly rich, dynamic environment where humans have lived for thousands of years. Join researchers for the Arctic Coastal Ecosystem Survey who are studying fish and other small marine creatures, which are essential to the lives of important and widely known animals like beluga whales and seals. Coordinating their work with the Inupiaq people of Alaska’s North Slope, researchers hope to better understand an environment that is extremely vulnerable in this time of rapid change.

A Q&A with Liz McKenzie will follow the screening.

Evening Program

6:00 pm - 9:00pm

•  6:00 Reception
•  7:00 Welcome by Festival Co-Chair Stefan Kindberg
•  7:05 Screening of short-film by Jason van Bruggen and Adventure Canada

Jason van Bruggen depicts remote wilderness, including the Far North, with raw authenticity and bold narrative - building new interpretations of these landscapes that have traditionally been full of clichéd notions of exploration and shallow cultural representation. Jason's immersive work seeks to explore rugged and stunning landscapes, while working passionately to bring widespread awareness of the forces that threaten them. The imagery he crafts brings an unmistakable emotive power to the screen that both challenges and celebrates the essence of our nature. Jason is a Fellow International of the Explorers Club. He has travelled and worked in over 100 countries, including some of the most remote and austere locations on the planet. His work has been awarded in Applied Arts, Communication Arts, PDN. His photographs on topics of exploration and conservation appear in print on behalf of leading global brands and editorial publications.

North in Focus
Created by Gabrielle Foss (15 minutes)
North in Focus (NIF) is a non-profit organization that promotes mental wellness, reduces the stigma that surrounds mental health, and empowers individuals to reach out for support. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for youth in Canada, with rates up to 40 times higher for some Northern populations compared to their Southern counterparts.

•   Click here to learn more

Into the cold
Award-winning film by Sebastian Copeland (87 minutes)
Into the Cold retraces two men's dramatic expedition to the North Pole, one of the toughest and most magnificent environments in the world, and also one that is rapidly vanishing. The film follows noted environmental advocate, photographer and polar traveler Sebastian Copeland through his training in Minnesota and Los Angeles before embarking on the two months trip on the frozen ice cap with his partner Keith Heger.

Covering two months, 400+ miles, and -50F temperatures, the work reveals a deeply personal journey by foot to the top of the world as never before seen on camera.

Artists Work on Display

Throughout Headquarters on Saturday

Diane Fielder
Diane Fiedler is a fine art artist, educator, illustrator and designer. She has exhibited at MIT’s The Broad Institute the Boston Children’s Museum, Fidelity Investments, WGBH, Sheraton Hotels, Gillette, Fisons and AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals. She teaches at the Tufts University Experimental College.

Natalie Treadwell
Natalie Treadwell is a studio art major at The University of Notre Dame with a concentration in oil painting and printmaking. She was selected to travel with the Explorers Club on the Adventure Canada "Heart of The Arctic" trip this summer and developed a new style of oil painting using seal and whale oil.

Scott Forsyth
Canadian Geographic nature photographer Scott Forsyth is devoted to exploring Canada, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Arctic Ocean coastlines. Scott has twice received the award of Photographic Artist of The Year in his home province of Alberta. On the merit of his mission to explore remote Canadian landscapes and to share the stories and images from these expeditions, Scott was elected into the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2015, and became a Fellow of the Explorer's Club in 2016.

Reservation Notes:

Click here to purchase tickets online
Price: $15 for admission to all Saturday sessions.

Please note that lunch is a standalone purchase option ($30), and must be purchased in advance. The Club is in the proximity of alternative cuisine options, but the only food on-site will be provided to those who purchase in advance, during the lunch break. Available in gluten free, vegetarian, or regular.

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