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The 4th Annual Polar Film Festival

Morning Program

9:00am - 12:40pm

•  Check-in and coffee
•  Introduction by Festival Co-Chair Stefan Kindberg
•  Polar Film Festival Trailer by Jason von Bruggen

People of NunatuKavut
Produced Mario Blaser, Derek Norman, and Lisa Rankin (45 minutes)
Journeys are nothing new to the people of southern Labrador once known as the Inuit-Metis. From their ancient roots on Alaska's coastal plain, over the centuries they have traveled the breadth of the Arctic to the shores of Labrador. Their most recent journey has been one of self discovery. In exploring their past they have come to a new understanding of their present,and a new vision for their future as the Inuit of southern Labrador. They are The People of NunatuKavut.

Thin Ice
Producer/Director/Photographer Simon Lamb (60 minutes)
Climate science has been coming under increasing attack. Geologist Simon Lamb takes a look at what’s really happening with global warming by filming scientists at work in Arctic, the Antarctic and around the world. The result is a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate.
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•  11:30am - Coffee Break

Arctic Adventure
Reed McFeely (4 minutes)
A claymation film by a 12 year-old budding cinematographer, followed by a Q&A with Reed McFeely

Northwest Passage
Jason von Bruggen (2 minutes)

Richard Sidey (45 minutes)
Beautifully filmed over a decade in the Arctic, Antarctic and subpolar regions this film is a visual meditation of light, life, loss and wonder at the ends of the globe.
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Lunch   $30, must reserve in advance

12:40pm - 1:30pm

•   Lunch has a seperate fee on-site
•   Gluten free, Vegetarian or Regular

Afternoon Program

1:30pm - 6:00pm

Tallurutiup Tariunga
Christopher Paetkau, Build Films (4 minutes)
Tallurutiup Tariunga, the Inuktitut name for Lancaster Sound, is one of the Arctic's richest marine habitats, an area of stunning beauty and deep cultural significance. Located at the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, Lancaster Sound's abundance has sustained Inuit communities for centuries. This film is based on a poem written by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, an artist who lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
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Pursuit of Endurance
Luc Hardy (52 minutes)
In the heart of the Antarctic, nine adventurers are about to test their limits to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest legends of the golden age of polar exploration: Ernest Shackleton. In 1914, after the sinking of his ship The Endurance, he saved his entire crew from a certain death. 100 years later our expedition sets out to explore the sub-Antarctic islands of Elephant, South Georgia and the South Sandwich by boat, ski and pulka. Screening followed by Q&A with Luc Hardy.
Book for Sale: “The Pursuit of Endurance," Hardy’s expedition in the Antarctic in 2014, retracing part of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition.
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Rebel, Bihttos
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (14 minutes)
Mixing archival footage, re-enactments and animation, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ extraordinarily beautiful and poignant documentary Bihttos (Sámi for "rebel") explores how past injustices impacted the marriage of her mother, who is of Blackfoot descent, and her Sami father.
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Canada's Waterless Communities: Shoal Lake 40, Produced by Allya Davidson (16 minutes)
Shoal Lake 40's water problem began more than 100 years ago. In 1914, the City of Winnipeg dug a canal and built an intake pipe to redirect the water from Shoal Lake 40 to the city. The water destined for Winnipeg is treated and cleaned for city residents, but the water for Shoal Lake 40 residents is not. VICE Canada meets with the chiefs, the political negotiators and the young residents who have spent their whole lives without accessible clean water. Followed by a Q&A with members of the VICE team.

•  3:30pm - Coffee Break

Antarctica a Short Film
Kalle Ljung (8 minutes)
This movie was shot during a 20 day trip to Antarctica in December 2014 to January 2015, starting in Ushuaia, Argentina going to Port Williams in Chile, around Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica.

Angry Planet: Pole of Cold
Directed by Peter Rowe (24 minutes)
The “Angry Planet” team travels in mid winter along Stalin’s notorious “Road of Bones” in eastern Siberia, camping with reindeer herders and searching for abandoned Gulag prisons. Their ultimate goal is Oymyakon, the “Pole of Cold” and coldest inhabited place on earth, where host George Kourounis investigates the radical effects of climate change on the Siberian winter.

Nest of Giants, Produced by William Fairman (20 minutes)
Despite its tiny population, Iceland has a reputation in the World's Strongest Man competition that stands higher than perhaps any other country's. The epicenter of the scene is a gym called Jakabol, which translates to "Nest of the Giants." It's like no other gym you've ever been to, probably because its members are training to lift cars. There is no steam room, pilates class, or cafeteria at Jakabol. There is only one goal here, and that is the building of pure, unadulterated strength. Follwed by a Q&A with members of the team from VICE.

Antarctic Edge
Dena Seidel (72 minutes)
This film is science-in-action, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, following a renowned team of scientists studying climate change in the fastest winter-warming place in the world, combining innovative science, dramatic imagery and two decades of scientific collaboration.
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Evening Program

6:00 pm - 9:00pm

•  6:00 Reception, sponsored by Adventure Canada
•  7:00 Welcome by Festival Co-Chair Stefan Kindberg
•  7:05 Screening of short-film Northwest Passage by Jason von Bruggen

The Norse: An Arctic Mystery
Film by Andrew Gregg (55 minutes)
The film follows Pat Sutherland from the south shore of Baffin Island to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, the departure point for Norse sailing west, searching for trade goods like ivory and furs across the North Atlantic to Canada. Sutherland discusses the hard science to unlock the hardest kept secrets of Norse arrival on Baffin Island.

Patricia Sutherland has been involved in archaeological research in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. Since 1975, focusing on the Inuit and pre-Inuit occupations of the Arctic Islands and the Mackenzie River Delta; the art and culture of the Dorset people; and the lost Franklin Expedition. Her most recent research (the Helluland Archaeological Project) is focused on the question of Norse/Aboriginal contact in the Eastern Arctic in the centuries around 1000 A.D. In 2005 she received the Lowell Thomas Award. Recently she was. Curator of Arctic Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of History).

Artifacts resembling those used by Europeans of the Viking and Medieval periods have now been recognized in several archaeological collections from Baffin Island and northern Labrador. Among the most recent discoveries from a site on Baffin Island is a stone crucible containing traces of bronze, which may provide the earliest evidence of non-ferrous metalworking in the New World to the north of Mexico. The findings suggest that the Norse may have had a significant presence in Arctic Canada, including widespread contacts with the Dorset Palaeo-Eskimos.

There will be a Q&A with Pat Sutherland following the screening.

In the Members Lounge

Films showing continuously

Romance of the Far Fur Country
Cinematography by Harold Wyckoff & Bill Derr, Produced by Educational Films Corporation
(120 minutes)
In 1919, the Hudson’s Bay Company commissioned a feature film to showcase their work and history in celebration of their 250th year in business. They sent a camera crew on a six-month expedition, traveling from coast to coast to coast. Over 75,000 feet of silent nitrate film was shot. Originally released in 1920, visual historian Peter Geller remixed for this version.

Isobel Hutchison’s Films of Greenland
Scottish Film Society
Hutchison (1889–1982) was a Scottish Arctic explorer and botanist. Her Greenlandic expeditions were from 1927-29.

Special Contributors

Diane Fiedler, Polar Bear Effigies (2012) Polar Bear Effigies (2015), Watercolor 55 x 99.5 inches. Installations in the waters of Nunavat, Canada and Ililussat, Greenland. Diane Fiedler is a Boston-based artist focusing on issues of climate change, invasive or endangered species, and indigenous peoples. With deployment photographs by Milbry Polk.

Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerstahl Stenport, authors of FILMS ON ICE: Cinemas of the Arctic. Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s University, Canada) and Anna W. Stenport (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) are writers, programmers, professors, and researchers who work on transnational Arctic cinemas and between them have published a dozen books.

Reservation Notes

Tickets for Friday & Saturday are FREE thanks to our gracious sponsors, Adventure Canada & Canadian Geographic Magazine. Lunch on Saturday is $35, and requires advanced reservations. This is the only charge for the festival, and is optional. To make a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383, or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Date: Saturday, December 5th

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

This page contains information on Saturday's schedule of events. Click here for information on Friday evening's event with John Geiger of the RCGS.

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