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6th Annual Polar Film Festival

Saturday Schedule

•  9:00 am - Check-in and coffee

•  9:30 am - Wild Archaeology (22 min)
•  10:00 am - Aqua Mess (10 min)
•  10:15 am - Ghosts of the Arctic (7 min)
•  10:30 am - Students on Ice (15 min)
•  10:45 am - My Irnik (15 min)
•  11:00 am - The Impossible Image - diving with Polar bears (52 min + Q&A)

•  12:15 pm - Lunch
•  12:15 -1:00 pm - Meet the Artist Diane Tuft in the Members Lounge

•  1:00 pm - Trapped in a Human Zoo (60 min + Q&A)
•  2:15 pm - The Filmmaker as Arctic Explorer (90 min)

•  3:45 pm - Break

•  4:00 pm - Antarctic Heritage Trust (8 min, 15 min + Q&A)
•  4:45 pm - Canada C3 | Coast to Coast to Coast (4 min + Q&A)
•  5:00 pm - Explorers Club & Adventure Canada Young Explorers

•  6:00 pm - Evening Reception

•  7:00 pm - Searchers (94 min)

Members' Lounge Features

short films playing continuously in the Members' Lounge all-day Saturday

•  Meirs Valley Time Lapse (7 min)
    Produced by Craig Cary
•  South Pole Traverse (5 min)
    Produced by Forrest McCarthy
•  Sebastian Copeland: Heart of the Ice (4 min)
    Produced by Sebastian Copeland
•  Sedna Epic (4 min)
    Produced by Susan Eaton
•  Wild Antarctica (5 min)
    Produced by Richard Sidley and Aliscia Young
•  Antarctic Waters (7 min)
    Produced by Jimmy Muir
•  Leopard Seals (5 min)
    Produced by Amos Nachoum
•  The TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition (5 min)
    Produced by Dario Schwoerer
•  Torngat Mountains: A spiritual home to Inuit (4 min) &
   The Bear Whose World is Floating (2 min)
    Produced by Peter Wall

We will also be featuring the art of Rhea Banker, and the photography of Diane Tuft throughout the space.

Saturday Morning Films

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Wild Archaeology
Produced by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (22 minutes)
Guided by Indigenous archaeologist, Dr. Rudy Reimer (Squamish), and adventure loving co-hosts Jenifer Brousseau (Ojibway/French) and Jacob Pratt (Dakota/ Saulteaux), we are taken on a Vision Quest through the mountains, waterways, plains, and Arctic landscapes of Canada’s ancient archaeological record to discover first-hand the untold story of the original peoples of North America. It is based on seven years of extensive research in consultation with Aboriginal Communities, Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal Archaeologists, and took two years to film in remote and hard to reach locations.

Aqua Mess
Featuring Carol Devine (10 minutes)
Our trash scatters the Arctic map and swirls in far north waterways, some arriving in the Gulf Stream, entangling wildlife and dissipating into our planet’s water molecules. Plastic created ostensibly to simplify our lives chokes us. This survey of garbage on Svalbard is about us. Globalized peoples. Somebody somewhere eats Chinese noodles, another smokes British tobacco, drinks Russian vodka, uses Norwegian fishing rope; their discarded packaging washes up on shores of the most northern inhabited place on earth. A child’s plastic pig catches next to a rogue log that drifted from Siberia to Sjuøyene (Seven islands) above 80ºN. These garbage “portraits” were collected around Svalbard during a citizen initiative, Cleanup Svalbard.

Ghosts of the Arctic
Produced by Abraham Joffe (7 minutes)
Ghosts of the Arctic follows the journey of Polar Photographer Joshua Holko through the frozen expanse of Svalbard. He seeks to encounter and photograph the majestic polar bear on foot, something rarely attempted.

Students on Ice: 2017 Expedition
Students on Ice Films (15 min)
The Foundation’s core program is educational youth expeditions to the Polar Regions. For the past 15 years, Students on Ice has taken over 2,500 students, scientists, educators, elders, artists, musicians, historians and business leaders to the Arctic and Antarctic. SOI is globally recognized as the world’s pioneer in educational youth expeditions and leader in Polar Education and has received a number of key awards in support of the unique nature and success of its programs.

My Irnik
Produced by Matthew Hood & Francois Lebeau (15 min)
"My Irnik" is a short documentary film about a father and son’s relationship and the passion of shared adventure. Set in Arctic Canada, Conor, a young father and a native of Montreal fell in love with the northern way of life and with a woman from there. Now, with a young family, he helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself. In this surreal landscape and isolated community, these two are bonding over a shared love of the outdoors, dog sledding, exploration and new adventures.

The Impossible Image - diving with Polar bears in the High Arctic
Created by Amos Nachoum (52 min + Q&A)
Amos Nachoum is President of BigAnimals Expeditions, but first and foremost an explorer and a guide. Over the years, he’s had the honor of leading many great expeditions for individual adventurers, and institutions like Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Discovery Channel, Armani, Disney, Colombia Pictures, and of course, National Geographic, with whom he was team leader for separate photo expeditions to document the Red Sea, Great White Sharks, and Killer Whales.

Lunch   $25, must reserve in advance

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

•   Lunch has a separate fee and must be reserved in advance
•   There will be no extras for sale the day of the event
•   Includes sandwich, salad, desert and drinks
•   Please indicate if Gluten free is required

Saturday Afternoon Films

12:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Trapped in a Human Zoo: Based on Abraham’s Diary
Director: Guilhem Rondot, Researcher: France Rivet, Producer: Roch Brunette (60 min + Q&A)
Relive the incredible story of two Labrador Inuit families, who in 1880, lured by promises of adventures and wealth, embarked for Europe to become the latest attraction in the now-forgotten world of ethnographical shows (also known as "human zoos"). Soon, the Inuit realized their mistake and longed to return home. Sadly, none of them did: All eight died from smallpox less than four months after setting foot in Europe. If not for one small diary written by a member of the group named Abraham, their tragic story would have been forgotten forever. More than 130 years later, a French-Canadian, France Rivet, not only discovered this fascinating story, but also located the remains of the Inuit in the vaults of a museum in Paris. Then begins her quest, as well as that of Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe, to discover the whole truth, and to repatriate their bones.

The Filmmaker as Arctic Explorer: Journeys Through the Physical, Psychological, Political, and Poetic
Featuring Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerstahl Stenport (90 min)
For well over a century, polar and Arctic explorers have documented in moving images their travel to, and experiences in, the North. One well-known example is Explorer Club member Anthony Fiala, whose footage from the Fiala-Ziegler expedition (1903-05) is regarded as the first polar exploration cinematography. Anthropologists and ethnographers have also used the film camera to document Arctic communities, Indigenous practices, and local environments—often conveyed as “disappearing” or as needing to be “preserved”—that have shaped practices of documentary filmmaking. We see this in works ranging from Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (1922) to Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Ice (2012). At the same time, an important subset of Arctic cinema history encompasses experimental filmmakers who work in varied genres and styles, for whom journeys Northward have allowed for aesthetic experimentation, formal renewal, subversive storytelling, and social criticism. All the films in this program foreground the importance of the journey—be it physical, psychological, political, or poetic—and the cinematic process as a means of bridging, environments, cultures, and geographies for filmmakers and viewers alike.
•  Wind from the West (Vinden från väster, Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden, 1942) 17 min.
•  Reindeer Time (Sarvtid, Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden, 1942) 9 min.
•  Shadows over the Snow (Skuggor över snön, Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden, 1946) 8 min.
•  Drum Songs (Jette Bang, Denmark, 1973) 10 min.
•  Of Seals and Men (Mai Zetterling, UK/Sweden, 1979) 35 min.

New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust
Mt Scott – An Expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula (8 min) &
The Last 36 – An Expedition across South Georgia Island (15 min + Q&A)
Mt Scott – An Expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula’ - four young Kiwis travel to the Antarctic Peninsula to attempt an ascent of the heavily glaciated Mt Scott. The peak was named for iconic heroic-era explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Each faced their own personal challenges as they climbed, especially William Pike who lost his right leg 10 years ago in a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s Mt Ruapehu.

The Last 36 – Honoring the centenary of Shackleton, Worsley and Crean’s famous crossing of South Georgia Island this film shares their journey through the eyes of three young explorers. Representing each of the nationalities from the original expedition (English, Irish and New Zealand) the explorers reflect on those last 36 hours Shackleton and his men faced as they raced over the island to try and save the rest of the stranded Endurance expedition team. A harrowing journey that is filled with epic survival stories, remarkable leadership and teamwork.

Iqaluit – A diverse arctic community
Featuring Peter Wall from Canada C3 | Coast to Coast to Coast (4 min + Q&A)
A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 is a 150-day expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage that took place from June 1 to Oct. 28, 2017. It inspired a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.

Explorers Club & Adventure Canada
Young Explorers

Featuring films from Adventure Canada Expeditions (1 hour)
Short films and presentations from Explorers Club & Adventure Canada Young Explorers Grant Winners. Including presentations from —
      Denéa Buckingham
      John Imbrie
      Matthew Scime
      Brianna Rowe
      Kristin Gates
      Trevor Wallace
      Sadie Whitelocks
      Nicole Collier

Evening Program

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

•  6:00 Reception with Beer, Wine, and Crudités
•  7:00 Welcome by Festival Co-Chair Stefan Kindberg

Directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq, Produced by Jonathan Frantz, Zacharias Kunuk, and Cara Di Staulo (94 min)
Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) returns with this Arctic epic inspired by the classic John Ford western of the same name, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home.
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Reservation Notes:

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Price: $25 for all daytime events Saturday, including Morning and Afternoon Sessions. The Evening Screening of ‘Searchers’ and the Evening Reception, are a separate ticket, $25 for Guests and $10 for Members. Guests who would also like to reserve for lunch on-site must also purchase an additional $25 ticket in advance.

All tickets are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, you may also call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Click here for Friday Evening’s Schedule
Friday Evening, January 26th

Click here for Thursday Evening’s schedule
Thursday Evening, January 25th

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