2023 Daily Film Spotlights
Monday's Film Spotlight
Monday’s spotlight films give us a glimpse into Polar and Alpine field research on the water, land, and ice.
Medium Length Film (25:06); French/English Subtitles
In the summer of 2022 a team left France with a folding trimaran to study long range pollution in East Greenland. This film is the journey of a skipper, a chemist and a filmmaker traveling between the nights and icebergs to collect samples and document the experience.
Photo Credit: Anne Beaugé
Photo Credit: Caroline Wexler
Medium Length Film (27:48); English
For over 75 years, a team of students and researchers embark annually on a 80+ mile ski traverse across the Juneau Icefield in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. The two-month expedition allows these students to study climate change at Earth's most sensitive margins. The film follows the perspective of several expedition members, each describing their unique experience from the icefield.
Photo Credit: Bastien Ruols
Short Film (5:20); English/French Subtitles
In the summer of 2022, the CRAG group from the University of Lausanne acquired an unprecedentedly large set of radar data over the Otemma glacier, Switzerland, using a newly developed drone-based system. This short film shows how this was done, from accessing the glacier to the display of the first results.
Photo Credit: Regnum
Sneak Peek (2:30); Spanish/English Subtitles
Eight scientific teams are navigating the effects of global warming in Antarctica to uncover data to combat climate change, even as glaciers are already retreating, and different animals are gearing up to face it.
Tuesday's Film Spotlight
Tuesday’s spotlight films focus on Arctic and Antarctic wildlife, the effects of climate change on these majestic creatures, and conservation.
Photo Credit: Şebnem Coşkun
Short Film (5:23); Turkish/English Subtitles
The Arctic, a polar region located to the far north of the Earth, has been most affected by global climate change in recent years, resulting in the rapid melting of ice and warming. This has greatly affected wildlife, particularly the polar bear.
Polar bears, the world's largest land predators, have been designated as "vulnerable" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List due to declining populations. They are most likely to lose habitat in the Arctic territories of Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russia, and the US (Alaska) if the melting trend continues, putting these marine mammals' survival at risk.
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Photo Credit: Sinan Yirmibeşoğlu
Medium Length Film (21:51); Turkish/English Subtitles
A documentary about the first observations of molting emperor penguins on Horseshoe Island, Antarctic Peninsula, recorded by a scientist. This research was published in the Polar Research Journal; a contribution to polar science for a better future for penguins.
Wednesday's Film Spotlight
Wednesday’s spotlight films display art and music as a means to broaden our understanding of the Polar/Alpine regions as well as enlighten us to humanity’s relationship to the environment.
Medium Length Film (13:42); English
Two talented carvers from each end of Aotearoa New Zealand take their whakairo (carving) to Antarctica in response to New Zealand's kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the world’s largest marine protected area - The Ross Sea.
Photo Credit: Vanessa Wells | Elanti Media
Photo Credit: Esther Kokmeijer
Short Film (9:30); Dutch/English Subtitles
Is it possible to make music with a whale? Dutch musician Tristan Visser sailed to Greenland to find out if a whale would react to his guitar playing. If the animals react to music, would this also mean they can hear human made noises produced in the ocean?
Thursday's Film Spotlight
Thursday’s spotlight films employ visuals and sound to expand how we see, hear, and experience the Polar regions. They also offer a personal glimpse of living and working in the Arctic/Antarctic.
Photo Credit: Still from the film/Arctic Utopias Team
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Medium Length Film (21:52); Greek, Finnish, Yakutian/Sakha/English Subtitles
Arctic Utopias is a collective and experimental documentary film about the changing Arctic. Filmmakers were sourced through an Arctic wide-open call. Daniela, Lana and Matti were chosen as directors, as they represent a variety of viewpoints to the region’s future and status quo. The aim of the film was to be a platform for the voices stemming straight from the region – for stories of how the shifting of inner and outer worlds feels. Simultaneously the film invites the viewer to explore and question their relationship to the Arctic.
The Arctic is warming up to six times faster than the rest of the world due to climate change. At the same time, it's often represented as an exotic, romanticized and untouched place that is beyond the powers of the postmodern world. Experimentally and collectively - made during the Covid pandemic – this essayistic documentary film provided an opportunity to explore change as a concept, and challenge conventional ways of filmmaking and the representations of this region.
Friday's Film Spotlight
Friday’s spotlight centers on short films that provide information about projects, programs, and institutions operating in the Polar regions, these include efforts aimed at citizen science, collaboration with Arctic communities, data preservation, and research activities.
Photo Credit: USGS/Public Domain
Short Film (2:41); English
The Arctic region is warming faster than anywhere else in the United States. Understanding the rates and causes of coastal change in Alaska is needed to identify and mitigate hazards that might affect people and animals that call Alaska home.
Photo Credit: Float Your Boat
Short Film (4:14); English
This short film introduces and spotlights the Float Your Boat outreach project of the International Arctic Buoy Programme developed by David Forcucci (US Coast Guard, retired), and Ignatius Rigor (Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA) and co-managed by Sarah Johnson (Wild Rose Education). Learn more at www.FloatBoat.org.
Photo Credit: Alissa Choi
Short Film (2:45); English
Ice cores can tell us a variety of information about Earth’s climate, atmosphere, and ocean systems in the past and present. Many are stored right here at the National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility in Lakewood, Colorado. Join me on a virtual tour of the facility to learn more about what goes into accessing this ice as well as the significance of deciphering the information this ice holds!
Photo Credit: Sinan Yirmibeşoğlu
Short Film (1:05); No Vocals
Scientists conducting research in Antarctica never leave the continent after working there once. Even though the continent pushes people to their extreme limits in the most difficult field conditions on Earth, it is impossible to escape its magic. This researcher's Antarctic field work trailer will impress you, too.