Program 2008



Performances & Polar Fair







2007 New York City International Polar Weekend provided the following annotated film series:

Ice People: A Once-in-a-lifetime journey with Antarctica's 21st century explorers By Anne Aghion, award winning film maker

No one gets to the Antarctic by accident. Conjured out of dreams as a place of the imagination, Antarctica is only arrived at by will—and with what some people call "a bit of ice in the head." So how does the reality measure up to the dream? New York-based, award-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion fulfills an old dream and embarks on a four-month shoot in Antarctica to make a film on a hardy band of scientists and other "ice people." Aghion will show a clip of her upcoming film and discuss the reality of filmmaking on the ice with documentary film curator and programmer Cynthia Kane.

Clips from South: Sir Ernest Shackleton's Glorious Epic of the Antarctic By Ross MacPhee, AMNH and Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College

What were the conditions that helped propel Sir Ernest Shackleton towards his ill-fated 1914 expedition to Antarctica? DId unusual climactic and environmental influences contribute to the expedition failure or was Shackleton just foolish in his planning? With original footage shot by Frank Hurley, the photographer brought to document Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914 expedition to Antarctica and will be accompanied by a discussion of the expedition background and its fate.

Arctic Rush: Discovery-Times Documentary By Andy Revkin, The New York Times

The New York Times' award-winning environment reporter, provides a tour of the once and future Arctic through digital archives and his three recent assignments north of the Arctic Circle, including his trip to the shifting sea ice at the North Pole itself with a hardy climate-research team.

Abandoned in the Arctic By Gino Del Guercio, Boston University, and Geoff Clark

As part of the first IPY, in 1881 the U.S. sent two expeditions to the Arctic. One of those teams, the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition to Ellesmere Island, turned into the worst Arctic disaster in American history. Adolphus W. Greely led 24 men to a site just 450 miles from the North Pole. He did not return for three years, and his party had dwindled to just five men.  Abandoned in the Arctic is a new documentary about that event and a modern expedition that follows Greely's tragic escape route home to gain first-hand knowledge of what went wrong.

AMNH Science Bulletin: Melting Ice, Rising Seas By Meredith Nettles, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the American Museum of Natural History film staff

Nettles who has completed extensive studies on the glacier melting in Greenland will lead the discussion around this newly completed short science film on ice melt and sea level rise. The AMNH film crew will discuss the making of this film debuting at The New York City International Polar Weekend 2007.

Great Polar Thaw By Peter Schlosser, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College

Explore the consequences of the thawing poles, including Arctic warming, sea ice retreat, melting glaciers, thawing permafrost and shifting ecosystms

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