Antarctic documentary film features Palmer LTER

Network News Summer 2015, Vol. 28 No. 2
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The National Science Foundation’s Connecting Researchers and Public Audiences (CRPA)-supported feature documentary Antarctic Edge: 70° South is garnering wide acclaim at film festivals from Montana to Slovakia. Filmed over 6 weeks in January 2013, the documentary team (director Dena Seidel and cinematographer Chris Linder) captured the day to day challenges of a Palmer Station (PAL) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) oceanographic research cruise and features scientists Oscar Schofield, Hugh Ducklow, Debbie Steinberg, Donna Fraser, Doug Martinson and Dave Johnston.

Released theatrically in New York at the Quad Cinemas and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall, Antarctic Edge: 70° South received positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Indiewire, Village Voice, Film Forward among others. The film has won three film festival awards (at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Light House International Film Festival and Ekotopfilm Festival in Slovakia) and has had sold out screenings around the country.

The CRPA grant for the production of Antarctic Edge: 70° South includes support for an innovative educational program in the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking. Production of the film involved 14 undergraduate students over two years as part of the development of a unique pedagogical model connecting art students to science that has since become the basis for Rutgers’ first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Filmmaking.

Antarctic Edge: 70° South is distributed by First Run Features and Antarctic Edge is now live on all platforms in all English-speaking territories (US, Canada, UK, Ireland):

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The film will be available on Netflix on August 1 and will be broadcast nationally on Participant Media’s PIVOT channel. DVDs can be ordered from