Filmmaker, author and adventurer Jon Bowermaster provides a unique,
up-close introduction to the stark beauty, fragility and importance of
the remote continent of Antarctica. For six weeks Bowermaster and his
team explored the Antarctic by sailboat, sea kayak, foot and small plane
-- observing first-hand the fast -changing evolution of the continent.
earth is a complex system with Antarctica its heart. The annual
expanding and shrinking of the ice sheet, which holds about 70% of the
earth’s fresh water, affects the entire planet’s weather and oceans.
Today, the continent is increasingly impacted by human activities:
global warming is causing the ice to melt at a greater pace and
endangering wildlife, nations are fighting over Antarctica’s natural
resources, and the area has become a major tourist destination.
film mixes footage of stunning scenery with factual information in an
engaging and entertaining way. We witness the rarely seen collapse of a
massive ice arch, hike through massive snow mountains, visit with
biologists tracking declining penguin populations, and scientists
monitoring the ozone layer from the site where the hole in the ozone was
Jon Bowermaster has traveled around the world
for the last decade to study, film and write about the human impact on
the world’s oceans.
Reviews & AwardsBest of 2012, Science Books and Films (AAAS)
"Editor's Choice. An excellent, up-to-date documentary film about the continent of Antarctica. Current issues facing Antarctica, particularly the impact of global warming, are discussed and illustrated. One of the strengths of this documentary is that it doesn't lecture the audience with scientific facts - it simply shows you what is happening in Antarctica and what scientists think the consequences will be, which makes the point much better."
– Science Books and Films (AAAS)
"The award-winning cinematography of the rugged yet fragile landscape, its wildlife, and particularly the ice, really tells the story. The narrative adds just enough to establish the value of that ice to the continent, its wildlife, and the surrounding oceans. We may never see Antarctica look quite this way again."
Winner, Best Ocean Issues, Blue Ocean Film Festival
Winner, Best of Festival, Vancouver Int’l Mountain Film Fest
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Taos Mountain Film Festival