Director: Michael O. Snyder
Run Time:  28 mins 3 sec

Collection: DOCUMENTARY 2

Date/Time: MON JUN 22 1:00PM & 7:15PM


Short, Documentary
Description: Battling subzero temperatures and forty-foot seas, a team of scientists embark on a perilous winter expedition into the darkest regions of the Arctic. Their mission: to understand how trace amounts of light may be radically altering the mysterious world of the polar night. What they discover has implications for the global climate and the future of the Arctic.

*The science featured in the film is now a feature publication in National Geographic as well as an article in the Journal Nature (Communications Biology):

Director Commentary: In my years as a filmmaker I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some of the remote and wild corners of this planet… but nothing compares to the deep polar night. Being alone on a tiny boat in the frozen darkness – likely as the northernmost humans on the planet – will probably be the closest that I will ever come to doing a space walk. It was truly otherworldly. And the film itself couldn’t be more timely: with sea ice melting rapidly we have just a handful of years to set the baseline and understand what the impact of light pollution is in the darkest part of the world.

One of my favorite parts of the process was recording the all original score with 18 incredible musicians. It’s one of the prettiest, most lush and emotional scores I’ve heard in a long time…and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

Director Bio: Michael O. Snyder is a filmmaker and photographer working at the intersections of social justice and environmental sustainability. As founder of Interdependent Pictures, he has produced documentary films in the Arctic, the Amazon, the Himalaya, and East Africa. He holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and uses his combined knowledge of visual storytelling and environmental conservation to forge partnerships and create narratives that drive change. His work has been named Official Selection to over 40 film festivals and been featured by National Geographic and MountainFilm. He has won numerous awards including Best Environmental Film (Canada Int. Film Fest), Best Environmental Film (The World’s Independent Film Fest), Best Doc Feature (Blackbird Film Fest), Best Environmental Film (Colorado Film Fest), Audience Choice Award (G2 Green Earth Film Fest), and Sir Edmund Hillary Award (Mountain Film Fest). In addition, his journalism and advocacy work has been featured in magazines, films and galleries by National Geographic, The Guardian, Vox, Roads & Kingdoms, The Washington Post, High Country News, The Wild Magazine, Condé Nast, NPR, Political Science and Politics, Social Documentary and Beautiful Decay.

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