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First Run Features Posted by First Run Features in Blogs February 21st, 2015


A scene from Antarctic Edge

A thrilling journey to the world's most perilous environment, Antarctic Edge: 70° South, follows a team of world-class scientists as they explore the West Antarctic Peninsula.  Directed by Dena Seidel and made through the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, Antarctic Edge: 70° South will open theatrically in New York City at the Quad Cinema on April 17.


In the wake of devastating climate events like Super storm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, oceanographer Oscar Schofield teams up with a group of researchers in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. 

Six weeks were spent in filming the feature-length
documentary  and  was  completed  with  the
participation of 14 undergraduate students.
For more than 20 years, these scientists have dedicated their lives to studying the Peninsula's rapid change as part of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Project. Filmed in one of the most perilous environments on the planet, Antarctic Edge brings to us the stunning landscapes and seascapes of Earth's southern polar region, revealing the harsh conditions and substantial challenges that scientists endure for months at a time.  While navigating through 60-foot waves and dangerous icebergs, the film follows the team as they voyage south to rugged, inhospitable Charcot Island to study the fragile and rapidly declining Adelie Penguin. For Schofield and his crew, these birds are the greatest indicator of climate change and a harbinger of what is to come.

Dena Seidel, documentary filmmaker
and Director Rutgers Film Bureau
Antarctic Edge: 70° South
 was made in a collaboration between the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking  and the Rutgers Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences.  A unique inter-disciplinary educational project bridging art, science and storytelling, Antarctic Edge was funded in part by the National Science Foundation. 

Dena Seidel is an award winning documentary filmmaker and published author, as well as the creator and designer of the first film major program at Rutgers University. She is the director of the Rutgers Film Bureau and the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking. 

 With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Dena spent six weeks filming the feature-length documentary Antarctic Edge: 70° South that was completed with the participation of 14 undergraduate students. 

Antarctic Edge: 70° South opens April 17 in New York City 
Quad Cinema 
34 West 13th Street 212-255-2243
 Daily Show times, April 17-23:
 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 PM



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