Documentary "Frozen Obsession" will highlight the expedition's research and document the activities of the participants during the expedition.

Frozen Obsession

Climate change is a critical scientific and social issue that confronts today’s world. Nowhere are the consequences of a warming climate more pronounced and observable than in the polar regions. The documentary Frozen Obsession, shot in 4K, follows the 18-day, 2,000-mile Northwest Passage Project expedition through the stunningly beautiful and extreme Canadian Arctic aboard the Swedish research icebreaker Oden.

For centuries sailors were obsessed with finding a path across the mostly frozen Arctic. Now, scientists are racing to understand a warming Arctic, and how these environmental changes will affect all of Earth’s inhabitants. With support from the National Science Foundation and additional support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, the innovative Northwest Passage Project (NPP) consists of a team of scientists, education professionals, a journalist, an Arctic scholar, and 23 graduate and undergraduate student science majors.

During the expedition the NPP team studies water chemistry, microbiology, birds, marine mammals, and physical oceanography – all in radical transition due to a warming Arctic climate. In addition to documenting at sea research, Frozen Obsession explores the rich cultural heritage and natural history of the region. The expedition visited an Inuit community to see first hand how the Arctic’s indigenous people are coping with climate change, the graves from the doomed 19th century Franklin sailing expedition, and areas teaming with wildlife. The film also explores the geopolitics of the Arctic, as increasing resource extraction, commercial vessels, cruise ships, and military patrol craft now traverse this once isolated region.

As Frozen Obsession bears witness to a dramatically changing Arctic and the urgent efforts of science to understand the consequences, the public can gain a sobering assessment of what’s at stake. However, in a hopeful turn, the film also witnesses the exhilarating life-changing experiences of the participating students, who represent the next generation of scientists and decision makers and who will surely make a difference in the world.

Broadcast on PBS

The documentary Frozen Obsession will be broadcast on PBS starting in mid-April 2021. Below is a listing of PBS stations scheduled to show the documentary in April, last updated on April 12th. Additional PBS station may schedule the film in April or later in the year. Be sure to check your local listings.

 

Market Channel Weekday Date Time
New York WLIW Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM ET
Los Angeles KLCS Wednesday 4/21/21 4:00 AM PT
Los Angeles KLCS Thursday 4/22/21 4:00 PM PT
Los Angeles KLCS Tuesday 4/27/21 10:00 PM PT
Los Angeles KLCS Wednesday 4/28/21 3:00 AM PT
Los Angeles KVCR Thursday 4/22/21 9:00 PM PT
Los Angeles KVCR Saturday 4/24/21 10:00 PM PT
Los Angeles KVCR Monday 4/26/21 3:00 PM PT
Chicago WTTW Sunday 4/18/21 1:00 PM CT
Chicago WTTW Thursday 4/22/21 3:30 AM CT
San Francisco KQEH Tuesday 4/27/21 12:00 PM PT
San Francisco KQED Tuesday 4/27/21 12:00 PM PT
Washington WFPT Monday 4/19/21 8:00 PM ET
Washington WFPT Tuesday 4/20/21 12:00 AM ET
Washington WFPT Tuesday 4/20/21 3:00 AM ET
Washington WWPB Monday 4/19/21 8:00 PM ET
Washington WWPB Tuesday 4/20/21 12:00 AM ET
Washington WWPB Tuesday 4/20/21 3:00 AM ET
Seattle KBTC Thursday 4/22/21 11:00 PM PT
Seattle KBTC Friday 4/23/21 8:00 AM PT
Seattle KCKA Thursday 4/22/21 11:00 PM PT
Seattle KCKA Friday 4/23/21 8:00 AM PT
Denver KRMA Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM MT
Denver KRMA Friday 4/23/21 3:00 AM MT
Denver KRMA Wednesday 4/28/21 3:00 PM MT
Denver KRMZ Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM MT
Denver KRMZ Friday 4/23/21 3:00 AM MT
Denver KRMZ Wednesday 4/28/21 3:00 PM MT
Denver KRMZ Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM MT
Denver KRMZ Friday 4/23/21 3:00 AM MT
Denver KRMZ Wednesday 4/28/21 3:00 PM MT
Orlando WEFS Sunday 4/25/21 8:00 PM ET
Orlando WEFS Monday 4/26/21 12:00 AM ET
Charlotte WNSC Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Indianapolis WFYI Sunday 4/25/21 4:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh WGPT Monday 4/19/21 8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh WGPT Tuesday 4/20/21 12:00 AM ET
Pittsburgh WGPT Tuesday 4/20/21 3:00 AM ET
Baltimore WMPT Monday 4/19/21 8:00 PM ET
Baltimore WMPT Tuesday 4/20/21 12:00 AM ET
Baltimore WMPT Tuesday 4/20/21 3:00 AM ET
Salt Lake City KUEN Saturday 4/17/21 9:00 PM MT
Salt Lake City KUEN Tuesday 4/20/21 2:00 AM MT
Kansas City KCPT Tuesday 4/20/21 10:00 PM CT
Kansas City KCPT Sunday 4/25/21 12:00 PM CT
Kansas City KCPT Monday 4/19/21 8:00 PM CT
Kansas City KCPT Tuesday 4/20/21 2:00 AM CT
Greenvll-Spartan WNEH Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Greenvll-Spartan WNTV Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Greenvll-Spartan WRET Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Austin KLRU Wednesday 4/7/21 7:00 PM CT
Austin KLRU Sunday 4/11/21 4:00 AM CT
Austin KLRU Sunday 4/11/21 5:00 PM CT
Austin KLRU Thursday 4/15/21 3:00 AM CT
Austin KLRU Friday 4/30/21 8:00 PM CT
Austin KLRU Saturday 5/1/21 12:00 AM CT
Austin KLRU Saturday 5/1/21 3:59 AM CT
Austin KLRU Saturday 5/1/21 12:00 PM CT
Grand Rapids WGVK Monday 4/26/21 11:00 PM ET
Grand Rapids WGVK Thursday 4/29/21 4:00 AM ET
Grand Rapids WGVU Monday 4/26/21 11:00 PM ET
Grand Rapids WGVU Thursday 4/29/21 4:00 AM ET
Harrisburg-Lancaster WITF Sunday 4/25/21 3:00 PM ET
Harrisburg-Lancaster WITF Tuesday 4/27/21 4:00 AM ET
Albuquerque KENW Friday 4/23/21 9:00 PM MT
Albuquerque KENW Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 PM MT
Albuquerque KENW Tuesday 4/27/21 10:00 PM MT
Albuquerque KRMU Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM MT
Albuquerque KRMU Friday 4/23/21 3:00 AM MT
Albuquerque KRMU Wednesday 4/28/21 3:00 PM MT
Memphis WKNO Sunday 4/25/21 10:00 PM CT
Albany-Schenectady WMHT Sunday 4/18/21 12:00 PM ET
Dayton WPTD Thursday 4/22/21 11:00 PM ET
Dayton WPTD Friday 4/23/21 11:00 PM ET
Dayton WPTD Saturday 4/24/21 4:00 AM ET
Dayton WPTD Monday 4/26/21 11:00 AM ET
Spokane KCDT Wednesday 4/21/21 9:00 PM PT
Spokane KUID Wednesday 4/21/21 9:00 PM PT
Spokane KWSU Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 PM PT
Spokane KWSU Sunday 4/25/21 5:00 PM PT
Spokane KWSU Monday 4/26/21 8:00 PM PT
Honolulu KHET Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM HST
Honolulu KHET Saturday 4/24/21 2:00 AM HST
Honolulu KMEB Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM HST
Honolulu KMEB Saturday 4/24/21 2:00 AM HST
Honolulu KHET Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM HST
Honolulu KHET Saturday 4/24/21 2:00 AM HST
Green Bay-Appleton WPNE Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Wichita, KS KOOD Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Wichita, KS KPTS Thursday 4/22/21 2:00 PM CT
Wichita, KS KPTS Thursday 4/22/21 8:00 PM CT
Wichita, KS KDCK Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Wichita, KS KSWK Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Wichita, KS KWKS Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Roanoke-Lynchburg WBRA Thursday 4/22/21 9:00 PM ET
Roanoke-Lynchburg WMSY Thursday 4/22/21 9:00 PM ET
Columbia, SC WRLK Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Columbia, SC WRJA Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Madison WHA Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Colorado Springs KTSC Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM MT
Colorado Springs KTSC Friday 4/23/21 3:00 AM MT
Colorado Springs KTSC Wednesday 4/28/21 3:00 PM MT
Syracuse WCNY Sunday 4/18/21 2:00 PM ET
Charleston, SC WITV Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Savannah WJWJ Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Myrtle Beach WHMC Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Myrtle Beach WJPM Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Tri-Cities, TN-VA WSBN Thursday 4/22/21 9:00 PM ET
Boise KAID Wednesday 4/21/21 9:00 PM MT
Augusta WEBA Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 AM ET
Yakima, WA KTNW Friday 4/23/21 1:00 PM PT
Monterey-Salinas KQET Tuesday 4/27/21 12:00 PM PT
La Crosse-Eau Claire WHLA Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
La Crosse-Eau Claire WHWC Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Columbia, MO KMOS Thursday 4/22/21 7:00 PM CT
Columbia, MO KMOS Saturday 4/24/21 11:02 PM CT
Wausau-Rhinelander WHRM Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Wausau-Rhinelander WLEF Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM CT
Salisbury WCPB Monday 4/19/21 8:00 PM ET
Salisbury WCPB Tuesday 4/20/21 12:00 AM ET
Salisbury WCPB Tuesday 4/20/21 3:00 AM ET
Duluth-Superior WDSE Saturday 4/24/21 11:00 PM CT
Duluth-Superior WRPT Saturday 4/24/21 11:00 PM CT
Idaho Falls KISU Wednesday 4/21/21 9:00 PM MT
Bowling Green WKYU Monday 4/26/21 4:00 AM CT
Grand Junction KRMJ Thursday 4/22/21 10:00 PM MT
Grand Junction KRMJ Friday 4/23/21 3:00 AM MT
Grand Junction KRMJ Wednesday 4/28/21 3:00 PM MT
Twin Falls KIPT Wednesday 4/21/21 9:00 PM MT

 

 

Frozen Obsession Screenings with Partner Institutions

The documentary was viewed by the public at special screening events at each of the Northwest Passage Project partner institutions. Other screening events were held at Penn State and the Richmond Virginia Environmental Film Festival. There was a panel discussion   and Q&A with expedition participants following each screening. Watch the recordings of the panels that followed each film screening.

The Exploratorium – Wednesday, January 27 – Panel Recording
University of Illinois at Chicago – Monday, February 1 – Panel Recording
Florida International University – Thursday, February 4 – Panel Recording
California State College Channel Islands – Monday, February 8 – Panel Recording
City College New York – Thursday, February 11 – Panel Recording
Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond Virginia Environmental Film Festival – Friday, February 12 – Panel Recording
Penn State University – Tuesday, February 23 – Panel Recording
University of Rhode Island – Thursday, February 25 – Panel Recording
Alaska Sea Life Center – Monday, March 1 – Panel Recording
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Film – Thursday, March 4 – Panel Recording

 

Production Team

David Clark, Producer/Director
Bob Elfstrom, Co-Director, Cameraman
Duncan Clark, Director of Photography
Ray Day, Soundman/DIT
Bruce Elfstrom, Line Producer
Juliana Hanle, Associate Producer

Hester Blum, Arctic Literature, Pennsylvania State University
Sarah Scriver, Arctic Guide
Edward Struzik, Arctic Journalist, Yale Environment 360

 

group photo of documentary team