The Northwest Passage Project will produce a two-hour, ultra high-definition documentary for television, Frozen Obsession. This film will highlight the expedition’s research and document the activities of the diverse group of participants (scientists, historians, journalists, education professionals, and students) and their various experiences.
The expedition’s three-masted ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be the backbone of the film – a time-machine that evokes the legacy of past Arctic mariners as it retraces their paths; a modern research vessel that investigates the biology of a changing Arctic; and an observation platform/classroom/home from which our participants will witness and learn about the Arctic ecosystem and what’s at stake here, first hand.
The documentary will also explore:
- The maritime history of the Northwest Passage
- The role of indigenous Inuit people in the Arctic’s history and changes affecting their way of life
- The geopolitics of this Arctic waterway, now confronted with threats from resource extraction, shipping commerce, and pollution
Filmed aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry, from small boats, and aerial drones, the documentary will present a vivid portrait of a stunningly beautiful environment that is confronting a warming climate and an uncertain future. The documentary will be broadcast by a major television outlet and viewed by the public at special screening events at each of the Northwest Passage Project partner institutions. Other screening events will be held at Penn State’s Polar Center and the Environmental Film Festival.
David Clark, Producer/Director
Bob Elfstrom, Co-Director, Director of Photography
Duncan Clark, Cameraman
Ray Day, Soundman/DIT
Bruce Elfstrom, Line Producer
Juliana Hanle, Associate Producer
Hester Blum, Arctic Literature, Pennsylvania State University
Ken Burton, Maritime Historian, Vancouver Maritime Museum
Raymond Pierce, Ice Pilot, ION Geophysical
Edward Struzik, Arctic Journalist, Yale Environment 360