What It Took to Reach the North Pole
In a media environment in which the issue of The 11-member Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition team, composed of women from the Arab world and the West, was led by veteran polar explorer Felicity Aston. She conceived the expedition to create greater dialogue and understanding between women from Western and Arab cultures and to inspire all women to reach beyond societal expectations. Thousands of women responded to a global call for applications. Most of the team had never stepped foot in a polar environment. I’m the director of Exposure, a documentary about their endeavor. Since 2016, my team and I have shadowed theirs on training expeditions in Iceland and Oman and every grueling step of the way to the North Pole. Film productions and expeditions require years to organize and take a toll before a single frame of principal photography is shot. The photos here not pulled from the film were shot by climber and visual artist Renan Ozturk, who was with the team in the days leading up to the expedition.
Mission Unstoppable: Inside the All-Female Trek to the North Pole
A dozen women brave polar bears and frostbite to walk, ski, and trudge to the top of the world. It’s a bonding exercise, yes, but also a unique chance to study the female body in extremis.
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MARIAM HAMIDADDIN CRAWLED into
the tent shaking with cold. Her teammates knew she needed warmth, so they began melting ice on their gas stove to prepare hot soup.
The Redford Center Grants Program Awards Development Funds to Seven Environmental Documentary Filmmakers
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Redford Center, a 501(c)3 dedicated to environmental storytelling and action, today announced its 2018 grantee cohort, which consists of seven film projects currently in development selected from over 130 applicant projects focused on environmental issues relevant to the United States. The projects reflect a diversity of issues, approaches, and filmmaker backgrounds with seventy percent of the grantees being female filmmakers.
"We couldn't have dreamed up a more electric group of grantee films," said Jill Tidman, executive director of The Redford Center. "We had such a strong applicant pool, the decision-making was hard. We are witnessing a surge in the quality of environmental storytelling as well as a growing diversity of filmmakers who are seeing not only the need, but opportunity to use film as a tool to educate and engage the public in taking action to protect and restore our planet."
WHY IT MATTERS
This film explores what happens when ordinary women bear witness to the planets changes and in the process becoming activists and ambassadors to the nations they come from. The film's long-term impact campaign is built on the idea that great storytelling can galvanize environmental and social action. We're excited to be teaming up with like-mindeds, such as our funder The Redford Center, in this effort. If you or your organization would like to be a part of Exposure moving forward, please contact us.