In 2013, Dena Seidel spent 6 weeks in Antarctica living with climate science researchers directing Antarctic Edge: 700 South funded by the National Science Foundation. Seidel returned from the south pole with 400 hours of footage that she shaped with her undergraduate film students over 2 years to create the award winning feature documentary. Seidel is the founding director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Seidel is an innovative educator, award winning documentary filmmaker, published short story author, and creator/designer of undergraduate film production programs. The making of Antarctic Edge provided the educational model that became Rutgers first major film project. Prior to Rutgers, Seidel worked on films for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Channel 13/WNET, HBO. ABC, The Learning Channel, WGBH Boston and Turner Broadcasting. As a filmmaker, Seidel creates character driven non-fiction film narratives that engage the audience on journeys exploring and tackling important social justice issues.
Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South
Best Ecology and Science Film 2016