Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South

In 2014, scientists declared West Antarctic ice sheet melting unstoppable, threatening the lives of millions of people over the next century. In the wake of devastating climate events such as Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan, Antarctic Edge: 70º South follows a team of scientists who choose to live a life at sea in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place in the world.


Director: Dena Seidel

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.

United States
72 Min.
Director: Dena Seidel
Cinematography: Chris Linder, Dena Seidel
Editing: Steve Holloway
Music: Isaiah McNeill
Nominations: Best Ecology and Science Film 2016
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