HotDocs Launchs Inaugural Floating Polar Film Festival With Quark Expeditions

Putting a film festival on a cruise ship is nothing new; Dusty Cohl and company have been putting on The Floating Film Festival for about 20 years, and there are undoubtedly others as well. 

But the Floating Polar Film Festival, which brings together Quark Expeditions and HotDocs, still feels rather fresh, if only for the small size of the vessel, the length of the voyage, and the South Pole itinerary along South Georgia and the Falklands (Malvinas). The Sea Spirit heads out from Buenos Aires on November 2nd, 2013 for a 23 day voyage with fewer than 120 passengers.

Their programming is excellent for this as well, leaning heavily on environmental documentaries that are deeply infused with strong characters as well as global messages. Films like the Climate Change adventure movies, Chasing Ice, and the humorously and philosophical Expedition To The End of the World, as well as William and The Windmill, which deals with 21st century media (TEDTalks) and the positive (and negative) effects on grass-roots activism.  

Joe Berlinger's Graceland doc, Under African Skies, Jillian Schlesinger's compelling compilation of a 16-year-old girl's solo sailing trip around the world, MaidenTrip, Sebastian Junger's Which Way is the Front Line From Here? on photographer Tim Heatherington, Village at the End of the World a humorous portrait of an isolated Greenland village, and The Human Scale which forecasts the role of the automobile in the year 2050, will also be shown. 

Visit the official site for more information. 
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