The feedback I have received over the last few months since the release of Ghosts of the Arctic has been nothing short of amazing. Thank you very much to all of you who took the time to write to me with your thoughts on the short film. To date it has been screened or is scheduled to be screened at multiple film festivals across the globe, has been featured on multiple news sites including National Geographic, Daily Mail, Peta-Pixel and many, many more (I was even interviewed by the Today show on Channel 9 about the experience of making the film) and has been seen on both You Tube and Vimeo millions of times. One of the common and recurring questions I have received since the release of Ghosts was would I do any future films and if so what? Well…The answer is ‘maybe‘. The truth is these short films are extremely time consuming and very expensive to produce. Ghosts of the Arctic was more than two years in the planning and when I look back at all of the work and effort (and cost) that went into the planning and production from all who helped its difficult to quickly make the mental leap into the next project. I do have several future projects in mind, but it is honestly a matter of getting time, man power, love and money to all align in perfect harmony (not an easy thing!). I also want to push more into documenting the radical climate change we are experiencing in the polar regions through both the Arctic Arts Project and Penguin World vehicles in which I am involved. Any future film project will likely be focused in this area and most likely involve the full team involved in each project. At the moment though my focus is on finishing my new hardcover fine-art book on Antarctica, which I hope will be published late in 2018 (more details to come).
National Geographic have just featured Ghosts of the Arctic in their new post HERE How to Photograph Polar Bears in One of the Most Extreme Places on Earth.
Two polar bears, a mother and her cub, clamber over the sea ice with the pink winter sky glowing behind them. “These are the moments I live for,” says nature photographer Joshua Holko. [Edit – Its actually a large male and a female polar bear in the video]
High in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Holko is on a mission to document polar bears in the wild. Braving the elements for up to 16 hours a day, he is joined on his quest by cinematographers Abraham Joffe and Dom West of Untitled Film Works. Despite technical issues and frostbite due to the subzero temperatures, the crew persisted in the depths of winter to capture the haunting beauty of this frozen expanse.
In Ghosts of the Arctic, get up close to polar bears in their natural habitat and experience the breathtaking Arctic landscape in stunning detail.
Yesterday I returned to South America from two back-to-back expeditions to Antarctica (trip report coming soon). On my return last night I received some fantastic news that the Explorers Club will not only be screening Ghosts of the Arctic at its 4th Annual Polar Festival next month, but that Ghosts has also been nominated as finalist at the festival. Full details of the festival are available online at the Explorers Club.From the Explorers Club website: The Explorers Club is proud to present our 4th Annual Polar Film Festival, with events on Friday evening December 4th, and all day Saturday, December 5th.
Date: Friday, December 4th Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021
Reservation Notes: Tickets for Friday & Saturday are FREE thanks to our gracious sponsors, Adventure Canada & Canadian Geographic Magazine. Lunch on Saturday is $35, and requires advanced reservations. This is the only charge for the festival, and is optional. To make a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In some more good news, the Anchorage ‘Films Worth Freezing For’ film festival has announced that it will be screening ‘Ghosts of the Arctic’ as one of its selected Short Documentaries this December. Official Selections to the Anchorage International Film Festival are carefully chosen from hundreds of submissions, from films that represent the best of international and independent cinema. The AIFF is proud to announce the 2017 event will include 128 international and locally made films from 25 countries.
I received some exciting news today that the 11th Annual Red Rock Film Festival will be screening Ghosts of the Arctic this November. Nominated for the Best Documentary short category, Ghosts of the Arctic is one of only a handful of films to make the category short list this year. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend as I will be in Antarctica at the time, but if you happen to be going please drop me a line and let me know how it goes.The Red Rock Film Festival is an international gathering for cinematic art in Festival City, USA in Utah. It is retreat for independent premieres, films, and panels that both enlighten the senses and empower the mind. This year, films will be screened at the Ramada Inn and Suits in Festival City, 1575 W. 200 N., Cedar City, Utah.