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Frozen Obsession

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Climate change is a critical scientific and social issue that confronts today's world. Nowhere are the consequences of a warming climate more pronounced and observable than in the Polar Regions. FROZEN OBSESSION shot in 4K, follows the 18-day, 2,000-mile Northwest Passage Project expedition through the stunningly beautiful and extreme Canadian Arctic Archipelago aboard the Swedish research icebreaker Oden.

For centuries sailors were obsessed with finding a path across the mostly frozen Arctic.  Now, scientists are racing to understand a melting Arctic, and how these environmental changes will affect us all. The expedition is supported by the National Science Foundation the innovative Northwest Passage Project (NPP) which consists of a team of scientists, educators, a journalist, an Arctic scholar, and 23 graduate and undergraduate students.

During the expedition, the NPP team studies water chemistry, microbiology, birds and mammals, and physical oceanography - all in radical transition due to a changing Arctic climate. In addition to documenting at sea research, FROZEN OBSESSION explores the rich cultural heritage and natural history of the region: visiting an Inuit community to see first-hand how the Arctic's indigenous people are coping with climate change; the graves from the doomed 19th century Franklin sailing expedition; and an inlet filled with white beluga whales. The film also explores the geopolitics of the Arctic as increasing resource extraction, commercial vessels, cruise ships, and military patrol craft now ply this once isolated region.

As FROZEN OBSESSION bears witness to a dramatically changing Arctic and the urgent efforts of science to understand the consequences, we gain a sobering assessment of what's at stake.  But in a hopeful turn, the film also witnesses the exhilarating life-changing experiences of the students on this expedition, who represent the next generation of scientists and decision makers who will surely make a difference in the world.