Below Freezing

11 films in this block • 76 minutes

Block Description

Grab your Stormy Kromer and let’s chill with a few frosty films.


The Films

Good Morning

  • Year 2018
  • Country France
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Maxime Moulin & Antoine Frioux

Subtitles

Richard Permin is skiing on the roofs of buildings, in France! He defies the definition of skiing and turns heads as he shreds through the powder on slanted roofs. Every morning he is motivated to do something he loves, now that is cool!

Tracking Snow

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Danny Copeland, Jaclyn Aliperti, J.P. Lawrence, Tanya Martinez

Discover a novel way of studying elusive carnivores…using snow! Join two scientists – Jessie and Tommy – as they re-purpose an old technique in a way that not only revolutionizes how we study threatened species and manage our landscapes, but also highlights the importance of collaboration in conservation.

Brotherhood of Skiing

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Tyler Wilkinson-Ray & Colin Arisman

Family Friendly

Since 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul and smiles to the mountain. Formed during the height of the black power movement, the organization is dedicated to creating a welcoming space for people of color on the slopes and supporting black youth in snowsports. Today, the NBS hosts the largest gathering of black skiers in the United States and represents 53 ski clubs with over 3,000 members across the country.

Fire & Ice - Grand Island

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Brandon Rieck

Enjoy the mesmerizing contrast of flame and ice as two fire spinners work their magic around the grand island ice caves during a chilly winter night.

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 9 min
  • Director David Freid

Subtitles, Adult Language/Swearing

They say that when you’re hit by the polar bug, you never leave. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Nobody dies in Longyearbyen, or so goes the rumor. We went to the northernmost city in the world to find out why and stumbled into the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.

Melon Kuma

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director George Knowles

Family Friendly

Melon Kuma is probably the most unique yet simple mascot in Japan. It’s a bear with a half melon half bear for a head, that comes from Yubari (the melon rich town on the island of Hokkaido) and a bear that was frequently found on Hokkaido.

Lure of the North

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Jonathan Chapman

Family Friendly

“Lure of the North” highlights the passion and intrigue surrounding the winter sport of dog sledding. Our team profiled a family of mushers from Finland, MN that live off-grid in the snowiest region of Minnesota and care for 60+ pure-bread Siberian Huskies. They have a long history of working with the breed and have competed in many long distance races such as Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Greenland Melts

  • Year 2017
  • Country Canada
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Jason van Bruggen

Dr. Konrad Steffen, the Swiss climate scientist whose research propelled Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, reveals his alarming findings around glacial melt impacts on global sea level rise, climate change, and mass migration. Greenland Melts is stunningly filmed at remote polar monitoring stations where Dr. Steffen has been tracking the melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet for over 25 years. Made by production company Dot Dot Dash.

A Nordic Skater

  • Year 2018
  • Country Norway
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Paulius Neverbickas

Family Friendly

A Nordic Skater is a very first film about this little known sport. It features Per Sollerman, a photographer who has been skating on frozen lakes and fjords for the past 10 years. During 6 captivating minutes, the viewer is transported to the region of Oslo to have a peek at a story of a man who uses every sense he has to travel on thin ice. Per tells the story of how the little known sport of nordic skating came to play a big part in his life. “It is rooted deep in our bones that we need to be out in the nature,” he says.

In Due Time

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 17 min
  • Director Andy Maser

Adult Language/Swearing

In Due Time showcases the physical and emotional journey of two professional endurance athletes as they set a world record trekking 105 miles across Greenland’s Arctic Circle Trail. Best Friends, Jason Antin and Mike Chambers explore thoughts of fatherhood, family, and adventure while they set a world record across the Arctic Circle in less than four days.

Walking on Water

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Chris Zuker & Jason Whalen

Family Friendly

The frozen trails in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula look different every year. We’ll never get tired of exploring them.