About this project
The joy of snow —as it falls from the sky and accumulates on plains and mountains. The call of ice — to skate, to fish, to co-exist with polar animals in their natural habitat. That is the wonder captured by the documentary film Cold Love. This one hour video reveals our planet’s breathtaking world of ice and snow, and the need to keep these frozen regions healthy in order for our planet to not only survive, but to thrive. Filmed mostly in Alaska, Cold Love is both a love story and a call to action.
The earth’s frozen places are its thermostat, regulating the planet’s temperature and providing a stable environment for every other part of our world. These cold places need our care —the way our children and loved ones do.
No one knows this more intimately than the explorers and adventurers who travel the frozen terrain. As they strip off the trappings of society and carry only the absolute necessities, these adventurers connect to their core selves as they connect to the frozen earth. The brush of wind against skin tells the forecast. The path of the sun traversing the sky tells the time. The shadows against ice and snow tell the direction they travel. The force of the wind tells whether they travel or not. And all the while, no matter where they go, no matter how difficult the journey, these adventurers feel at home in the cold, a world they are passionate about nurturing.
Why do Polar explorers and mountain climbers remove themselves from the securities and comforts of civilized life to explore the frozen remoteness of our planet? Why do they fall in love with something that can seem so harsh and unforgiving?
We find the answers in Cold Love, which reveals the dramatic beauty and life-giving forces of our earth’s frozen places. When viewed close up, both their majesty and their fragility are clear for all to see. And in the seeing, we can’t help but be inspired to love and protect that world ourselves.
The team for the Denali climb is in place. Working most closely with Lonnie Dupre, founder of One World Endeavors, as he prepares for his solo summit of Denali are: Dmitri von Klein, cinematographer and photographer (monovita.com), and project coordinator Stevie Plummer. Lonnie will collect footage to document his solo journey up the tallest mountain in North America. During his January 2013 ascent, the team will fly over Denali to capture additional footage. After the climb, the team will gather all the footage from the Cold Love climb as well as the footage from Lonnie's last 25 years of Arctic exploration. The culmination will be a one hour video, Cold Love.
“For as long as I can remember, I have loved snow and ice. As a result, I have spent most of my life exploring the Arctic region. These journeys have brought such joy and beauty to my life that I have dedicated myself to helping preserve these wonderful frozen places. More than ever before, I a driven to share my passion for the Arctic, a region whose health and stability have far-reaching consequences for us all. Knowing that strength is in numbers, I am launching One World Endeavors (OWE) — a means for us to work together to inspire worldwide movements dedicated both to fighting pollution and to addressing climate change. OWE will also be a support tool for leading environmental organizations and legislators who want to inspire large audiences to help with this work.” – Lonnie Dupre
During an Arctic career spanning 25 years, Lonnie Dupre has traveled more than 15,000 miles in the high Arctic and polar regions. His path — by dog team, ski and kayak — has often followed the footsteps of earlier Arctic explorers, particularly Robert E. Peary, Roald Amundsen and Knud Rasmussen. Like these explorers, Lonnie has lived and traveled with the Polar Inuit, learning from these hardy people, and developing a deep appreciation for their culture and way of life. These Arctic experiences have led to Lonnie’s belief in people’s ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stand between them and their dreams. The success of his many Arctic expeditions, with the extreme physical, mental, emotional and logistical hurdles they bring, is a testament to this belief.
Among the highlights of Lonnie’s Arctic adventures are the following:
In 1991/92, Lonnie and Malcolm Vance completed the first west-to-east 3000-mile winter crossing of Canada’s famed Northwest Passage by dog team.
Between 1997 and 2001, Lonnie, along with John Hoelscher, achieved the first circumnavigation of Greenland, a completely nonmotorized 6500-mile journey by kayak and dog team.
Lonnie has pulled sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice. His 2006 One World Expedition achieved 68 million impressions worldwide on issues surrounding climate change. His second North Pole expedition was in 2009, when his team endured -56º F temperatures on their 650-mile journey.
Born in 1961, Lonnie was raised on a Minnesota farm. He is descended on his mother’s side from Jacques Cartier, the French explorer and founder of Quebec. Lonnie currently lives in Grand Marais, MN, where he enjoys woodworking and back country skiing in the Quetico Provincial Park and Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness in the Minnesota/Canadian border area.
Lonnie has authored two books (Life on Ice and Where Ice is Born), helped create two documentaries for National Geographic, appeared twice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and was featured in a variety of prominent media outlets, including: CNN, Wall Street Journal, Discovery channel, Boston Globe, Wired Magazine, New York Times, USA Today, CBS, and NPR, Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, Outside Magazine and Scientific American.
Scott Pearlman Award, 2005
Rolex Award for Enterprise, 2004
Polartec Challenge Award, 2001 and 2000
Elected Fellow, National Explorers Club, 1996
Winter Olympics, Oslo, Norway, 1994
Soviet “Sportsman’s Medal” from Mikhail Gorbachev, 1989
NG Adventure – Best of Adventure, 2005
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
After the Denali climb is concluded, Lonnie and his team will work nonstop to mix and edit footage from the climb and from Lonnie’s previous expeditions. The end result? What promises to be an extraordinary personal film capturing the breathtaking and dramatic beauty of our planet’s land of snow and ice.
The bulk of the challenges to create Cold Love have been met. However, when working with mother nature there are always unexpected occurrences! We have a lot of great film from past expeditions, but we want to capture as much new footage as possible from Denali this year. Donations for this project will go toward the following: purchasing new cameras, funding additional flyovers on the mountain to gain footage and buying an up-to-date editing program. All this will result in a better film. Editing new material into the documentary Cold Love will be a challenge in itself, but equally challenging will be reviewing and editing all the past footage, even with several people working together! We have put together a great team and we know we can do it with your help!
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