Cold Love follows polar explorer Lonnie Dupre through 25 years of exploration, revealing the dramatic beauty and life-giving forces of our earth’s frozen places. When viewed up close, both the majesty and fragility of this world is clear for all to see. And in the seeing, we can’t help but be inspired to love and protect our earth’s frozen places, which act as a thermostat to regulate the global climate and provide a stable environment.
This one hour adventure film 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 survive. Filmed in Greenland, the Arctic Ocean, Alaska and Minnesota.
Why do Polar explorers and mountain climbers leave the comforts of home to explore our planet’s remote world of ice and snow? How can they fall in love with something so harsh and unforgiving?
No one knows the answer more intimately than explorers 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.
WHO WE ARE
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.
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 am driven to share my passion for the Arctic, a region whose health and
stability have far-reaching consequences for us all.” – Lonnie Dupre
The success of his many Arctic expeditions, with the extreme physical, mental, emotional and logistical hurdles they bring, is a testament to this belief.
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 non-motorized 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.
Lonnie has authored two books (Life on Iceand 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
Deia is a filmmaker based in Bozeman, Montana, where she is quite familiar herself with cold (though wouldn't necessarily call her feelings for it “love”). She has an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University and a background in environmental education and visual arts, as well as expeditioning. Deia was recognized with a 2009 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award for a two-year, 7800-mile through-hike of the Andes Mountains. She subsequently lectured around the U.S. on the lessons in sustainable living she learned over the course of her time in the Andes.
Deia is the director and producer of the award-winning documentary, Backyard, about the human costs of fracking for oil and gas. Deia also co-directed Stories of Trust, a ten-part series featuring young people that have already been affected by climate change and are working to prevent worsening impacts. Previously, she directed and co-produced Connecting the Gems, a documentary about migration corridors in the Northern Rockies from an animal's point of view.
Her work has been screened at festivals nationwide, including:
Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Honorable Mention and National Tour Selection)
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Montana CINE Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
Bend Film Festival
Element Film Festival (Audience Choice Award)
International Wildlife Film Festival
American Conservation Film Festival (Best Student Film)
American Documentary Film Festival, and others.
Stevie grew up in the woods of Oregon eventually ending up in the heart of the Alaska wilderness. An avid adventurer, she spends her time traveling the states and beyond to explore and understand other cultures. She has been project coordinator for One World Endeavors since 2011 working in logistics, fundraising, marketing and public relations.
WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?
Wasn't there already a Kickstarter for this project? Not exactly. The previous Kickstarter funds went toward Lonnie's most recent January Denali expedition and primary film production—getting some amazing footage for the final chapter the film. It also helped cover the editing of 15 years' worth of expedition footage—over 100 hours—into a rough cut. This Kickstarter campaign, however, is for the final post-production of the documentary. We're at a great starting point, but to make the film really shine and ready to distribute and submit to film festivals, it needs a good final push. The $6000 minimum goal will cover:
- the final edit
- solid graphics, maps & titles
- professional audio mix (which is often the difference between a decent film and a great film)
In addition to all of those costs, there are the backer rewards and the fees from Kickstarter and Amazon (10% of the total) to factor in. Anything raised above and beyond those expenses will go toward and submitting Cold Love to festivals around the world and further distribution. So, we're making the initial goal fairly modest, but really the more that we can raise, the better the final film will be, and the prouder you'll be to have a part in it!
HOW TO HELP:
1. Become a backer and support the project by selecting one of the rewards we are giving away on the right side of this page.
2. SPREAD THE WORD! This can be the biggest help of all. If you're excited about this project, let everyone know by spreading the word and sharing this project via Facebook, Twitter, email and word of mouth.
3. Help us exceed our goal of $6000! Anything we raise beyond that will go toward outreach of the film—submission to festivals, screenings, and getting the movie to a larger audience. Every dollar of your donations will go directly toward making Cold Love the best film it can possibly be.
NOTE: If we don't reach our goal of $6000 by our deadline, Kickstarter will not give us anything and your accounts will not be charged. It's all or nothing here. Please help us meet – and exceed—our goal!
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Risks and challenges
Thankfully, most of the risks and challenges are behind us at this point, seeing that the expeditions are completed and the footage is captured. So, all that's left to do is polish a trove of stellar and totally unique material into something that audiences all over the world can enjoy, learn from and be inspired by.
That said, as with all creative endeavors, things almost always take longer than expected. Without compromising on quality, we will do our absolute best to stay on schedule and keep to our anticipated delivery dates for rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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