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Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul -- Into The Cold--A Journey of the Soul retraces two men's dramatic expedition to the North Pole in sub-zero temperatures covering more than 400 miles on foot. The mission was carried out to commemorate the centennial of Admiral Peary's reach in 1909. A personal and harrowing journey of endurance and commitment, Into The Cold delves into the depth of the soul against the backdrop of the magnificent Great North. Less than 150 people have walked such distance to reach the pole on foot in the last century—by way of comparison, 77 people summitted Mt Everest on May 22nd 2008 alone. The film documents this rapidly vanishing environment: a hundred years from now, there will be no bicentennial expedition on foot to the North Pole, for the ice there will have long since gone... The film follows noted environmental advocate, photographer and polar traveler Sebastian Copeland through training in Minnesota and Los Angeles before embarking on the two months trip on the frozen ice cap with his partner Keith Heger. Considered by experts as the toughest in the world, seventy percent of North Pole expeditions are met with failure. From personal reflections to last minute preparations, the story shifts when the two men are dropped on the ice, faced with temperatures in excess of negative 50F degrees, alone within millions of square miles and armed only with their courage and determination.  The music and the Zen of void transport us inside the mind of an explorer and celebrates Man’s communion with Nature, underlying one poignant message: if the Great North goes, so does humanity…


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Sebastian Copeland ... Himself
Keith Heger ... Himself

Directed by
Sebastian Copeland 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sebastian Copeland 

Produced by
Sebastian Copeland .... producer
Mikhail Lapushner .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Sebastian Copeland 
Film Editing by
Matthew Booth 
Sound Department
Daniel Ben-Shimon .... supervising sound editor
Peter S. Carlstedt .... sound re-recording mixer
Editorial Department
Matt Dean .... assistant editor
Other crew
Lise Romanoff .... sales agent
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
Manuela Noble .... special thanks


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A fascinating and beautifully shot, wonderfully narrated and important film on a subject that affects every one of us, 10 April 2011
Author: pcasadesus from France

For over 90 minutes Sebastian Copeland takes us step-by-step on a fascinating and dangerous trip to the North Pole. Two men, on skis, brave incredible odds to do what few people have done before.

The most important message to us all is the ecological one: and this is rightly and forcibly impressed upon us throughout the film. It's easy to sit back in an armchair in - for example - Glen Cove, New York, and decree that the film has "way too much talk about climate change"!! It's never "enough" to "drone on" about the appalling state of the earth that this generation is going to leave for the next ones! And how many people almost risk their lives to impress this upon us?

The film is beautifully shot and the narration takes us from the beginning germ of an idea in Copeland's head, to his meeting, much later on, with Keith Heger, his companion on the trek, and the many agonizing days and nights they risk in order to reach their goal.

I cannot urge you enough to see this film (I believe is is coming out on DVD). Show it to your kids! Not for one minute does one get bored with the fascinating account of what goes on in Copeland's head as he endures an eerie silence day after day, only broken by the scrape of skis on brittle snow. It is truly a wonderful opportunity that Copeland has given to us to share in this exciting adventure: one that we were actually able to follow on a daily basis exactly a year ago on his Face Book blog as the trek progressed --- from our armchairs all over the world.

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