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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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Cast

 

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
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
 
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Manuela Noble .... special thanks
 

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North Pole expedition's attempt to recreate Keary's walk 100 years later, 15 August 2014
Author: Paul Allaer from Cincinnati

"Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul" (2010 release; 87 min.) retells the preparation for, and then the actual attempt, to recreate the polar expedition of Admiral Keary and his team from 1909 exactly 100 years later. It basically involved a 6 week trek on foot, covering over 300 miles, towards the north pole. As the documentary opens, we are introduced to Sebastian Copeland, the writer-director-photographer-editor and all-around "star" of this movie. We learn a bit of his background and then things start to get serious with the final preparations of Sebastian's and Keith's trek, which Sebastian calls "the Mount Everest of polar expeditions", but as the DVD jacket cleverly points out: "In the last century, fewer than 150 people have made it to the North Pole on foot. By comparison, 77 people summitted Mt. Everest on May 22, 2008 alone", so it's pretty clear which of the two is hardest. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, the initial 40 min. or so of the documentary are devoted to background stories and preparations for the expedition. So when we finally do get to the actual expedition, I was more than ready for it. I'm happy to say it is very much worth it, and then some. We see Sebastian and Keith dealing with rubble fields, pressure ridges, fatigue, and the cold. Ah, yes, the cold! Temperatures exceed minus 50F at times, just unreal. Second, the footage from the North Pole is nothing short of stunning. And the beauty is that we get to see it in the comfort and warmth of our living room. Third, despite all the fluff about "searching for myself" or "a soul's journey", Copeland has a clear agenda for doing this, and the movie is basically a plea for a renewable and sustainable world. Last but not least, the documentary features a great soundtrack (courtesy of Didier Lockwood), and the occasional song (best of all: Canada's own Besnard Lakes' epic "Like The Ocean. Like The Innocent", which plays over the end titles). Somewhat surprisingly there are no bonus materials of any kind on the DVD (unless you want to call a 2 min. commercial for Copeland's "Antarctica: A Global Warning" book a "bonus feature", as the DVD jacket actually does).

I stumbled upon this movie while browsing the documentary section of my local library. So glad that I found this. For another recent documentary with even better jaw-dropping footage, I can instantly and readily suggest you check out "Chasing Ice", dealing with glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska. Meanwhile, "Into the Cold" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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