Antarctica

Welcome to Union Glacier

Welcome to Union Glacier from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

This most excellent film was made by Temujin Doran who is also the film’s narrator.

Union Glacier is located in the southern Ellsworth Mountains of West Antarctica. This is a documentary about a small team of people who live and work on the glacier during the Antarctic summer.

This is without a doubt one of the best documentaries I’ve seen on YouTube or Vimeo. It’s got everything: great story line, great people, great cinematography, great editing, great narration, great music. This is high art and I hope the likes of Netflix picks it up.

What makes it work for me is the fact that the filmmaker focussed on the day to day details of living in this remote and harsh environment. This may sound weird but it has a bit of a Wes Anderson feel to it. This is not to belittle what the filmmaker has done, but his narration juxtaposed with the harsh environment gives it a lighter feel than it might have had otherwise and this is really works.

I highly recommend watching it full screen on the biggest screen you’ve got and play the sound through something nice. It takes about an hour so take some time and watch it right, you will not regret it.

[via Devour]