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365 DAYS UNDER ANTARCTIC ICE

An incredible adventure set in Antarctica based in science yet founded on human emotion, which 60 years later remains surprisingly relevant

About the project

AN OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC AND HUMAN ADVENTURE

In the late 50’s. The scientific world decides to explore the Antarctic. Twelve nations including France, start a research program designed to unveil the white continent mysteries). The International Geophysical Year was born.   

December 1956, after 70 days in the sea from France to Antarctic, a handful of men with among them  the polar explorer Paul Emile Victor disembark on the Adele land to implant two French bases. The main base, called Dumond d’Urville, is settled on the coast. The second base, a small station named Charcot, has been implanted 198 miles inland. Three men, Jacques Dubois, Claude Lorius and Roland Schlich will overwinter for a whole year in the very heart of the Antarctic. They will occupy the Charcot station during 365 days, an aluminum cabin of 258 sq. m, buried under the ice to protect it from the cold and the polar wind.

Alone, isolated from the rest of the world during an whole year, exposed to temperatures up to -76°F during the polar night, the three men will live an unforgettable adventure. The Charcot’s mission was undeniably the most risky courageous among all those undertaken on the white continent during the International Geophysical Year (IGY).

But the first mission of our three volunteers will have been to survive.

 

A JOURNEY IN THE FAR SOUTH OF THE WORLD

The film documentary presented to you and for which we expect your support, will be released in theaters in 2018. Real odyssey of modern times, this film will get you to relive this adventure thanks to the testimonies , the films and the pictures of the men who have taken part in this white odyssey …sixty years ago.

The film is an encouter with the Antarctic, with the extraordinary wildlife living there, and, first of a all, with these men, explorers, researchers, enduring the harsh conditions of those hostile areas, where no one went before, in order to advance the knowledge of our planet.

MENS OF THE INTERNATIONAL GEOPHYSICAL YEAR

Three expeditions succeeded on Adele land during the IGY. The mission of the first team was to implant the two French bases; the second and third teams led scientific programs in the following research areas: magnetism, meteorology, geographical exploration, atmospheric and oceanographic circulation, and glaciology.

WHY THIS FILM

We decided to carry out this film project after the publication of the book “365 days under Antarctic ice” (Ed Glénat - 2008). Writers, Claude Lorius, Roland Schlich and Djamel Tahi relate the IGY polar adventure. Testimonies of the main protagonists and archives of this adventure have been collected. This documenting work allows us to release these extraordinary photographic and film archives which were kept affectedly  by their owners since decades. For this film, they gave them to us and assured us of their total cooperation on this film.

Retell the adventure of their life, is their dearest wish.

PAST AND PRESENT WITNESSES

IGY’s main protagonists will succeed in the film and relive this great polar adventure. Their testimonies, illustrated by exceptional film archives, will enable the retelling of this  story. Claude Lorius, Roland Schlich, Bertrand Imbert, Robert Guillard, Sidney Emery, Maurice Sebbah, Georges Couly, all leading actors of the IGY’s explorations, agreed to share their testimonies.

Other  personalities, researchers, and explorers will testify how this adventure became an inspiration for their personal commitment in the polar research and adventure. Thereby, Jean Jouzel, IPCC’s permanent member; Yvon Le Maho, academician; Yves Frenot, manager of the Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor (IPEV); Jean-Louis Etienne, polar explorer; Jerôme Chappelaz, research manager at the French National Center for Scientific Research (cnrs); François Grosvalet, district Manager of the Adele land, will express their admiration for these men, their elders.

They will attest to this legacy that enabled later fundamental discovers on climate evolution of our planet.

DIGITAL IMAGING TO TELL THIS POLAR ADVENTURE

Some significant episodes of this overwintering have not been filmed, therefore we will recreate them with computer-generated imagery and 3D-scenes.

These very realist reconstitutions will permit us to understand how these men put sometimes their life in danger. These sequences will also explain the natural phenomenon connected to the polar areas and the living conditions while wintering.

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FRENCH AND INTERNATIONAL POLAR RESEARCH SUPPORTS THE FILM

International Geophysical Year marks the international scientific cooperation on the Antarctic. Since then, it never stopped and allows today significant achievements on the knowledge and the evolution of the Earth’s climate.

That’s why several organizations and institutes provide their support to this extraordinary cinematographic adventure. These are the following organizations:

Les E.P.F. (Expéditions Polaires Françaises) ; L’I.P.E.V. (Institut Polaire Paul Emile Victor) ;  L’Institut de Physique du Globe ; E.O.S.T. (Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre) ;  l'A.M.A.E.P.F. (Amicale des Missions Australes et Polaires Françaises) ; L’Académie des Sciences ;  Les T.A.A.F. (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises); l'I.G.E. (Institut des Géosciences de l'Environnement); le CNFGG (Comité National Français de Géodésie et Géophysique); le CNFRA (Comité National Français des Recherches Arctiques et Antarctiques); L’E.G.U. (European Union of Geoscience, Autriche) ; Copernicus Institut (Allemagne); Le S.C.A.R. ( Scientific Comity of Antarctic Research, USA)

 

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TRIBUTE

Roland Schlich was member of the Charcot’s team with his two colleagues of wintering, Claude Lorius and Jacques Dubois. Charcot was THE great adventure of his life. And Roland whished ardently to make it known to the general public and show the importance for everybody to live a true adventure. This adventure at the far south of the world allowed him taking part in an ambitious project, building strong and unfailing friendships and realizing the importance of mutual assistance in adversity. The wintering at the Charcot station was an ispiration for his life and led his scientific career.

Roland SchlichWe started the project together. Thanks to Roland, all the scientific partners listed above support the film that he cared so much about.

Roland Schlich left us in April 2016.

THIS FILM WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO HIM AS WELL AS ALL MEN WHO HAVE TAKEN PART TO THE MISSIONS IN THE INTERNATIONAL GEOPHYSICAL YEAR.

What are the funds for?

HOW ARE WE GOING TO USE YOUR DONATION ?

Dear contributors,

The film 365 DAYS UNDER ANTARCTIC ICE is funded mostly by our production company, Terra Incognita.

The whole staff: producer, filmmaker, technicians, creative collaborators, is devoted to this cinematographic adventure and participates voluntarily to this production in order to ensure that the funding obtained helps the making of the film.

Therefore, your support is very important for us. As such, we describe below how we are going to use your donation.

Some informations about the crowdfunding:

The 1st financial indicated range must be reached to enable the project leader to collect the donations.

If this 1st range is not reached at the end of the crowdfunding campaign, ULULE gives the donations back to contributors in their entirety.

The donations collected are subject to VAT of 20%; the operating cost of the crowdfunding website is 5% and 3% for financial cost for the management organization in charge of donations until the end of the crowdfunding campaign.

After deduction of VAT and the operating expenses, the donations are transferred to the project leader.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

  • The 1st range set at 10,000€ will enable to realize laboratory work, restoration and soundtrack of the filmed archives

 

  •  To fund a part of the design of 3D sequences into computer-generated imagery we need to collect 12,000€ more.

 

  •  Two great French actors, a woman and a man, will lend their voices to the film. The cost of their estimated participation is about 10,000€.

 

  •  Two great English actors, a woman and a man, will lend their voices to the film. The cost of their estimated participation is about 10,000€.

 

  • The original music of the film will be entrust to a great film composer. Composition, recording studio with orchestral are estimated to 15,000€.

 

  • We intend to organize projections/meetings in junior highs and high schools in different cities. The goal is to raise awareness among youth about the Adventure, the scientific research and the knowledge and protection of the environment. Rent the theaters, organising the projections/debates with guests like scientists, polars explorers and adventurers, are an estimated cost of 10,000€. 

About the project owner

AUTHOR, FILMAKER, WRITER... PASSIONATE BY THE POLAR ADVENTURE

I am a producer and documentary filmaker since many years. I’m the author of several books about polar exploration (365 jours sous les glaces de l’Antarctique - Ed Glénat, 2008) in which I tell the adventure we wish to adapt to the screen. More recently, I wrote the biography of the well-known French glaciologist, Claude Lorius (Mémoires sauvées des glaces - Ed Arthaud, 2016).

As a filmmaker and writer, my work enabled me to forge a great knowledge of some episodes of the polar research. Through my work, I also built strong friendships with some of the main French polar research scientists. Thanks to this work I gained their confidence. Some of them brought their support and their enthusiastic cooperation to this project.

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https://www.facebook.com/TahiDjamel/videos/

https://www.facebook.com/TahiDjamel/events/

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