Bernice is a professional adventurer, climate journalist and keynote speaker. In 2008 she became the first woman to reach the North, South, and Cold Pole (in Siberia) and traversing Greenland's icecap on skis in one year. In 2009 she reached the top of the Mount Everest. In the spring of 2014 she attempted to ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean from the North Pole to Canada but got evacuated 188 km short of the coast due to bad conditions.
Bernice is the presenter/co-producer of Tipping Points a 6 x 1 hour adventure science series about global tipping points in our climate system with scientists from all over the world. The series was produced in 2013 for The Weather Channel, VPRO, WDR, CANVAS, ARTE, Discovery and many other broadcasters and aired in 45 countries.
While on assignment for National Geographic Traveler in 2009, Bernice discovered the fragility of the Arctic sea ice caused by Global Warming. For three years she worked on the Climate Alert project that set out to report about the changing climate of extreme environments around the world. Her film, Himalaya Alert won best environmental film at the Trento Film Festival in Italy.
Notenboom was part of the official Dutch delegation to the climate conferences in Copenhagen and recently in Paris. She speaks at TED conferences and writes for National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic (Dutch), Volkskrant and the Financial Times among other publications. She was also a radio correspondent for NPR's Savvy Traveler. Her book Poles Apart was nominated for the Dutch literature award.
Sarah Robertson is a Canadian independent documentary filmmaker specializing in wildlife, science and history production as a writer/director. She has 25 years experience making films about the Arctic and has contributed to several high profile and award winning films including Planet Earth, To the Arctic Imax movie, National Geographic’s Great Migrations series, BBC’s Frozen Planet, and a Summer Odyssey 3D for The Nature of Things. Her company, Arctic Bear Productions has garnered several Emmy and Canadian Screen recognitions for its films.
In the dozens of filming expeditions into the North, Sarah has seen evidence of global climate change. Her recent focus is finding ways to communicate these changes and shifts in what not long ago was considered an untouchable frontier. Sarah’s feature film debut, Arctic Tale made with National Geographic Films and Paramount Vantage was a first step in experimenting with the complexities of communicating effectually about how humans impact the environment, how societies respond, and how civilization searches to find solutions. In 2007, Sarah was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award in recognition of excellence in exploring climate change.
Sea Blind, is the beginning of an exploration of the Arctic’s’ future as it transforms from frozen wasteland to center of Geo Politics.
Jennifer Abbott is a Canadian multi-award-winning filmmaker and media activist who specializes in social justice and environmental documentaries as a director, writer and editor. She is best known as one of the directors and editor of The Corporation, often referred to as Canada’s most successful documentary and an international hit in festivals, TV and theatres. It garnered 26 international awards including a Genie and the Sundance Audience Award and has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is also credited as one of the top ten films to inspire the Occupy Movement. Most recently, Jennifer co-directed, co-wrote and edited Us and Them (2016) a portrait of 4 homeless and addicted street people shot over the course of 10 years;executive produced and edited I Am; and was commissioned to create the short film Brave New Minds for the interactive website Unspeak by Amsterdam’s Submarine Channel. She has also been experimenting with writing and narrative film.
Jennifer is drawn to projects that address the most pressing social, political and environmental issues of the day. She’s especially interested in creating emotionally powerful works that make people think differently about the world. When Sarah and Bernice approached her to work with them on Sea Blind, she was immediately struck by the beauty of the images and critical importance of the subject matter. Currently, Jennifer continues to refine her feature screenplay, Money and Other Love Stories, and is in development with the National Film Board of Canada on a new feature documentary about the psychology of climate change. Jennifer lives on a permaculture farm with her large blended family on a small Pacific Island on Canada’s west coast.