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Hot Docs & Quark Expeditions: First-ever Polar Floating Film Festivial

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Talk about a milestone here at Quark Expeditions! Eight documentaries have been selected by Hot Docs for the first-ever Polar Floating Film Festival. Starting November 2, 2013 the films will be featured on the Sea Spirit during the 23-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage.

“Quark is continually striving to provide its passengers with unique experiences when traveling to the Polar Regions,” said Hans Lagerweij, president of Quark Expeditions. “We are really excited to be able to bring this diverse roster of incredible films to our passengers for what is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience." Hot Docs selected the films with Quark’s passengers in mind – their love of adventure, the environment, globalization, the Polar Regions, and of course, pop culture.

"We are thrilled to share an eye-opening journey with Quark Expeditions' passengers through these eight outstanding documentaries,” says Brett Hendrie, Hot Docs executive director. "From witnessing the dramatic consequences of climate change to experiencing a solo sailing voyage around the globe through the eyes of a teenager, the inaugural Floating Polar Film Festival will appeal to their sense of adventure and curiosity about the world."

Sarafina DiFelice, programming manager at Hot Docs, will also be on board to help introduce the films and guide passengers through their on board festival experience. The Floating Festival will be complete with commemorative program, concession stand and souvenirs available at the Polar Boutique.

In alphabetical order, the films are:

Chasing Ice (USA).Directed by Jeff Orlowski.

  • This visually stunning film follows renowned National Geographic photographer James Balog on a harsh Arctic expedition where he captures a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers—undeniable evidence that our planet is in crisis. Director in attendance for the film festival voyages.

Watch the trailer >

Chasing Ice trailer

Expedition to the End of the World (Denmark). Directed by Daniel Dencik.

For a few weeks each year, the North Pole melts just enough to reveal once-hidden, untouched fjords. A boatload of motley artists and scientists set sail in search of life in this hilarious, breathtaking modern-day adventure.

Watch the trailer >

Expedition to the End of the World

The Human Scale (Denmark). Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard

“It’s either cars or humans,” says revolutionary architect Jan Gehl, asked how to accommodate the 6.5 billion who will be living in cities by 2050. From NYC to Chongqing, this controversial film examines what urban landscapes could soon be.

Watch the trailer>

The Human Scale Trailer

Maidentrip (USA). Directed by Jillian Schlesinger.

At just 14 years old, Laura Dekker sets out to become the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world. Braving waves and loneliness for two years, she shoots her own amazingly intimate coming-of-age story on the wide open sea.

Watch the trailer>

Maiden Voyage trailer

Under African Skies (USA, South Africa). Directed by Joe Berlinger.

The film celebrates the musical accomplishments of Paul Simon’s award-winning album Graceland and investigates the maelstrom of political criticism surrounding the album’s production and release in 1986.

Watch the trailer>

Under the African Skys trailer

Village at the End of the World (UK, Denmark, Greenland). Directed by Sarah Gavron.

A witty, surprising and ultimately feel-good portrait of an isolated Greenlandic village of 59 people and 100 sledge dogs, surviving against the odds.

Watch the trailer>

Village at the End trailer

Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (USA). Directed by Sebastian Junger.

In April 2011, filmmaker and photographer Tim Hetherington was killed covering the Libyan civil war. In an intimate portrait by those closest to him, Tim is revealed to be as much a humanitarian as he was an artist.

Watch the trailer>

Which way to the Front line trailer

William and the Windmill (USA). Directed by Ben Nabors.

An ingenious 14-year-old Malawian boy builds a windmill from junk, and rescues his family from famine. But when the overwhelming media attention transforms his life, can he survive the massive change?

Watch the trailer>

William and the Windmill trailer

 

How to Book?

Those interested in being aboard the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival can take advantage of a special offer. Book your cabin before September 30, 2013, and receive 5% off the voyage price plus save up to $1500 per person off your international flights. For more information, or to reserve your cabin, contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 888-892-0073 or visit www.quarkexpeditions.com

 

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5 Fun Facts: Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

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The name of the Falkland Islands comes from Falkland Sound, which is the channel between the two main islands. With an array of breaking taking sights, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) provide every traveller ample opportunity to experience stunning scenery and wildlife. Considered an outdoor paradise for nature lovers, the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) offers numerous opportunities to capture amazing wildlife photography and scenic shots, whilst hiking and bike riding.

Here are 5 fun facts that you may not know:

 

1. There is one weekly newspaper, the Penguin News which is issued every Friday

 

Falkland Islands Town 2013

 

2. There is no McDonalds, no Tesco, no Starbucks – in fact no chain shops or restaurants of any kind

 

Falkland Islands

 

3. 1690 was the first recorded landing on the Islands by British Captain John Strong aboard Welfare

 

Falkland Islands

 

4. The best time to visit is between October and April when seasonal temperatures and wildlife viewing are at their peak

 

Falkland Islands

 

5. The Falklands is a favourite destination for wildlife fans, hosting thousands of Penguins, Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, and 65% of the world’s black-browed albatross bird population

 

Falkland Islands Penguins

 

 

Interested in visiting Falkland Islands (Malvinas) in the future? Take a look at Antarctica Voyages!

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The Top 5 Reasons to add Antarctica to your bucket list!

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1. Be one of only a few people to Step foot on the 7th continent

Antarctica Hike

2. Enjoy zodiac cruising and get up close to 400 year old icebergs

Zodiac Antarctica

3. Visit historical landing sites, including the Scott Research Centre

Antarctica King Penguin

4. Marvel at thousands of King Penguins and encounter up to 13 other penguin species

Antarctica Sea Spirit Penguins

5. Cross the Arctic Circle and travel furthest south on the planet

 

Undoubtedly Antarctica is one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world! For more information on our amazing Expeditions check out: Antarctica Cruises and Travel

 

 

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Quark Expeditions Announces 2014 - 2015 Antarctic Season

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33 departures featuring two extended “Epic” voyages

Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, today announced the company’s Antarctic 2014-2015 season. Highlights of the season include two extended voyages that will offer passengers Southern Ocean and Antarctica once-in-a-lifetime adventures in and around the 7th continent. With 33 departures starting November 5, 2014, Quark offers more Antarctic voyages than any other Polar operator.

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New Expedition Added
Antarctica’s Scotia Arc: The Ultimate Insider’s Voyage
A highlight of the 2014 holiday schedule, this 25-day voyage takes travelers off the beaten track – to rare and seldom-visited sites of the Scotia Sea – for a true insider’s journey to Antarctica. This expedition will follow the Scotia Arc, a sub-marine mountain range extending from the southernmost Andes, all the way through to the Antarctic Peninsula, calling in at the beautiful Falklands and South Georgia before heading south to the lesser-known and more remote South Sandwich, South Orkney and South Shetland archipelagos. Passengers will experience active volcanoes, rich bird life and some of the largest penguin colonies in Antarctica, all set against a rich historical background. One departure: December 15, 2014, starting at US$19,595.

 

Back by Popular Demand with Additional Departure
Crossing the Circle via Falklands and South Georgia: Epic Antarctica
A sell-out for the 2013.14 season, the 23-day Epic Antarctica voyage is the only one of its kind to take passengers to South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula exploring farther south across the Antarctic Circle. This extensive itinerary offers travelers a chance to see seven species of penguins and more than 30 species of birds while visiting the ‘Galapagos of the Poles.’ Two departures: December 2014 and January 2015, starting at US$18,995.

Ships
The largest of Quark’s fleet, the ‘Super Yacht,’ Ocean Diamond, is back with Quark Expeditions for its third season of Carbon Neutral Voyages™, along with the Sea Spirit, Quark’s luxury adventure ‘all-suites’ ship and the Sea Adventurer. All Quark’s ships feature outside cabins with en-suite facilities, internet access, a Polar Boutique, and a Polar Library.

How to Book
As an early booking incentive, travelers who reserve by September 30, 2013 will receive a 20% discount on suites* and 10% off on all other cabin categories. All bookings made during July 2013 will receive an additional 5% off.**
For more information contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 888-892-0073 or visit www.quarkexpeditions.com.
*discount only available on top two suites categories
**some conditions apply

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Great Scott! Falcon Scott is joining Quark Expeditions on several 2013.14 Antarctic voyages

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This just in: Falcon Scott, grandson of famed Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, will be reuniting with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s cousin, Jonathan Shackleton, on four Quark voyages this Antarctic season.

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Join Falcon and Jonathan on the Ocean Diamond as they regale passengers with tales of their ancestors’ battle to the South Pole. The pair will be on the November 14, 2013 voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, the February 13, 2014 voyage to the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula, and will cross the Antarctic Circle on February 22, 2014.

They will also make a special appearance on Sea Spirit voyage to the Weddell Sea on January 24, 2014.

There’s a trip for everyone and every interest, so pick a trip and contact a Polar Travel Adviser to make sure you get to travel with the descendants of famed Polar explorers!

 

To see the full list of our Experts in Residence for the 2013/14 Antarctic season, click here.

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Quark Expeditions Experts-in-Residence Announced

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Top image copyright Sue Flood

We are pleased to announce our Experts-in-Residence program for the 2013.14 Antarctic season! Renowned for the expedition team's expertise in the Arctic and Antarctica, our Experts-in-Residence program adds an extra layer of interest and insight to polar expeditions with best-in-class guests from the fields of polar history, scientific research, and photography.

This year we are thrilled to have the following polar experts join us:

Jonathan Shackleton 2013

Polar History

Back by popular demand, Jonathan Shackleton (cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton) is a leading expert on the life and achievements of Ernest Shackleton and he is author of Shackleton: An Irishman in Antarctica and The Shackletons of Ballitore (1580-1987). Jonathan will be on four voyages this season:

 

Jonathan Shackleton was part of our Experts in Residence program in February of 2013 when he joined an Antarctic Explorer voyage on the Ocean Diamond with Falcon Scott. You can read all about that experience here.


Tom Hart - Experts in Residence program 2013-2014

Scientific Research

Dr. Tom Hart runs the Penguin Lifelines project at Oxford University and the Zoological Society of London. The on-going project monitors Antarctic wildlife using camera trapping, volunteer photos and population genetics. Tom's PhD at Imperial College and the British Antarctic Survey investigated penguin foraging behavior around South Georgia. www.penguinlifelines.org. Dr. Hart will be on four voyages this season:

Dr. Tom Hart has visited the Quark Expeditions office a few times over the past year and participated in "Ask a Penguinologist" - where he participated in a live web chat and answered questions about Penguin Lifelines and penguins in general. Here's a clip from his first chat with us:


Photography

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Sue Flood is a professional wildlife and travel photographer who has been working in the polar regions for over 20 years, and with more 30 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic. She won the 2011 International Photographer of the Year - prize-winner for best nature book. www.sueflood.com. Sue will be on three voyages this season:

 

How to Book
Quark is currently offering a $1000 air credit on select Sea Spirit voyages, including the 15-day Antarctic Peninsula East & West voyage, January 24, 2014 featuring Jonathan Shackleton. Book before July 31, 2013. Some conditions apply. Click here for more details.

For more information contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 888-892-0073 or visit www.quarkexpeditions.com.

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Director of ‘Chasing Ice,’ Special Guest Aboard Quark Expeditions voyage

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Passionate about the polar regions? You aren't going to want to miss this voyage! Quark Expeditions is thrilled to announce that Jeff Orlowski, director of the Oscar-nominated climate change documentary, Chasing Ice, will join our 22-day Antarctic expedition featuring the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival. Wanderlust magazine has named this expedition one of its '"50 Best Trips for 2013."

Orlowski’s Chasing Ice, chronicles environmental photographer James Balog’s, attempts to capture the Earth’s changing climate on film. As his team journeys north to the Arctic, they deploy time-lapse cameras, designed for the unique Arctic climates, to record irrefutable evidence that glaciers are, in fact, melting at record rates. This eye-opening film, which garnered awards at Sundance and Hot Docs, will open the festival’s lineup of illuminating documentaries. The full Floating Polar Film Festival line-up will be announced in July 2013.

To find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime voyage, click here.

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A view for two

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Two king penguins take in the view on a perfect Antarctic Day!

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Photo taken by a Quark Expeditions passenger on our Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica voyage.

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