OIL ON ICE
Dale Djerassi, Bo Boudart (USA) 57'
Oil on Ice is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting
the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America
makes about energy policy, transportation choices and other seemingly
unrelated matters. How can one rationalize development of irreplaceable
wilderness areas or ignore the cultural survival of indigenous populations?
Gwich‚in Indian residents of Arctic Village, on the southern
boundary of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, fear their community‚s
caribou hunting will be severely impacted by oil development in the
Refuge. Oil on Ice also examines the effects that improved fuel efficiency
standards for vehicles and development of alternative sources of energy
will have on this nation‚s oil consumption. The issue of oil
extraction from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge brings into sharp
focus the broader debate over energy conservation versus unbridled
Dale Djerassi, president of Djerassi Films, Inc., has produced and
directed several documentary films including Nothing Will Be As It
Was, about the return of jazz musicians Flora Purim and Airto Moreira
to Brazil and Bhutan ˆ A Strange Survival, the story of a unique
Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas. He co-produced (with Barbet Schroeder)
Koko ˆ The Talking Gorilla, a feature-length documentary about
the famed sign language-speaking gorilla. He also produced '68
about the turbulent year of 1968 in San Francisco. Additionally, Djerassi
has produced two plays, An Immaculate Misconception and Calculus.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from
Stanford University where he also studied documentary film production.
He also serves on the board of directors of the FAF and is a founding
trustee of both the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside
and the Vanguard Public Foundation.
Bo Boudart lived in Alaska for 13 years. His work includes numerous
programs about Alaska for the Discovery Channel, including Alaska‚s
Whales and Wildlife, Deep Under the Ice and Alaska‚s Arctic
Wildlife. He received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Cinematography
for Alaska: Story of a Dream and has produced documentaries on Alaska
Native subsistence, including The Sea is Our Life, Hunger Knows No
Law, Where Two Rivers Meet and a PBS Nova program The Whale Hunters.
Boudart also received a Cine Eagle award for The Science of Whales,
produced for the Discovery Channel.
John Hoskyns-Abrahall, President
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547