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 consumption.


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.

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