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Doc Talks Series

Tune into the CCAC Facebook or YouTube channel for a live virtual discussion about the documentary, Antarctica: A Year on Ice, moderated by independent documentarian, Amy Oden. Joined by oceanic artist Lily Simonson, sonar technician Michael Bair, and Dr. Brian Evans (all of whom have worked on or visited the frozen continent), Amy will discuss the doc from a filmmakers’ perspective and further explore the extraordinary experience of visiting Antarctica. Have a question for the panel? Put it in the comments during the livestream!

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The Panel:

Amy Oden currently works at PBS’s Maryland Public Television, where she sheds light on a variety of social and scientific topics, including the Baltimore uprising, fracking, mass incarceration, and the opioid crisis. Her most recent independent short, “Lipstick and Leather” is currently in the festival circuit. She is also finishing her third independent documentary, “Calasag”, which is fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association, and was granted a fellowship in the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins. Amy holds BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Gender and Media from George Washington University. Her work has won Communicator Emmy, Davey, and W3 Awards.

Michael Bair has a degree in film from Temple University. He joined the United States Antarctic Program after serving six years at sea as a sonar technician in the navy. His electronics background lead to a position at McMurdo Station, the largest research facility in Antarctica. In 2005, he took part in the McMurdo power plant conversion project, wintering-over for 279 days. He later worked for Apple Computers, operated surgical lasers, and now assists Veterans at Veterans Affairs.

Artist Lily Simonson collaborates with scientists at the most remote reaches of the planet. Like Anthony Powell, director of Antarctica: a Year on Ice, Simonson is a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Awardee. She spent three months painting at remote research sites in Antarctica and scuba diving beneath the world’s largest expanse of sea ice in the Antarctic Ocean. She has been the artist-in-residence on six oceanographic expeditions, making art aboard research vessels and while diving thousands of feet down in the deep-sea submarine Alvin. Simonson’s dramatic, psychedelic paintings of these newly-explored worlds highlight cutting edge scientific discoveries, as well as the fragility of these unique environments in the Anthropocene.

Dr. Brian R. Evans is a professor of mathematics education, assistant dean, and department chair of the math department at Pace University in New York. His doctoral degree is from Temple University in Philadelphia, and he has been on the faculty at Pace University since 2007. He has traveled extensively to over 100 countries and all seven continents including Antarctica. Brian Evans has taught in Uganda, Jamaica, and China, and leads faculty-led study abroad courses at his University.