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'Polar Film Festival' Kicks Off at Explorers Club in NYC

Friis Hills
Friis Hills in Antarctica, one of the driest places on Earth. (Image credit: Adam Lewis, NDSU)

Not all of us have the chance to explore Earth's polar regions for ourselves, but New Yorkers will soon get to experience the next best thing: a festival devoted entirely to films about the Arctic and Antarctica.

The Explorers Club, an exclusive, members-only society headquartered in New York City, is opening its doors to the public for its second annual Polar Film Festival. The two-day event begins today (Nov. 22), and will showcase short films, documentaries and feature-length films that explore the history and majestic landscapes of Antarctica and the Arctic. The festival will also include pieces that investigate some of the environmental issues being faced at the Earth's poles.

Film festival attendees will have the chance to meet polar explorers, filmmakers and special guests at the event, according to Explorers Club officials.

Tickets for Friday's lecture is free for members and $20 for guests, and tickets for Saturday's events are $25 for members and $35 for guests. More information about tickets, and a full lineup of each day's showings, is available on the Explorers Club website.

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Denise Chow was the assistant managing editor at Live Science before moving to NBC News as a science reporter, where she focuses on general science and climate change. Before joining the Live Science team in 2013, she spent two years as a staff writer for, writing about rocket launches and covering NASA's final three space shuttle missions. A Canadian transplant, Denise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.