Wed Oct. 4th, 2017 – 6:30 pm | Hendricks Center for the Arts
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This Cold Life

Directed by Darren Mann

Documentary Feature
Canada | 88 min | 2017

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the only settlement in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Situated 300 miles from the North Pole, where polar bears outnumber humans, and bearing the distinction of being the northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen is a community with an unforgiving climate, dreary isolation and an uncertain economic future.

Like many small towns, Longyearbyen was once a bustling industrial hub that’s now struggling to find innovative ways to sustain itself. THIS COLD LIFE is filmmaker Darren Mann’s visually stunning portrait that illuminates a tight-knit group of colourful and resourceful residents who are dedicated to preserving the land they call home.

Through charming individual reflections, including two men who fought to change a law to establish a brewery and become the town’s only export, we experience what it’s like to live in unity for our neighbours’ well-being.

Darren MannDarren Mann

Darren Mann is a director and producer, known for This Cold Life (2017), Gotta Keep Dreamin (2016) and State of Control (2016).

This Cold Life | Darren Mann

Film Information

Director: Darren Mann
Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 88 min
Ratings: PG-13


Producers: Mann-made Pictures, AllEdge Entertainment
Editor: Darren Mann

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