ARTS Pick: The Other Side of the Ice

The Other Side of the Ice portrays an emotional family journey through the Northwest Passage. Photo: Courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival The Other Side of the Ice portrays an emotional family journey through the Northwest Passage. Photo: Courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival

To travel from Newport, Rhode Island to Seattle, Washington with your family–who are all together for the first time since an emotionally wracking divorce a decade-and-a-half ago–most people of sound mind would tackle the 3000 miles in an airplane, or a car, or a train. Emmy award winning documentary film producer/book author/decorated journeyman Sprague Theobald packed his family onto a trawler and sailed north on an 8500 mile trek through the treacherous Arctic sea route, the Northwest Passage. A combination of flaring tempers and icy weather threatened their voyage at every impasse. The Theobald clan faced death continuously, from their boat getting trapped in ice, to their daily encounters with polar bears. Sprague Theobald’s new film, The Other Side Of The Ice, is the story of their journey, a harrowing tale of adventure and survival in the pursuit of redemption. A discussion with director Sprague Theobald will follow the film.

Sunday 11/4 Virginia Film Festival, Nau Auditorium, 1pm

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