New Award in Boston

New Award in Boston

I have just won the Award for Best First Time Filmmaker at the Boston Independent Film Awards, for The Blinding Sea. This is the 23rd award so far, and the 7th in an American film festival!

This comes as great news for me, but also for everyone else who worked on the production, such as: the Inuit descendants of Koleok in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut (as a young woman, Koleok had proposed marriage to Roald Amundsen, although he declined) the Amundsen family in Norway, Marie Frenette, who sings so beautifully on the sound track and provided expert advice for the management of this enormous project and the recording of musical performances, plus my friend and video editor Guillaume Falardeau, and many other people besides.

The Boston skyline. Photo by Mohan Nannapaneni.

Just who else worked on the production? Here are the complete credits:

Produced, directed and narrated by: George Tombs

Director of photography: George Tombs

Interviews and on-camera appearances:

Anne-Christine Amundsen Jacobsen

Johan Leon Amundsen

Gloria Corbould

Baron Bernard de Gerlache

Falcon Scott

Hon. Alexandra Shackleton

Julian Evans

Bob Konana

George Konana

Jimmy Konana

Larry Konana

Paul Ikuallaq

Freda Nakoolaq (as her great-grandmother Koleok)

Captain Lise Marchand

Captain Klaas Gaastra

Uranienborg guide Randi Eriksen

Melissa Chierici, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Agneta Fransson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Lia Dimitruk and Trista Uviluk, picking Arctic cotton in Cambridge Bay


Guillaume Falardeau

Additional video:

Guillaume Falardeau

Jim Hawkings

Dan Bach Kristensen

Parks Canada

Pond5 Inc.

Shutterstock Inc.

Mike Stewart

Original artwork:

3D animations: Peter Butler

Illustrations: Iona Fournier-Tombs

Luke Iquallaq, Angaguk with Helping Spirit (sculpture), c/o Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Inuit carvings of Kiviuq and Kudluk specially commissioned for this film: Damien Iquallaq

Inuit graphic art: Victoria Mamnguqsualuk

Sound design: Julien Bouchard

Original music:

Piano and other keyboard music composed and performed by George Tombs

Vocal music composed and performed by Marie Frenette

Inuit throat singers: Janet Aglukkaq and Robin Ikkutisluk

Trumpet: David Carbonneau

Saxophone and clarinet: Cameron Wallis

Irish whistle: Brad Hurley

Violin and viola: Catherine Hallmich and Laura Risk

Guitars: Pascal Desmeules and Marc Harvey

Percussion: Gilles Hébert

Choral ensemble 6-DS


Aurora borealis recordings: Steve McGreevy

Beluga whale recordings: Groupe de recherche et d’éducation sur les mammifères marins (GREMM), Tadoussac (Quebec)

Humpback whale recordings: Catherine Berchok, Mingan Island Cetacean Study and Pennsylvania State University)

Sound studio: Studio d’enregistrement Marie Frenette, Montreal (Quebec)

Dog mushers:

Sean Fitzgerald, Haines Junction (Yukon Territory)

George Konana, Gjoa Haven (Nunavut)

Louis-Philip Pothier, Iqaluit (Nunavut)

Phil Pryzmont, Nome (Alaska)

Readings from exploration narratives:

The English voice of Apsley Cherry-Garrard: Christopher Kent

The English voice of Frederick Cook: Alan J. Schwartz

The English voice of Kathleen Scott: Julie Berry

The English voice of Roald Amundsen: Ole Gjerstad

The French voice of Adrien de Gerlache: Bruno Piccolo

The English voice of Robert Falcon Scott: Andrew Digby

Titles: Jean-Laurent Ratel

Special thanks to:

Anne-Christine Amundsen Jacobsen

Johan Leon Amundsen

Charlie Cahill

Canadian Coast Guard

Gloria Corbould

Maurits Dolmans

Fram Museum, Oslo (Norway)

Captain Klaas Gaastra of the Dutch three-masted bark Europa

Bernard de Gerlache

Ken Jezek, Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus (Ohio)

Laura Kissel, Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus (Ohio)

Captain Lise Marchand, commanding officer of the Canadian research icebreaker Amundsen

Deanna Matthew and the family of Charlie Carpendale

Adam Shamash

Sifton Air, Haines Junction (Yukon)

Uranienborg Roald Amundsens Hjem, Svartskog (Norway)

Archival material and satellite imagery:

AKG-Images, Paris

Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Archiv für deutsche Polarforschung, Bremerhaven (Germany)

Art Resource Inc., New York

Bridgeman Images, New York

Brooklyn Public Library, New York

Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus (Ohio)

Canterbury Museum, Canterbury (New Zealand)

Digitized footage from Nanook of the North, The Wedding of Palo and Primitive Love, c/o Flicker Alley

European Space Agency, by permission, Paris (France)

Image of the Nobel Peace Prize medal, © ® The Nobel Foundation

Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (Canada)

Library of Congress, Washington DC

McGill University Rare Books Department, Montreal (Quebec)

Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum, Nome (Alaska)

Mariners’ Museum, Newport News (Virginia)

Museum of Cultural History, Oslo (Norway)

Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (Washington)

NASA, SDO, and the AIA, HMI and Science teams

The National Library of Australia, Canberra (Australia)

The National Library of New Zealand, Wellington (New Zealand)

The National Library of Norway, Oslo (Norway)

The New York Times, c/o PARS International

Paintings of the Gjoa, c/o Gordon Miller and Roger Morris

Portrait of James Lind by Sir George Chalmers, Copyright © 2014 J. W. Hepner 2009/Photo Theo Chalmers

Private collection/Follo Museum, Roald Amundsen`s House Uranienborg, Svartskog (Norway)

Provinciale Bibiotheek, Limburg (Belgium)

Seattle Times, Seattle (Washington)

Shutterstock Inc., New York

Wellcome Collection, London (United Kingdom)

Shot on location in Antarctica, on the Southern Ocean, in Alaska, on the Beaufort Sea, in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, Mexico, Scotland, England, Ireland, Belgium and Norway

This film is dedicated to Marie Frenette

© Evidentia Films Inc. 2020

The Blinding Sea in Boston

October 1, 2021

The Blinding Sea in Prague

October 1, 2021

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *