The award-winning Nature series is the longest-running weekly natural history series on television. PBS Nature takes you to the end of the Earth, and, below it. Program 1: Antarctica: The End of the Earth - How cold is it in stark and forbidding Antarctica? It is so brutally cold that even its summer residents, the well-dressed penguins, seem to be shutting their eyes and shivering. Nevertheless, this extended program gives you a full blast of this fierce, remote, and yet astonishingly beautiful place, exposing the mighty forces that have shaped both the continent and the rest of the Earth as well. It looks into the face of the Katabatic, the wind that decimates life, resets the landscape, and creates new weather. It also confronts the areas icy natives, the icebergs. These million-ton islands harbor an abundance of life forms but also hinder travel throughout the oceans, posing an in-the-dark danger to even huge ice-cutting ships. Finally, the program focuses on the scientists and explorers who, braving an otherworldly environment, go to the end of the Earth to learn more about our past and our future. Program 2: Under Antarctic Ice - Antarctica may be the worlds only frozen desert, but beneath the oxymoronic surface lays a huge body of stunningly cold and clear ocean water abounding with enchanting life forms and icescapes. Risking temperatures cold enough to freeze the blood, underwater filmmaker and photographer Norbert Wu takes a team down into the water to capture high-definition video pictures of this hidden world. Their adventure, narrated by Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, the team encounters creatures with electric features, jellyfish with 30-foot tentacles, sponges the size of large mammals, and gangs of ravenous seals, penguins, and killer whales. Sunlight leaks through cracks in the oceans crystalline ceiling, spotlighting some of the frozen waterfalls and other icy structures and revealing the fantastical nature of this beautiful world. In going Under Antarctic Ice, Wu brings you a part of the continent that even grizzled veterans of the place have never seen.
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Joseph Campanella - Campanella was born on November 21, 1924 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Anthony Campanella. He is an actor, known for Guiding Light (1952), Mannix (1967) and The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969). Hilary Swank - Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish. During her early childhood, her family moved to Spokane, Washington, and when she was six, to Bellingham, Washington. Hilary was discovered as a child by producer Suzy Sachs, who coached her in acting. When she was nine years old, she starred in her first play as Mowgli in The Jungle Book. She began to appear regularly in local theater and school plays. She went to school in Bellingham, where she lived with her family, until she was 16. She competed in the Junior Olympics and Washington State championships in swimming; she ranked 5th in the state in all-around gymnastics (which would come in handy for starring in The Next Karate Kid (1994) years later). In 1990, Hilary and her mother moved to Los Angeles, where she enrolled in South Pasadena High School, and started acting professionally. She appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) but The Next Karate Kid (1994), where she got the part competing against hundreds of other actresses, was her breakout role. Ever since then, she has been much in demand and has worked non-stop in movies. She won the Best Actress Oscar for playing Brandon Teena in Boys Dont Cry (1999). In addition to the Oscar, Hilary won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama and Best Actress prizes from The New York Film Critics, The Los Angeles Film Critics, The Chicago Film Critics and The Broadcast Film Critics Association. She also won the Breakthrough Performance prize from The National Board of Review. Hilary then appeared in supporting roles opposite Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves in Sam Raimis The Gift (2000) and opposite Al Pacino and Robin Williams in Christopher Nolans Insomnia (2002). Hilary then starred as Alice Paul in HBOs Iron Jawed Angels (2004), which told the story of the womens suffragist movement and she was honored with both SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in this film. In 2004, Hilary starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman as the title character in Eastwoods Million Dollar Baby (2004); the story of a young womans quest to realize her dream of becoming a professional boxer. For this performance, she was honored with her second Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and has garnered Best Actress prizes from the National Society of Film Critics, the Screen Actors Guild, The Broadcast Film Critics, and a Golden Globe for Best Lead Actress in a Drama. Hilary Swank is the third youngest woman in history to win two Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. She subsequently had a supporting role opposite Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett in Brian De Palmas The Black Dahlia (2006), starred in Freedom Writers (2007), the true story of Long Beach schoolteacher, Erin Gruwell, The Reaping (2007) for Warner Brothers, and reunited with her Freedom Writers (2007) writer/director, Richard LaGravenese, starring in the film adaptation of Cecelia Aherns novel, P.S. I Love You (2007). An aficionado for anything that involves the outdoors, she enjoys: sky diving, river rafting and skiing.About the Director:
Michael Single - Michael has directed one other Nature documentary, Life in Death Valley. He also directed Free Dive and Mt. Cook-Footsteps in the Sky. He served as cinematographer on Extreme Tribes, Windborn-A Journey Into Flight, and Champions of the Wave. Norbert Wu - Wu has served as cinematographer on Nature-Shark Mountain, 9 episodes of Ice Road Truckers, and Genetics Vs. Whaling.
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