Into the Dark

Battling subzero temperatures and forty-foot seas, a team of scientists embark on a perilous winter expedition into the darkest regions of the Arctic. Their mission: to understand how trace amounts of light may be radically altering the mysterious world of the polar night. What they discover has implications for the global climate and the future of the Arctic.

*The science featured in the film is now a feature publication in National Geographic as well as an article in the Journal Nature (Communications Biology): https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/03/climate-change-arctic-light-pollution-marine-life/

  • Michael O. Snyder
    Director
    The Vision Within, A Simpler Way, The Medicine in the Mind
  • Eli Kintisch
    Producer
    THAW
  • Michael O. Snyder
    Producer
    The Vision Within, A Simpler Way, The Medicine in the Mind
  • Michael O. Snyder
    Cinematographer
    The Vision Within, A Simpler Way, The Medicine in the Mind
  • Barbara Oliveira
    Cinematographer
    Eroding Edges
  • Eli Kintisch
    Cinematographer
    THAW
  • Christos Anestopoulos
    Musical Composition
  • Tobais Kvendseth (BIIAS)
    Musical Composition
  • Michael O. Snyder
    Editor
    The Vision Within, A Simpler Way, The Medicine in the Mind
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Environment, Adventure, Science, Arctic, Exploration
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Norway
  • Language:
    English, Norwegian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Tromsø International Film Festival
    Tromsø
    Norway
    January 16, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
    Washington, DC
    United States
    March 14, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Around Film Festival - Paris
    Paris
    France
    Audience Choice Award
  • Columbia Film Festival
    Columbia, Maryland
    United States
    June 22, 2020
    Best Editing, Best Cinematography
  • Oslo Short Film Festival
    Oslo
    Norway
    January 5, 2021
    Nominated, Best Documentary
  • Boreal Film Festival
    Anchorage, Alaska
    United States
    September 12, 2020
  • Innsbruck Nature Film Festival
    Innsbruck
    Austria
    October 12, 2020
    Nominated, Best Short Film
  • Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
    Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    September 3, 2020
  • Global Peace Film Festival
    Winter Park, Florida
    United States
    October 13, 2020
Director Biography - Michael O. Snyder

Michael O. Snyder is a filmmaker and photographer working at the intersections of social justice and environmental sustainability. As founder of Interdependent Pictures, he has produced documentary films in the Arctic, the Amazon, the Himalaya, and East Africa. He holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and uses his combined knowledge of visual storytelling and environmental conservation to forge partnerships and create narratives that drive change. His work has been named Official Selection to over 40 film festivals and been featured by National Geographic and MountainFilm. He has won numerous awards including Best Environmental Film (Canada Int. Film Fest), Best Environmental Film (The World's Independent Film Fest), Best Doc Feature (Blackbird Film Fest), Best Environmental Film (Colorado Film Fest), Audience Choice Award (G2 Green Earth Film Fest), and Sir Edmund Hillary Award (Mountain Film Fest). In addition, his journalism and advocacy work has been featured in magazines, films and galleries by National Geographic, The Guardian, Vox, Roads & Kingdoms, The Washington Post, High Country News, The Wild Magazine, Condé Nast, NPR, Political Science and Politics, Social Documentary and Beautiful Decay.

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Director Statement

In my years as a filmmaker I've had the opportunity to travel to some of the remote and wild corners of this planet... but nothing compares to the deep polar night. Being alone on a tiny boat in the frozen darkness - likely as the northernmost humans on the planet - will probably be the closest that I will ever come to doing a space walk. It was truly otherworldly. And the film itself couldn't be more timely: with sea ice melting rapidly we have just a handful of years to set the baseline and understand what the impact of light pollution is in the darkest part of the world.