Conquering the Arctic Tundra

by Alan Williams

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about

Explorers through the ages have feared the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic. In 1906, Roald Amundsen became the first explorer to sail through the passage. Hundreds of people who tried before him died in the endless ice fields and barren shorelines. Leaving Greenland in June, the expedition based on the icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent runs into the same problems that have faced explorers through the ages. Soon the ship is stuck in heavy ice and encounters the relentless powers of the Arctic. In spite of 25,000 horsepower engines, no outcome is guaranteed here.

The crew of the Louis is at the centre of this story. We follow the captain as he navigates his way through the ice. We meet a young female coast guard officer on her first Arctic assignment, and out on deck one man, a seasoned veteran nicknamed "The Arctic Cat", who assists both crew and scientists.

"Conquering the Arctic" is a film about the people - a dedicated and skilful crew - who make these scientific expeditions possible. This film views a scientific expedition from their perspective.

credits

released February 20, 2001

Music by Alan Williams
Produced by Alan Williams
Recorded and Mixed by Scott Cochran
Score recorded and mixed at Silverscreen Studios
©2001 Quinate Publishing (BMI)

Featured musicians:
Nick Nolan - guitars
Alan Williams - piano

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Alan Williams Los Angeles, California

Alan Williams is an award-winning composer and conductor with more than 100 motion picture and television credits.

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