There are two reasons I want to see the new film Crossing The Ice, a 44-minute-long documentary that chronicles the 89-day, 1,400-mile journey of James Castrission and Justin Jones from Antarctica's Hercules Inlet to the South Pole and back. Number one, the movie racked up a bunch of awards at the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Competition, including the Grand Prize, the People's Choice award, and the Exploration and Adventure award.
Crossing the Ice. Photo: CasandJonesy.com.au
“The category for Best Film on Exploration and Adventure had plenty of excellent contenders, but there was one film that shone above the rest," said jury member Dale Templar. "Crossing the Ice encapsulates the true spirit of adventure that this award was designed to embrace. This is a film with perfect storytelling featuring incredible characters—a 'bro-mance'. It’s a story that conveyed unbridled enthusiasm, humor, and heartbreak created by the filmmakers and the loveable lunatics who walked unaided across Antarctica to the South Pole and back.”
The second reason is the short, 49-second YouTube clip embedded above. In one brief moment, the clip captures the essence of Templar's review—by showing what must be considered one of the most creative sacrifices ever made on an Antarctic expedition.