A short documentary centred around Will Steger, the legendary polar explorer, as he inspires a community by preserving the forgotten craft of ice harvesting

Best known for his legendary polar explorations, Will Steger’s life work grew out of a single log cabin he built after moving to the Minnesotan wilderness at age 25. Reliant on sustainable energy and natural commodities, Steger formed a community and culture based on the principle of mutuality. Central to Steger’s operation is the lost art of cutting ice for refrigeration. This annual harvest formed a tradition spanning fifty years that became known as the “Ice Ball”. While this old world technology inevitably became obsolete, its disappearance parallels a concerning loss of social interdependence in modern society.

In a nostalgic celebration of this winter craft, the film is a portrayal of human innovation and interconnection that embodies one man’s attempt to move society forward, without leaving the past behind.

Winner Best Documentary Short – Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival 2021
Winner Best Documentary Short – Portland Film Festival 2020
Winner Best Editing – South Australian Screen Awards 2020
Winner Open Category – Australian Editors Guild “Ellie Awards” 2020
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Will Steger, Randy Wahlstrom, Melanie Waite-Altringer, Joshua Fischer, Peter Wahlstrom, Mike Berthiaume, Mike DeBoer, Jake Potts, Bobby Steger, Joshua Paul, John Ratzloff, Ed Joice

Financed by Mercury CX (previously Media Resource Centre) through the ongoing support of the South Australian Film Corporation.

A Gravity Films & Six Months of Winter Production

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