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5:30PM - 7:30PM


"ANTARCTIC EDGE: 70° SOUTH" & Woman in Film Award

Honoree: Dena Seidel


Sunday, October 23, 2016

5:30pm-7:30pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A + Ceremony

Hamilton Stage


Followed by RIFF Woman in Film Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony honoring Dena Seidel


Rahway International Film Festival Feature Documentary Presentation: "Antarctic Edge: 70° South" directed by Dena Seidel.

Following the film, there will be a Filmmakers Q&A and RIFF Woman in Film Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony honoring Dena Seidel, Award-winning Director of "Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South".


*All festival tickets & day passes include free admission to the Opening Night After-Party & Saturday Lobby Networking Hour, which will offer a complimentary light buffet and cash bar. Come join the fun!


"Antarctic Edge: 70° South"


Feature Documentary |  Runtime: 1:12:00

Country of Origin: New Jersey, USA | Filmed in Antarctica 

Language: English

Synopsis: A thrilling journey to the world's most perilous environment, "Antarctic Edge: 70° South", follows a team of world-class scientists as they explore the West Antarctic Peninsula. While navigating through 60-foot waves and dangerous icebergs, the film follows the team as they voyage south to rugged, inhospitable Charcot Island to study the fragile and rapidly declining Adelie Penguin. For Schofield and his crew, these birds are the greatest indicator of climate change and a harbinger of what is to come. "Antarctic Edge: 70° South" was made in a collaboration between the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking and the Rutgers Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences.

Director: Dena Seidel (in attendance)

Dena Seidel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and published author, as well as the creator and designer of the first film major program at Rutgers University. From 2011-2015, she served as the Founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking and Director of the Rutgers Film Bureau. She completed this documentary with the participation of 14 undergraduate Rutgers students. 

Dena Seidel will be accepting the RIFF 2016 Women in Film Lifetime Achievement Award. See below for more info.


RIFF Woman in Film

Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree: Dena Seidel


Our 2016 Woman In Film: Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Ms. Dena Seidel of New Jersey.

Dena Seidel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published short story author, as well as the creator and designer of the first film major at Rutgers University. From 2011-2015, she served as the Founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, offering the university's first film production programs including 22 credit film certificate available to undergraduates of all majors - and newly designed inter-disciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking. She was also Director of the Rutgers Film Bureau, the university's professional documentary office.

With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Dena spent six weeks in Antarctica directing and filming the feature length documentary Antarctic Edge: 70° South that was completed with the participation of 14 Rutgers undergraduate students. The film will screen at Rahway International Film Festival 2016 on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 5:30pm where Dena Seidel will be in attendance to accept this year's "Woman in Film: Lifetime Achievement Award". Click here for more info and tickets for the film!

As of March 2016, Dena is the director (US and Pacific regions) for Okeanos-Foundation for the Sea devoted to the development, funding and implementation of projects that inspire and initiate positive change for people and the environment. Okeanos’ most significant projects to date include support for fossil fuel free inter-island transportation in the South Pacific as well as production of documentary films with strong environmental messages such as Racing Extinction and Our Blue Canoe.

Dena Seidel is as much an inspiration to her former students and collaborators as she is to the women behind Rahway International Film Festival.  We are proud to introduce her as this year's Woman in Film Honoree. Visit her website here.

For more information on the "Women in Film: Lifetime Achievement Award and to see past Award Honorees, visit our RIFF Women in Film page.

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