scriptwriter. motivational speaker
If you are reading this letter it is because you are interested in our film, Time Window. Director Nicolás Ordóñez and I began dreaming up this lovely project back in the summer of 2016, during a trip to the Colombian Caribbean atolls north of San Andres Island. I had just been on Colombia’s third Antarctic Expedition, and knew a special movie, not just a documentary, shot in Antarctica, had to be done, because opportunities to film in that continent are scarce and we had a rare one with the Colombian Navy.
After a while, Nicolás came up with the philosophy behind Time Window, which perfectly rhymed with the book I was (and still am) writing, Journeys of an Antarctic Explorer, about my five trips to the While Continent. His vision and mine were on very similar pathways, so it felt natural to work alongside as scriptwriter and guiding voice of Time Window.
This film wants to explore our relationship, as humans, to this enormous mass of ice that is the Antarctic. A rigorous landscape we have barely begun to understand, and that is so alien to people, that we are still struggling to grasp it. Only the first explorers, on their diaries stained with seal fat, wrote about their fight against The Ice. Now we are trying to get at its cold heart through science, because Antarctica regulates the planet’s weather systems above an underwater.
In the end, explorers and the civilizations that sent them did not discover The Ice as much as The Ice allowed them to discover themselves. The whiteness of the polar plateau became a vast mirror that reflected back the character of the person that went to it. I think this happens still, and Time Window wants to explore this relation. It wants to see what happens inside the soul of scientists and sailors and filmmakers from a Colombian expedition once they face this unearthly place. It wants to dig into science and poetry, adventure and the intellect, engineering and utter cold.
Time Window, as it is conceived right now, stands as a unique film that will connect The Ice to the tropics, Latin America to the cold, and science to the heart, through Colombia’s Almirante Tono Expedition, December 2017 through March 2018. science journalist, exploration writer