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On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8 p.m., at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, the Woods Hole Film Festival presents a special screening of the multi-award winning feature documentary film PEOPLE OF A FEATHER by Joel Heath as the first film in a new film series, Bringing Science To The Screen.

Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Falmouth Community Fund, the series Bringing Science To The Screen will present films that incorporate science into the story, whether documentary or narrative. Scientists from the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as other organizations will be invited to discuss the science represented in the films.

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance online by clicking here or at the door. For more information call (508) 495-3456 or email info@woodsholefilmfestival.org

Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, the 92-minute PEOPLE OF A FEATHER takes the viewer through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada’s Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature.


About 1500 islands make up the Belcher Islands archipelago in eastern Hudson Bay. Most of the islands are uninhabited by humans. The islands’ 800 residents reside in Sanikiluaq, located on Flaherty Island. Even today, the Inuit rely on the fish, seals and birds available on and near the islands. The Arctic eider duck has played an important role in the community. Strong currents around the islands in the winter create ice-free areas, called polynyas. These areas of open water allow the eiders to diver for urchins and mussels on the sea floor. Instead of migrating south, these ducks stay through the winter. They are an important source of both food and clothing for the Inuit.