Set in a unique Arctic town with true northern exposure, Polar Bear Town is a half-hour documentary series that provides a front-row seat for some of the closest human-bear encounters ever seen on television.
Every fall, 1,000 seal-starved polar bears migrate directly through the frontier town of Churchill, Manitoba. The population explodes from 800 to 10,000 with the arrival of tourists seeking bucket list bear encounters.
Armed with nothing but a flare pistol, young gun Kelsey Eliasson guides his clients amongst the majestic bears – driven by passion and passion and adventure, he pushes ever closer, determined to protect both the clients and the bears. His friend and mentor, Dennis Compayre is a bear whisperer whose charm works as well with the bears as it does with the locals. Former hippie lothario, Brian Ladoon may not be a guide, but he operates a roadside attraction where his Eskimo dog kennel attracts curious bears and cash toting tourists.
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He’s a rogue in an old truck, rescuing huskies and feeding polar bears. Now his enemies are settling the score.
By Kelsey Eliasson
A polar bear stares intently at us. Rising slowly, it drops its head and begins its stealthy approach. The ultimate Arctic predator has us in his sights.
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Since 1976, Churchill dog handler Brian Ladoon has been trying to save from extinction the rarest registered breed in the world, the Canadian Eskimo Dog. Brian is a dog person, not a people person, and his methods – which include chaining his animals outside in sub-zero temperatures, where polar bears roam – have won him both admiration and controversy. This beautifully shot documentary by New Zealand filmmaker Costa Botes captures one man’s tenacious efforts to preserve an animal and a disappearing way of life.
Buy the documentary “The Last Dogs of Winter” at The Arctic Trading Company.
A sad day. Polar Bear Alert and RCMP clean out the bears at Mile 5. 6 bears taken.
All images and text are taken from Polar Bear Alley.
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Two endangered species at play, the Polar Bear and the Canadian Eskimo Dog. Here at the foundation we are helping these two species, one wild and one domestic. Any donation that you would like to give this cause would be life saving. No amount is too small. You can help today, by giving through Paypal on the Canadian Eskimo Dog Foundation webite.
We are happy to announce that The Last Dogs of Winter has been selected to screen at the IDFA festival in Amsterdam, mid November.
This is another great honor for us, hope to see some of you there!
24th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
We had a great time in Toronto. Caleb and Brian were the stars. They signed some autographs etc. I love the film and I hope that it will bring help to the Canadian Eskimo Dog Foundation.
A couple of people gave me donations at the screenings. We had wonderful meals and the New Zealand Film Board treated us like royality.
We are excited to announce that The Last Dogs of Winter has been selected for the 36th Toronto International Film Festival.
It will be making its International Premiere there in September of this year, screening dates and times to come.
We are very happy to be a part of such a huge and prestigious event.
In 1976, Brian Ladoon took on the self imposed mission of preserving and breeding Canadian Eskimo Dogs, the rarest registered breed of dog in the world. The dogs share their pitiless natural environment with itinerant wild polar bears. This film documents a unique situation, and explores mankind’s responsibility for managing and exploiting animals.
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