Kenai Fjords National Park


Where Ice and Ocean Meet, a theater film for Kenai Fjords National Park, weaves a story of glacial change, an exceptionally rich ecosystem, and cultural continuity into a compelling portrait of a unique American treasure. Kenai Fjords, located in south-central Alaska, is a landscape carved by ice. It has some of the richest wildlife in the National Park system, and its fjords are home to seals, orcas, humpbacks, Steller sea lions and an extraordinary variety of seabirds. We captured dramatic footage of calving glaciers; many of the park’s glaciers have retreated significantly in recent decades.

Filming in a mixture of 4K and HD footage, and working mostly from the park’s 53-foot vessel, the M/V Serac, the North Shore team produced Where Ice and Ocean Meet, and short films on orca research, glaciers and the temperate rainforest for Kenai Fjords.

"I just wanted to take the opportunity to let you know what a pleasure it has been to work with you and the North Shore Productions team on the production of the park's first-ever film. Throughout the process, I was continually impressed by the caliber of the North Shore Productions staff and crew . . . Working directly with the North Shore film crew in the summer of 2014 was one of the highlights of my career . . . Through North Shore Production's stunning photography, well-written script, music, and editing, the beauty of the park's dynamic and ever-changing landscape has come to life on screen." – Kristy Sholly, Chief of Interpretation, Kenai Fjords National Park

Project Details: 

  • A twenty minute theater film as well as three educational shorts.
  • Number of distinct orca pods encountered during filming: 3.
  • Total miles of coastline in Kenai Fjords National Park: 3,600.
  • Places in the world where this unique fjord estuary ecosystem is found: 6.
  • Percentage of the park that is covered in ice: 51%.

Awards & Festivals:

  • Emmy Award
  • 1st Place, Documentary Film, NAI Media Awards
  • Official Selection, American Conservation Film Festival