One of the most exciting projects currently running on Kickstarter (aside from Neal Stephenson's awesome sword-fighting game) is Antarctica: A Year on Ice, a documentary that looks at the icy continent from the perspective of the people who live and work there, and will give us a view of Antarctica rarely seen before.

Anthony Powell, a photographer and filmmaker who has shot footage for the New York Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the BBC's Frozen Planet, has spent the last 10 years filming his Antarctic documentary. The nature segments that we usually see depicting Antarctica are filmed during the summer, giving us only a partial view of the continent. Powell's film documents what life is like for the workers who keep the stations up and running - even through the dark and incredibly windy winters - so that scientists and documentarians can study the coldest continent on Earth.

Powell is looking to raise $40,000 to fund the full soundtrack, including hiring engineers and, potentially, a full orchestra. He hopes to have the entire film completed in time for the Antarctic Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand in September. The trailer is up top, and if you'd like to help out, you can pledge over at Kickstarter. For a $20 pledge, you'll receive the movie on DVD when it becomes available. For a $30 pledge, you'll receive it on Blu-ray.

"Antarctica: A Year on Ice" Documentary Feature Film [Kickstarter]