For Immediate Release


September 14, 2015


World Premiere of Byrd 1933 to Screen at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Association with the Byrd Polar and Climate Archival Program and the National Film Preservation Foundation


Columbus, Ohio – A new documentary on the famed polar researcher and explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Byrd 1933, directed by artist and filmmaker Pamela I. Theodotou, will have its world premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University October 20, 2015.

Culled from ten surviving reels of 35mm film found in the archives of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, and recently preserved by the National Film Preservation Foundation, Byrd 1933 is a cinematic record of the famed explorer’s expeditions in 1928–30 and 1933–35.

An unprecedented visual diary shot by Paramount Studios cameramen, and re-formulated into a cohesive documentary feature by filmmaker and BPCRC media specialist Pamela I. Theodotou, utilizes audio recorded from the expeditions and Admiral Byrd’s own lectures regarding the expeditions and the scientific significance of the research.


A panel including Theodotou and researchers from Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, follows the screening.

An exhibition with items from the Byrd Archives and clips from the film is available October 5, 2015 – January 3, 2016 at the Thompson Library Gallery at The Ohio State University, Main Campus.

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Organization Information:


Named in honor of one of America's most famous explorers, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center of The Ohio State University is recognized internationally as a leader in polar and alpine research. The Center’s Archival Program has as its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical documents concerned with polar regions. The goal of the BPRCAP is to make rare or unique historical material about polar exploration and scientific investigation available for use in the context an active polar research environment. Historical collections contain papers, records, photographs and other forms of documentation concerning explorers, scientists and other figures and organizations prominent in the advancement of knowledge about polar environments. The Center's research programs are conducted throughout the world focusing on the role of cold regions in the global climate system.  Website:


The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University's multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and educational programs, the Wexner Center balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to traditions of innovation and affirms the university's mission of education, research, and community service.  Website:

The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage, supporting activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition. Begun with support from  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Film Foundation., NFPF also organizes, obtains funding, and manages collaborative projects that enable film archives—large and small—to work together on preservation initiatives beyond the scope of single institutions. Website:


Contact Information:


Laura Kissel

Polar Curator

Byrd Polar and Climate research Center

Phone: 614.688-8173



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