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It is widely believed that the first migrants to North America arrived approximately 14,000 years ago, having trekked across a land bridge spanning the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska. However, extraordinary new evidence supports an explosive new theory of another trip to the New World.

A group of international scientists believe they have discovered evidence to prove that an earlier route was taken by brave souls from the European continent across the Atlantic Ocean during the last Ice Age. It is thought that they travelled across a massive ice bridge spanning thousands of miles from mainland Europe, and arriving in North America approximately 6000 years before those from the west. These discoveries could change everything we know about the earliest human inhabitants of the New World and how they arrived here. 

In Ice Bridge, Professor Dennis Stanford from the Smithsonian Institution and Professor Bruce Bradley from the University of Exeter are on a mission.  They are seeking to uncover evidence of an epic journey that the Solutrean people, from what is now France and Spain, may have taken across the Atlantic Ocean some 20,000 years ago over an ice bridge.

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Meanwhile, geneticist Stephen Oppenheimer and his team at Huddersfield University are tracing unique DNA found in North America back to the Solutrean region, undertaking an unprecedented genetic study of Native American remains to see how and when this gene arrived in the New World in the first place.

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If the geology, archaeology, and genetics can prove Stanford and Bradley’s theory, the team will rewrite history and alter our perspective on how North America was first populated. 

Credits (Click to expand)

Directed by
ROBIN BICKNELL


Executive Producers
ELLIOTT HALPERN
ELIZABETH TROJIAN


Produced by
ELLIOTT HALPERN
ELIZABETH TROJIAN


Editor
GREG WEST

Writers
BEN TUCKER
ELLIOTT HALPERN

Director of Photography
DEREK ROGERS


Original Music Composed by
OHAD BENCHETRIT
JUSTIN SMALL

Associate Producer
ARDEN WRAY

 


Line Producer
ANJA SOBKOWSKA

Unit Managers
GRAEME D. BLYTH
DEAN POLLOCK

First Assistant Director
PATRICK HEPBURN

Third Assistant Director
JORDAN JACKSON

Development Coordinator
SAM HALPERN

Archive & Clearances
LAURA LUCAS


Additional Camera
HARRISON FREEDMAN
RAJ NANDY
BELINDA KILBY
TERRY KILBY

Sound Recordists
SANJAY MEHTA
HUAN NGUYEN
PETER SAWADE


Production Designer
PETER TWIST

Design Department
TIM McELCHERAN
MICHAEL HAPPY

Wardrobe Designer
ASHLEY WOOD

Key Makeup
TARA BRAWLEY


Makeup Assist
SARA LAW

 

Gaffer
STEFAN KUCHAR

Key Grip
ZACH ZOHR

Swing
DAVE DOLDERSUM


Local Fixers
RITCH EMERSON
JEAN-PASCAL GAUTIER
STÉPHANE PIERRON

Production Assistants
MATT CULLY
RYAN LOGUE


Cast
HENDRICKS PLEAU
MISHKA BALILTY
TAMARA FREEMAN
NIMKE JONES
FALY MEVAMANANA
DORAN RITCHIE
JONATHON ROOTE
PIPER ROOTE
TOMAS ENRIQUE SERVELLON


Post Production Supervisor
HARRISON FREEDMAN

Motion Graphics
JUNIOR LOPEZ

VFX Producer
CASH B. LIM

Technical Producer
MICHAEL CARTER, PhD

Concept Artist
FANCIA HE

Animation Rigger
MICHAEL FABRIS

Animators
VANESSA ARSEN
SAMAD KHAN

Digital Compositor
LORNE KWECHANSKY

Technical Director
ANDREW ALZNER

Post Production Services
REDLAB

Creature Models Provided By
MASSIMO RIGHI


Business Affairs Manager
ROBIN GLEADALL

Controller
SAM SIMPSON

Executive Financing Consultant
DRIVE


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Genetic Consultant
DR. STEPHEN OPPENHEIMER

Special Thanks
XABI OTERO - JAUZARREA
DR. CEIRIDWEN EDWARDS
DR. MARIA PALA
DR. JOHN WAH
DR. JONATHAN BURNS
DR. RUSSELL GRAHAM 
DR. RON WILLIAMSON, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SERVICES INC.
DON GREIG – GREIG’S CAVES
THE CORCKRAN FAMILY 
LES GROTTES D’ISTURITZ ET D’OXOCELHAYA
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PREHSITORY – LES EYZIES-DE-TAYAC
MEETING OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUMS AND THE GRAND PALAIS DES CHAMPS-ELYSÉES 
SAUBLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
THE FIRST NATION PEOPLE OF SAUGEEN AND CAPE CROKER
and
THE HURON-WENDAT NATION

 

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