The Lake at the Bottom of the World – Apr. 30

On Sunday, April 30th, at 7pm at the Emerson Center, the Bozeman Doc Series closes its eighth season with the award-winning new documentary, The Lake at the Bottom of the World.

Almost a mile beneath the ice in Antarctica lies a never-before-filmed polar wetland potentially holding secrets to our survival on our rapidly changing planet. The Lake at the Bottom of the World chronicles an expedition by an international group of scientists, including several from Montana State University, as they venture into the virtually unknown interior of Antarctica to explore a subglacial lake buried 3,600 feet beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in an effort to reveal hidden truths about our planet’s dynamic past. As they struggle against the ferocity of the ice and wind to unravel mysteries buried deep under Antarctica, they consider how our relationship with nature — and with one another — will impact humanity’s future and the future of all life on our rapidly changing planet. 

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the film represents the first time an exploration to a subglacial lake has ever been filmed. The film has screened at festivals worldwide including Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, and Imagine Science.

Director Kathy Kasic and expedition members and MSU scientists John Priscu, Timothy Campbell and John Dore will be in attendance and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

“Blends the grand, the gritty, and the intimate…enlightening…[gives] viewers the feeling they are right there on the ice.” Sacramento State Newsroom

Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door or before the show online at, where you can also learn more about the series and view trailers for upcoming films. The series will return in October, 2023.