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Explorer Screens Film About Testing Limits At Greenwich Library

Luc Hardy, Greenwich businessman and adventurer, plans to answer questions after a Nov. 2 screening of a film that retraces the steps of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.
Luc Hardy, Greenwich businessman and adventurer, plans to answer questions after a Nov. 2 screening of a film that retraces the steps of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. Photo Credit: contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Luc Hardy, Greenwich businessman, adventurer and author, is screening a film he helped produce about the Antarctic explorations of Ernest Shackleton on Wednesday at the Greenwich Library.

"The Pursuit of Endurance" is a film about nine people who come together to retrace Shackleton's historic 1914 adventure in Antarctica that tested the limits of human endurance. This free screening is sponsored by the Greenwich Education Group, Garden Education Center of Greenwich and Greenwich Youth Film Festival 2017.

Autographed copies of Hardy's book, titled "The Pursuit of Excellence," will be available to buy, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Greenwich Education Group's Foundation Scholarship Fund.

“Shackleton’s story and the amazing leadership he showed during this ordeal has gone down in history as a testimony of man’s ability to persevere and endure incredible hardship," said Victoria C. Newman, founder and executive director of the Greenwich Education Group. "The courage shown by the members of the new expedition while reliving the hardships and overcoming the obstacles faced by the original group of explorers equally represents an amazing ability to push beyond the normal bounds of human endurance and a passion to achieve the seemingly impossible.”

In 1914, Shackleton helped his crew survive for more than a year in Antarctica after the sinking of their ship, Endurance. One hundred years later, a group of nine people from different backgrounds got together to relive the experience, visiting the same sub-Antarctic islands of Elephant, South Georgia and the South Sandwich, organizers said.

The idea for the adventure was conceived by Hardy, president and founder of Greenwich-based investment firm Sagax. Hardy also authored other books about exploring and has led expeditions in the polar regions, organizers said.

For the Nov. 2 event, Hardy, who started an environmental organization Pax Arctica, plans to answer questions after the film's screening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave.

For more details, visit the Greenwich Education Group website .

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