Project  Ice

Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI


William Kleinert

Executive Producer and Director


Dr. Henry Pollack

Science Advisor for the Film


Lisa Wozniak

Executive Director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters


Jordan Lubetkin

Senior Regional Communications Manager, Great Lakes Office of the National Wildlife Foundation

moderated by

Cynthia Canty

Host, Michigan Radio "Stateside"

Project: Ice— Ice From the Crossroads of History

The panel hosted a discussion on the film and a Q&A following the screening. 

Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI

Film Synopsis

This documentary offers a view of North America's freshwater inland ocean through the prism of ice.

Formed by ice, filled by ice, often covered by ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, development, and where we're headed. Project: Ice views North America's freshwater inland ocean through the prism of ice, from the crossroads of history, science, and climate change. This shared Canadian-American resource holds a timely and telling story of geology, human movement, population growth, industrialization, cultural development, recreation, and the profound impact people have had on their environment. Ice sits at the heart of it all.

About the Speaker

William Kleinert is a committed environmentalist, avid student of history, and a 40-year veteran of the media business, with in-depth experience across traditional and new technology platforms, content creation, and distribution channels. His media production, marketing, sales, management, executive, news, and consulting experience spans three continents and 15 countries, including employment with ABC Television, Time-Life Broadcast, USA TODAY/Gannett New Media, and Tillinghast Reid WorldWide, LLC. Kleinert is the producer, director, and/or writer of six documentaries, including Project: Ice.

He earned an MS in radio-television-film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. He earned his BA in speech and political science from The College of Wooster. Additionally, he earned a diploma in German Language at the Goethe-Institut, Staufen-I’m-Breisgau, Germany. He is a graduate of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies Senior Newspaper Management Program, St. Petersburg.

Kleinert has taught graduate level media management courses in Switzerland, Russia, Central Asia, and the Balkans. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and served on the Media Working Group at the United States Institute for Peace, an organization created by the United States Congress.

Dr. Henry Pollack is emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Pollack received his AB from Cornell University in 1958 and PhD in 1963 from the University of Michigan. He is also an advisor to the National Science Foundation and an author (along with 2,000 other people) of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Dr. Pollack has conducted scientific research on all seven continents and has traveled regularly to Antarctica.

In 2010, Dr. Pollack wrote the book A World Without Ice, which provides an analysis of climate change science. In 2003, he wrote Uncertain Science ... Uncertain World.

Lisa Wozniak
 is the executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV)/League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF). Her career spans over two decades of environmental and conservation advocacy in the political arena She is a nationally recognized expert in nonprofit growth and management and a leader in Great Lakes protections. Wozniak is a three-time graduate from the University of Michigan, with a bachelor's degree and two ensuing master's degrees in social work and education. Before becoming executive director in 2006, she was a member of the Michigan LCV Board and today serves on the boards of the Friends of Rutherford Pool, the Huron River Watershed Council, and the National League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

Jordan Lubetkin serves as senior regional communications manager for the Great Lakes office of the National Wildlife Federation, where he oversees media coverage on advocacy campaigns to restore the Great Lakes; stop aquatic invasive species introductions; and uphold public access along the Lake Erie shoreline. He has overseen communications efforts of the 120-member Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition since its inception in 2005.

Prior to joining NWF, he served as a reporter and editor at community newspapers around the country. He oversaw marketing and development efforts at the Toledo Jazz Society and gained media for the non-partisan Americans Discuss Social Security, based in Washington, D.C. Lubetkin earned a degree in English from Case Western Reserve University.

A lifelong resident of metro Detroit, Cynthia Canty has nearly 40 years of experience in Detroit radio and television. She has served as a popular radio host, television news anchor, producer, and as a general assignment, medical, and consumer reporter. Canty served as a news anchor and morning show personality with Jim Harper at WNIC-100.3 FM, WDTX-99.5 FM, and WMGC-105.1 FM. She’s also hosted public affairs programs at WKBD-TV, and served as reporter and anchor on WKBD’s “Ten O’Clock News.”  

Her reporting and writing have earned her many awards, including an Emmy and honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Associated Press, and the Detroit Press Club.