Permafrost takes place in a world devastated by climate change, and follows a small crew on an impossible mission to find an artifact from before The Frost. The film is set 11 generations after the earth changed, in northern Texas which has become a frozen wasteland. This is a world without literacy, where people rely on oral tradition and stories told through generations about brave expeditions and attempts to locate the essential artifact. But this crew is different. They have a secret weapon. They have a young girl with an uncanny talent for mapmaking; she can see what no one else sees. It’s as if the land speaks to her. Placing their faith in this young cartographer, the crew strives to bend the arc of history toward hope.

Director Biography – Aeryn Lee

Aeryn’s filmmaking brings an uncommon vantage point to expressive visual storytelling. Originally from North Dakota, Aeryn relocated to New Mexico in 2016 to pursue a career in film and television. Aeryn is the co-owner of 701 Productions, a Santa Fe NM-based film production company, through which she works as a director and producer.


Aeryn Lee


Nathaniel Porter


Aeryn Lee, Gentry Lee


United States


16 minutes 30 seconds

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