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Canada | 2019 | 94 minutes | Brett Story

January 17 - 19, 2020

Shot during what was predicted to be the hottest summer on record, Brett Story's (The Prison in Twelve Landscapes) newest documentary engages with a wide swathe of individualistic New Yorkers, all of which speak frankly of their lives and coping mechanisms for surviving in a world in which the future is not at all assured.

Oriana Chegwidden, a graduate student and staff scientist at the University of Washington, will be giving an introduction before the screening on Friday, January 17 at 5:30 PM.

Inspired by the contemplative, genre-challenging techniques of the late Chris Marker (Sans Soleil, Le Joli Mai), Story fashions a tapestry out of voices pining for a time that once was in an effort to paint what it's like to live in the modern age, when concerns about climate change are becoming less deniable by the day. Swirled into the mix, actor Clare Coulter (Away From Her, The Five Senses) reads spare passages from Karl Marx, Zadie Smith, and other authors and thinkers of note. The end result is remarkable and engaging, feeling like nothing less than a time capsule waiting to be discovered at some future point in history when our species may no longer be around to find it.

"This collection of interactions with ordinary people is a cinematic gift both simple and multilayered, an intellectual challenge and an emotional adventure."—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

  • Director: Brett Story
  • Country: Canada, USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Brett Story, Danielle Varga
  • Cinematographers: Derek Howard
  • Language: English