Encounters at the End of the World

encounters end of the earth

From the doc.

EMPAC will be screening Werner Herzog's documentary Encounters at the End of the World this evening. From Manohla Dargis' review in NYT:

Few filmmakers make the end of days seem as hauntingly beautiful as Werner Herzog does, or as inexorable. In his documentary "Encounters at the End of the World," this professional madman and restlessly curious filmmaker travels to the blinding white of the Antarctic, where he meets melancholic scientists, brooding journeymen and various poets of the soul who, ensconced in the American headquarters, McMurdo Station, have traveled so far beyond the familiar coordinates -- so far beyond traditional cities, suburbs and banal existence -- that they might as well be on another planet.

Herzog has directed a whole bunch of films -- including the well-regarded 2005 doc Grizzly Man.

The screening starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5.


Thanks for the shout! As an added bonus, we will be joined by Capital District scientists and educators Dr. Samuel Bowser, a research scientist who appears in "Encounters at the End of the World", and Dr. Andrea Habura, a Rensselaer alum who was present during filming in Antarctica. Following the screening, they will hold a brief discussion of their experiences surrounding the film in EMPAC's cafe (there will be coffee and cookies as well).

This is one of the best films ever made. Herzog uses his documentary style to capture some of the most bizarre creatures, bizarre behavior and bizarre people you will ever see. This is not Fellini, this is real. Anyone who has a chance should go see this most haunting and memorable film!

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