Thursday, December 10, 2009

[HvEXAS] EMPAC Tonight! Unfiction: Encounters at the End of the World | Thursday 12/10 at 7:30 PM

+++ 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).

Encounters at the End of the World
Director: Werner Herzog
Thursday December 10, 7:30 PM
Curator: Emily Zimmerman

A study of the sublime and the absurd at the southernmost point of the
planet, "Encouters at the End of the World" is Werner Herzog's most
recent documentary, commissioned by the National Science Foundation.
From the outset Herzog proclaims that it is "not a film about fluffy
penguins"; instead the film examines the psychology of the scientists
and technicians who have chosen to live and work in this formidable

+ Trailer =

"Few filmmakers make the end of days seem as hauntingly beautiful as
Werner Herzog does, or as inexorable…. Encounters at the End of the
World has the quality of a dream: it's at once vivid and vague, easy
to grasp and somehow beyond reach."
— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Alternates between spellbinding views of the landscape's white and
blue expanses, conversations with scientists, and interviews with
McMurdo's denizens. Runs the gamut from existential meditation to
comedy; indeed, it is perhaps Herzog's funniest film."
— Sven Lütticken, ArtForum

"The film's visuals are a wonder to behold. Stunning footage (of) a
violent, hermetic world under the ice, populated by myriad strange
— Film Comment


+ General Admission = $5.00

+ For tickets, directions, and other concerns, contact the EMPAC Box
Office at 518.276.3921 or visit the website at

Unfiction is a series of documentary films that turn truth into
something other than fact, using poetry and imagination, rather than
transparency and objectivity. These filmmakers question the very
notion of authenticity, and disobey the typical documentary filmmaking
practices; instead they stage their own realities on location,
employing techniques such as reenactment, personal voice-overs and
special effects.

+ Werner Herzog bio:

Werner Herzog (real name Werner H. Stipetic) was born in Munich on
September 5, 1942. He grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria
and never saw any films, television, or telephones as a child. Since
the age of 19 he has produced, written, and directed more than 40
films, published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as
many operas.

Associated with the German New Wave Movement, Herzog's films blur the
distinctions between documentary and narrative practice through
Herzog's direct intervention into the context he is filming in order
to extract what he has called the "ecstatic truth" of a situation.
Please see Herzog's "Minnesota Declaration" reproduced below which was
published on the occasion of his 1999 retrospective at the Walker Art


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