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Jacqueline Goss's "The Observers" has New York theatrical premiere at Anthology Film Archives



May 10 2012 - May 16 2012


LOCATION

Anthology Film Archives

NY

FORMAT

Screening

Discipline

Film and Video

Opening Reception:

May 10 2012

The first feature-length work by acclaimed experimental filmmaker Jacqueline Goss (2005 Film/Video), The Observers is a haunting, minimalist landscape film in which the land and sky of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, form a varying frame for two climatologists as they go about the solitary and steadfast work of measuring and recording the weather. Showcasing the extreme and surprising beauty of the windiest mountain in the world, it is based in part on the Nathaniel Hawthorne story, The Great Carbuncle. Shot over the course of a year on 16mm film, The Observers is based on the actual work of the Mount Washington Weather Observatory – one of the oldest weather stations in North America, where staff members have taken hourly readings of the wind speed, barometric pressure and temperature since 1932. In Goss’s film, the ever-present, relentless wind becomes something of an existential force in the lives of the two climatologist protagonists, and a unifying feature of the film itself.


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