New Years Day—2008 was quite a chilly day. Stormy waters at Wainscott Beach on the East End of Long Island awaited the brave daring enough to plunge into its stormy waves. To get a running start for the New Year plunge Colin Mathers, owner of the seafood shop and his faithful Polar Bears began with a mile jog from the store to the beach waiting to embrace the chilly waters head on. The rhythmic beat of percussion eerily echoed through the air as onlookers came out to celebrate this awe inspiring moment.
Here’s looking at new beginnings for 2008.
Happy New Year!
(my first polar bear plunge—as photographer and awe inspired onlooker that is. maybe next year...)
Embracing the sea.
Peace at Wainscott Beach, NY 2008.
A CONVERSATION WITH J. HOBERMAN
JANUARY 5, 2008
With remarks by A. O. Scott and a screening of Day Night Day Night
Saturday, January 5, 7:00 p.m. (Reception, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
J. Hoberman, author and film critic at The Village Voice, will appar at the Museum of the Moving Image on January 5, 2008 to participate in a discussion moderated by A.O. Scott and will be the guest of honor at a reception. Photo courtesy of The Village Voice.
Since joining The Village Voice in 1977,
J. Hoberman has been one of the world’s most erudite and perceptive film critics and historians. His writing combines deep historical knowledge with an expansive view of cinema. This evening, celebrating Hoberman’s 30th anniversary at The Voice, will include a conversation with Hoberman moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz. Hoberman will introduce Day Night Day Night (2007, 94 mins. 35mm. Directed by Julia Loktev. With Luisa Williams), one of his favorite films of 2007. As he wrote in The Village Voice of this singular movie about a would-be female suicide bomber in Times Square, "Terror is existential in this highly intelligent, somewhat sadistic, totally fascinating movie... Day Night Day Night has nothing to do with the psychology of the suicide bomber and everything to do with the psychology of the spectator." Preceded by Square Times (1967, 7 mins. 16mm. Directed by Rudolph Burckhardt).
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