AN EVENING WITH LARRY FESSENDEN: THE LAST WINTER (Larry Fessenden, 2006)
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th St. between Eighth Ave. & Broadway
Tuesday, November 3, 7:00
Series continues through November 5
In Alaska, a company called North is preparing to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the permission of the U.S. government. North has sent along environmentalist James Hoffman (James LeGros) and his assistant, Elliot Taylor (Jamie Harrold), to ensure that the team, led by the imposing Ed Pollack (Ron Perlman), follows all proper guidelines and agreements. But when strange things start happening — including weird visions, odd disappearances, and brutal deaths — Pollack is determined to move forward, no matter the cost. Written and directed by Larry Fessenden (Habit, Wendigo), who also makes a cameo in the film, The Last Winter is a global-warming horror story in the tradition of John Carpenter’s The Thing, where the small cast of characters never knows just what is waiting for them around every corner — and out on the treacherous, blindingly white landscape that surrounds and engulfs them. The film also stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) as Abby Sellers, a strong-minded woman who has left Pollack for Hoffman; indie stalwart Kevin Corrigan (Walking and Talking) as vehicle expert Motor; Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) as young and innocent Maxwell McKinder; Grammy-winning composer and musician Joanne Shenandoah (Skywoman) as Dawn Russell, who prepares the meals and cleans up after everyone; and Pato Hoffmann (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) as Lee Means, a Native American who has a deep understanding of the land and the spirits. A scary look at an all-too-possible future, The Last Winter is screening on November 3 at 7:00 in the Film Society of Lincoln Center series “Scary Movies 9,” appropriately enough, and will be followed by a Q&A with Fessenden, Perlman, and LeGros. “An Evening with Larry Fessenden,” who is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of his indie film company, Glass Eye Pix, continues at 9:30 with Mickey Keating’s Darling, followed by a Q&A with Keating, Fessenden, and actors Lauren Ashley Carter and Brian Morvant.