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CIFF Project of the Day: ‘This Time Next Year’ at a Community Ravaged by Sandy

CIFF Project of the Day: 'This Time Next Year' at a Community Ravaged by Sandy

All this week, we’re spotlighting four films that will be in the running
for our Camden International Film Festival Project of the Week
contest.  At the end of the week, we’ll have a vote for the project that
you like the most.  That project will get to pitch their project at the
CIFF Points North Pitch, where a world-class panel will give feedback
on their projects and award one pitch project $1,000.  The
Indiewire/CIFF Project of the Week winner will receive free lodging in
Maine and a travel stipend!

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

“This Time Next Year”

Tweetable logline:

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR is an island symphony that captures a sleepy
Jersey short community recovering in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Elevator Pitch: 

This Time Next Year begins just before Christmas 2012 and ends a year
later. It will track the resilience of Long Beach Island’s inhabitants
during their slow rebuilding process. The small triumphs of individual
families able to finally return to their homes will be set against the
larger political issues surrounding the slowly released state and
federal aid monies. What emerges will be an “island symphony” that
addresses some of the major political questions of the day (the proper
role of government, the rights of the individual, climate change)
through the stories of a handful of indelible characters.

Production Team:

Jeff Reichert (Director/Producer)

Farihah Zaman (Director/Producer)

Sam Pollard (Supervising Editor)

About the Production:

LBI is, in many ways, home for me. I didn’t grow up there
year-round, but a most of my family lived there so I spent good portions
of my summers and other holidays there as a kid. My parents met there. I
proposed to Farihah there on a family vacation. It’s a special place,
distinct from the image of NJ beach communities put forward by things
like JERSEY SHORE. Within the story of this island’s ongoing recovery
from Sandy, there’s a lot of heart on display along with situations that
bring to the fore a host of fascinating political contradictions.

Current Status: 

In production.

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I am excited to get a chance to see how the communities of working-class people got together, pulled their resources and helped rebuild one family at a time!

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