LONG YEAR BEGIN

A documentary film and
interactive media project in progress.

Director: David Osit.
Producer: Malika Zouhali-Worrall.
Director of Photography/Producer: Caleb Heller.
Consulting Editor: Eric Daniel Metzgar.
This website collects photos and haikus from production.
Photos by Caleb Heller. Haikus by David Osit.

About the film

tundra life is hard

people entertain themselves

in the strangest ways

quick stop off the road;
send a postcard. write your friends
from the end of earth

quick stop off the road;

send a postcard. write your friends

from the end of earth

i am a seed vault
i keep seeds very safe, but
i can’t save people

i am a seed vault

i keep seeds very safe, but

i can’t save people

in time, everything 
on earth, from dirt to metal,
melts into the air

in time, everything 

on earth, from dirt to metal,

melts into the air

four months since the sun 
last escaped these frozen skies
now it’s here to stay

four months since the sun

last escaped these frozen skies

now it’s here to stay

oh, long year city
you’ve fought hard against the night
just a few more days

oh, long year city

you’ve fought hard against the night

just a few more days

there’s a special place:
where we can visit secrets,
pay our dues, and leave.

there’s a special place:

where we can visit secrets,

pay our dues, and leave.

"the sun’s back," she sighs,
"but people seem to find that
they’re still unhappy.”

"the sun’s back," she sighs,

"but people seem to find that

they’re still unhappy.”

first house off the fjord
this occupant is lucky
first sunrise in months

first house off the fjord

this occupant is lucky

first sunrise in months

ask these men their age,
or what fuels their conviction, 
or how cold they are

ask these men their age,

or what fuels their conviction, 

or how cold they are

the local airport
doesn’t bother with checkpoints
they have the bear force

the local airport

doesn’t bother with checkpoints

they have the bear force

behold, the ice floe:
proud, yet in final retreat 
before spring-time thaw

behold, the ice floe:

proud, yet in final retreat 

before spring-time thaw

on his right, the last
of the arctic. to the left,
a colder future

on his right, the last

of the arctic. to the left,

a colder future

you can find places
where beams of light can travel
uninterrupted

you can find places

where beams of light can travel

uninterrupted

back to the arctic
in three weeks. our director
is clearly jazzed up

back to the arctic

in three weeks. our director

is clearly jazzed up