This Time Next Year

This Time Next Year tracks the resilience of the Long Beach Island, NJ community for one year as they rebuild after 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Using a mixture of verité, first-person accounts, and the residents’ own footage This Time Next Year is a poetic documentation of a shore community as they battle local politics, cope with personal tragedy, and band together in the face of transition.

Community Engagement, Environment, Health and Food

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About the Film

This Time Next Year tracks the resilience of the Long Beach Island, NJ community for one year as they rebuild after 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Using a mixture of verité, first-person accounts, and the residents’ own footage This Time Next Year is a poetic documentation of a shore community as they battle local politics, cope with personal tragedy, and band together in the face of transition.

Film In Context

This Time Next Year begins just before Christmas 2012 and ends one year later. It tracks the resilience of the island’s inhabitants during their slow rebuilding process. The small triumphs of individual families able to finally return to their homes are set against the larger political issues surrounding the slowly released state and federal aid monies and questions of how to survive in a beloved but unpredictable environment. The altruism of Island residents from this middle class community who worked tirelessly after the storm to help bail out their neighbors, for free, are against the actions of those inhabitants who, in the name of protecting their privacy, fought against government-run dune replenishment programs that helped save large swaths of the island from utter destruction.
                    
Using a mixture of personal interviews, verité and the aforementioned footage taken by residents during the storm, This Time Next Year aims to create a poetic document of a community undergoing major transition and capture the psychic aftereffects of a once-in-a-lifetime weather occurrence.