Outpost is a personal documentary on the nature of the human relationship to Iceland’s extreme landscape. Shot in black and white Super-8 film, Outpost begins with the true story of a 22-year-old sailor whose ship goes down in the North Atlantic on a freezing winter night in 1984. Through the imagined memories of the drowning sailor, the film takes the audience on a tour of the lava fields and abandoned farmhouses, over snow-covered highland mountains and black-sand deserts, to Reykjavik and back to the sea. The visual style of Outpost is impressionistic, evoking memory itself as much as it chronicles acts of remembrance. The film includes stills from private collections and family albums, archival footage and an Icelandic-language voice-over, which add to the story’s form and sense of place.
Eric Wolf was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1965. He is a photographer and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, France and the United States. Originally trained as a theatrical lighting designer, he began making photographs while working as a journalist in Mexico and Central America in the mid-1990s. The primary focus of his work has been the relationship of human beings to the contemporary urban landscape. A member of the International Center of Photography (ICP) teaching faculty since 2001, he is also a member of the French/American collective ANTHROPIC, Association de Gens d’Images.