Antarctica is a relentlessly inhospitable place for humans, and yet there is a small, year-round population who stay through dark winters and chilly summers. Anthony Powell is one of those year-rounders, and he spent more than a decade documenting what life is like at the bottom of the world with his debut film, Antarctica: A Year on Ice. His focus is on the people who keep the colonies at operational bases McMurdo and Scott functional in the face of terrifying weather conditions (Powell himself is a satellite telecommunications engineer), with camera time also given to those same weather conditions. You'll see ice shelves that expand and contract before your eyes (thanks to time-lapse filming) and the spectacular colors of the aurora australis flicker through a night sky that lasts four months. Antarctica: A Year on Ice screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (July 17 through 22) at Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Tickets are $4 to $6.
July 17-22, 7:30 p.m., 2014