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“A slick Los Angeles callboy finds love and redemption in Paul Schrader’s ultra-stylish drama. High-living prostitute Julian Kay (Richard Gere) has it all: the Mercedes, the clothes, access to Beverly Hills’ swankiest establishments, and a stable of rich, older female clients. But it all falls apart after he does a favor for his former pimp and the trick turns up dead a short… Continued

  • Thursday, July 20, 9:00 pm / Special Events

Venue: Common Street Arts. 93 Main Street Kerry Laitala returns to MIFF with a multi-projector, live performance of some of her work. Kerry will be joined by her musical collaborator Wobbly performing live some of the sound for her films. With these works, cinema becomes a unique, live performance event. Part of MIFFONEDGE Volume 5. Free admission. Continued

75th Anniversary Screening! 35mm Academy Archive print! Was Bambi, the Disney classic that made the woodlands feel like home to generations of young children as it is to the film’s animated deer, set in Maine? The movie itself never explicitly tells us, but Bambi has several significant Maine connections: photographer and artist Maurice Day, from Damariscotta, was sent here to extensively photograph the… Continued

  • Tuesday, July 18, 12:00 pm / Special Events

Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill. Free admission. Join Oscar-winning animator, animation historian, author, teacher and lecturer John Canemaker for a fascinating talk on the creation of Bambi, our Centerpiece Film!  Canemaker presents a profusely illustrated analysis of the art and life of Tyrus Wong (1910–2016), whose unique contributions to the art direction and visualization of Walt Disney’s animated film classic… Continued

  • Friday, July 21, 10:00 am / Special Events

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Waterville Public Library, 73 Main Street What kinds of creative surprises can happen when people who don’t know each other come together for a day to make a film? In this workshop, participants will work together for a day as a group to create a series of single-shot videos using complex mise-en-scene, unusual camera movements, and recycled or… Continued

  • Saturday, July 22, 10:00 am / Special Events

Common Street Arts, 93 Main Street With support from the Maine Arts Commission, MIFF is thrilled to host a gathering of Maine (and beyond!) filmmakers. Filmmakers will learn about each other’s projects as well as resources available to support filmmaking in Maine. Admission is free, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged: mike@mainefilmcenter.org or 207-861-8138 Continued

  • Thursday, July 20, 5:30 pm / Special Events

Venue: Opera House Dance Studio, 93 Main Street, 3rd Floor Free admission La Chana producer Deirdre Towers presents a free introductory workshop on Flamenco dancing. La Chana learned the art of flamenco without any formal training. She learned by listening to flamenco aired on the radio in the ’50s and ’60s, and absorbing the secrets of this 200 year old art developed by… Continued

  • Saturday, July 15, 2:00 pm / Special Events
  • Sunday, July 16, 2:00 pm / Special Events
  • Monday, July 17, 2:00 pm / Special Events
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2:00 pm / Special Events
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2:00 pm / Special Events
  • Thursday, July 20, 2:00 pm / Special Events
  • Friday, July 21, 2:00 pm / Special Events
  • Saturday, July 22, 2:00 pm / Special Events

Common Street Arts, 93 Main Street Open daily 2:00-9:00 p.m. Free admission MIFFONEDGE Vol. 5 features a series of audiovisual works that challenge how we look at, listen to, and think about film.  By exploring the intersections between art and cinema, the works featured in MIFFONEDGE challenge us to rethink our experience of the moving image. Harry Smith This year, we pay tribute… Continued

PechaKucha Night Waterville is a fun, creative networking event for the entire community featuring diverse presenters faced with the same dynamic challenge: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. *Featuring a presentation by festival programmer Ken Eisen! Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Presentations at 7:20 p.m., Castonguay Square. Free Admission. Learn more. Continued

Film screening to be followed by presentation of inaugural Karl Struss Legacy Award to Roger A. Deakins “The wages of sin, guilt, vengeance and redemption weigh heavy on the characters of Prisoners, a spellbinding, sensationally effective thriller with a complex moral center that marks a grand-slam English-lingo debut for the gifted Québécois director Denis Villeneuve. Powered by an unusually rich, twisty script by… Continued

Well, yeah, there was that guy in The Village People who wore the headdress all the time. And there was Redbone, the Native American rock group who scored a massive hit with “Come and Get Your Love.” But the real role of Native Americans in the history of rock and roll is way bigger than that, including Jimi Hendrix, The Band’s Robbie Robertson… Continued

MIFF 2017 Opening Night Film “A different language is a different vision of life”—Federico Fellini. Spectacularly shot on Monhegan Island off Midcoast Maine, The Sounding is a film that speaks to all of us as it tells its haunting story of a woman who chooses to speak only in her own way. Raised on a remote Maine island by her grandfather Lionel, Liv… Continued

  • Saturday, July 15, 10:00 am / Special Events

Workshop with LumenARRT! Members of LumenARRT!, whose work will be on display at MIFF’s Opening Night Party, will show you how they create their largescale video projections. After a brief history of video projection, the LumenARRT! crew will delve into the world of video-mapping and video activism. They’ll take you through their process and take ideas for future projects/sites in Maine. Participants can… Continued