Loading filters...

View: List | Grid

“I chose the title Delirious primarily because it means ‘a state of happiness so intense it verges on being crazy.’ It seemed like a good word to describe the people in the film. They don’t want to just be happy—they want to be so happy they’re almost insane”—Tom DiCillo. And insane surely is what the celebrity world Les Galantine wants to photograph is.… Continued

Our Vermont neighbor Nora Jacobson nabbed the Audience Award at MIFF #2 for My Mother’s Early Lovers and has been a favorite director—and human being!—of ours ever since! Delivered Vacant, the film that first brought her cinematic acclaim, made before MIFF started, looks almost prescient in its acute depiction of gentrification in our cities…. Hailed by Vincent Canby of The New York Times… Continued

Her vision fading, a teenage girl girl goes on a solo nighttime journey to gather ‘textures of light’ to share with her mother. Part of Shorts Program: International. Sunday, July 16, 12:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Thursday, July 20, 9:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » Continued

35mm print! Michael Murphy, MIFF’s 2015 Midlife Achievement Award Winner, grew up in L.A., where the movies were just a way of life, and Edward G. Robinson was a family friend. But growing up on Double Indemnity, which stars Robinson along with Fred MacMurray and an unbelievably seductive and powerful Barbara Stanwyck, would mark anyone for life! Billy Wilder’s second film as a… Continued

Tom DiCillo’s latest and most unique movie is the movie of your dreams, if your dreams are filled with the underground world of the New York subway, full of dark and beautiful visions in which we immerse ourselves when we dream—and when we buy a subway ticket. Says DiCillo: “From my first step underground in 1976, I was fascinated by the world that… Continued

Jazz and Nature. WHAT?! Jazz has always been associated exclusively with an urban landscape, a city environment of dark nights and excitement. But in The Ecology of Jazz, Rob Whitehair (True Wolf) makes us realize how much the natural world and the world of jazz have in common. Both are improvisational, fluid, dynamic—and beautiful! And we see, feel, and hear that intensely in… Continued

The last two remaining members of a cult come to an impasse over the propriety of a snack purchased from a street vendor. Part of Shorts Program: International. Sunday, July 16, 12:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Thursday, July 20, 9:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » Continued

35mm print! Jim Stark has graced MIFF as he has the American and world Indie film movement by producing movies by filmmakers from Jim Jarmusch to MIFF fave Semana Santa, from Mexico. But he really put a cast together with Matt Dillon, MIFF Midlife Achievement Award Honoree Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens and MIFF bulwark Karen Young. “Charles Bukowski once said, ‘Some… Continued

Deep in the woods, two young children divulge the unusual tale of their true origin. Part of Shorts Program: Peril. Saturday, July 15, 3:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » Wednesday, July 19, 9:30 pm / Waterville Opera House / Buy Tickets » Friday, July 21, 9:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » 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

“Sprawling, immediate, and complex, Peter Nicks’s vérité documentary moves like a pulsing, timely thriller. In 2014, after over a decade of federal monitoring for misconduct and civil rights abuses, the Oakland, California Police Department hires Chief Sean Whent—a young, clear-eyed idealist—in hopes of bridging an historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve. Whent’s intentions and calls for transparency are… 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

“I like the uncertainty. The threat of losing. I like winning even though it doesn’t last…. If all my bets were safe, there wouldn’t be any juice,” says Axel Freed, James Caan’s professor more interested in gambling in British director Karel Reisz’ first American film, written by James Toback. “A perceptive and remarkably paced drama… Caan is remarkable… with excellent support from Lauren… Continued

Rob Tregenza’s uncompromising cinematic vision and devotion has, among other things, led him to direct such celebrated Independent films as Talking to Strangers, The Arc and Inside Out and to work with Jean-Luc Godard and, as a cinematographer with particular belief in long takes, for Alex Cox and Bela Tarr. Gavagai is his wonderful new film. “In this innovative and moving project, Director… Continued

This documentary follows the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program of Brunswick, Maine, illustrating how picking leftover produce after harvesting can mitigate food insecurity. Part of Maine Shorts. Tuesday, July 18, 9:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Saturday, July 22, 3:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Sunday, July 23, 3:30 pm / Railroad Square… Continued

A young woman is put through her emotional paces as she attempts to recover from heartbreak. Part of Shorts Program: Peril. Saturday, July 15, 3:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » Wednesday, July 19, 9:30 pm / Waterville Opera House / Buy Tickets » Friday, July 21, 9:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » Continued

New 35mm Restoration! “Darker and chillier than a storm drain at midnight, this expertly-crafted thriller from directors Alfred Werker and Anthony Mann, screenwriters John Higgins and Crane Wilbur, and cinematographic master John Alton represents one of the strongest semi-documentary/police procedural noirs…. The film’s no-frills parallel narrative is divided between hunters and hunted—the L.A.P.D. and a coolly calculating electronics expert/cop killer, respectively. Sought by… Continued

Ten lost souls slip in and out of one another’s arms, other and same sex, in a musical exploration of love’s bittersweet hold, connected by the embrace of their last liaison. Hello Again is adapted from Michael John LaChiusa’s musical originally commissioned by Lincoln Center in 1994. Michael John’s musical was inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play, Der Reigen (which has a long history… Continued

From award-winning Maine filmmaker Huey (Wilderness & Spirit: A Mountain Called Katahdin) comes a portrait of Thoreau, emphasizing how the writer’s voice and spirit have echoed throughout history and still resound today. Thoreau’s call for preservation of the wilderness was far ahead of its time and forms the philosophical basis for many environmental organizations today. He almost single-handedly established the basic principles for… Continued

Longtime MIFF friend and guest Verna Bloom, whose fantastic acting has graced films by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Peter Fonda, returns to present The Immigrant, James Gray’s recent, prize-winning drama starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner, about a woman, newly-arrived in 1921 New York with a sustaining desire to save her imperiled sister, though she is herself in harm’s way.… Continued

A truly haunting dream of a film that’s directly out of the haunted present and seeming future of Turkey, but that can also seem very close at hand here in 2017, too. “There is no crime of such enormity society cannot be manipulated into forgetting. Just ask Hasret. The news editor ought to know, but she too has also forgotten, even though the… Continued

It’s Criminal highlights the economic and social inequities that divide the United States and offers a vision of how separated communities can learn to speak to each other. Poignant and personal, the film shares the life-changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play that explores the often painful and troubled paths that landed… Continued

Winner of the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, this is a smart, funny, incisive new film from Hungary. “An unexpected visit from the in-laws quickly turns sour in the Magyar indie production. With his seventh feature, versatile Hungarian helmer Szabolcs Hajdu (Mirage, Bibliotheque Pascal, White Palms) orchestrates a fresh and funny chamber piece about midlife marital crises that will strike… Continued

“I was born to dance. I would lay awake all night long, repeating the rhythms in my head until they became a part of me.” —La Chana. Antonia Santiago Amador, known as La Chana, is 67 years old. She is helped onto an empty stage and settles into her chair with difficulty. Then her feet begin to move. Her body and soul succumb… Continued