MIFF is delighted to once again spotlight exciting, new Maine-based films and offer networking opportunities for Maine filmmakers as part of our annual Making It in Maine Day, which will be held on Saturday, July 12. Events, films and activities include the following:
Filmmakers’ Networking Brunch
Catered by Barrels Community Market
Showcase your latest (or next) project to other Maine filmmakers and MIFF’s filmmaker guests over brunch! Enjoy casual brunching and networking from 10-11am. Then you’ll have the opportunity to speak for 1 to 2 minutes in a roundtable format about your project. Representatives from the event co-hosts, the Maine Film Center, the Maine Film & Video Association, the Maine Film Office, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and the Maine Arts Commission, will briefly describe their organizations and opportunities available to Maine filmmakers – from funding to fiscal sponsorship, marketing to programming.
Saturday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water Street
Free admission for all Maine filmmakers and visiting MIFF filmmakers
Audition/Workshop with Ernest Thompson
For Actors, Writers, Directors, and the Audience!
See how Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ernest Thompson created Heavenly Angle, taking the best – and also the worst – of what hundreds of New England actors brought to Whitebridge Farm Productions auditions and turning their remarkable courage, spirit and talent – or discernible lack thereof – into his magical and compelling movie. If you’re an Actor who can act, sing, dance or juggle – or, just as good, an actor who can’t, if you’re a Writer who wants to learn how an old pro can find a story in the strangest places, if you’re a Director curious to know how to bring out the best in what may not immediately seem like the best of possibilities, or if you just love films and want to see how they get conceived, this Free Workshop is for you. Bring a song, bring a monologue, bring your imagination, and watch an Oscar winner weave gold. Whitebridge Farm Productions is already casting its next film. You could be part of it.
Saturday, July 12, 2:30 p.m. at the Opera House Studio Theater, 93 Main Street, 1st Floor
Stories from the Past; Sounds from the Future
Live Music by Jeff Beam with vintage Maine Silent Film
Past and future meet at MIFF this year for a special night combining vintage era films shot in Maine and elsewhere in New England in the early part of the last century with sensitive yet very up-to-the-minute music played live. Working closely with Northeast Historic Film Archives, musician Jeff Beam has selected a handful of silent film curiosities around which to build an eclectic musical soundtrack. From scenes of blueberry farming in Hiram to ice harvesting in Machias, these forgotten historical documents provide the perfect foils for Beam’s elegant, evocative scores and songs.
Saturday, July 12, 7:00 p.m., Waterville Opera House
A Chair Fit for an Angel
This genre-bending documentary looks at the cultural heritage of America’s most successful Utopian society: the Shakers. Striving for perfection in everyday life, the Shakers became innovators, creating minimalist furniture and architecture, beautiful hymns, and ecstatic dances. Inspired by this music and dance, Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen created Borrowed Light, a dance piece that explores communal life and individual sacrifice. The film features breathtaking dance sequences, music by The Boston Camerata, and footage from the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine, the last active Shaker community in existence.
Saturday, July 12, 12:30 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema 1
Maine Shorts Program
Death, Taxes and Apple Juice
Wondering if life has passed her by, 10 year old Claire is comforted by a glass of Chardonnay as 7 year old Hannah helps Claire file her taxes.
James Gilmore: That Ain’t Me
Poignant black and white music video of the musician exercising his musical talents inside an abandoned concert hall.
Monsura is Waiting
After years of performing their act, an homage to the giant butterfly Monsura, two sisters face a dramatic parting of the ways, as one gets married.
A young girl navigates her day in the Maine outdoors.
A contemplation of winter’s inherent mystery by Unity College student Allison Perna.
Saturday, July 12, 3:30 p.m., Waterville Opera House
Extending the Play
Kasey and (Maine native) Bracey Ulin play professional basketball in Europe. They met in Germany during the prime of their careers, only to find themselves quickly out of basketball just a few months later due to one huge mistake. As they adjusted to living an average private life in rural America, they received a phone call from Luxembourg that changed everything. The film features footage of Bracey’s high school career at Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, her college tenure as a star Maine Black Bear, and interviews with her father, MDI coach Burt Barker.
Saturday, July 12, 9:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema 2