The 2015 Maine Short Film Festival sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association is starting a theatrical tour of Maine theaters beginning January 8th at the Frontier Café in Brunswick, ME (7:30pm). Featuring nine short fiction and non-fiction films from eight Maine filmmakers, the 90 minute festival competition was juried by three of Maine’s top film reviewers: Daniel Kany, art critic with the Portland Press Herald, Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival, and Louise Rosen, artistic and executive director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival. The shorts are all new releases from 2013 and 2014 and made by several of Maine’s top filmmakers. The titles and filmmakers include:
Liz, by Sharyn Paul Brusie, 27 min. Second Place Audience Choice Award and Honorable Mention for Best Short Doc at the 2014 Woods Hole Film Festival. Liz documents the profound personal journey for survival of a young woman. Homeless at 13, Liz lived a tragic life of despair, raging behavior and a brutal fight to survive on the streets. With raw grit and extraordinary conviction, she surrendered the struggle and found peace when she turned her fight to the boxing ring.
Handful of Romance, by Sean Martin. Two men cause their sock puppets to make out creating awkward tension between them.
The Schmee of Havilah Hawkins, by Steve Stone, director and Kevin Ross, editor of www.OffCenterHarbor.com, a video website; Havilah “Haddie” Hawkins, a fourth generation schoonerman, is the real deal. Catch a glimpse of the soul of a boat and the soul of her captain—both icons of trailing-edge technology. Located on the coast of Maine in the quiet town of Brooklin, OffCenterHarbor.com is a video website created for classic boating enthusiasts.
ARRT!, by Geoffrey Leighton, sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists; The Artists Rapid Response Team -- creates banners and props to promote the work of progressive non-profits across Maine. Artists from throughout the state meet in Brunswick for a marathon ARRT! workday. This film tells the story of this group of artists and their commitment to creating a low-tech solution to issue-based communication.
Deux Ex Machina, by Seth Campbell Brown, premiered at the Camden International Film Festival, 2014 Covered in grease, sandwich in hand, he has been in his shop tearing wires, and replacing logic with humor and wit. This is the story of a man building an incredibly beautiful, yet incredibly dangerous machine.
A Story of Opportunities, by Seth Campbell Brown, Ugandans walk hours to reach basic life needs. Living in isolated communities, individuals are physically stuck in a world of poverty. But there is hope for a new future one where individuals can carry themselves and their families needs and dreams, on the back of a bicycle.
Farm, by Christoph Gelfand., 5 min. Farm is the simple story of a wandering spirit enjoying her time in nature. Combining precise sound effects with a lyrical voiceover, this non-fiction short is a calm retreat where the viewer can slow down and appreciate life on a farm.
Ursula, directed by Sarah Francoise and Anna Rios, produced by Jamie Hook. This is a film about a young girl wandering alone in the forest, When she meets a mysterious sunbather adrift on a lake, the stage is set for a rural, pedestrian road movie in which nothing turns out to be quite what it seems. URSULA glows with the warmth of summer, and the magic and confusion of childhood.
In These Times (2013, 3:24), by Richard Kane and Melody Lewis-Kane, featuring the music of Noel Paul Stookey. Since 1988, the Tree of Life Food Pantry has been providing emergency and supplemental food assistance to residents of the Blue Hill, Maine, peninsula. This inspirational film encourages all to support their local food pantry to help end hunger.
The Maine Film & Video Association (MFVA) is a not for profit trade association representing the filmmakers of Maine. Richard Kane, chairman of the MFVA board and director of In These Times had this to say: "The purpose of the Maine Short Film Festival is to build audiences for the work of Maine filmmakers. It also builds support for important issues that confront the people of our state. We hope you will attend this festival and support the filmmakers and theaters in our state.”
Other confirmed venues on the tour include:
Guthries -- Lewiston, ME (Maine Microcinema) -- January 15
Stonington Opera House -- Stonington, ME -- January 29
Railroad Square Cinema -- Waterville, ME -- March 18
The Strand -- Rockland -- March 29
Hammond Hall -- Winter Harbor, ME -- April 10
Denmark Arts Center -- Denmark, ME -- April 17
Other venues across Maine now being booked.