The jurors have selected the winning 14 films for the Maine Short Film Festival 2016. The 100-minute program includes subjects close to Maine’s heart: Maine artists, rivers, farms and original screenplays in all genres: documentary, fiction, experimental, comedy and horror.
According to lead juror, Louise Rosen, director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival, “There is a terrific range of work by Maine filmmakers … from humorous to poetic to sassy to scary.”
The Festival will premiere at the Strand Theater in Rockland on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 5:30 and will feature many of the filmmakers and jurors in a Q&A after the program. The Festival will tour ten Maine theaters throughout the Winter and Spring of 2016. See below for schedule.
Bonaire (1:34) by Mauricio Handler -- Produced as part of a Dutch Caribbean National Parks environmental awareness campaign, ‘Bonaire' is one of 5 shorts edited from an extensive natural history film shoot done by Cinematographer Mauricio Handler.
My So-Called Housing Cooperative #2 (10:54) by Craig Saddlemire -- the story of young adults trying to live a life of cooperation and compassion... without losing their minds. This episode from a monthly webisode features a scripted parody based upon real life at the Faire Bande à Part Housing Cooperative (Faire-Op), a 3 story apartment building in Lewiston, ME.
Heart & Hand (4:26) by Sharyn Paul Brusie and Kevin Brusie -- celebrates the life of a Maine farmer and his animals. Through video, music and poetry, this pure and rich life is revealed.
Alison and NuDay Syria (5:00) by Josh Gerritsen -- Alison McKellar talks about the non-profit organization NuDay Syria she volunteers for by constructing shelters for refugees. We also meet Nadia Alawa, the founder of the organization.
The Raw Essence of Carlo Pittore (8:36) by Richard Kane -- a portrait of this joyful yet vulnerable artist who led a generation of younger artists in Maine forming the Union of Maine Visual Artists and changed the way we define beauty in figurative art.
Clothes Encounter (2:04) by Mike Perlman -- a hip hop comedy representing the Ellsworth 2nd hand clothing store in a song parody of Macklemore's hit song "Thrift Shop."
I Just Don't Get It - It's My Russian Soul (7:55) by Walter Ungerer -- The visuals / landscape of the film is Portland, Maine viewed through time-lapse photography, and presented for interpretation and contemplation.The audio track explains the film’s title; a dialogue between a young Russian man and his English girlfriend; where he explains his Vodka habit. “I just don’t get it? It’s my Russian soul. Why can’t you understand?”
Scribe of the Soul (3:51) by Alban Maino and Jimmy Liepold -- In 1846, a beautiful woman puts on all the layers of Lingerie before she goes out in society. A Memory-Lane.Tv "dreamscene", part of a collection of films for people living with dementia and Alzheimer.
Fever (17:40) by Marie Chao and Matthew J. Siegel -- Fever is a psychological thriller about a woman’s desperate attempt to recapture the affection of her estranged husband.
Maine Heritage Orchard (17:00) by Huey -- A reclaimed gravel pit is transformed into the Maine Heritage Orchard, a living museum to apples traditionally grown in Maine. Organic farmer and apple expert, John Bunker, and others pass on their knowledge of working the land to the young farmers settling in Maine, preserving Maine’s orcharding traditions.
Tickle (11:57) by Corey Norman -- We all know how 80s horror movies start: a babysitter and a little boy alone in a house. When things go bump in the night, are they the imagination of a scared little boy, or is someone—or some thing—in the house with them?
Gun Shop (2:42) by Alan Magee The satirical film Gun Shop comments on the escalation of mass gun violence in the United States. It asserts that the proliferation of guns will only increase the number of victims. The film is an appeal to our nation to reexamine its misguided obsession with guns.
A Nasty Law (3:20) by Alan Magee The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 contains a provision legalizing indefinite military detention of any person without charge or trial. Since no charges need to be made, the law allows for detention of individuals based on suspicion alone. The images in this film are my own childhood drawings—made between 1950 and 1953.
Penobscot River (2:30) by Justin Lewis, Michelle Stauffer and Laura Rose Day. Many of the 75,000 dams in the United States block fish migration corridors they need to survive with devastating impacts to fish, people and wildlife, while only 3% actively produce hydroelectric power. This short documents how the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and others took down the Great Works Dam, opening up access to 1,000 miles of the Penobscot and its tributaries and unleashing the river’s recovery.
Schedule of Theatrical Run:
The Strand, Rockland, December 11, 5:30pm
Space Gallery, Portland, January 7, 7:30pm
Gracie Theatre, Bangor, January 14, 7pm
Frontier Café, Brunswick, January 28, 7:30pm
Reel Pizza, Bar Harbor, March 10
Stonington Opera House, Stonington, March 24, 7pm
The Alamo, Bucksport, April 7, 7pm
Denmark Arts Center, Denmark, April 14, 7pm
Schoodic Arts for All, Winter Harbor, April 21, 7pm
Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, April 28, 7pm
Louise Rosen, Chair, artistic and exec. director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival;Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival; andDaniel Kany, art and film critic of the Portland Press Herald.
Sponsors of the event include the Maine Media Workshops, the University of Southern Maine, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, the Maine Film Office, Deighan Wealth Advisors, University of Maine Museum of Art, and WERU Community Radio.