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Jingle Bell Rocks
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Jingle Bell Rocks
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Tues Dec 16 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Wed Dec 17 | 2pm
Thurs Dec 18 | 2pm
Fri Dec 19 | 2pm
Sat Dec 20 | 2pm
Sun Dec 21 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
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Summary: Directed by Mitchell Kezin Starring Bill Adler, Clarence Carter, Andy Cirzan English 1 hr 34 mins, rated NR In JINGLE BELL ROCKS!,... Read More

Directed by Mitchell Kezin
Starring Bill Adler, Clarence Carter, Andy Cirzan

English
1 hr 34 mins, rated NR

In JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes – including hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow. In his search for the twelve best, underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded, Kezin both asks and answers the question, “Why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck cozying up with Bing Crosby under a blanket of snow?”


Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage, and revealing character study, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! follows this motley crew of merry misfits as they confront the Christmas music mainstream, reinventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century. With rollicking live performances, intimate interviews, and a kaleidoscope of touching and rare archive footage, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a cinematic sleigh-ride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. It’s also a mix-tape of twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard.

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Magical Universe
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Magical Universe
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Tues Dec 23 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Fri Dec 26 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat Dec 27 | 2pm
Sun Dec 28 | 2pm, 6pm
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Summary: Directed by Jeremy Workman Starring Al Carbee, Jeremy Workman, Astrid von Ussar English 1 hr 17 mins, rated NR Filmed for over a decade,... Read More

Directed by Jeremy Workman
Starring Al Carbee, Jeremy Workman, Astrid von Ussar

English
1 hr 17 mins, rated NR

Filmed for over a decade, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old strange and reclusive outsider artist who spends his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art — mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate dioramas. The documentary profiles Carbee’s amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle. Carbee’s story is explored through the prism of his unlikely friendship with New York filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who unexpectedly becomes Carbee’s closest friend and only link to the outside world. Far beyond just a portrait of an eccentric, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity. Its story culminates with Al Carbee’s greatest triumph as an artist and a man.

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CitizenFour
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CitizenFour
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Tues Jan 6 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Wed Jan 7 | 2pm, 5pm
Thurs Jan 8 | 2pm
Fri Jan 9 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sat Jan 10 | 2pm
Sun Jan 11 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
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Summary: Directed by Laura Poitras Starring Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum English 1 hr 54 mins, rated NR In January 2013, filmmaker... Read More

Directed by Laura Poitras
Starring Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum
English
1 hr 54 mins, rated NR
In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema:  a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience.

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Maine Short Film Festival 2014 sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association
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Maine Short Film Festival 2014 sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association
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Thurs Jan 8 | 7:30pm | $8 | Buy Tickets

Summary: The 2014 Maine Short Film Festival sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association is starting a theatrical tour of Maine theaters beginning January 8th at the... Read More

The 2014 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.Audience Choice Award for Best Film 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
The Strand -- Rockland -- March 29

Other venues across Maine now being booked.

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Searching for Sugar Man
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Searching for Sugar Man
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Tues Jan 13 | 2pm
Wed Jan 14 | 2pm, 6pm
Thurs Jan 15 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Fri Jan 16 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat Jan 17 | 2pm
Sun Jan 18 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
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Summary: Directed by Malik Bendjelloul English 1 hr 25 mins, rated PG-13 In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived... Read More

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
English
1 hr 25 mins, rated PG-13

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.

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Growing Local
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Growing Local
Showtimes:
Tues Jan 20 | 2pm, 7:30pm*
Wed Jan 21 | 2pm
Thurs Jan 22 | 2pm
Fri Jan 23 | 2pm
Sat Jan 24 | 2pm
Sun Jan 25 | 2pm, 5pm**, 8pm
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*Q&A to follow with director Bridget Besaw of Seedlight Pictures
**Q&A and open discussion to follow with local farmers and co-hosted with Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

Summary: While “buying local” is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.  In three... Read More

While “buying local” is on the rise, the stories in Growing Local make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.  In three short vignettes we meet the young farm couple Ben and Taryn, who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a famously fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub, artisanal butcher Ben who helps us better understand how healthier, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained, and Richard and Adam, father and son organic dairy farmers struggling to keep their family farm going and in the family. These poignant stories help us understand the interconnected fates of Maine’s small farms, consumers and the local food movement.

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Choro Louco
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Choro Louco
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Sat Jan 24 | 8pm | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Brazilian Choro has been around for over a hundred years, but in this country itʼs virtually unknown. David Grisman, Mike Marshall and a handful of others have... Read More

Brazilian Choro has been around for over a hundred years, but in this country itʼs virtually unknown. David Grisman, Mike Marshall and a handful of others have helped introduce the music and the musicians to a larger audience, but itʼs still largely under the radar of most music listeners...Its beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and syncopated rhythms combine elements of European folk and classical, ragtime, jazz, Latin, and African music creating a style that is uniquely Brazilian.


Based in Portland, Maine, Choro Louco are driven by their love of the music. They play monthly at Portlandʼs eclectic club Blue, and have appeared at Acoustic Artisans and Mayo Street Arts.


Members of Choro Louco come from diverse backgrounds and can be seen in various ensembles locally. Carl Dimow, flute and guitar, has played jazz, classical, and klezmer music here and abroad with the Casco Bay Tummlers, and numerous other ensembles. Nicole Rabata, flute, plays primarily celtic, classical and contemporary classical styles. Joel Eckhaus comes from an old time/jazz/pop/vaudeville background and has applied his knowledge of the ukulele to the Cavaquinho, Brazilʼs version of the uke. Kris Day plays with various bluegrass, rockabilly, and jazz bands in Portland. Eric LaPerna is best known for his percussion work with the middle eastern ensemble, Okbari, but has proven equally adept at Brazilʼs version of the tambourine, the pandeiro.

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