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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
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Tues Sept 20 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Wed Sept 21 | 2pm
Thurs Sept 22 | 2pm, 6pm 8pm
Fri Sept 23 | 2pm
Sun Sept 25 | 3pm, 7pm
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Summary: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble Directed by Morgan Neville English PG-13, 1 hr 36 mins Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group... Read More

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Directed by Morgan Neville
English
PG-13, 1 hr 36 mins


Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.


The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically-hailed Best of Enemies, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.


Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.

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ART HOUSE THEATER DAY
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ART HOUSE THEATER DAY
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For more info on AHTD scheduled at Frontier, please see programs below

Summary: Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more... Read More

Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.


In recent decades, a colorful constellation of art houses has emerged across the globe. This art house movement has nurtured a flourishing ecosystem of adventurous audiences, independent productions, and an incredible diversity of original filmmaking. Art House Theater Day is a worldwide celebration in honor of this movement, a day to celebrate cinemas that stand the test of time and the tremendous film culture that art house theaters promote.


HOW WILL ART HOUSE THEATER DAY BE CELEBRATED?
Every theater is unique, and the Art House Theater Day celebrations will reflect that. But one invariable is that every event will be special. Several film distributors are offering exclusive programs that you will only be able to see on Art House Theater Day at participating theaters (keep an eye on our news feed for announcements).


Participants will also have special film ephemera and other exclusive items to giveaway. Add to that your own locality’s unique filmmaker visits, live music and parties, and there is an abundance of festivities to look forward to on September 24!

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ART HOUSE THEATER DAY - Time Bandits
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ART HOUSE THEATER DAY - Time Bandits
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Sat Sept 24 | 3pm | Buy Tickets |
Free collectors prints for the first 50 patrons in-house

Summary: Time Bandits Directed by Terry Gilliam Starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm & more... English 1 hr 53... Read More

Time Bandits
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm & more...
English
1 hr 53 mins, rated PG


In this fantastic voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarfs. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery)—but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move. Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and his Monty Python cohort Michael Palin (who also appears in the film), Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire of technology gone awry.

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ART HOUSE THEATER DAY - Danny Says
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ART HOUSE THEATER DAY - Danny Says
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Sat Sept 24 | 7pm | Buy Tickets

Summary: Danny Says Directed by Brendan Toller Starring Danny Fields, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Judy Collins, Tommy Ramone & more... English 1 hr 48 mins, rated NR Danny... Read More

Danny Says
Directed by Brendan Toller
Starring Danny Fields, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Judy Collins, Tommy Ramone & more...
English
1 hr 48 mins, rated NR


Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond.  Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient.  Danny Says is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.

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Family Film: Phantom Boy
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Family Film: Phantom Boy
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Sun Sept 4 | 12pm
Sun Sept 11 | 12pm
Sun Sept 18 | 12pm
Sun Sept 25 | 12pm
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Summary: Phantom Boy Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol Overdubbed in English Starring Fred Armisen, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jared Padalecki, Marcus D’angelo,... Read More

Phantom Boy
Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol
Overdubbed in English
Starring Fred Armisen, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jared Padalecki, Marcus D’angelo, Melissa Disney and Dana Snyder
1 hr 24 mins, PG


The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award®-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.
Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.

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The 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival
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The 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival
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Tues Sept 27 | 2pm
Wed Sept 28 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Thurs Sept 29 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Fri Sept 30 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sun Oct 2 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
All tickets are $10 (10-Film Passes Exempt)
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Summary: Manhattan Short Film Festival Various directors 2 hours, rated NR The Manhattan Short Film Festival gathers over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities gather in... Read More

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Various directors
2 hours, rated NR


The Manhattan Short Film Festival gathers over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities gather in cinemas, museums and universities for one purpose: to view and vote on the Finalist's Films in the 19th Annual Festival. Each finalist selected will be eligible to enter the Oscars.

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Our Health Film Series: Alive Inside
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Our Health Film Series: Alive Inside
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Tues Sept 27 | 7pm | SOLD OUT

Summary: Alive Inside Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett 1 hour 15 minutes Not Rated ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our... Read More

Alive Inside
Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett
1 hour 15 minutes
Not Rated

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

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SEED: The Untold Story
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SEED: The Untold Story
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Tues Oct 4 | 2pm
Wed Oct 5 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Thurs Oct 6 | 2pm
Fri Oct 7 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat Oct 8 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm*
Sun Oct 9 | 2pm, 6pm
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*Q&A with film subject and Khadighar Farm seed curator, Will Bonsall

Summary: SEED: The Untold Story Directed and produced by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz Starring Winona LaDuke, Andrew Kimbell, Vandana Shiva, and Dr. Jane Goodall English 1 hr... Read More

SEED: The Untold Story
Directed and produced by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz
Starring Winona LaDuke, Andrew Kimbell, Vandana Shiva, and Dr. Jane Goodall
English
1 hr 33 mins, NR


Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories, and medicines of entire cultures. They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself.


Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. In less than a cen- tury of industrial agriculture, our once abundant seed diversity—painstakingly created by an- cient farmers and gardeners over countless millennia—has been drastically winnowed down to a handful of mass-produced varieties. Under the spell of industrial “progress” and a lust for profit, our quaint family farmsteads have given way to mechanized agribusinesses sowing genetically identical crops on a monstrous scale. Recent news headlines suggest that Irish his- tory may already be repeating in our globalized food system. Articles in the New York Times and other mainstream sources report the impending collapse of the world’s supplies of ba- nanas, oranges, coffee and coconuts—all due to a shortsighted over-reliance on a single, frag- ile variety. Without seed diversity, crop diseases rise and empires fall.


More than a cautionary tale of “man against nature,” the remarkable story of seeds is an epic “good-versus-evil” saga playing out in our modern lives. For eons, cultures around the world have believed seeds to be our birthright: a covenant with the earth shared by all and passed down across generations. But today, our seeds are increasingly private property held in cor- porate hands. A cadre of ten agrichemical companies (including Syngenta, Bayer, and Mon- santo) now controls more than two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Genetically modified crops (GMOs) engineered in their sterile laboratories dominate farmers’ fields and dinner tables in the United States and countries around the world.


Farmers from Minnesota to Madhya Pradesh, India toil in economic thrall to the “Gene Giants,” paying hefty licensing fees to plant their patented crops. If they attempt to save their own seed at the end of a season, following a tradition practiced by humans for over 12,000 years, they face ruthless prosecution. (Suffering under this indentured servitude, over 250,000 farmers in India have committed suicide in the last 20 years.)


People everywhere are waking up to the vital importance of seeds for our future. In recent months, March Against Monsanto protests have rallied millions in more than 400 cities and 50 countries to the cause of seed freedom. Ballot initiatives to label genetically modified foods have been proposed in U.S. cities from California to Connecticut—a direct threat to the profits of the Gene Giants and their Big Food cronies. Seed libraries, community gardens, and a new generation of passionate young farmers are cropping up to shift the balance toward a more sustainable and sovereign seed paradigm. A David and Goliath battle is underway, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.


The story of our seeds is a defining story of our time. Caught between the runaway jugger- naut of industrial agriculture and the ecological, cultural, and spiritual destruction in its wake, seeds offer us a profound chance to restore mutual harmony between people and planet. They are the eternal promise of an abundant new world waiting to be born. But the time for this redemption is running out. In telling this story, we aim to bring into clear focus the beauty, hope, and magic that seeds represent for humanity at this critical juncture.

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I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks
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I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks
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Tues Oct 4 | 6pm | Free admission by registering online here, donations accepted at theater entrance

Summary: I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks Directed by William Kunitz Join us for a special presentation of I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks.... Read More

I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks
Directed by William Kunitz


Join us for a special presentation of I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks. In celebration of Independence Association’s 50th anniversary we are holding a limited showing of the inspiring film by local filmmaker William Kunitz. This film includes footage from over 2 years of production and follows the unique achievements of the program’s artists.

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Patagonia Provisions presents Unbroken Ground
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Patagonia Provisions presents Unbroken Ground
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Thurs Oct 6 | 7pm, with samples of Patagonia Provisions to be distributed after the film |
Get Tickets, $5 suggested donation at door to benefit the Maine Farmland Trust

Summary: Patagonia Provisions presents Unbroken Ground Directed by Chris Malloy English 26 minutes, NR REVOLUTIONS START FROM THE BOTTOM Our food choices are deeply... Read More

Patagonia Provisions presents Unbroken Ground
Directed by Chris Malloy
English
26 minutes, NR


REVOLUTIONS START FROM THE BOTTOM
Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change. Unbroken Ground, a compelling new Patagonia Provisions film directed by Chris Malloy, explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis.


This film explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. We believe our food can and should be a part of the solution to the environmental crisis – grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife. The film tells the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.

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Maine Masters Program
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Maine Masters Program
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Tues Oct 11 | 2pm, 5pm, 7:30pm* | Buy Tickets
*Q&A with independent curator and a co-producer, Bruce Brown

Summary: The Maine Masters Program Directed by Richard Kane 1 hr 37 mins The MAINE MASTERS series of ongoing artist documentaries is a New England Emmy Award-nominated... Read More

The Maine Masters Program
Directed by Richard Kane
1 hr 37 mins


The MAINE MASTERS series of ongoing artist documentaries is a New England Emmy Award-nominated series of portraits of some of Maine’s most distinguished artists sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists.  Since 2000, the series has received national and international attention through screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, and schools in the US and abroad.  This artist grouping features amongst the four best films:   Carlo Pittore who founded the Union of Maine Visual Artists was featured in the Maine Short Film Festival; Lois Dodd is amongst the best loved and admired artists in New York and Maine; Stephen Pace's film was nominated for the New England Emmy; and David Driskell's film won the best film broadcast on MPBN's Community Films in 2015. These portraits reveal the inner thoughts of these artists: what inspires them; what they love about being an artist in Maine; and what they leave behind.


THE RAW ESSENCE OF CARLO PITTORE is a portrait of this vulnerable artist who led a generation of younger artists in co-founding the Union of Maine Visual Artists and changed the way we define beauty in figurative art.


LOIS DODD: MAINE MASTER
Lois Dodd is recognized for her intimate, poetic, painterly approach to landscape, figure and floral motifs.  In 1952 she co-founded the Tanager Gallery in NYC that was instrumental in leading the NY abstract expressionist movement exhibiting such artists as Willem deKooning and Franz Kline. Her works can be found in the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum, and the Whitney Museum among others.


STEPHEN PACE: MAINE MASTER
This film follows Stonington painter Stephen Pace from his early days in Paris meeting Picasso and Gertrude Stein to the heady days in New York with Pollack, deKooning and Kline. But his last days in Maine were his finest – relishing the elements of his surroundings in paint – from a box of blueberries and sunlit porch to lobstermen loading bait.


DAVID DRISKELL: IN SEARCH OF THE CREATIVE TRUTH is a story about one of today’s most important artists and leading authorities on African American art.  This film captures Driskell making collages inspired by mentor Romare Bearden  and explores the give and take of his creative relationship with master printmaker, Curlee Holton. It all results in powerful works that pull from abstract expressionism, African masks, Coptic art, modernism, cubism – the history of all art in the works of this wise and gentle man.

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Imber’s Left Hand
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Imber’s Left Hand
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Thurs Oct 13 | 2pm, 7pm* | $8 | Buy Tickets
*Q&A with director, Richard Kane

Summary: Imber’s Left Hand Directed by Richard Kane 1 hr 20 mins Imber’s Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love... Read More

Imber’s Left Hand
Directed by Richard Kane
1 hr 20 mins


Imber’s Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love transform the tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life. Imber’s switch to painting left handed and the black humor with which he dances with his dying is a celebration of life and community.


"A Great Triumph!"  Edgar Allen Beem, critic
"A Masterpiece!"  Dan Kany, Portland Press Herald
"Takes the wind out of you ... " Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe

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Arctic Film Series: Nuummioq
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Arctic Film Series: Nuummioq
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Tues Oct 18 | 7pm | $8 | Buy Tickets

Summary: Nuummioq Directed by Otto Rosing, Torben Bech Greenlandic, English subtitles 1 hr 38 mins, NR Over the coming months the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum will... Read More

Nuummioq
Directed by Otto Rosing, Torben Bech
Greenlandic, English subtitles
1 hr 38 mins, NR


Over the coming months the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum will screen films featuring indigenous filmmakers and actors telling stories rooted in their own experiences but with universal relevance. Through a combination of these contemporary Arctic feature films and documentaries, we hope to bring both the wonders and challenges of life in the contemporary Arctic to viewers, and to open up conversations about this increasingly important part of the world.


Nuummioq tells the story of a young man’s odyssey from mundane existence into an acute sense of the sacred. Like most regular guys in the tiny capital city, Malik works, cavorts with buddies, and fools around—toggling between Danish and Greenlandic languages. All at once, when he discovers he’s very ill, mortality intrudes. Keeping the news to himself, Malik accompanies his cousin on a boat trip. What begins as an unremarkable outing becomes a transcendent journey at the edge of the world as he grapples with his elusive past and tunes into the present.


So breathtaking and luminous is Nuummioq’s landscape that you can almost feel the brisk air oxygenating your lungs. The tender play of shadow and light on the characters’ faces seems to suggest that we're only a flicker in nature’s vast radiance; but during our short time here, there’s family, tradition, and maybe even love.


“A pleasure to behold” - Variety
“Greenland's Nuummioq a stunning triumph” - Reuters
“The first feature from Greenland is a lively gem” - New York Times

"a startlingly accomplished piece of filmmaking" - The Hollywood Reporter

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Year-round Metal Enjoyment
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Year-round Metal Enjoyment
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Tues Oct 25 | 7pm with Q&A with director, Jeff Griecci after the film | $8 | Buy Tickets

Summary: Year-round Metal Enjoyment Directed by Jeff Griecci Written by Jeff Griecci, Ian Carlsen Produced by Jeff Griecci, Ian Carlsen, Nicholas Gervin English 95 minutes, NR... Read More

Year-round Metal Enjoyment
Directed by Jeff Griecci
Written by Jeff Griecci, Ian Carlsen
Produced by Jeff Griecci, Ian Carlsen, Nicholas Gervin
English
95 minutes, NR


Year-round Metal Enjoyment explores the New England origins of North American freight train graffiti, tracing the narratives of several members of the prolific YME and Circle T crews, and giving unparalleled access into the fastest growing subculture in the graffiti movement.


Challenged by the illegal nature of their passions, dangerous locales, and the pressures of a society that will not accept or understand them, these artists reveal what drives them to return, time after time, to execute their artwork on a canvas that is forever changing, moving and vanishing into oblivion.


Both snapshot of a fading history and love-letter to the trains themselves, Year-round Metal Enjoyment captures the voices, faces and thoughts of artists, railfans and train-workers alike, while showcasing the unlikely beauty of the trains in their environment.

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Damnationland 2016: The Way Life Should Bleed
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Damnationland 2016: The Way Life Should Bleed
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Thurs Oct 27 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Fri Oct 28 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sat Oct 29 | 2pm
Sun Oct 30 | 3pm, 7pm
All tickets $8 (10 Film Pass Exempt)
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Summary: Damnationland presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories. Now in its seventh year, the... Read More

Damnationland presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories. Now in its seventh year, the Damnationland 2016 program will feature world premieres of six short films produced by Mainers especially for the Halloween season. These are dark, surreal, humorous, and fantastic pieces, and they offer film fans an excellent sampling of the talent producing independent film in Maine today.

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The Northeast By Eastern
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The Northeast By Eastern
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Fri Nov 4 | 8pm | $14 | Buy Tickets

Summary: The Northeast By Eastern - film, history and live music combine to illustrate a way of life from a simpler, more patient, yet enterprising American era. Film &... Read More

The Northeast By Eastern - film, history and live music combine to illustrate a way of life from a simpler, more patient, yet enterprising American era. Film & Music by Sumner McKane. Live Music by Sumner McKane & Josh Robbins.


For years, Belfast, Maine-based Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company sent traveling photographer-salesmen on the roads all over New England and beyond with cameras, catalogues, and order books, seeking buyers and markets for their unique “real photo” postcards.


The Northeast by Eastern combines Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company’s comprehensive collection of early 20th century photographs with archival film footage, interviews, oral histories, a musical soundtrack featuring period music, as well as an original score by Sumner McKane. Combined, these stories and images illustrate an era unlike any other in American history. Interviews and oral histories not only detail the history of the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co., and the postcard craze of the early 1900s; but also divulge stories from a quieter, simpler, yet stirring and enterprising time period. The audience hears first-hand accounts of smuggling during prohibition, of river drivers brawling for fun, of growing up without worry and without constant adult supervision, and of slop buckets spilling on tourists’ pies. These accounts are woven together amidst an exceptional backdrop of archived films and Eastern Illustrating’s work. 
www.sumnermckane.com


Sumner McKane is a filmmaker, composer and musician based in Wiscasset, Maine. He records instrumental music, film scores, and music for media. He produces historical documentaries along with companion live presentations to his films. In a few short years, Sumner has built a reputation for innovative historical storytelling using multimedia, combining various mediums to tell a historical story in a live setting. Sumner studied photography in Missoula, Montana at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and the University of Montana. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine with high honors in history. His music is often featured on NPR’s Echoes program, and he is a recent Maine Arts Commission Performing Arts and Media Fellow award recipient. The Northeast By Eastern his third historical documentary film project, following The Maine Frontier (2014) and In The Blood (2010). Sumner is accompanied by Josh Robbins on bass guitar. Josh is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter and has recorded and performed with Sumner in arts venues, theaters, historical societies, schools and other venues throughout New England for over a decade.

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Putnam Smith and Ashley Storrow
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Putnam Smith and Ashley Storrow
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Sat Nov 5 | 8pm | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Putnam Smith , who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his... Read More

Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather's banjo, and prints up the jackets to his CDs on an antique letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age.


Up-and-coming songwriter, Ashley Storrow’s radiant voice and thoughtfully crafted songs have quickly grabbed listeners’ attention.  For Ashley, the drive to write songs has never been a choice but rather a necessity. She began writing as a child on a farm in Western Massachusetts with a hay wagon as the stage and sheep for an audience. She has since expanded her following, ranking #2 on Reverbnation’s folk music chart in Maine, and she has shared the stage with Putnam Smith at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and One Longfellow Square (2016). Ashley released her debut CD the “Bear and the Bird” in July 2016. According to the Portland Press Herald, “The Bear and the Bird” is full of tender, poetic songs that will provoke thought, optimistic smiles and even a misty eye.” Ashley’s warmth and honesty draw you in and invite you to feel the same.

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