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Maine Jewish Film Festival: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed!

Maine Jewish Film Festival - March 14-21, 2015

The Maine Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) is looking for volunteer assistance from the film/video community with various technically-oriented tasks to help us prepare for the March festival. This would include downloading some of the films we’re licensing to DVDs for use in our venues, helping us set up a Vimeo channel of all our film trailers, and making/sending copies of our festival trailer in various formats.

We’re also looking for general volunteer help before the festival with numerous office tasks such as uploading calendar listings, fulfilling ticket orders, and shipping and distributing festival literature.   During the festival, taking place March 14 – 21, although we have a core group of volunteers who help with ushering, we’ll also need help with tech support at our Portland venues – Nickelodeon, Portland Museum of Art, and Salt.

If you’re interested in helping us out, please go to our website for more information, and to complete the application:


2015 Maine Short Film Festival Tour Starts Thursday, January 8

2015 Maine Short Film Festival Tour Schedule (Updated!):

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The tour includes:

January 15, 2015 @ Guthrie’s, Lewiston: 7:30 pm

January 29, 2015 @ Stonington Opera House: 7 pm

February 4, 2015 @ Space Gallery, Portland: 7:30 pm

February 19, 2015 @ Frontier Cafe, Brunswick: 7:30 pm  **Updated

March 18, 2015 @ Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville: 7 pm

March 29, 2015 @ The Strand, Rockland: 3 pm

April 9, 2015 @ The Alamo, Bucksport: 7 pm

April 10, 2015 @ Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor: 7 pm  

April 17, 2015 @ Denmark Arts Center, Denmark, ME: 7:30 pm

Sponsored by MFVA, 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 HeraldBen 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 new releases from 2013 and 2014, by several of Maine’s top filmmakers.

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.” — Richard Kane, chairman of MFVA board and director of In These Times.

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S(her)lock: Saco Filmmaker’s Kickstarter for New Web Series


Saco filmmaker Kate Tracy launches Kickstarter for S(her)lock, a new web series

S(her)lock: The Web Series is a feminist, LGBTQA-positive, gender-swapped fresh take on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Living in 1990s Boston, Sherlock Holmes investigates domestic cases with her companion, Dr. Johanna Watson — only the pubic has no idea! ‘Inspector’ Lestrade claims credit for all of her greatest accomplishments. Can Holmes and Watson foil their foe and reclaim credit for their work? Find out in this six-episode web series, launching in 2015!

“It is safe to assume that as the Holmes story moves into its first feminist, queer-positive, gender-swapped, heroin-confronting vision, this detective ain’t gonna be no mouse.” — Portland Phoenix


What are our Objectives?

  • To present a fresh, feminist take on Sherlock Holmes
  • To assemble an inclusive cast and crew of women, members of the LGBTQA community, and people of color
  • To depict the weird and wacky world of Sherlock Holmes while remaining true to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original canon

Kate Tracy – Writer/Director

Kirsten Chapman – Writer/Producer

Benjamin Joseph – Director of Photography

Helena DaviesSherlock Holmes

Lisa BunkerDr. Johanna Watson

Joshua CohenInspector Lestrade

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Emerge Film Festival 2015: April 9-12

Emerge Film Festival will return in 2015!

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EMERGE 2015: April 9-12: The Emerge Film Festival Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Festival will return in 2015  Franco American Heritage Center_Emerge Film Festival 2014

Building off of the successful inaugural event held this past June, the entirely volunteer-run board is developing a follow up event that will continue the growth and passion generated in year one.

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The Festival will expand to four days in 2015, beginning Thursday April 9th and concluding Sunday April 12th.

Kicking off April 9th, 217 Films presents a 10th anniversary screening of Marsden Hartley’s Cleophas and His Own, an adaptation of the autobiographical narrative poem of the same title by American painter and poet Marsden Hartley, who was born in Lewiston.  

A vast selection of films will be screened over the course of the weekend, wrapping up with a Best of Emerge Film Festival 2015 event on Sunday April 12th.

Stay tuned for more information! 

MFVA Member Meeting: December 3, 2014 Music In Film


December 3, 2014 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Panel to begin at 5:30 sharp

Mid-Maine Technical Center

3 Brooklyn Avenue, Waterville

Music In Film

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the process of finding, scoring, and mixing music for independent film from a variety of perspectives, including those of the director, the musician, the composer, and the sound editor. Learn what has worked and what hasn’t, and build connections for future collaborations.

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