August 2018
MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.


Casting Call for Short Film "DUAL"
"DUAL" is a high intensity sci-fi short being shot by a former NIKE director and a writer repped at WME. MFA Member Sam Brosnan and his co-writer and producer Jason Carreiro seek cast members for the film, shooting later this summer. They are casting three speaking roles to play a family caught up in the deepening mystery surrounding a celestial event:
  • Paul: Husband and father. Very physically demanding role that involves barefoot running through the woods and lots of facial emoting. 2-3 days of shooting.
  • Katie: Wife and mother. 1-2 days of shooting.
  • Sophie: 5-7 year old daughter. 1-2 days of shooting.
Logline: A battered, disoriented man awakes in the woods, confused as to how he arrived there. The murky events of the previous night begin to unfold in vivid flashback as he frantically races through the woods in a blind, desperate panic to get home to his family.

"DUAL" is a self-financed passion project. The director and producers have ambitions for the festival circuit, and the film will be a great portfolio piece for all involved. They are able to offer a modest daily fee for the actors for their generous participation. For more information, contact Sam at

In Production in Maine: "1918"
Frederick Greenhalgh, of Alfred-based Final Rune Productions, has written a short film called “1918.” Greenhalgh, Jeremy Kasten of Berwick, and Christine Marshall, artistic director of Mad Horse Theater, are producing the horror flick, and filmed a scene this summer at the City Theater in Biddeford.
The crew will also film scenes at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, the Alfred Parish Church, and Kasten’s farmhouse in Berwick. We're excited to see the film as part of the Damnationaland film festival in October! More info about the film here.

Golden Hour Photography Sail On Monday, August 20, join like-minded media professionals for a social sunset sail aboard the gorgeous 74-foot Frances, a recently restored replica of the working waterfront tradeships active in Casco Bay between 1790 and 1812.

Hosted by Feel Good Photo, tickets are just $30, and the first 10 MFA members to use register get 10% off! Become an MFA member today to get deals like this and more!


Writer's Workshop: The Foundations of Narrative Screenwriting
This one day workshop examines the process of professional screenwriting and the dynamics of pulling an audience into the heart of a story and its characters. The exploration of fundamental narrative elements, and their successful use to engage and captivate a viewer, will resonate with directors, branded content producers, and documentary filmmakers.

WHAT: MFA Writers' Workshop: The Foundations of Narrative Screenwriting
WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2018 10am – 5pm
WHERE: Portland Media Center, Portland
REGISTRATIONEventbrite $50 MFA Members; $100 non-members.
This full-day workshop is limited to 14 participants.

Basic-Level Graphics & Animation Workshop: Green Screen & After Effects
This basic-level workshop gives participants hands-on experience capturing footage using green screens, and an introduction to the tools and methods to get the most of this visual effects technique.

Using USM's well-equipped studio and 16-workstation media lab, the workshop will include: shooting a short green screen sequence; an introduction to After Effects and its unique capabilities for working with green screens; lighting and blocking for green screens; troubleshooting; and key and color correction.

WHAT: Basic-Level Graphics & Animation Workshop: Green Screen & After Effects
WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2018 10am – 4pm
WHERE: USM Communication & Media Studies Production Center, 21 Durham Street, Portland
REGISTRATIONEventbrite $50 MFA Members; $100 non-members; $35 USM students with an MFA Membership.
This full-day workshop is limited to 16 participants.

Want free or discounted admission to all MFA events and workshops? Become a member today!


August 17: Maine Outdoor Film Festival in Freeport
MOFF has over 20 screenings planned for its 2018 run, and it all kicks off on Friday, August 17, at 8:15 pm at the T3 Life Happens Outside Festival in Freeport. Catch the ten Short Outdoor Film Contest (a.k.a. Broke and Stoked) selections on the big screen at L.L.Bean's Discovery Park. For a full list of the festival's screenings across the state, visit

P.S. Reminder! The deadline to submit your work to be considered in the Broke and Stoked competition is THIS SUNDAY, August 12! Rules and info here.

August 19: "I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" on Great Cranberry Island"I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" still Looking for a great excuse to take the Cranberry Cove Ferry or Northeast Harbor mail boat this summer? Hop on board Sunday, August 19, to catch the screening of "I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" at the Great Cranberry Historical Society at 3pm. The screening will conclude with a Q&A with Ashley Bryan and director Richard Kane. Visit for more information on this Maine-made film and upcoming screening dates.

August 24-26: "Generation Wealth" in Portland The Portland Museum of Art will host four screenings of documentarian Lauren Greenfield's "Generation Wealth." Simultaneously photographic journey, memoir, and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom–bust economy, the corrupted American Dream, and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism, and greed. Screening times and more information at

September 1:"Call Me by Your Name" in Brunswick Bowdoin College will host an outdoor screening of the 2017 Academy Award-winning film "Call Me by Your Name" by Luca Guadagnino on the Main Quad at 8pm.

September 13-16: Camden International Film Festival in Camden, Rockport, Rockland Once again, CIFF has a packed festival schedule, filled with feature films, shorts, forums, special events, and storyforms. Get your passes today at!

September 30: "Hearts of New England" Premiere in Saco
The Maine-produced web series "Hearts of New England" will premiere its first five episodes at the Saco Drive-In on Sunday, September 30. Lewiston native J.R. Fortin wrote, directed, and stars in this series depicting the struggles faced by a veteran re-entering into Maine society. Get your tickets here.

Call for Submissions: 2018 MFA Member Showcase

The Maine Film Association seeks submissions of MFA Members' work to be included in its 2018 MFA Member Showcase. The first annual MFA Member Showcase aims to highlight the diversity of MFA Members' work through an array of platforms: at the 2018 Annual Meeting on November 3, through an MFA Member Showcase Vimeo Channel, and at MFA Happy Hours throughout 2019.

All MFA Members are encouraged to submit their work to share with industry colleagues and the general public. We welcome submissions of all kinds: live action or animated, commercial, documentary, short films, feature-length film trailers–you name it! Learn about the requirements, join as a member, and then submit your work today at

Cameras & Equipment for Sale!

Some MFA Members are looking to pass along some quality cameras and equipment to new owners. Don't miss out on these great deals!

ARRI Tungsten Fresnel kit – $800
Includes two 300W lights, one 650W, spare bulbs, and scrims. Excellent condition. Hardly any scratches on barn doors, and light heads. Chimera soft box (XS Video Pro Plus) and speed ring for 650W. The hard case is in very good condition as well. More info and photos here. To purchase, contact Joe at

DeSISTI Remington 400 Watt HMI Par – $1000
Kit includes an electronic, multi voltage flicker-free AC ballast power supply, head cable, barndoors, 2 bulbs, 4 lenses, 4 scrims, 24"x 32" chimera, speed ring, and grid baffle. Everting fits into the super durable Calzone case. Light stand is NOT included. More info and photos here. To purchase, contact Joe at

Two (2!) USRA Mini 4.6K EF mount bodies – $3,000 each
Purchased in January 2017, each camera comes with side handle, LANC cable, V mount plate, Resolve License and Key, and AC/DC power supply. For more information, please contact Matt at

Two (2!) Panasonic Lumix GH4 Bodies

Body one with small rig cage – $775(pictured) Body two without cage – $725 Each camera comes with battery and charger For more information, please contact Matt at


August 12: Maine Outdoor Film Festival Broke & Stoked Video Contest submission deadline

Keep an eye on PBS' POV For Filmmakers Calendar for many more deadlines, opportunities, and festival submission reminders!


New and Returning MFA Members Thank you to our members who have joined since our July e-News:
Megan Cummings as a new student member, and Leighton Images as a new supporting business member!

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