August 2020 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



Mainers Take Boston 48-Hour Film Project By Storm

MFA members Rob Nixon and Tim Ouillette and their team of filmmakers rocked the Boston area 48-Hour Film Project in June, claiming several awards for their short film “Wrong Lanes” including “Best Director” and “Best Actor” for Nixon, “Best Editor” for Nixon and Miles Perry, “Best Cinematography” for Ouillette, and ultimately “Best Film.” The film went on to represent the northeast for consideration in the national championship. Check out this great coverage from News Center Maine, and send a huge congrats to the team. Thanks for repping Maine so well– you’ve made us proud!

Week 2 of MOFF: Get a Virtual Gold Pass for At-Home viewing at Your Leisure ‘Til August 9!

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival is is full swing, with a few more in-person screenings to go this weekend in Portland, and, as always, some more screenings and events around the state in the coming weeks! Don’t miss out on catching some great outdoor films from in-state and across the globe this summer. Check out their full program here, and get yourself your Virtual Gold Pass— THE easiest way to enjoy 12 hours of fantastic films anytime you want!

Now until August 9 (the deadline for buying the pass and watching the films), MFA Members can save $10 on the virtual pass and MOFF will donate $10 to the MFA! Use the discount code 10toMFA when purchasing the pass for $10 off!

JOB OPENINGS: PA’s, Wilderness Set Medic, Drone Operator

A new television survival series will be filming in Franklin County this August through October, and is in search of experienced crew members to join the team creating this six episode series airing 2021 on major American channel. Producers seek experienced:

  • Freelance production assistants: must be outdoorsy, and willing/able to work full-time as a local in Rangeley area; production will not provide lodging.
  • Set medic/s: must be experienced, outdoorsy, with current certifications. Rate commensurate with experience. Production will also cover lodging in Oquossoc/Rangeley area.
  • Local drone operator to join the camera team: Drone reel required. Rate commensurate with experience. If you are solely a drone op, you would likely be hired to day play at various times throughout the production. But if you can drone AND AC (and have bonafide credits to support your work), there’s a chance you might be hired for the full run of production (Aug-Oct). Production will cover lodging in Oquossoc/Rangeley area.

If any of these describe you and you’re interested and available, please send cover letter and resume/credits to Devon Platte at

Reopening Resources for Filmmakers

We’re continuing to update resources on reopening, compiling guidelines and recommendations created by national and international trades groups on how to resume production work safely in our new reality. Check them out at The Maine Film Association recognizes the unknown nature of the coronavirus and urges everyone to use caution when considering returning to work. Keep yourself, your colleagues and their families, and the greater public safe. Learn more here.


August 8: BEST IN SHOW in Rockport

Points North Institute, per usual, is bringing their a-game to the Midcoast this summer as they present films at the Shotwell Drive-In in Rockport. Coming up next: the cult classic Christopher Guest film BEST IN SHOW. God loves a terrier! Details here.


Enjoy the final night of MOFF 2020 at Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland! The program includes short films from Maine and across the globe, as well as works from MOFF’s Extra Credit Adventure Edit challenge, launched this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic stay at home orders. Doors open at 7pm, show is at 7:45 pm. More info and full program listing here.

August 19: BURNING CANDLES: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay on Maine Coast TV

Rockland Historical Society presents another Maine story documentary via Maine Coast TV. “Burning Candles” is a documentary about the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the great American poet who was born in Rockland and grew up in Union and Camden, and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Following the screening, viewers can hear an update on the plans for the Millay House in Rockland. Learn more here.

Virtual Screenings: Curated Collections

Maine movie houses continue to present virtual screenings of awesome documentaries, indie films, and fan favorites. Be sure to check out the selections curated by local establishments, and get renting today to support these great arts organizations:

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New and Returning MFA Members
Thank you to our members who have joined or renewed their membership since our July e-News:

Jim Boutin, Debra Cooke, Bernice Cross, Luke Eder, Garrick Hoffman, and Mark Ireland.

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