December 2018
MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



Dec. 8: Basic-Level Workshop: Directing for the Camera
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-5:30pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
$25 for MFA Members; $50 for non-members
REGISTRATION: Register today through Eventbrite!
Participants may also register onsite on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Portland Media Center, beginning at 12:30 pm.

Jan. 17: MFA Happy Hour with Women in Film & Video New England
WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 5–7pm
Rising Tide Brewing Company, 103 Fox Street, Portland, ME
FREE to all!

Jan. 19: MFA Filmmaker Listening Forum & Networking Happy Hour
Join fellow industry members for a world-café-style forum to discuss issues facing the Maine film community, followed by a networking happy hour. First 40 attendees to arrive receive a ticket for a free beer during happy hour.
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2–5pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
FREE to all! RSVP here.

Jan. 26 & Feb. 9: Production & Postproduction Bootcamps
New to the industry or need to brush up on your skills? Attend our two bootcamps in the New Year! Each bootcamp is just $25 for MFA Members; $75 for non-members. Learn more and register at

The MFA has a full slate of educational offerings and social events planned (or in the works) for 2019! Check out the growing calendar at
Want free or discounted admission to all MFA events and workshops? Become a member today!


Independent Feature Film “Allagash” to Begin Production in 2019
Aroostook County is in for a thrill, as indie filmmaker John Barr makes his feature-length directory debut with “Allagash,” starring Tom Berenger of “Platoon,” beginning production in early 2019. As Variety reports, “Berenger will play a retired veteran who, while hunting in the northern territory of Maine, stumbles across a dead woman and a large sum of money. Events spiral out of control when a group of criminals searching for the money encounter him, setting up a test of will and survival.” Anyone who’s been to Allagash knows that its breathtaking landscapes are ripe for film! Learn more here.

Original “Pet Sematary” Gets a Makeover
Stephen King fans will be excited to learn that Director Mary Lambert of the original 1989 “Pet Sematary” is restoring and remastering the film to create a high-definition version. With the new “Pet Sematary” scheduled to hit theaters on April 19 next year, horror film fans have a lot to look forward to! Read more about the two films at

“Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul” Showcased on Maine Calling; Maine Public Television
MFA Member Huey,, was showcased on Monday, December 3, on Maine Calling, for his film “Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul.” The film has been making its rounds in screenings and festivals across the state, New England, and the U.S. this year, and will be broadcast on Maine Public Television at 10:00 pm on Thursday, December 6. For more information about the film and Huey’s other work, visit


Anytime You Like: Walter Ungerer’s “Being” on Direct Short Online Film Festival
MFA Member Walter Ungerer’s short film “Being” is included on Direct Short Online Film Festival! Check it out at your leisure at

Dec. 5: “The Great Dictator” in Waterville
Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville presents “The Great Dictator” on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:15 pm. Catch the Charlie Chaplin classic that gave his satirical take on the 1940 world stage, and is seen as one of the greatest films ever made. More info and tickets here.

Dec. 6: “Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul” on Maine Public Television
“Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul” was selected for Maine International Film Festival and Vermont International Film Festival and screened at Morgan Library and Museum, NYC, Thoreau 200 Conference, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, University of Notre Dame, and throughout the Northeast. You can view the film at 10:00 pm on Maine Public Television on Dec. 6.

Dec. 10: “Narcissister Organ Player” in Portland
SPACE Gallery will screen “Narcissister Organ Player” on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:00 pm, followed by a live video chat with Narcissister herself. Learn about the contemporary artist’s career, childhood, and struggles in this thrilling documentary. More information and tickets here.

Dec. 13: “The Task” in Portland
“Provocative, at times uncomfortable, and always riveting, ‘The Task’ is an unsettling mirror reflection of our societal fault lines.” Catch a screening of the film, followed by a live video chat with creator Leigh Ledare, at SPACE Gallery on Thursday, Dec. 13! More information and tickets here.

Dec. 13, 16: Ingmar Berman’s “Wild Strawberries” in Portland
As part of its Ingmar Bergman Centennial Retrospective, the Portland Museum of Art will show Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries” on Thursday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 16. “This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to international acclaim.” Details and tickets here.

Dec. 14–20: “Free Solo” in Brunswick
Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, “Free Solo” is a stunning, intimate, and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold. The film follows the climber as he prepares to free climb the face of the world’s most famous rock: the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Catch a screening at Frontier in Brunswick Dec. 14-20. More info and tickets here.

Dec. 21 – Jan. 3: 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows in Brunswick
Beginning Dec. 21, Frontier will screen the 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows, featuring 16 international animated short films. “Animation is such a flexible and open-ended medium that it lends itself to exploring the innumerable aspects of what it means to be human,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “And this year’s program, as much as any of our past presentations, really illuminates human strengths and foibles, and the bonds that unite us across cultures and generations.” Learn more about the program and get your tickets for a Frontier screening here.

Dec. 23: Fanny & Alexander in Portland
The Portland Museum of Art continues its Centennial Retrospective of Ingmar Bergman with “Fanny & Alexander,” the four-time Academy Award–winning triumph that combines Bergman’s  trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality. Catch the screening at 11:30 am on Sunday, Dec. 23. More information here.

Dec. 27: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” in Camden
Camden Public Library will host a free screening of the Mr. Rogers Documentary “Won’t You By My Neighbor” at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 27. The library is located at 55 Main Street in Camden.

Dec. 30: “Minding the Gap” in Portland
SPACE Gallery will screen first-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary about three skateboard friends in this coming-of-age film on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 7:00 pm. More information about the film and tickets here.


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 or renewed their membership since our November e-News:
Daniele Amandolini, Patrick Bonsant, Zach Boyce, Inga Browne, Kevin Brusie, Brendan Carpenter, Kendra Caruso, Henry Cline, Phil Cormier, Brian Delaney, Robert Glowacky, Reggie Huang, Pamela Jack, James Laplante, Alec Latulippe, Stella Ligon, Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Phil Mason, Nathaniel Moore, Devon Platte, Jack Rohner, Matthew J. Siegel, Richard Stark, Storm Warriors International, Casey Turner, Cameron Verrill, Kyle Walton, Jen Whitley, Julia Whyel, Ashanti Williams, and Grace Yu.

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