February 2019 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



THIS SATURDAY, Feb. 9: MFA Postproduction Bootcamp
Due to technological advancements, nearly every aspect of filmmaking has become more accessible. As a result, filmmakers are expected to have a basic understanding of the entire filmmaking production pipeline. The Postproduction Bootcamp will cover foundational yet essential topics necessary for a successful and effective postproduction experience.

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 10 am – 5 pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
$25 MFA Members; $75 non-members
REGISTER now until 5pm Friday through Eventbrite or onsite beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday.

Feb. 12: MFA at Greendrinks!
Join MFA Members, area filmmakers, and the general public as we introduce the MFA, our mission, and the Maine film industry to the Greendrinks audience at their monthly networking happy hour!

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Think Tank, 533 Congress Street, Portland
$10 BYOV/$12 Rad Glass. 21+ Bring ID

March 2: MFA In Production Lecture Series: Producing & Production Management
Whether you are just starting out as a filmmaker or producer, learning to scale production, or producing films and media in various genres, this information-packed afternoon will be a great opportunity to learn invaluable techniques and insights to build your toolkit. Join us for this lecture series featuring producers Charles Merzbacher, Amy Greene, Eric Mofford, and Erik Sulcs!

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 1 – 5 pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
$10 Students; $20 MFA Members; $30 non-member attendees
REGISTER: Today through Eventbrite!

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


MFA Listening Forum Takeaways & Next Steps
On Saturday, Jan. 19, the MFA Board of Directors hosted a listening forum and networking happy hour to hear from those working in the Maine film industry about their challenges, successes, and needs in their work. The event was free and open to anyone, and attracted 25 individuals who participated in round-table discussions with their colleagues about the issues they face as filmmakers. We’ll be sharing more about our findings from the forum, and working to find solutions,  throughout 2019.

From this event, the following themes emerged about the challenges/needs for Maine film pros: finding work, networking, and making connections with others in the industry; finding enough experienced crew for their projects; professional development in filmmaking as well as in business management; financing as a struggle – from grants for artistic/documentary productions to appropriate pricing sheets for commercial projects; and sourcing equipment and gear.

Finally, those participating noted a need for the development of incentives that benefit the creative economy (and not just the hospitality industry), and better encourage films of all budget ranges to film here.

The MFA Board of Directors will send a letter to representatives in Gov. Mills’ new administration, asking them to examine the role the state government plays in fostering Maine’s film industry, and seize the opportunity to better serve Maine filmmakers. The MFA Board will continue to seek input from its membership to be an advocate for Maine filmmakers.  We appreciate the input of those who participated this listening session. Stay tuned!

Allagash to Begin Filming in Western Maine in March
John Barr grew up in Cumberland, and is returning home to Maine to direct his first feature-length film, Allagash, starring Tom Berenger. Set in the Allagash wilderness, the movie will be filmed in Bethel, Rumford, and Mexico, Maine beginning in March. As the Portland Press Herald reports, “When [Barr] decided to write a story for his first feature film as a director, he knew he wanted to set it and film it here… Because of his familiarity with and love for northern Maine, he didn’t look at the possibility of locations closer to Los Angeles.” Read more about the production here.

Job Opportunity: Graphic Designer/Video Editor at Gemr
Calling all designers with video editing experience! Nashua, NH based Gemr, a social network and app for collectors and fans of pop culture, is looking for a part-time graphic designer/video editor to join their marketing team 20-30 hours/week. Photoshop and After Effects knowledge is a must, and a love of all things geeky is a plus! Click here to view the full posting and apply!


Feb. 1-10: John Ford | 125 Years (statewide)
In celebration of 125 years since famed director John Ford was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, various theaters throughout the state are celebrating his contributions to cinema this month with screenings of his films. Learn more here.

Feb. 8-28: 2019 Oscar-Nominated Shorts in Brunswick
Frontier in Brunswick will screen the 2019 Oscar-nominated short films for 20 days in February: Live Action, Feb. 8-14; Animated, Feb. 15-21; Documentary, Feb. 22-28. Find the schedule and get your tickets at explorefrontier.com.

Feb. 8-18: 2019 Oscar-Nominated Shorts in Portland, too!
The Portland Museum of Art will screen Oscar-nominated animation, live action, and documentary short films for ten days in February. Learn more and get your tickets at at portlandmuseum.org.

Feb. 9: The General in Farmington
ArtsFarmington will present Buster Keaton’s silent comedy film The General, accompanied by Doug Protsik playing “Old-Time Piano” on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7pm at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMaine Farmington campus. Learn more here.

Feb. 10: Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul Broadcast
Maine Public Television will broadcast MFA Member Huey Coleman’s film Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul at 11am on Sunday, February 10. Tune in to check out Huey’s film! For more information, visit filmsbyhuey.com.

Feb. 11: Rififi in Portland
Kinonik and SPACE Gallery are teaming up to screen Rififi at SPACE as part of the Kinonoir 16MM Film Series. A world-wide smash, Rififi is widely considered the trailblazer of the action-heist genre. Learn more and get your tickets at space538.org.

Feb. 16: Backcountry Film Festival in Bethel
Granite Backcountry Alliance will present its Backcountry Film Festival at The Gem Theater in Bethel on Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning at 6pm. See the trailer and get your tickets at thegemtheater.com

Feb. 21: Dirigo Docs in Portland
Points North Institute and Salt at MECA have partnered up to present Dirigo Docs, a collection of short films from Maine from directors leading the state’s growing film scene. MFA Members Grace Yu, David Conover, and David Wright will all have works featured. Learn more and register to attend 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 January e-News:

Infusion Studios, Jeremy Productions, Daniel Ackerman, Lilah Akin, Justin Amoroso, Xander Berkley, Ethan Bien, Felice Boucher Joseph Brunette, Sarah Clarke, Gus Curtis, Brian Danz, Rushmore DeNooyer, Jill Harrigan, Jake Homovich, William Lempert, Mika Lentz, Enodi Lohomboli, Scott Marcoux, Anthony Marshall, Roger McCord, Zulilah Merry, Scott Miele, Eric Mofford, Maggie Piveronas, Kelli Pryor, Joshua Riddle, Lauren Rosen, Deborah Rosencrans, Brooke Saias, Erik Sulcs, and Jane Williams.

Send Us Your News
Got anything to share? Send us information about your work, articles, events, requests, job openings, or interesting news items to us at info@mainefilm.org, and we’ll be sure to get the word out!