January 2019 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



Jan. 17: MFA Happy Hour with Women in Film & Video – New England
 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: MFA Production Bootcamp
Serving as the foundation for the 2019 MFA educational programs and workshops, the MFA Production Bootcamp provides a comprehensive overview of equipment (digital camera, lighting, and grip), terminology, and best practices.
Saturday, January 26, 10 am – 4 pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
$25 MFA Members; $75 non-members
REGISTER today through Eventbrite!

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 – 4 pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
$25 MFA Members; $75 non-members
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 Member Spotlight: Leighton Images
Maine Film Association Supporting Business Member Leighton Images, based out of Durham, has been telling their clients’ stories for over 30 years, and producing a wide range of award-winning documentaries, new media applications, commercials, syndicated programming, and interactive and corporate videos. We recently caught up with Leighton Images’ jack-of -all-trades Geoffrey Leighton to learn more about his business. Read all about it here.

MFA Member Thom Willey Receives Maine Artist Fellowship Award
The Maine Arts Commission recently awarded Southwest Harbor filmmaker Thom Willey a $5,000 Maine Artist Fellowship Award for his documentary in progress about the endangered North Atlantic right whale and the Calvineers, a group of middle school student scientists learning about and promoting right whale conservation. Learn more about Thom’s production here and follow The Calvineers Movie on Facebook here. We’re looking forward to seeing and sharing the finished product!


It’s wintertime in Maine, and your go-to theaters for award-winning, independent, international, and rare cinema are pulling out all the stops to keep you entertained during these darker months. Check out the many screenings coming to a theater near you in January!

Jan. 4-10: Border in Brunswick
This January there are nine chances to see Border at Frontier in Brunswick. Directed by Ali Abbasi, Border tells the story of ferry-port customs agent Tina grappling with her past. Learn more and get tickets here.

Jan. 9: The Visitor in Waterville
Screened as part of their 2018-2019 Presence of the Past film series, the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Maine Film Center present The Visitor on Wednesday, January 9, at 7:15 pm at Railroad Square Cinema. Don’t miss this 2007 film that tackles the post-9/11 U.S. fear of immigrants and the power of unexpected multicultural friendships that lead to self-discovery. More information and tickets here.

Jan. 10-12: DAMNATIONLAND in Falmouth
The Footlights Theatre in Falmouth will kick off its Film at the Footlights series with a three-day salute to DAMNATIONLAND. Catch three nights of Maine-made thrillers and horror films: “Damnationland 2018”, “The Women of Damnationland”, and “The Best of Damnationland.” Each screening followed by guest speakers and discussion. Single tickets $10; $30 for a weekend pass (includes screening of Neptune on January 13). More information here.

Jan. 10 & 13: Persona in Portland
As part of its Ingmar Burton Centennial Retrospective, the Portland Museum of Art will screen Persona on January 10 and 13. ” Acted with astonishing nuance and shot in stark contrast and soft light by the great Sven Nykvist, Persona is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth.” Don’t miss it! Tickets and information here.

Jan. 11: If Beale Street Could Talk in Waterville
Railroad Square Cinema presents Barry Jenkin’s new movie If Beale Street Could Talk, his first film since winning the Oscar for Best Film for Moonlight. Showings are scheduled to begin Friday, January 11. More information here.

Jan. 11-16: Monrovia, Indiana in Portland
Directed by Frederick Wiseman, Monrovia, Indiana explores a small town in rural, mid-America and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived along with conflicting stereotypes. Catch a screening at the Portland Museum of Art January 11-16. Learn more here.

Jan. 11-17: Burning in Brunswick
As part of Frontier’s Independent Film Series, there will be ten screenings of Burning beginning Friday, January 11. Selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Burning is a South Korean mystery drama directed by Lee Chang-dong. Don’t miss your chance to catch this gripping international indie film. Information and tickets at explorefrontier.com.

Jan. 12: Seacoast Environmental Film Festival in Kittery
The Kittery Land Trust will present the second annual Seacoast Environmental Film Festival at the Star Theatre in Kittery on Saturday, January 12. Films to be screened include Five Seasons, High Tide in DorchesterAlbatrossThe Devil We Know, and Wasted! More information here.

Jan. 12 & 13: Ramen Shop in Waterville
Screened as part of its Cinema Explorations winter film series, Railroad Square Cinema presents two morning shows of Ramen Shop on January 12 & 13. Young Ramen chef Masato embarks on a culinary journey to discover his heritage, family secrets, and delicious recipes. More information here.

Jan. 13: Neptune in Falmouth
MFA Member Derek Kimball’s award-winning  2015 Maine-made film Neptune will conclude a weekend of Maine-made film screenings at the Footlights Theatre in Falmouth with two screenings at 11am and 5pm. Don’t miss your chance to see this gripping drama, followed by discussion with cast and crew. More information here.

Jan. 17: The Silent Revolution in Portland
Another installment in the Portland Museum of Art’s New German Film Series, The Silent Revolution tells the story of a group of sixth-grade pupils decide to show their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging a minute’s silence during lessons. Information and tickets at portlandmuseum.org.

"I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" stillJanuary 18: I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan in Carrabassett Valley
Carrabassett Valley Public Library will screen MFA Member Dick Kane’s film  I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan on Friday, January 18, at 4:30 pm in the Begin Family Community Room. More information on the screening here, and on the film at ashleybryanfilms.org.

Jan. 24: Dawnland in Brunswick
Frontier Café will present an encore screening of Dawnland on Thursday, January 24, at 7:00 pm. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as the first official Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States begins a historic investigation into Maine’s child welfare authorities removing Native American children from their homes. More information and tickets here.

Jan. 25-31: Shoplifters in Brunswick
“On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting.” Catch screenings of Shoplifters at Frontier in Brunswick January 25-31. Showtimes and tickets here.

"What Price Hollywood?" still

 Jan. 26 & 27:  What Price Hollywood? in Waterville
Continuing its Cinema Explorations winter film series, Railroad Square Cinema will present two morning screenings of What Price Hollywood?, directed by George Cukor and adapted from the same Adela Rogers St. John story that inspired A Star Is Born. More information here.

Jan. 29: Recovery Boys in Damariscotta
Points North Institute, MaineHealth, and Maine Behavioral Healthcare present a free screening of Recovery Boys at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on Tuesday, January 29, at 6:00 pm, followed by a discussion about opioid abuse. More information 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 December e-News:
Yoon Byun, Becky Chase, Huey Coleman, Richard Kane, Noah Keates, Justin Lacroix, Lisa McWilliams, and Laura Schenck.

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