July 2018 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.

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You're Invited: Maine Film Association Happy Hour

Join Maine Film Association members, Maine filmmakers, film professionals and students for a casual networking happy hour at Bunker Brewing on August 9! Meet/catch up with others in the industry, enjoy a cold brew, and take advantage of the summer weather. All are welcome!

This will be the first of many MFA happy hours that bring together individuals from across Maine's film industry. Bring your business cards, and enter to win a free year-long MFA membership.

WHAT: Maine Film Association Happy Hour
WHEN: Thursday, August 9, 5-7pm
WHERE: Bunker Brewing Co., 17 Westfield Street Unit D, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/bunker-happy-hour/
RSVP: via the Facebook Event, and please invite all your film industry friends!


WIFVNE Networking Breakfast at Bluestocking Film Series
In partnership with Women in Film & Video New England, the MFA will co-host a networking breakfast as a wrap-up to the 2018 Bluestocking Film Series. Join us to network with fellow film pros and enthusiasts–bring your business cards!

WHAT: WIFVNE & MFA Networking Breakfast
WHEN: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10 – 11:30 am
WHERE: Eastern Promenade at Congress Street, Portland
DETAILS: womeninfilmandvideonewengland.org
Thank you to our partners and sponsors for this event: Bluestocking Film Festival, Women in Film & Video New England, and Coffee By Design.

MFA Writer's Bootcamp: The Foundations of Narrative Screenwriting
This intermediate-level hands-on workshop introduces screenwriting techniques that will assist a novice writer to pull an audience into his/her story.

The workshop’s in-depth exploration of successful screenwriting narrative elements, and their ability to engage and captivate, will resonate with creative and fiction writers, commercial directors, branded content producers, and documentary filmmakers.

WHAT: MFA Writers' Bootcamp: The Foundations of Narrative Screenwriting
WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2018 10am – 5pm
WHERE: Portland Media Center, Portland
DETAILS:  mainefilm.org/writers-bootcamp
REGISTRATIONEventbrite $75 MFA Members; $150 non-members. This full-day workshop is limited to 14 participants.

Want discounts on all MFA workshops and events, as well as special offers and deals from our partners? Become a member today!


New Hot Spot for Cinema Enthusiasts in Bangor
Downtown Bangor is now the home of Queen City Cinema Club, a film buff's dream and the brainchild of owner Joshua Moulton of Hermon. Featuring two small cinemas that seat 4-20 viewers and can be rented by 2-hour blocks, movie lovers can choose from among Moulton's 1,200+ collection of DVDs or bring their own for a private viewing party. Sounds like a great place to show some Maine-made films! Learn more about the new business here.

2018 Bluestocking Film Series
Nothing celebrates complex female protagonists like the Bluestocking Film Series, coming up August 3-4 in Portland. This year's event includes a panel discussion, workshops brought to you by Seed & Spark, and two nights of films that pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test with flying colors.

MFA Members can enjoy discounted 1-day tickets (join today at mainefilm.org/membership) or get already discounted 2-day passes here.

Copyright, Copyright, Copyright!
It's easier–and less expensive–than you'd think: don't delay in copyrighting your films to protect your intellectual property! Former MFA Chair Dick Kane has the following tips for those looking to copyright their films:
  • To register a copyright for a film that you have authored, visit the official Library of Congress Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov, and file an easy electronic form. The filing fee for a single work for which you are the only author and claimant, and that is not a work for hire, is only $35.
  • Don't be fooled by online companies that offer the service to file for you. They may charge $125+ simply for passing along your application.
  • Make sure that you have the rights (licenses in hand) to use all of the music and images in your film.
  • Submit your work to the Copyright Office in its "best edition." This could be via DVD or BluRay, or by uploading your preferred file type.
  • Be sure to save a copy of your application for proof. It may take several months to receive the copyright.
  • Want to learn more or have additional questions? The Copyright Office has a very helpful FAQ.

Le Bureau Editing StudioMFA Member Discount: Le Bureau Editing Studio in Portland
If you are looking for a very affordable video editing studio with Adobe Premiere suite and Final Cut Pro complete suite on a Mac with 5 Tb HD Thunderbolt, look no further than Le Bureau! Located at 559A Congress Street in Portland, the well equipped studio and office is a great workspace for any creative. MFA Members get a 25% discount on the already low rate of $75/day. For more information, or to book the space, contact Alban Maino at am@memory-lane.tv.  


We have a fresh look and now more agile resources for our members, Maine's greater filmmaking community, and the general public at mainefilm.org.

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This summer holds many opportunities to view Maine-made films, as well as documentaries and indie films from away–more than we can list here! Check out the following sites for their programs and offerings: "The Home Road" stillJuly 19: "The Home Road" in Rangeley
MFA Member Tonya Shevenell's historical documentary will screen at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley on Thursday, July 19, at 7pm. Shevenell's great-great-great-grandfather was the first French-Canadian settler in Biddeford, and arrived there in 1845 after walking all the way from Quebec. Read more about this fascinating story at thehomeroad.com.

July 20: “J. Fred Woell: An American Vision” in Stonington
MFA Member Richard Kane's documentary about this American metalsmith, jeweler, and political artist will screen at the Stonington Opera House on Friday, July 20, at 7:30 pm. More info and tickets at operahousearts.org.

July 21: "Elysia" at Maine Shorts at MIFF in Waterville
Noah LePage's 24-minute movie will be shown at the Maine International Film Festival on Saturday, July 21, at 3:30 pm. A native of New Sharon, LePage shot the fantasy-documentary film in his hometown and surrounding areas. It stars Mount Blue High School student Elysia Roorbach. More info about the film and the screening here.

July 21: "The Growth of Whiting" at Maine Shorts at MIFF in Waterville
Colby College students Dylan Shaw, Jenna DeFrancisco, and James Lindberg created a 5-minute documentary that will be shown during Maine Shorts at MIFF on Saturday, July 21, at 3:30 pm. The film depicts Whiting Farm's rebirth from a family farm laid fallow to a thriving educational and therapeutic center serving people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Learn more here.

August 3: "I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" in Portland
Creative Ashley Bryan and filmmaker Richard Kane will both be present at the August 3 screening of "I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" at the USM Wishcamper Center, Room 133, at 6:00 pm. The screening follows the Portland Museum of Art opening exhibit of Ashley Bryan's art, and will conclude with a Q&A with Bryan and Kane. Visit ashleybryanfilms.org for more information on this Maine-made film and upcoming screening dates.

MFA Member Spotlight: Storm Warriors International

Storm Warriors International has been a Marquee Business Member of the MFA since November 2017, generously supporting the MFA's mission to make Maine a great place to live and work as a filmmaker. We recently caught up with Storm Warriors International staff to learn more about their work, and how their support of the MFA helps them to grow their organization and better serve the causes they work to highlight. Read the full interview to learn more about Storm Warriors International here.


August 12: Maine Outdoor Film Festival Broke & Stoked Video Contestsubmission 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 or renewed their membership over the past month:
Jim Boutin, Luke Eder, Brian Goding, Julia Gowesky, Silvia Guzman, Samuel Hutson Hayward, and Taylor Pullen.

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!
Thank you to our Marquee Business Member Storm Warriors International for their generous support!
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