July 2020 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



Maine International Film Festival Kicks off July 7!

The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) has received national recognition for its tenacity and creativity in pushing ahead during a global pandemic to deliver its 23rd annual program of world-class films. Shifting the location of the festival to the Skowhegan Drive-In has enabled MIFF festival organizers to bring timely films that speak to today’s social context, and provide a venue that allows for physical distancing for festival-goers.

Headlining the festival is the world premiere of AMERICAN THIEF, which depicts two teenage hackers’ investigations into the U.S. surveillance state. Another film to look forward to is THE LAST SHIFT that explores racial assumptions between a young, Black aspiring journalist and a cusp-of-retirement white fast food worker. Visit miff.org to see the full program lineup and get your tickets or passes today!

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Brings Nightly Screenings to Portland July 30 – August 9

Earlier this year, Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF) organizers were gearing up to produce their first ever brick-and-mortar multi-day festival in Portland. After shifting plans due to coronavirus, the 2020 program, presented at Thompson’s Point July 30 – August 9, is a sweet marriage of MOFF’s outdoor screening roots and a virtual screening option for those at home. MOFF 2020’s incredible program of films includes Maine-made THE MUSHROOM HUNTRESS by MFA Members Lynne Williams, Jim Picariello, and Kyle Lamont, and the world premiere of MFA Member Roger McCord’s AMAZING GRACE: THE LITTLE OLYMPIANS.

Check out the complete program and get your tickets or pass today at maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com!

Reopening Resources for Filmmakers

From L.A. to New York and around the globe, filmmakers, crew, and actors are being asked to return to set. National and international trades groups have created guidelines and recommendations on how to resume production work safely in our new reality, and the MFA has assembled these resources for your reference at mainefilm.org. 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.

ANTIDOTE: Maine Stories from the 2020 Pandemic

Maine filmmakers used their talents over the past months to create short films that depict their experiences, creative expressions, and and sentiments during the 2020 worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The MFA is proud to present ANTIDOTE, a compilation of 14 short films by Maine filmmakers, including:

  • Visual Quarantine Diary – April 19th 2020, Sam Brosnan – Director
  • BabyC News, Jessica Jones, Director/Editor
  • Beach Visit, Lavinia Dube
  • New York Strong, Lesley MacVane photography, Andrew Abbott Audio
  • Juniper’s Finger, Robert Nixon Director, Juniper Nixon Actor
  • Descent into reality, Denise Shannon
  • Effects of COVID-19 on Rangeley Maine, Fletcher Della Valle
  • Playing Indoors, Jeshua Soucy
  • 5-2020: Yes, It’s Real, Al Kryszak: Director, Writer, Photographer
  • Nonessential, Jasper Lowe – Filmmaker
  • Twinkle, Sharyn Paul Brusie ~ Director, Producer, Writer, Editor. Kevin Brusie ~ Camera
  • Pruning your World, Jim Merkel
  • Seek and find, Yoon S. Byun
  • Eight Weeks, Stacey Koloski (DP, original illustrations, stop motion animation, editing)
  • 2020: A Class Dismissed, Bailey Beltramo, Host & Producer | Meg Robbins, Director | Dan Dinsmore, Executive Producer | Eric Bailey, Editor
  • You gotta do Something, Geoffrey Leighton, Anita Clearfield, LumenArrts, Regan Chase, Tina Davidson
  • F.O.D. , Adam Fisher: Director, Animator, Editor

Watch the compilation of short films today at mainefilm.org/antidote.


June 26 – July 10: QUEEN OF LAPA Virtual Screening

SPACE Gallery and Apohadion Theater continue to share great films with audiences near and far during this time of physical distancing. Now available to stream through space538.org, QUEEN OF LAPA: “A proud transgender sex worker since the age of eleven, Luana Muniz, now fifty-nine, shapes a new reality in her “hostel” by housing a new generation of transgender sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Directed by Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat, Queen of Lapa explores the day-to-day lives, rivalries, and quests for love of sex workers, as Muniz’s guides them in a city full of hostility towards its LGBTQ community.” Check it out tonight!

July 2 & 3: THE PRINCESS BRIDE in Waldoboro

Tops’l Farm and the Waldo Theatre are teaming up to create a new “drive-in” this summer in Waldoboro, and are bringing beloved films to a picturesque setting in the Midcoast. Films at the Farm will screen THE PRINCESS BRIDE July 2 and 3, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE July 30 and 31, and HIDDEN FIGURES on August 6 and 7. Learn more and get your tickets at topslfarm.com.


The Strand Theatre will present Maine producer Mark Ireland’s new documentary on July 3 – 9 as a virtual screening. The film explores the complex efforts of protecting Maine’s fragile habitats and threatened ecosystems, while preserving the coast’s astounding beauty and unique places for recreation. Join the audience by purchasing your “virtual ticket” today at rocklandstrand.com.

July 7 – 16: Maine International Film Festival in Skowhegan

#MIFF23 kicks off on July 7 at the Skowhegan Drive-In with a diverse slate of film screenings that will delight audiences nightly through July 16. Check out their full line-up and get your tickets today at miff.org!

July 9: RICHARD3 Virtual Viewing Party

Join the creators, actors, and crew of the Maine-made RICHARD3 for a viewing party, streaming from Johnson Hall. Mike Miclon’s epic comedy will be broken into three parts, intercut with interviews with the film’s crew and cast. Enjoy this hilarious take on Shakespeare’s Richard III, shot in iconic locations throughout Maine, and get the insider’s scoop on the making of the film. More info and tickets at johnsonhall.org.

July 30 – Aug. 8: Maine Outdoor Film Festival in Portland

MOFF brings it again in 2020, this time with nightly outdoor screenings at Portland’s Thompson’s Point and Eastern Promenade, and the option to stream the program straight to your home! Their program is comprised of over 50 films from Maine and around the world– a celebration of the outdoors and film! In addition, MOFF’s Select’s Tour will take place in late August. Get your tickets for the festival, and keep an eye out for when the festival will be in your neck of the woods at maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com.

Have other film screenings to suggest? Send us a tip at info@mainefim.org.



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

Megan Cummings, Joshua Gerritsen, and Maureen Glover.

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