June 2018 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: Shooting for Natural History & Wildlife Documentary Production

The MFA will conduct its first on-location workshop in July, led by Mauricio Handler of Aquaterrafilms. Mauricio  has served as a a part of the premier underwater photography team at National Geographic Magazine; was the underwater cinematographer and director of photography for "LOCKED IN," an ESPN documentary recently featured in the Tribeca Film Festival; and has captured wildlife footage across the globe. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from such a pro!

WHAT: MFA Intermediate-Level Workshop: Shooting for Natural History & Wildlife Documentary Production
WHEN: Sunday, July 15, 2018 10am-5pm
WHERE: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth
REGISTRATIONEventbrite $80 MFA Members; $180 non-members. This full-day workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Join the MFA today to get free or discounted registration to all MFA events, special access and deals from our partners, and much more!


The Talent Manager logoThe Talent Manager Now Available in the US The United Kingdom's #1 recruitment site for television program creators is now available in the US! MFA Member David Wright has been using the tool for years to find and recruit for UK projects, and wants to be sure that Maine film professionals know about this very helpful resource. Freelancers and companies can register to use it here.

Bowdoin Seniors Collaborate on Short Film
Late last month Bowdoin Seniors Nevan Swanson and Sam Kyzivat screened their short film "Lost on the Way," the result of a year's work and the second film they have produced together. The duo's talents and expertise complement each others', with Swanson writing and directing, and Kyzivat creating the original score and sound design. Read more about the talent emerging from Bowdoin here.

Historic Theater in Augusta To Be Restored
Augusta's Colonial Theatre has sat vacant since 1969, but a team of determined individuals is raising funds to restore the historic building, bringing back films, performing arts, and community events. The theater was host to the premieres of a number of films by Holman Day, a Maine writer and film producer. Read more about the theater and its rennovation here.

MFA Adobe Premiere Bootcamp Kicks Off MFA-USM Partnership
Earlier this month 18 filmmakers enjoyed learning the in's and out's of Adobe Premiere and film editing from MFA Member and Adobe Certified Expert Neil Shelley. The hands-on workshop was hosted by USM's Communication and Media Studies Department in their state of the art media lab, located on their Portland campus. With 16 iMac workstations equipped with film editing software, the lab is an ideal set-up for future educational offerings from the MFA. Thank you to USM's Nat Ives and David Pierson for being our gracious hosts and to Neil Shelley for sharing his incredible expertise! Check out photos from the workshop here.

MFA MEMBER DISCOUNT: Maine Media Workshops + College Courses

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the 2018 Maine Media Workshops + College's 2018 slate of classes, featuring courses taught by accomplished professionals and educators, including MFA members and faculty Matt Siegel, Mauricio Handler, Eric Mofford, and Neil Shelley.

MFA Members now get 20% off ANY film or photo workshop offered by MMW+C this year!
If you are considering advanced study and career building, be sure to peruse the 100 week-long, two-day, or multi-week classes at The Workshops. These include:
  • Directing with Oscar and Emmy-winning DGA directors.
  • Cinematography with ASC masters from commercial, feature, and episodic production.
  • Documentary with filmmakers for HBO, National Geographic, Vice News Tonight, Florentine Films, PBS, BBC, and 60 Minutes.
  • Editing with an Academy award-winning editor, whose work includes landmark films from independent and Hollywood studios.
  • Screenwriting with a writer whose students have written chart-topping films and TV shows.
  • Sound recording and design with an Oscar-winning sound designer, whose credits include Apocalypse Now and Sofia Coppola’s body of film work.
  • Film acting, voice over, and live storytelling with accomplished performers of stage and screen, who work at the highest levels of their industries.
The Workshops’ illustrious alumni include Oscar and Emmy winning DGA directors Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant), Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad), Laura Poitras (Citizenfour); and cinematographers Rodrigo Prieto, ASC  (The Wolf of Wall Street, Brokeback Mountain) and Russell Carpenter, ASC (Titanic).

Join the MFA today to take advantage of this incredible deal! MFA annual memberships begin at just $25 for students and $50 for professionals.

Thank you to Maine Media Workshops + College for this great opportunity!


June 18: "Forlorn Hope" in Bucksport
Maine filmmaker Dan Lambert's "Forlorn Hope" will debut at the Alamo Theatre on Monday, June 18, at 2pm. The Maine-made documentary tells the story of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment, created by Ulysses S. Grant in June 1864. If you can't make it to Bucksport, the film will run on MPBN that night at 9 pm–the first of three showings next week. More information about "Forlorn Hope" and details on the MPBN showtimes here.

June 19: "Growing Local" in Springvale
This Tuesday, Springvale Public Library will screen Maine Farmland Trust and Seedlight Pictures' collaboration that features three vignettes: "Seeding a Dream," "Pig Not Pork," and "Changing Hands."  The show starts at 5pm. More info here.

"Singing with Angry Bird" still

"Singing with Angry Bird"

June 21: "Singing with Angry Bird" in Rockland
Friends of the Rockland Library continues its free Thursday Film Series. This Thursday's 6:30pm show will be the Maine premiere of "Singing with Angry Bird," a film about children's choir leader Jae-Chang Kim in Pune, India, who takes a creative tack to convince parents of the power of music. More information here.

June 23: "The Work" in Portland
Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, Maine Inside Out, and SPACE will cohost a screening of "The Work" on Saturday, June 23, at 6:30pm at USM's  Gerald E. Talbot Lecture Hall. The film documents a four-day group therapy retreat for level-four convicts at Folsom Prison. Three men from the outside participate in the retreat, and are ripped from their comfort zones during the raw and revealing process. More info on the screening of this critically-acclaimed film can be found here.

"I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" still

"I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan"

July 1: "I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" on Great Cranberry Island
Creative Ashley Bryan and filmmaker Richard Kane will both be present at the July 1 screening of "I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan" at the Great Cranberry Historical Society on Great Cranberry Island. The screening will be at 3pm, followed by a Q&A with Bryan and Kane. Visit ashleybryanfilms.org for more information on this Maine-made film and upcoming screening dates.

July 13-22: Maine International Film Festival in Waterville
Mark your calendars! MIFF is coming up in less than one month. Check out the program, featuring an abundance of not-to-miss classics, documentaries, foreign language films, shorts, and premieres, here. MIFF will also honor acclaimed French Actress Dominique Sanda–learn more about her and this honor here. Want to lend a hand by volunteering for MIFF? Offer your assistance here.

August 3-4: Bluestocking Film Festival in PortlandBluestocking Films logo
Before all of your summer weekends fill up, block off August 3-4 to celebrate films placing female protagonists front and center at the Bluestocking Film Festival. Tickets are now on sale. This year's festival also features workshops by Seed&Spark: "Crowdfunding to Build Independence" and "Art of the Pitch." More info and registration here.


July 16: Regular Deadline for Mystic Film Festival

Funding Opportunities (rolling applications): 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:
Eric Bailey, Jim Boutin, Daniel Conover, Josh Gerritsen, Kenton Jacob, Jacob Lawrence, and Michael Perlman.

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