June 2019 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



JUNE 8: MFA Intermediate-Level Workshop: Hands-on Location Sound
Filmmaker and location sound recordist Aaron Boothroyd returns to the MFA with this exciting, hands-on follow-up to his intro location sound workshop. The Intermediate-Level Hands-On Location Sound Workshop covers the fundamentals of professional field recording techniques. Students will receive detailed instruction on how to use different types of location audio recorders, boom and lav microphones, boom poles, and wireless systems.
WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/on-location-sound
COST: $75 MFA Members; $150 non-member attendees
REGISTER: Today through Eventbrite! This workshop is limited to 12 participants, and there are just a handful of spots left!

JUNE 12: MFA Happy Hour with Maine Ad + Design (MADE) & Screening of HELVETICA
Join the Maine Film Association and Maine Ad + Design (MADE)  for happy hour at Bayside Bowl, followed by a screening of HELVETICA on Bayside’s Rooftop!
WHEN: Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 – 8:30 pm; film screening at dark
WHERE: Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/made-happy-hour
Free to all and all are welcome!
RSVP: via our Facebook event!

JUNE 27: MFA Filmmaking & The Law 101 Workshop: Protecting Yourself & Your Work
This workshop will be an introduction to: understanding some basic legal terms; examining a variety of contracts and the language that best protects you, your gear, your crew, and your work; and the fundamentals of legally securing funding for your projects, and how to be compliant. If you have ever felt anxious that your contracts, releases, or rental/loan forms won’t hold water if contested, you should join us to learn how to protect yourself, and when to “lawyer up” to get the expertise and guidance you need.
WHEN: Thursday, June 27, 2:30 – 4:30 pm;
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/law-101
COST: $5 MFA Members; $15 non-member attendees
REGISTER: Today through Eventbrite!

JUNE 29: Maine Movies on the Prom: MAINE SHORTS!
The Maine Film Association (MFA) and Friends of the Eastern Prom have teamed up to bring a summer series of outdoor film screenings the last Saturday of each month to one of Maine’s most palatial locales: Portland’s Eastern Promenade. Kicking it off in June, MAINE SHORTS! The MFA has curated a collection of short films that tell Maine stories or were created by Maine filmmakers– join us! Special thanks to No Umbrella Media for their technical support. Rain date: Sunday, June 30.
WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 8:50-10:00 pm
WHERE: Eastern Promenade, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/maine-shorts-2019

JULY 10: MFA Happy Hour and Rooftop Screening: ISLAND ZERO
Maine Film Association has partnered with Bayside Bowl for the July 10 edition of its summertime Rooftop Film Series to bring you ISLAND ZERO, the 2018 horror film by Josh Gerritsen and Mariah Klapatch! Following the screening, we’ll have a Q&A with the filmmakers.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 6:00-9:00 pm
WHERE: Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/island-zero
Free to all and all are welcome! RSVP: via our Facebook event!

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 Advocacy Update
In May, MFA Executive Committee members Tom Handel, Allison Cooper, Geoff Leighton, and Jim Boutin met in Augusta with Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as Deputy Commissioner Denise Garland and Legislative Liaison/Communications Manager Kate Foy, to discuss future ways that the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Maine Film Office might work with the MFA to better support a homegrown film industry for filmmakers living and working in Maine. Commissioner Johnson was interested to learn more about the emerging media production workforce that is becoming a significant part of Maine’s expanding creative economy and is committed to working with the MFA and other film advocates in Maine moving forward.

THE MAESTRO, Starring Xander Berkeley and Sarah Clarke, Makes Maine Debut on June 13
MFA Members and seasoned film and television actors Xander Berkeley and Sarah Clarke are holding a special single night screening of one of their newest films THE MAESTRO at The State Theatre in Portland as a way to introduce themselves as new(ish)-to-Maine actors and artists to the greater Portland film and arts community.

THE MAESTRO is a dramatic biopic about famed composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and starring Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead) and Sarah Clarke (Twilight, 24). Castelnuovo-Tedesco was a highly notable composer of over 200 Hollywood films in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Often receiving zero credit for his work, Mario went on to mentor some of our greatest film composers including John Williams, Randy Newman, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Andre Previn. The film is based on letters that examine Tedesco’s teachings and his relationship with student Jerry Herst (played by newcomer Leo Marks), focusing on both the finer points of art and expression, as well as the realities of post-war Hollywood.

Learn more about the film, Xander and Sarah, and get your tickets here.

MFA Members Get Free Submissions to Maine Outdoor Film Festival!
The Maine Outdoor Film Festival is a proud MFA Sponsor, and to show it, the festival is offering FREE submissions to MFA Members! Now through June 21, members can submit their work through FilmFreeway to be considered in the 2019 festival using the promo code sent to them via email. Questions or can’t find the code? Email info@mainefilm.org.

MFA Member Jill Harrigan Named 2019 Damnationland Filmmaker
Jill Harrigan has hit the ground running with her filmmaking career. She describes her first short, HALF LOST, as “my first attempt at what I hope to be a long line of films featuring lesbian protagonists whose dilemma has nothing to do with their sexual preference.” Jill’s work is already getting noticed, as HALF LOST was screened at the Cinema Systers Film Festival in Paducah, Kentucky, last month, and will be be showing this month at Maine Elements of Film’s FLIQ on June 12, and at the Bug Theater in Denver, CO, during two of their events this year: The Emerging Filmmakers Project and The 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival!

To top it off, Jill has been named one of Damnationland‘s 2019 filmmakers, and she’s given us a teaser of we can catch at the festival’s premiere on October 11: “When a woman pops into a local speakeasy for a quick drink after work, she ends up becoming the object of a stranger’s obsession.” The film’s crowdfunding campaign will launch soon. Jill is still looking for more female actors for the film, and someone willing to lend out their Portland area apartment for a day of shooting. Interested? Email info@mainefilm.org and we’ll put you in touch!


May 31-June 6: THE WHITE CROW in Waterville
Ralph Fiennes directs this film that takes a look at ballet dancer Rudolf Nyreyev, and his life leading up and and during his defection from Russia in 1961. Railroad Square Cinema will screen the film daily at 4:40 pm through this Thursday. More information and tickets here.

June 4: Slab City Film Festival in Rockport
The Farnsworth [Collective], in partnership with the Camden International Film Festival, invites you to the Slab City Film Festival, which includes food trucks, beer and wine, dessert and five fascinating short films by avant-garde filmmaker Rudy Burkhardt on June 4 at the Rockport Opera House. Learn more here.

June 12: FLIQ in Portland
Maine Elements of Film is at it again, bringing you a fresh selection of fantastic short films this Pride Month.  Its current presentation FLIQ: Films Lavished In Queerdom offers a collection of short films containing LGBTQ+ characters.  Catch the event on Wednesday, June 12, at the Apohadion Theater in Portland. Doors at 6:30; show at 7:00. More information through the Facebook event page.

June 12: HELVETICA in Portland
As part of its summer Rooftop Film Series, Bayside Bowl, in partnership with the Maine Film Association and Maine Ad + Design will screen HELVETICA, a feature-length documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Details found at mainefilm.org.

June 13: THE MAESTRO in Portland
THE MAESTRO has won several awards on the festival circuit including the Audience Award for Best Film and the Jury Award for Best Actor (Xander Berkeley) at the Tallgrass Film Festival. Check out this single-night showing and meet the award-winning lead actors at The State Theatre in Portland! Details tickets here.

June 21-27: RED JOAN in Brunswick
Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information—including details on the building of the atomic bomb—to the Soviet government for decades. Catch a screening of this film, based on a true story, at Frontier in Brunswick. More information and tickets here.

June 29: Maine Movies on the Prom: MAINE SHORTS!
Join the Maine Film Association and Friends of the Eastern Prom for a special screening of short films telling Maine tales or by Maine filmmakers. Bring your picnic blanket! Details 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 May e-News:

Eric Bailey, Ian Beckett, Maya Bintliff, Richard Dow, Tom Handel, Elmer Howard, Ian MacLellan, Samuel Millar, Manette Pottle, Hunter Reid, and Royal Feature Productions.

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