March 2019 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER UNTIL March 30: MFA In Production Lecture Series: Producing & Production Management
Whether you are just starting out as a filmmaker or producer, learning to scale production, or producing films and media in various genres, this information-packed afternoon will be a great opportunity to learn invaluable techniques and insights to build your toolkit. Join us for this lecture series featuring producers Charles Merzbacher, Amy Greene, Eric Mofford, and Erik Sulcs!

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 1 – 5 pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
$10 Students; $20 MFA Members; $30 non-member attendees
REGISTER: Today through Eventbrite!

March 8: Maine Filmmaker Showcase: The Last Pig
Join the Maine Film Association, the Portland Media Center, and the general public for a screening of MFA Member Joseph Brunette’s The Last Pig, followed by a talk and Q&A with the filmmaker!

WHEN: Friday, March 8, 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland

April 6: MFA Indie VFX Crash Course
This daylong hands-on workshop will cover the philosophies behind visual effects, how to plan for them in preproduction, stage them in production, and execute them in postproduction. Using USM’s Communication & Media Studies Production Center, and guided by VFX artist Cory Anderson, students will gain experience in the studio and using Adobe After Effects and some third-party tools that help VFX artists achieve their intended effect.

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 10 am – 5 pm
USM Production & Media Studies Center, 21 Durham Street, Portland
$50 MFA Members; $100 non-members
 Today through EventbriteThis workshop is limited to 16 participants.

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
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Maine Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off March 9!
This month, Maine Jewish Film Festival continues their annual tradition of bringing a slate of incredible, thought-provoking, and inspirational films to theaters throughout Maine, providing us with some great entertainment when we most need it: in late winter. Check out their extensive line-up of film screenings in Brunswick, Lewiston, Portland, Rockland, and Waterville through their interactive festival calendar. The festival kicks off on March 9, but you can catch two sneak previews March 2 and 3 in Waterville!

Picariello’s, Lamont’s “Passive Aggressive Dads” Wins at Beaufort International Film Festival!
MFA Members Jim Picariello and Kyle Lamont are seeing some great success with their comedic short “Passive Aggressive Dads” this year. The film is making its rounds at festivals, having won the award for Best Comedy at the Beaufort International Film Festival and screened at the Sedona International Film Festival in February.  Check out the interview with Jim from BIFF, and learn more about his and Kyle’s backgrounds and project inspiration in this article from The Ellsworth American.

Maine Filmmakers’ Series Premiers on Smithsonian Channel
Maine filmmakers Lisa Quijano Wolfinger and Kirk Wolfinger of Lone Wolf Media, along with their colleague Christopher Bryson, produced a new series: America’s Hidden Stories that will premier on the Smithsonian Channel on Monday, March 4, at 8:00pm. The series delves into hidden records to investigate what our history books may have missed, and kicks off with the episode “Salem’s Secrets,” which reveals new discoveries about the Salem witch trials as it follows a team of scholars reexamining the 300-year-old case. Learn more about the series and upcoming episodes here.

Emerge Film Festival Now in October, Part of Franco Center
In February Emerge Film Festival organizers announced that the annual event will become part of The Dolard and Priscilla Gendron Franco Center programming, and is slated to return October 3-5, 2019 for its sixth year. Learn more about this transition here. Emerge is now accepting submissions for the 2019 festival– get yours in by the April 30th early submission deadline!


The month of March is full of screenings in Maine– too many to list here! Follow us on Facebook to learn about even more screenings throughout the state this month.

March 1-2: CIFF’s Cabin Fever in Camden
The Camden International Film Festival presents Cabin Fever, a micro film fest at Camden Opera House. Catch five films and mingle with festival goers during the Saturday night Beer + Bocce at The Jack. Learn more and get your tickets here.

March 1-6: Yours in Sisterhood in Portland
Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Maine Women’s Lobby and Portland Museum of Art: join them at a screening of Yours in Sisterhood, a collective portrait of feminist conversation now and forty years ago. Tickets and information at

March 1-7: Capernaum in Brunswick
Catch screenings of Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum at Frontier in Brunswick. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this film about the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court suing them for the “crime” of giving him life. More info and tickets here.

March 2-17: Maine Jewish Film Festival Screenings (statewide)
The Maine Jewish Film Festival screenings begin March 2 with two preview screenings in Waterville. April 9 hails in the official opening night in Portland with a screening of “The Last Suit” at the Nickelodeon Theater, followed by a reception at the Portland House of Music & Events. Find a screening near you using their festival calendar.

March 7: No Man’s Land Film Festival in Portland
Oxbow Brewing Company is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day with a special screening of No Man’s Land Film Festival. Join them at on Thursday, March 7, at 7pm at Oxbow Blending & Bottling in Portland for an awesome evening to celebrate women in the outdoors. This free event is open to the public and all ages are welcome. More information here.

March 7: Farmer of the Year at Stonington Opera House
Farmer of the Year, a feature film by the Vermont husband and wife team of Kathy Swanson and Vince O’Connell, will be screened on March 7 at the Stonington Opera House. Don’t miss this film about aging, loss, transitions, and staying young. Tickets and more info here.

March 8: Birds of Passage in Waterville
Railroad Square Cinema will screen Cio Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s film Birds of Passage on Friday, March 8. Birds of Passage continues and expands upon Guerra’s previous projects Embrace of the Serpent and Godfather, portraying the troubled and violent environment in late 20th century Colombia, and the blend of tribal life and drug trade. Get your tickets at

March 15-21: Gavagai in Brunswick
As part of its Independent Film Series, Frontier in Brunswick will screen Gavagai March 15-21. “In this innovative and moving project, Director Rob Tregenza and screenwriter Kirk Kjeldsen have adapted the poetry of the Norwegian writer Tarjei Vesaas (1897-1970) to the screen.”– J.M. Tyree, author. Learn more and get tickets here.

March 22: Free Solo in Ellsworth
The Grand in Ellsworth will screen Free Solo on Friday, March 22. Free Solo is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock… the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without a rope. More info and tickets here.

March 22-24: Woman at War in Portland
From Variety: “Near Perfect. Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor?” Don’t miss your chance! Portland Museum of Art will screen Woman at War March 22-24. Learn more and get your tickets 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 February e-News:

John Butman, David Courtney, Jefferson Dobbs, Joe Genender, Amanda Hannan, Susan Kimball, Mihku Paul, Dean Raymond, Ryan Shimala

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