May 2019 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



MAY 4:  MFA Basic-Level Workshop: Editing for the Story
This workshop will cover the essential and rudimentary motion picture editorial principles, concepts, and creative tools. Then, through hands-on exercises – using supplied dramatic, documentary, and brand content footage — students will explore and practice how to effectively create a beautifully edited project.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 10am – 5 pm
WHERE: Maine College of Art computer lab, Portland
COST: $50 MFA Members; $100 non-member attendees
REGISTER: Today through Eventbrite! This workshop is limited to 18 participants.

MAY 8: MFA Happy Hour with Maine Outdoor Brands
Join the Maine Film Association and Maine Outdoor Brands for happy hour at Flight Deck in Brunswick. Connect with marketing and media professionals, and enjoy a cold brew!
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 5-7pm
WHERE: Flight Deck Brewing, 11 Atlantic Ave, Brunswick
Free to all and all are welcome!

MAY 10: MFA Maine Filmmaker Showcase: IN STITCHES
Join the Maine Film Association, the Portland Media Center, MFA Members, and the general public for a screening of IN STITCHES, a film by Maine filmmakers Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins. The screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A with the filmmakers!
WHEN: Friday, May 10, 7pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
RSVP: via the Facebook event

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
COST: $75 MFA Members; $150 non-member attendees
REGISTER: Today through Eventbrite! This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

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
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
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Volunteer for CIFF Summer Preview Party; Get a Deal on CIFF Passes!
The Camden International Film Festival seeks a small army of volunteers to help out at its 2019 Summer Preview Party, July 1-8, 2019. Help bring this great party to life! MFA Members earn 2-for-1 volunteer hours by working the Summer Preview Party. The hours can be credited towards earning tickets and passes at CIFF. Positions include carpentry, special event support, setting up and tearing down… and more. To sign up to volunteer for the Summer Preview Party, visit their sign-up form, and indicate under availability, “I’m available YEAR-ROUND,” and under how you heard about it, “Maine Film Association.” CIFF staff will be in touch to schedule you for shifts, and ensure that you get the 2-for-1 volunteer hour credit towards CIFF passes! Sign up to volunteer today.
Submit Your Work to the Mid-Coast Cinema Lounge
Mid-Coast Performing Arts Initiative is calling for submissions of short films (up to 20 minutes) to be presented in front of a live audience at the Mid-Coast Cinema Lounge held at The Crosby Center in Belfast. Events are monthly, submissions ongoing. Submissions can include any genre: narratives, documentaries, music videos, web shows, animation and experimental. All content, including any music used, must be original, public domain, or licensed.

At each event, the Mid-Coast Performing Arts Initiative will program a lineup of 4-5 locally made video projects per screening. After each film is screened, you meet the mind behind the film, as host Michael C. Urchin conducts a short Q&A session with the filmmakers. Following the show, audience members can hang around to socialize with filmmakers. Please send links to your submissions (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) to

Maine Sound Mixer Justin Lacroix Featured in Location Sound Podcast
MFA Member and Production Sound Mixer Extraordinaire Justin Lacroix is  based out of southern Maine. He’s worked on the reality TV show Survivor and on projects for MTV, Nat Geo, HBO and Vice. Recently he was featured in the Location Sound Podcast— check it out and learn about Justin’s work, the tools he uses, and pick up some tips and tricks for your sound capturing work! Listen to the podcast here.

CIFF is hiring for the 2019 Festival
Want to work for the Points North Institute? Each year they look for a number of qualified individuals who can help them put on the Camden International Film Festival! If you like working in a fast-paced, creative environment, then they may have a spot for you. 2019 CIFF jobs will be added on a rolling basis to their website. Check it out, and apply!


May 3-8: TRANSIT in Portland
Adapted from Anna Segher’s 1944 novel, TRANSIT is a present-day story about the plight of displaced people. Catch a screening of this acclaimed international film, showing this month at the Portland Museum of Art.

As part of its Independent Film Series, Frontier presents THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT from writer-director Kim Nguyen. This “modern-day David & Goliath story that is equal parts financial thriller and human drama, excavating the pitfalls and perils of two men who risk everything in order to have it all.” Learn more and get your tickets at

May 9: FARMER OF THE YEAR in Brunswick
It’s been making its rounds at festivals and indie theaters across the country: 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 May 9 at the Frontier in Brunswick. Don’t miss this film about aging, loss, transitions, and staying young. Info and tickets here.

May 9: Maine Mayhem Film Festival Premiere in Portland
The Maine Mayhem Film Festival is an annual film festival produced in coordination with senior students in Southern Maine Community College’s Communications and New Media department. Now in its 9th year, the festival is continuing to grow. This year’s program features six films, ranging from a dark comedy to films about personal growth, overcoming personal demons and learning to let things go. Check out the trailer here, and learn more about the premiere, May 9 at the Nickelodeon in Portland, here.

May 10: IN STITCHES in Portland
Made by Maine filmmakers Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins, IN STITCHES is a documentary that follows three big players of the Johannesburg vernacular comedy scene. Performed in a variety of indigenous languages, vernacular comedy has been revolutionizing stand-up, bringing uniquely South African stories to long-ignored audiences. Maine Film Association and Portland Media Center present IN STITCHES as its May 2019 Maine Filmmaker Showcase screening, followed by a Q&A with Rafkin and Robbins. More information here.

May 10: WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY in Waterville
“Using Dickinson’s letters and poems (with permission from Harvard University Press), WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY paints a much sunnier portrait of the poet than that of the reclusive spinster terrified of publication,” says Jude Dry from Indiewire. Railroad Square Cinema is slated to begin screening the film on Friday, May 10. More info here.

May 10-15: RAFIKI in Portland
Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Portland Museum of Art will screen the film this month— don’t miss it!

May 15: BROTHERS Premiere in Portland
Made by Maine filmmaker Mike Norton, BROTHERS is a film about a family who have faced incredible adversity but continue to push forward. It centers around Mike, an artist and filmmaker, wheelchair bound with Muscular Dystrophy and only the use of two fingers, who is grappling with the recent loss of his brother and daily caregiver. Mike’s younger brother, JT, the athletic, charismatic and once potential pro-skateboarder, took his own life after years of deepening schizophrenia. We learn what it takes to be a parent and a brother with overwhelming grief and yet we see how love and creativity give the family the strength to carry on. The premiere is May 15 at the Nickelodeon in Portland. More info here.

May 16: TRANSMILITARY in Waterville
TRANSMILITARY chronicles the lives of four individuals defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again. Railroad Square Cinema will begin screening the film May 16.

May 29: “To Row and Let Go” in Brunswick
Presented by Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), “To Row and Let Go” is MITA Executive Director Doug Welch’s latest film. Navigating islands, sea conditions, and personal life events, Welch presents a rich portrait of the Maine Island Trail and the adventures it inspires. Learn more and get 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 April e-News:

Cory Anderson, Kalle Bailey, John Blyston, Hannah Daly, Frankie Ferrari, David Gil, Jynx Productions, Hunter Mahon, Chriss Sandling, Joanne Smith, and Steve Underwood.

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