November 2018
MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



Nov. 3: MFA Annual Meeting, Member Showcase, and Reception
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-5pm
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
This event is exclusively for MFA Members. RSVP today!

Nov. 10: MFA Lighting Workshop: Studio Lighting for Interviews & Narrative Scenes
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10, 1-5pm
WHERE: High Output, 86 Bell Street, Portland
COST: $35 for MFA Members; $75 for non-members; FREE to MFA Member students
REGISTRATION: Register today through Eventbrite!

Thank you to High Outputand Headlight AV, our lighting workshop sponsors!

Dec. 8: Basic-Level Workshop: Directing for the Camera
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-5:30pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
$25 for MFA Members; $50 for non-members
REGISTRATION: Register today through Eventbrite!

Want free or discounted admission to all MFA events and workshops? Become a member today!


Still from Zack Richard’s visual poem “Eyes.”

MFA Member Showcase on November 3!
On Saturday, November 3, six MFA Members will showcase their work at the 2018 MFA Annual Meeting. Join us to view and hear from these filmmakers about their work:

  • Mauricio Handler will show a clip from “Chile, A Wild Journey” and talk about his career as an underwater cinematographer.
  • Hannah Rafkin & Meg Robbins will show the trailer for “In Stitches,” their documentary about vernacular comedy in South Africa, and discuss the relevance of the film’s message to the current American political climate.

Artwork from “In Stitches,” a documentary by Hannah Rafkin & Meg Robbins

  • Kalle Bailey will show a clip from his documentary “After the Man” and share the challenges of filming in a secret location.
  • Zack Richard will share his visual poem “Eyes” and talk about his collaboration with poet Sye Elaine Spence.
  • Phoebe Parker will show her short film “Fly Girls,” which won the MOFF Broke & Stoked Fan Favorite Award this year.
  • Juliette Sutherland will share a clip from her in-production film “Sutherland Ship Models” and discuss working with family.

SIFF Announces Award Winners
The Sanford International Film Festival screened 80 independent films last month in venues throughout Sanford and Springvale. With films from the U.S., Armenia, South Korea, Russia, Australia, the U.K, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Greece, and beyond, the festival brought an array of international flavors to Southern Maine. The program kicked off with the New England premiere of “Clickbait,” Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein’s social satire horror film, and concluded with the world premiere of “Clutched,” a pirate film created by the Sanford High School Film Club. SIFF wrapped up on October 21 with its Tommy Awards, named for Sanford textile industrialist Thomas Goodall, and awarded 24 Tommys for everything from Best Student Film to Best International Film, Best Acting Ensemble, and the SIFF Audience Choice Award. Congratulations to everyone in the SIFF community who helped make the festival a success!

Damnationland & Damndance 2018
If you didn’t catch screenings of Damnationland last month, keep your eyes peeled for the release of the 2018 DVD.  This year, over half of the films in the program were directed by female-identifying filmmakers. Audiences were delighted by the seven shorts: “In His House” by Shannon Meserve; “1918” by Jeremy Kasten and Fred Greenhalgh; “The Moment” by Samuel James; “Ultra Witchy” by Mariah Klapatch; “Crispy Duck” by Mark Hensley; “Fix It in Post” by E.C. Gregg (the ultimate filmmaker’s horror); and an interstitial narrative “The Party” by Mackenzie Bartlett.

The Damnation Crew brought a new element to their spooky offerings this year: the Damndance Film Festival, held October 26-27, showcasing films from across the globe. The juried film festival featured films from Austria, China, Italy, and the U.S. We can’t wait for them to bring this back again next year!



Oct. 24 – Nov. 7: The Tournées Festival in Lewiston (at Bates College)
While the festival kicked off on Oct. 24, there are still three more screenings of French films during Bates College’s 2018 Tournées Festival, including: “120 Battements Par Minute” on Saturday, Nov. 3; “Petit à Petit” on Monday, Nov. 5, and “Visages Villages” on Wednesday, Nov. 7. More information about the festival here.

Nov. 1, 2, 4: “I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan” in Portland
Beginning tonight, there are three opportunities to catch MFA Member Dick Kane’s documentary “I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan” at the Portland Museum of Art this weekend. The Ashley Bryan’s art is on display at the PMA–view his work, and then catch the documentary about this extraordinary creative’s life and career. More information and tickets here.

Nov. 9: “Infiltrators” in Portland (at MECA)
The Maine College of Art will screen Khaled Jarrar’s film “Infiltrators” on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6:00 pm. “Infiltrators” is a visceral “road movie” that chronicles the daily travails of Palestinians of all backgrounds as they seek routes through, under, around, and over a bewildering matrix of barriers. More information about the screening here.

Nov. 10: “Brewmaster” in Portland
To wrap up Portland Beer Week, SPACE Gallery is screening Douglas Tirola’s “BREWMASTER” two times on Saturday, Nov. 10. The film artfully captures the craftsmanship, passion and innovation within the beer industry, and features some local beer celebs. Tickets and info here. Cheers!

Nov. 11: “The Seventh Seal” in Portland
The Portland Museum of Art will show Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 am. Bergman’s stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning, this film was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America’s 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema’s boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing. Get your tickets here.

Still from “Bisbee ’17”

Nov. 14: “Bisbee ’17” in Portland
While Maine grapples with its history in the documentary “DAWNLAND,” award-winning filmmaker Robert Greene’s “Bisbee ’17” documents one Arizona town’s confrontation of their past. Catch the film at SPACE Gallery in Portland on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements, the film follows several members of the close knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. Tickets and details here.

Nov 14: “Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000” in Waterville
At 7:15 pm, Railroad Square Cinema will show Alain Tanner’s beloved film that follows eight casually utopian veterans of the consciousness of the ‘60s as they navigate a new world they themselves are trying to create through their eccentric but very deep idealism. Tickets and info at

Nov. 23-25: The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows in Portland
The Portland Museum of Art will host the 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows Nov. 23-25, featuring 16 international animated short films. “Animation is such a flexible and open-ended medium that it lends itself to exploring the innumerable aspects of what it means to be human,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “And this year’s program, as much as any of our past presentations, really illuminates human strengths and foibles, and the bonds that unite us across cultures and generations.” Learn more about the program and get your tickets here.

Nov. 27: “The Witch Files” in Brunswick
Didn’t catch the debut of “The Witch Files” in October? Don’t miss it at Frontier in Brunswick on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7pm. A Maine-native, Director Kyle Rankin filmed the movie in Bath, Brunswick, and Portland, and enlisted many local filmmakers for his crew. The film also stars Scarborough-native Greg Finley. Come out and see the great work by Maine filmmakers–get your tickets here!

Nov. 27: “Crime + Punishment” in Portland
Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, “CRIME + PUNISHMENT” chronicles the remarkable efforts and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. Catch the screening of this film at SPACE Gallery on Tuesday, Nov. 27, followed by a live videochat with NYPD12 officer. Info and tickets here.


Thriving Filmmaker
You may have already heard the buzz about Thriving Filmmaker, a free online resource hub with tools and courses to help you build a sustainable career as an indie filmmaker. Check it out today at

The Talent Manager
The United Kingdom’s #1 recruitment site for television program creators is now available in the U.S.! 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.


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 October e-News:
Adam Belanger, Troy Bennett, Aviva Briefel, Allison Cooper, Elena Cueto-Asin, Elizabeth Girard, Pete Haase, Kyle Lamont, Tim Ouillette, Thomas Pierce, Victoria Poole, Hannah Rafkin, Zack Richard, Martha Speiss, Irene Yadao, Tate Yoder, Tricia Welsch.

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