October 2019 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



OCTOBER 12: Fully Resolve’d Workshop
The Fully Resolve’d Workshop is a comprehensive, introductory-level class designed for those starting out on DaVinci Resolve and/or those migrating to Resolve from another editing, FX, or coloring platform. 

WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
WHERE: Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/fully-resolved
COST: $50 MFA Members; $100 non-members
REGISTRATION: Register today through EventbriteThis workshop is limited to 20 participants.

OCTOBER 26: 2019 MFA Lighting Workshop
The MFA Lighting Workshop is designed for and open to ALL members of the Maine film community. We encourage our members to take advantage of this opportunity to watch and learn about the magic of lighting for motion picture production. The MFA welcomes Mo Flam, Daniel Stephens, and Dean Merrill as our 2019 team of instructors, bringing their years of experience and vast knowledge to High Output for a day of learning.

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
WHERE: High Output – Portland, 83 Bell Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/lighting-2019
COST: $10 for MFA Student Members, $45 MFA Members; $100 Non-members
REGISTRATION: Register today through Eventbrite!

OCTOBER 26: Maine Filmmaker Showcase: REASON 4369

Lewiston High School students involved with thegenzproject, a film-based storytelling initiative that focuses on empowering the adolescents of Generation Z on sharing their stories, created the documentary REASON 4369, an exploration of life in Lewiston through 20+ interviews with their peers. Enjoy a screening of the film, followed by a Q&A and discussion with filmmakers Adey Ahmed and Zamzam Elmoge. 

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/reason-4369
COST: suggested donation of $5

November 9: 2019 MFA Year-End Member Wrap Party
Join the Maine Film Association Board of Directors and fellow MFA Members at the 2019 MFA Year-End Member Wrap Party!

  • Learn about the MFA’s 2019 accomplishments, what’s to come in 2020, our new fiscal sponsorship program, and grant opportunities.
  • Share your thoughts, concerns, and feedback through group listening sessions.
  • (Re)connect with members during a happy hour reception.

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2:00–5:00 pm
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/2019-wrap-party
COST: FREE to all MFA Members

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!


Damnationland is HERE!
Since the announcement of the 2019 Damnationland filmmakers, we’ve been on pins and needles awaiting the productions from these creatives and their teams. On Friday, October 11, the wait is over– Damnationland 2019 will premiere at the State Theater in Portland– get your tickets today
This year’s Damnationland films are:
  • Laynie Needs a Light, directed by Jill Harrigan
  • Welcome Back, directed by Remy Brecht
  • The Miss Blueberry Pageant, directed by Sarah Kennedy
  • Genesis 23, directed by Stacey Koloski
  • Fox + Rose in: Exes-ism, directed by Derek R. Brigham
  • and interstitial segments by RJ Wilson

Don’t miss Maine’s most beloved collaborative and freaky film event! If you can’t make it on the 11th, there is an encore screening at the Nickelodeon in Portland on October 16, and a Halloween screening at Frontier in Brunswick!


October 2-5: Emerge Film Festival in Lewiston
Emerge Film Festival is back in 2019, and is FREE to attendees. Get yourself up to Lewiston for a slate of features, documentaries, shorts, parties, and more. Check out their lineup, and join the MFA on Friday, Oct. 10, at 10:00 am for a Filmmaker Listening Session!

October 6: IT TAKES A COMMUNITY in Bar Harbor
Maine filmmaker Peter Logue’s documentary “It Takes a Community” will be screened at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor on Sunday, October 6. The film “tells the story of The Parish House, a model of supported housing on Mount Desert Island for young adults with disabilities.” Learn more here.

October 11: Damnationland in Portland
Damnationland is back, bringing horrific Maine-made shorts to the State Theater in Portland for the 10th year running. The 2019 premiere is not to be missed– the ultimate celebration of the scary and freaky, Damnationland collaborations between Maine filmmakers, actors, and local creatives makes for the best party in town. Check out the lineup and get your tickets today at damnationland.com.

October 16-19: Sanford International Film Festival in Sanford
 Each year, Sanford city, schools, and businesses come together to celebrate and honor the best and most unique independent films and filmmakers in the world– a true community event that welcomes all! Enjoy Grindhouse Wednesday, Thursday at the Theater, Horror Friday, and SIFF Saturday at this year’s festival, October 16-19. Learn more about the lineup and get tickets today at sanfordfilmfest.com.

October 19: IN STITCHES in New York City
Congratulations to MFA Members Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins, whose 2018 documentary IN STITCHES will make its New York premiere at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday, October 18! Learn more here, and get yourself to the Big Apple to celebrate with these awesome Maine filmmakers!

October 25-30: FOR SAMA in Brunswick
As part of its ongoing Documentary Series, Frontier in Brunswick will host 5 screenings of FOR SAMA later this month. “FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.” 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 September e-News:

Eric Anderson, Blackmagic Design, Merritt Carlton, Tom Eichler, Madeline Harris, Bruce Hilsmeyer, Nat Ives, David Jester, Jasper Lowe, Emilia Nadirov, David Pierson, PYCO, and David Svens.

Send Us Your News
Got anything to share? Send us information about your work, articles, events, requests, job openings, or interesting news items to us at info@mainefilm.org, and we’ll be sure to get the word out!