The MFVA announced the premiere of the Maine Short Film Festival 2017 at The Strand Theatre in Rockland on Friday night, December 9, 2016 to a crowd of 250 Maine film fans!! The program featured many of the filmmakers, jurors, and their cast and crews in a Q&A. The Festival will tour twelve Maine theaters through May 2017. See list of dates and venues below.
The 90-minute program celebrates Maine, its land, its people, and its creative soul, highlighting: Maine artists, fisherman, boat builders, wilderness guides, transgender people, and youth in all film genres from many well-known and some new-to-the-scene Maine filmmakers.
DISCOVER THE 2017 WINNERS !
by Bridget Besaw
Guided profiles the gentle spirit of Maine wilderness guide Ray Reitze sharing his philosophy of how to live in harmony with the outdoors to the next generation of guides while grappling with his own mortality as he transitions from the physical world of guiding to a more spiritual understanding of nature and our ephemeral place in it.
This Time It’s Shopping
by Jim Picariello
A peculiar customer interrupts a gift store owner’s quiet day. Is she really shopping… or is this some kind of game?
by Peter Logue
A short documentary that follows Michael Westphal, a native of Great Cranberry Island, as he prepares to run a marathon despite his increasingly difficult battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Bringing Boats to Life
by Steve Stone
Surely one of the greatest yacht restorations in recent history was the rebuild of the Fife schooner Adventuress by Rockport Marine, and OCH was right there, camera in hand, to get the project down on film. We were fortunate to work with photographer Alison Langley on this project, so the imagery is especially enticing with her still photography and additional video shots.
by Walter Ungerer
There are moments when the normal existence of everyday life, becomes a little bit beyond normal. The veil that hides our true existence from us, seems to become transparent. A man and a woman never seen in the film; survey their rural setting in a way that comes about when that veil parts. What we the viewers see, is Sebago Lake at Windham, Maine.
by Corey Norman
When a man attempts to cook diner for his wife, he ends up making more than just a mess.
To The Salton Sea
by Arthur Bell
To the dying Salton Sea. Inspired by Breaking Bad. Shot on an iPhone
by Chloe White
Long Haul follows one woman as she heads to sea on a fishing boat. In the eerie night or under the still bright sun, it’s not always clear where or when this is. It appears as a dream removed from the particulars of the woman’s circumstances and so in her melancholy narration she might not just be describing her own life alone, but also ours.
by Madeleine Cohen
Steven Valleau has been a professional bird carver for thirty years. In this understated film, Valleau shows us that even the quiet and passionate pursuit of a solitary art can take a surprising toll on the lives of those around him. Providing poignant glimpses into an artists’ life, as well as the nature of obsession, BIRD CARVER shows us how time can be purposefully, beautifully, and sometimes dangerously spent.
by Meghan Vigeant
Iggy is a transgender circus artist. He talks about the struggles he encountered before his gender transition and his dreams of becoming a circus artist.
by Dawn Nye and Katrazyna Randall
Occasionally is based on the imagined experience of the sailors aboard the Submarine Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea in 2000. The explores the ideas of faith. Faith in a system, faith in a structure, a relationship, a concept, and faith in the knowledge we believe we contain.
The First Kiss by Daniel Kayamba
Daniel is a 17 year old teenager originally from the Republic of Congo, a student now at Casco Bay High School in Portland, Me. “Do you remember your first kiss?” is his first film, a journey and a reflection on one’s life facing adversity and wondering about destiny and providence.
Oak Street Mural
by Alexis Iammarino and Scott Sell
The purpose of this Farnsworth-led project was to engage local youth in creating public art in downtown Rockland. The mural unveiling will celebrate the efforts of all those involved, give the public the opportunity to meet this artists and toast this new addition to the cultural vibrancy of Rockland’s downtown.
Mud and Run
by Daniel Quintanilla
Inspired by the surrealist technique of automatism, Mud and Run is a stop-motion animation featuring newspaper clippings on a toilet paper papyrus– a window into the authors’ drifting and apolitical state-of-mind in his mid-twenties.