Documentary

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Meredith’s Medicine

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

Meredith’s Medicine
2015 | Directed by Andrew Burgess

Meredith has always harbored a deep connection with her favorite ski resort, but after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, her relationship with the mountain entered a whole new level.

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The Raw Essence of Carlo Pittore

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

The Raw Essence of Carlo Pittore
2015 | Directed by Richard Kane

The Raw Essence of Carlo Pittore is part of a series of films titled Great American Artists launched in 1999 as Maine Masters. Carlo Pittore (b. Charles Stanley, 1943-2005) was one of the original founders of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, the sponsor of this film series. As his friend the poet Bob Holman says in the film, “Carlo led a merry band of artists” in the 70s living in the yurts of Bowdoinham. Carlo was an internationally renowned “mail” artist and the postcards he sent around the world and exhibited at over a thousand shows are extraordinary.

It is with the hope that the release of this short will encourage others to help us fund the feature length version of this very complex artist. Contact mainemasters1@gmail.com for more information about this continuing project.

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The First Thought

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

The First Thought
2016 | Directed by Elayne Cronin

A mother learns to let go of her son who is addicted to heroin.

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Going the Distance

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

Going the Distance
2016 | Directed by Jessie Beers-Altman

At the 121st annual Penn Relays track meet in Philadelphia, three runners prove that age is just a number as they compete in a 75-and-older 100m dash.

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Crest Of The Hill

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

Crest Of The Hill
2015 | Directed by Amanda Kowalski and Samantha Broun

As his Alzheimer’s progresses, Greg O’Brien prepares to sell his family home.

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Memorial

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

Memorial
2016 | Directed by Ben Pender-Cudlip

Craftsmen are dwarfed by giant, abstract sculpture in Memorial, an experimental documentary. Monumental sculptures appear first as silhouettes, emphasizing their geometric purity and reminding us that cinema itself is act of reduction and representation. Human craftsmen provide scale, and the eyes through which we perceive the work. Crawling about and even soaring, God-like, over the rusty plates and tubes, they simultaneously humanize and deify this inanimate work. Archival footage introduces a sense of temporality, and asks us to consider how the scales of time differ for humans and our creations.

Memorial chronicles the complete lifecycle of its steel subject, but leaves the biggest question—why must it be destroyed?—to the audience. In considering this, we confront our own mortality and choices to express ourselves through art, even if it will not outlast us.

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Maine Heritage Orchard

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

Maine Heritage Orchard
2016 | Directed by Huey

Maine Heritage Orchard documents the transformation of a reclaimed gravel pit into the Maine Heritage Orchard, a living museum of apples traditionally grown in Maine.  Organic farmer and nationally recognized apple expert, John Bunker, and others pass on their knowledge of working the land to the young farmers settling in Maine, preserving Maine’s orcharding traditions.

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Dunk Tank Clowns

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

Dunk Tank Clowns
2015 | Directed by Daniel McGuire

Three men work as dunk tank clowns in carnivals across the north-east. The job requires quick wit, a thick skin and physical stamina. It was once easy money – but times have changed.

We learn the tricks of the trade – how to lure the suckers, how to work the crowd.
Tom has a “Sunday school” game – good-natured and witty. Terry pushes the boundaries of taste – and the crowd gets ugly in response. Kenny, the veteran, just seems a bit tired. They blame dwindling interest on “political correctness.”

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Coaching Colburn

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Jeff Bemiss

coachingJames Colburn was born with Fragile X Syndrome. At 26, he is a child at heart who uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him. James is living proof there is love and laughter in the face of autism.

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Hustler of Providence

1 Sep , 2016 | Posted by:

Hustler of Providence
2015 | Directed by Johnathan Paul

A short documentary film retelling the tragic life events of HIV activist and former sex worker Richard Holcomb, and how he uses those events to inspire others today.