Maine Short Film Festival
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this continuing project.
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.
The satirical song “Gun Shop” comments on the escalation of mass gun violence in the United States. It argues that the proliferation of guns will continue to increase the number of victims. The song is an appeal to our nation to reexamine its obsession with guns.
This natural history conservation short on the nature of the Island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean was created to bring about local Island awareness of the richness and fragility of its local wildlife.
Cinematography – Mauricio Handler
Original Music & Editing – Merell M. M. Notten
Heart & Hand, is a short narrated, poetic tale about a farmer, his farm, the animals and the cycles of life. It gently carries you through seasons of continuity, death and rebirth.