Maine International Film Festival
Adapted from a short story by Stephen King, Harvey’s Dream explores the blurred lines between perception and reality inherent to the rigors of Alzheimer’s disease. Harvey, suffering from the onset of Alzheimer’s, awakes from a terrifying dream and his wife Janet is left to confront the possibility that it is all too real. Providing glimpses into their past and present familial relationships, this short film captures a snapshot of a family dealing with the sad ravages of time.
Down-and-out middle-aged sisters Betty and Dot have spent the past fifteen years performing a vaudeville act inspired by classic 1960’s Japanese horror movies. As the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur, Dot longs to escape the world of ‘The Two Tiny Beauties of Infant Island,’ while Betty begins to believe that Monsura is actually coming to save her.
Over the past half-century, water-powered grain mills in Pennsylvania either converted to electric or shut down completely. In Union County, only one remains. Miller Curt Falck is doing something different — he turns grain into flour and animal feed using water power. This beautifully shot short documentary offers a glimpse into the past through the day-to-day operations of Grove’s Mill on Buffalo Creek. Something Different offers a glimpse into a world that many people will never see in their lifetimes — a working gristmill running on water power.
Chuck is a young man with a delicate condition that requires a structured and reclusive lifestyle. Unfortunately he’s also just fallen in love with an impulsive, foul-mouthed thespian named Marla.
Stranded is a story about a young man who finds himself lost in New York City after a heavy night of drinking. On his journey home he reflects upon his life. The story is told through a series of voice-mails from his friends and family that he is unable to receive because his cell phone is broken. The messages from his phone help generate context for the action on screen much like title cards in a silent film.
Set on the unforgiving Maine coast, Baby Blue follows the journey of a father delving into the nature of closure and fulfilling promises.
With the snap of her fingers, Binto can defy the laws of nature. She can do everything from transporting her friends to instantly commanding a thunderstorm. Okay… maybe that’s just her imagination. But in Kennedy Park, kids are not constrained by the conventions of reality. Kids of the World features 11 young people who once lived in Africa, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere in the United States, who now find themselves in Lewiston, Maine, sharing one communal park. The kids were invited to make up stories – some based on their personal lives, some completely fictional – and then discuss, reenact, and perform these stories on the big screen. 11 Kids, 4 Stories, 1 Park. Part documentary and part fantasy, Kids of the World is all fun.
Three estranged siblings reunite in their ancestral home in Maine to attend to the unpleasant business of their mother’s passing. As they confront each other about their past, the future of their family hangs in the balance.