Maine International Film Festival
Uncle and Nephew and next door neighbors, Bobby and Sonny Warren recollect a lifetime at sea, fishing for lobsters off the remote island of Vinalhaven, Maine. Dispelling the myth that lobstermen overfish, they shed light on their sustainable practice while revealing their wonderfully altruistic nature. As long standing, respected members of the community, their stories serve as an important chapter in Vinalhaven’s fascinating history.
This film is in part auto biographical to the director. It is also inspired by Native American’s
respect for animal life. The film was shot with the intention of grasping a somewhat timeless
theme, a boy and his bicycle. And over this theme was to be played more contemporary themes
facing Americans and the worlds mental and physical challenges. Symbolism plays a large part
of the film, i.e.: the boy is always bicycling away from us. Is he leaving this world behind? The
film was written and edited to leave a lasting impression by not finding closure at the end. Is it
the voice of memory, or an old soul departing.
A young man invites his ex to a party and has to accept that she is moving on from their relationship, even though he may not be over her.
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.
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.