Located ten miles off the coast of mainland New England, the Oceanic Hotel is the grand, yet far-from-modern home to the thousands of guests who brave the choppy seas to visit during the warmer spring and summer months. Off-season, the hotel and the 43-acre Star Island on which it sits is home to Alexandra de Steiguer – its winter caretaker who braves the colder, darker months of inclement weather by embracing the solitude and finding inspiration, and life, in what would otherwise be considered the ‘bones’ of winter.
It’s a Match! is a 15 minute documentary about one girl’s adventures in the online dating scene in Portland, Maine. Awkward, charming and poignant, Evelyn’s dates are less than successful.
2018 Online New England Film Festival | Mass Reality Film Check | Salem Film Fest | Documentary | Maine | Massachusetts | Mass Reality Check college documentary shorts program at SFF 2018 | Audience Award Winner
Take a trip off the coast of Maine and visit the country’s only colony of Atlantic Puffins. Follow these pint-sized seabirds across the island of Eastern Egg Rock, where researchers and interns work to continue to preserve this species in an effort which is forty-four years in the making.
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.
This time-lapse film captures 16 days of work on the Oak Street mural, a new addition to the cultural vibrancy of Rockland’s downtown. The project was guided by local community mural artist Alexis Iammarino who runs SaturdayStudio at the Rockland Recreation Center. She was joined by two professional Baltimore-based mural artists, “Jessie and Katey”, who have been collaborating on large-scale murals and installations across the country since 2001. The mural was also completed with help of local artists and volunteers of all ages.
Steven Valleau has been a professional bird carver for thirty years, most of them spent at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, Maine. In this understated film, Valleau shows us that even the quiet and passionate pursuit of a solitary art such as his 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.
We follow 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.
This film was made by possible thanks to the kind support from the Macdowell Colony.