Maine

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Bird Carver

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

2016 | Directed by Madeleine Cohen

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.

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The Long Haul

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Chloe White

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.

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Clothes Encounter

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Mike Perlman

Clothes Encounter is a commercial shot for a local thrift store featuring a parodied pop song.

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Meredith’s Medicine

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

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

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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This Time It’s Shopping

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Chek Wingo

A family-friendly short about a peculiar customer who interrupts a gift store owner’s quiet day. Is she really shopping… or is this some kind of game?

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Maine Heritage Orchard

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

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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Gun Shop

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

Directed by Alan Magee

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.

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Signing

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Gina Catalfo Nelson

A heartwarming, teenage love story about trust and accepting others for exactly who they are. Noah begins to fall in love with his new neighbor Becky, only to find out she has a secret.