Maine

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Heart & Hand

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Sharyn Paul Brusie

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.

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Rocketship

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo

Rocketship is a 15-minute family drama in which an unlikely bond is forged between a lonely boy and an elderly man claiming to be a former astronaut. Together, they transform a vintage vacuum cleaner into a rocketship for a surprising journey. The film is inspired by the rocketship sculptures of artist David Random. Rocketship was an Official Selection of the New Hampshire Film Festival (Jury Award for NH Film of the Year), SNOB Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival (Winner, KidsEye Award), Mill Valley Film Festival sponsored by the California Film Institute, LA Shorts Fest, Boston Film Festival, Louisville’s Festival of Films, Northampton International Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, Knoxville Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, where it was named one the CIFF’s 20 “Must See Films” out of 345 films (180 features and 165 shorts) screened over 12 days. The CIFF review said, “It’s magical. It’s epic. The little boy who plays the lead is fantastic.” In June, 2014, Rocketship was featured at the 17th Dances With Films in Los Angeles, one of the film industry’s premier showcases for emerging talent. Starting in February, 2015, Rocketship is being featured inflight on Virgin Airlines worldwide.

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Liz

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Sharyn Paul Brusie

Liz documents the profound personal journey for survival of a young woman named Liz Leddy. Homeless at 13, Liz lived a tragic life of despair, raging behavior and a brutal fight to survive on the streets. Living in abandoned buildings on the waterfront of Portland, Maine, she battled alcoholism, an eating disorder, being raped, beaten, and a dark world of chaos. Eventually, her self-loathing led to daily thoughts of suicide. With raw grit and extraordinary conviction, Liz surrendered the struggle and found peace when she turned her fight to the boxing ring. She proved to be her own heroine in finding enough courage and strength to say yes to a new way of living.

Filmed over four years, we follow Liz as she reclaims her life from desperation, to a place of love, forgiveness and hope. Her dreams manifest as she becomes a favorite for competing in the 2012 Olympics…. the first time in history women have had the opportunity to compete in the Olympic sport of boxing. Liz’s story is an inspirational tale about a human being who awakens and relentlessly rises up through hard knocks, addiction, wins, losses, physical abuse, emotional abuse and self abuse to become an exceptional athlete and spiritually aware woman.

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Harvey’s Dream

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Ryan Shelley

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.

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11 Paper Place

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Daniel Houghton

11 Paper Place is a love story about two 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper that magically transform into paper people as they are spit out of a malfunctioning printer into a recycling bin.

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Inside Motherwell’s Dumpster

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Marnie Crawford Samuelson

Mike Wright is a sculptor working in the rich tradition of scavengers on the tip of Cape Cod. She finds unusual pieces of painted wood in a dumpster outside Sea Barn, the former home and studio of the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell. In a new sculpture she layers in Provincetown’s life as an important arts colony.

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Cold

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2014 | Directed by Kyle Grogan

The year doesn’t matter. Or isn’t remembered… North Korea sent fire into the south. America tried to intervene. As expected, nothing worked… for anyone. The world: flame. Few of us lived through it. Fewer of us are surviving.

Our region was north enough to see much less fire than the rest of the country, and, the rest of the world. That’s not to say it hasn’t gone to shit. It has. But we make due up here.

Because for the fewest of us that are making it… everyone’s cold.

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Death, Taxes and Apple Juice

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2012 | Directed by Tamar Halpern

Two little girls sip chardonnay, ponder life, and try to file their taxes.

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Monsura is Waiting

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

Monsura is Waiting
2014 | Directed by Kevin Newbury

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.

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Back Around: An Animated Ode to Portland, Maine

Sep 2013 | Posted by:

Back Around: An Animated Ode to Portland, Maine
2013 | Directed by Shamus Alley

Back Around is an animated music video created by Shamus Alley. A graduate of the Maine College of Art, Shamus has always been looking for a way to marry his two loves: music and art. Portland, Maine landmarks and characters serve as the backdrop of the video with an animated version of the artist meandering through the non-linear landscape. Shamus spent the better part of a year drawing, digitizing, syncing and editing his video using Flash, After Effects and ProTools. The finished product retains a home-made feel with Shamus’ distinctive drawing style.