Located on the rugged coast of Maine, the Camden International Film Festival returns for its eighth season from September 27 through 30, 2012. Recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, the festival highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. We like films that blur the line between fact and fiction, films that inspire and inform and most importantly, entertain.
The festival's main venues are Camden’s Opera House and Bayview Street Cinema and Rockland’s Strand Theatre and Farnsworth Art Museum.
MADE IN MAINE SHOWCASE
Saturday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.
GORANSON FARM: AN UNCERTAIN HARVEST
Director: William Kunitz / Country: USA / Year: 2012 / Length: 54 min. Filmmaker is scheduled to attend. World Premiere.
The 2009 season for the Goranson Farm in Maine began like most: full of hope for the coming year. But then June turned into the wettest on record, and July 4th brought hail and late potato blight. The film follows the farmers, as they struggle through the harvest and into the following year.
Saturday, September 29, 3 p.m.
Directors: Ryan Brod & Daniel Sites / Country: USA / Year: 2012 / Length: 75 min. Filmmakers are scheduled to attend.
HARDWATER chronicles quintessential Mainer, Bob Foster, the last in a dying breed of winter anglers. The 77-year-old Foster paints a picture of Maine's ice fishing history, while introducing us to key players in the tribal community today. Ultimately, HARDWATER is a film about a treasured Maine tradition, shared passion for storytelling, and the ways in which ice fishing brings people together during the harshest of seasons.
Sunday, September 30, 3 p.m.
Directors: Joe Fox & James Nubile / Country: USA / Year: 2011. Length: 87 min / Filmmakers are scheduled to attend.
On May 6th, 2009, Maine became the first state in the U.S. to grant same-sex couples the right to marry. Seven months later, on November 3rd, 2009 a referendum election reversed the legislation, becoming the 31st state to say “no” to same-sex marriage. QUESTION ONE chronicles the fierce and emotional battle that took place in Maine during that time.
Made in Maine - DIRIGO SHORTS
Sunday, September 30, 11:00 a.m.
DAVID DRISKELL: IN SEARCH OF THE CREATIVE TRUTH
Director: Richard Kane / Country: USA / Year: 2012 / Length: 29 min. Filmmaker and artist David Driskell scheduled to attend.
This film follows David Driskell, an esteemed artist and leading authority on African American art. Based in Falmouth, Maine, this film details the creative collaboration between artist and master printmaker, relationships that for Driskell have resulted in powerful works in a stunning career.
THE SEARCH FOR NORUMBEGA
Director: Georg Koszulinski / Country: USA / Year: 2012 / Length: 22 min. Filmmaker is scheduled to attend.
On early European maps of North America, the unexplored region of present-day Maine was often labeled “Norumbega.” A fabled land was said to be hidden within this vast wilderness. Did Norumbega ever actually exist, or was it simply a European projection onto an unknown landscape?
ROAD TO KATAHDIN
Director: Georg Koszulinski / Country: USA / Year: 2008 / Length: 10 min.
This Super 8mm film is a personal study regarding Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine, and its ever-changing relationship to humans over the past 10,000 years.
THE TOWN DOCK
Director: Melissa Davenport / Country: USA / Year: 2010 / Length: 24 min.
An experimental short reflecting the rhythms of summer, and the residents of a small town in the microcosm of the town dock. Observational in style, THE TOWN DOCK is about fleeting, timeless summer spaces shared by young people at the public dock in a rural lakeside town. The film explores freedom, fear, and personal nostalgia as the camera moves through the social landscape created by the architecture of the dock.