Camden International Film Festival at the Farnsworth

Saturday, October 3, 2009 11:30am
Farnsworth Auditorium
MADE IN MAINE SHOWCASE AT THE FARNSWORTH:
Saturday, October 3
11:30 – 3:00
 
Showcase 1: BACK TO THE LAND – 11:30
Reception: Farnsworth Library – 12:30 – 1:30
Showcase 2: PRESERVING THE NATURE OF MAINE &
ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING – 1:30 – 3:00
 
BACK TO THE LAND: Short Films from the Collections of Northeast Historic Film
USA, 65mins.
Moving images that show potato spraying in the ‘20’s, 4H dairying in the ‘40’s, part-time farming in the ‘50’s, and hand harvesting in the ‘80’s give us a glimpse into how agriculture, land use, and sustainability thread through the fabric of life in Maine. We will take a journey through the past 80 years to see just what it has meant to be - Back to the Land.
 
PRESERVING THE NATURE OF MAINE
Richard Kane, USA 28 mins
Followed by a Q&A with Director Richard Kane and members of NRCM
Chronicles the 50 year history of the Natural Resources Council of Maine: banning billboards; reviving spectacular rivers; reducing toxins; preserving land; fostering sound public policy; promoting clean energy and smarter planning for climate change; battling special interests with citizen action; and raising awareness to preserve the nature of Maine.
 
ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING
David Berez, USA 28mins World Premiere
Followed by a Q&A with Producer Stephen Huyler and Director David Berez
While imprisoned by her husband for fifteen years, a woman in central India invents an entirely new art form that expresses life's joy. Although Sonabai was illiterate and untrained, her artistic vision is now globally acknowledged. Her work has been the agent of significant social and economic improvement in her region. Sonabai's astonishing story confronts us with our own choices: do we allow ourselves to be victimized by our current issues or can we use our own inner resources to find creative solutions?
 
FEATURES AT THE FARNSWORTH:
Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4
 
A CHEMICAL REACTION
Brett Plymale, USA, 80 mins
Maine Premiere
Saturday, October 3 @ 3 PM
Followed by a Q&A with Director Brett Plymale and star Paul Tukey
Canada has spoken and toxic lawn and garden pesticides are now banned in most of the nation. A Chemical Reaction examines how Hudson, Quebec, became the first town in North America to ban these products and inspired hundreds of others to follow suit. One of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America, it started with one lone voice, Dr. June Irwin in 1984. 
 
LANGUAGE OF AMERICA
Ben Levine, USA, 81mins
Midcoast Premiere
Sunday, October 4 @ 2 PM
Followed by a Q&A with Director Ben Levine
Three Native American families from different New England tribes journey back into nature and into a dream of a time when words had meanings so big they could not be translated into English. As they unravel the secret of the survival of their 9,000 year old culture, they confront the power of a lie that Americans have yet to question.
 
LIFE BY LOBSTER
Iain McCray Martin, USA, 60 mins
Midcoast Premiere
Sunday, October 4 @ 12PM
Life By Lobster documents, in their own voices, the decisions made and challenges faced by the young lobstermen of Deer Isle, ME as they continue to choose to fish during a time of increasing regulations and economic pressures on the fishery. The film eloquently illustrates that fishing is more than a trade: it is a traditional Maine way of life.
 
A DROP IN THE BUCKET
Lauren Shaw, USA, 22mins
New England Premiere
Screens before Life By Lobster
A Drop in the Bucket is about providing safe water for the people of Cambodia, who lost everything to mass genocide: their culture, doctors, lawyers, schools, religion, and most importantly their way of life. Eighty percent of the population live outside the cities, and have no access to clean water. The country has the lowest water and sanitation coverage in East Asia and one of the lowest in the world. As a result there is an extremely high rate of infant mortality and widespread illnesses caused by cholera, diarrhea, and typhoid. Seventy four percent of all deaths in Cambodia come from water borne diseases.
 
For more information, visit www.camdenfilmfest.org. Tickets to Made in Maine Showcases are $10 each and include admittance to the reception. Tickets to the Features at the Farnsworth are $8.50 each. Tickets can be purchased before screenings at the Farnsworth Auditorium. All screenings are brought to you in part by the Farnsworth Art Museum. The Made in Maine screenings are presented by The First.
 
 
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