Located on the rugged coast of Maine, the Camden International Film Festival returns for its seventh season from September 29 - October 2, 2011. Once again the Farnsworth Art Museum will serve as one of the festival's venues. Recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, the festival highlights work that show dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. Films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion on documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice.
10:30 a.m. - NHF PRESENTS WORKING WATERFRONTS OF MAINE
The Maine coast has long played a pivotal role in defining the State and the lives of its citizens. Using moving images from the vaults of Northeast Historic Film, this program examines the hard work that happens in these coastal communities.
11:30 a.m. - IN THE BLOOD
IN THE BLOOD presents a vivid illustration of the skills, life, and character of the turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen and river drivers.
1:15 p.m. - MADE IN MAINE SHORTS
THE STONE RULES
The Stone Rules highlights the 9 Maine Stone artists as they explain their creative process and the relationship of "the ideas they bring to the stone, and what the stone suggests". Narrated by Don Meserve, this film is tribute not only to artists, but to Don who passed away last year after a long struggle with Lung Cancer.
Nicole Marie Fuller and Daniel Quintanilla/USA
Midcoast Maine is more than Vacationland. Its youth is suffering from issues such as teen pregnancy, education, teen homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic and sexual abuse. This film shares the stories of selected local teens through the powerful imagery of stop motion animation. A traditional “behind the scenes” documentary is then made to capture what it takes to create a stop motion animation film.
YAYASAN PALUNG: SAVING THE PEOPLE TO SAVE THE FOREST
Yayasan Palung documents the destruction of the rainforest and brings this abstract problem down to earth, by introducing the audience to those who are living within these complex issues.
3:00 p.m. - DOCUMENTING MYTHOLOGIES: A UNIONDOCS COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTION
Documenting Mythologies follows eleven artists on a trip from Brooklyn to rural Maine. This simple ritual of escape becomes the frame for a series of short collaborative works made by the group in film, video, and radio. Diverse aesthetic approaches to documentary are used to explore a theme inspired by the 1957 collection of essays by Roland Barthes titled Mythologies. For Barthes, myths aren’t only the traditional stories we tell; there are myths everywhere within our everyday lives. They are the meanings that we take for granted, “the falsely obvious,” a confusion of Nature and History, and a site of potential ideological abuse. Followed directly by a panel discussion featuring members of the Union Docs collaborative at Asymmetrick Arts.
Ticket information for these and all other CIFF screenings may be found here.