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. - DIRIGO SHORTS
New at CIFF this year is Dirigo Shorts, a shorts program created by student filmmakers from Maine, curated by UMaine student Patricia Holmes.
11:45 a.m. - FINDING DONN FENDLER: LOST ON A MOUNTAIN IN MAINE 72 YEARS LATER
Ryan Cook and Derek Desmond/USA
In 1939, 12-year-old Donn Fendler was lost for 9 days in the woods of Maine near Mount Katahdin. His story of survival inspired the nation and continues to inspire through his book Lost on a Mountain in Maine. Through interviews and footage of Donn today, we discover what an amazing man Donn is and what his story has meant to the people of Maine.
1:30 p.m. - PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE
Jonathan Lee | USA | 2011
PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE is a film about Paul Goodman, the late social critic, poet, philosopher of education, or, as he called himself, "man of letters in the old-fashioned sense." The film follows a biography structured around interviews are interwoven with archival footage of Goodman and major events in which he was involved, along with photos made available by his widow Sally.
3:30 p.m. - DEAD RIVER ROUGH CUT
Stu Silverstein and Richard Searls/USA
Bob Wagg and Walter Lane live in a tarpaper shack, hunting, fishing, trapping and logging with oxen. Covering a period of four seasons in the remote backwoods of Maine, DEAD RIVER ROUGH CUT presents a revealing look at an individual way of life.
Ticket information for these and all other CIFF screenings may be found here.