Othello, 1965, starring Laurence Olivier

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) along with executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a film that recounts the inspiring, entertaining and colorful life of world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert--a story that is by turns personal, funny, moving and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores Roger Ebert's legacy--his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Hamlet, 1948, starring Laurence Olivier & 1996, starring Kenneth Branagh

A consortium of six midcoast Maine not-for-profits will share short documentary films that highlight people making a difference in our community. After the screening of the films, spokespersons from the organizations will answer questions about the projects depicted in the films and their organizations in general. The films include: 

One of the most esteemed actors of our generation together with one of the most distinguished directors, and a mix of dedicated theater actors and legends, brings to life one of the more remarkable theatre productions about the nature of power. Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW across 3 continents and over 200 performances, revealing some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Richard III.

Introduced by CIFF's Founder/Director Ben Fowlie and Farnsworth Art Museum's Director of Education Roger Dell
co-presented by the Camden International Film Festival and the Farnsworth Art Museum
Camden International Film Festival, The Strand and the Farnsworth Art Museum bring you 1978 Academy Award Nominee Running Fence directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin. The film is a celebration of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's vision; first a four-year struggle, then 24 1/2 miles of white nylon fabric, rising from the Pacific and stretching like a white sail across California.

Made over the course of fifteen years, the film explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist, Ralph Steadman. Insightful, humorous, and visually stunning, this is a study in honesty, friendship and the ambition that drives an artist.

Director Charles Paul meticulously amassed the footage and created the remarkable animations for the film to match the same anarchic energy, anger and free spirit of Steadman’s pictures. Through Johnny Depp’s lead in this intimate portrait, we are able to reach to the heart of what makes this artist tick, his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties.

Directed by Charlie Paul

A film by Denys McCoy, Richard Rotert, Damon Sinclair, Cliff Sears
Narrated by Richard Chamberlain; Running time: 84 minutes

The Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, present this ongoing series of short creative films entitled Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series. The series is shown in The Strand and includes an hour of short films.

Ageless and Timeless

Opening Film
Two Points of Failure
14 minutes