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CIFF Selects: See AMY at Camden Opera House on August 19

Posted August 3, 2015

 

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From BAFTA award­-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY will screen at the Camden Opera House at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 19th, as the last of the Camden International Film Festival’s monthly CIFF Selects documentary series.

AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy­ winner Amy Winehouse, in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

A once­-in-­a-­generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician who captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, she wrote and sang from the heart, using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of today. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention. This, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House, in partnership with SundanceNow Doc Club, are bringing CIFF Selects documentaries to Camden one Wednesday each month through August—sometimes including Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The films shown include selections from the SundanceNow Doc Club, an online platform for the world’s best documentarians, including many CIFF alumni. The aim is to give CIFF’s audience the chance to watch great films year-round.

This is the final CIFF Selects screening for this season. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office. The box office opens at 6 p.m.

Passes are also now on sale for the 2015 Camden International Film Festival (September 17 – 20) at www.camdenfilmfest.org. Early-bird prices available until Friday, August 7.

Immediate Job Opening: Festival Hub Manager

Posted July 28, 2015

Opening Night photo: Ben KrebsWould you like to be at the heart of the Camden International Film Festival this year?

Are you a well-organized, gracious person who likes working with the public?

We need a dynamic, engaging, responsible Festival Hub Manager who will be ready to welcome all attendees to CIFF. The Hub Manager will work for several hours each week starting in early August, with a daily commitment from Saturday, September 12, through Monday, September 21. The Hub Manager should have the use of a laptop during weekly production meetings and while working together with CIFF office staff.

The Hub Manager has three key areas of responsibility:

  • Sales: Managing the process of selling, assembling and providing passes for Festival participants, and overseeing the Festival pass database
  • Staffing: Determining Hub staffing requirements; communicating with, training and scheduling Hub volunteers
  • General Management: Setting up and managing the Hub, pass pick-up and pass-holder information centers; training volunteer staff in pass pick-up and database procedure

For complete details, visit http://www.camdenfilmfest.org/jobs. To apply, please email Festival Producer Manette Pottle: mpottle@camdenfilmfest.org.

CIFF Selects: Sundance Winner CARTEL LAND! July15 at the Camden Opera House!

Posted July 9, 2015

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The 2015 Sundance Winner CARTEL LAND will screen at the Camden Opera House at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, as part of the Camden International Film Festival’s monthly CIFF Selects documentary series.

CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy: the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

In the Mexican state of Michoacan, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as El Doctor, leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley—a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley—Tim “Nailer” Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border.

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman—who won both the Directing Award and Special Jury Award for Cinematography in the U.S. documentary competition at Sundance this year—embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. Executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER, ZERO DARK THIRTY) brings to the screen a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.

Last week, CIFF launched the inaugural Camden/TFI Retreat presented by CNN, which provided mentorship and guidance to five US filmmaking teams, focusing on creative, cinematic, character-driven documentaries. Among the esteemed industry mentors brought in to lead this retreat was Matt Hamachek, editor of CARTEL LAND.

Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House, in partnership with SundanceNow Doc Club, are bringing CIFF Selects documentaries to Camden one Wednesday each month through August—sometimes including Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The films shown include selections from the SundanceNow Doc Club, an online platform for the world’s best documentarians, including many CIFF alumni. The aim is to give CIFF’s audience the chance to watch great films year-round.

The final CIFF Selects screening for this season will be held August 19. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office. Passes are now on sale for the 2015 Camden International Film Festival (September 17-20) at www.camdenfilmfest.org

CIFF unveils the inaugural Camden/TFI Retreat presented by CNN Films!

Posted June 22, 2015

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We are thrilled to finally be able to unveil the launch of a filmmaker retreat in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and CNN Films. The five-day Camden/TFI Retreat, presented by CNN Films, will kick off today in Camden and Rockport, Maine and will provide mentorship and guidance to five U.S. filmmaking teams focused on creative, cinematic, character-driven documentaries.

 

The five projects selected for the Retreat represent exciting new voices in documentary and embody the theme “American Stories.” All the projects feature character-driven portraits of America, drawing from a variety of different regions, issues and perspectives. Together, the films form a diverse but intersecting body of work that maps the social, cultural and economic shifts happening in America today.

 

The retreat, which includes a series of master classes, mentoring sessions, and workshops, will take place in an intimate and natural environment on the picturesque coast of Maine. It will be led by expert advisors including Director Steve James (Hoop DreamsThe InterruptersLife Itself), Co-President of Submarine Entertainment Josh Braun, Producer Andrea Meditch (Grizzly ManMan on WireBuck), Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Music by PrudenceGod Loves Uganda), Editor Matt Hamachek (If a Tree FallsGideon’s ArmyCartel Land), Senior Director of CNN Films Courtney Sexton, and Vice President, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute Ryan Harrington.

 

The participants in the retreat are:

  • CORONER – Tommy C. Andres and Jacob Motz (Co-Directors); Ben Hethcoat (Producer)

CORONER follows Dr. Thomas Noguchi, one of the most important investigators in many of Hollywood’s most mysterious and controversial tragedies, earning him the nickname “Coroner to the Stars.” He became a trailblazing figure in the world of forensics, revolutionizing the science and ushering it into popular culture before ultimately being forced from office in scandal.

 

  • COUNCILWOMAN – Margo Guernsey (Director and Producer)

COUNCILWOMAN follows the first term of Rhode Island Councilwoman Carmen Castillo as she balances her day job as a hotel housekeeper with the demands of public office.

 

  • GREYWATER;– Jeff Unay (Director); Ariel Sultan (Producer); James Orara (Co-Producer)

GREYWATER is about Joe, a longtime amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighter, who sets his sights on Clayton, a young titleholder. Joe’s pursuit comes to a head as his life outside the cage begins to unravel.

 

  • THE REAGAN YEARS – Pacho Velez (Director); Sierra Pettengill (Producer)

THE REAGAN YEARS is about a prolific actor’s defining role: Leader of the Free World. It uses the Reagan administration’s internal documentation to capture the spectacle of American might at its peak.

 

  • ROLL RED ROLL – Nancy Schwartzman (Director); Jessica Devaney and Steven Lake (Co-Producers)

ROLL RED ROLL is an immersive documentary thriller investigating rape culture in small town America.

CIFF Summer Preview Party & Fundraiser! July 8 at Brewster Point Barn!

Posted June 9, 2015

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DONATE to come to our 2015 Preview Party on Wednesday, July 8 at Brewster Point Barn and RSVP today! This year, in addition to a sneak preview of the 2015 films, we have filmmakers and a behind-the-scenes look at what CIFF’s got up its sleeve for this year!

We believe that CIFF and Points North have a unique opportunity to re-imagine the role of what a “small-town” film festival can accomplish. And while the festival experience will always remain the core of our organization, we’re eager to develop our greater vision—to be a leader in the discovery of next generation nonfiction storytellers, and to be a trailblazing explorer of interactive media’s cutting edge. We couldn’t be more excited about what has been accomplished and what’s in store for 2015 and beyond.

We are extremely grateful for your support, and hope that you will Save the Date for our 2015 Festival held September 17-20, 2015!

We want to start this next chapter off right and hope you’ll consider a year-end tax-deductible donation. Your gift will go towards the development of new opportunities and the strengthening of our operations, ensuring the needs of our growing programs are met.

 

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