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CIFF Selects: VANISHING SAIL on May 19 at the Camden Opera House!

Posted April 27, 2016

The Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House will screen VANISHING SAIL, followed by a skype Q&A with the director on May 19 at 7 PM as the next title in the popular CIFF Selects monthly series. The film is presented by Maine Boats Homes and Harbors, and will be part of an evening celebrating Lyman Morse’s acquisition of the Wayfarer corporation. The event will kick off the 2016 Business is Blooming presented by the Camden Area Business Group.

Directed by Alexis Andrews, VANISHING SAIL follows Alwyn Enoe one of the last wooden boat builders in the village of Windward, Carriacou, where the traditions of boat building were once crucial to the survival of local communities skimming a living from the sea. Featuring striking cinematography, rare archival and exciting sailing footage, and interviews with Caribbean sea captains,VANISHING SAIL is sure to entertain and capture the attention of all who have an interest in boat building, sailing, sustainable community, and maritime history.

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VANISHING SAIL is a special co-presentation between CIFF, the Camden Opera House and the Town of Camden. It screens as part of the 5th annual Business is Blooming, the downtown event where Camden celebrates its new businesses that have opened during the past year. The event will run May 19 to 22, 2016, and feature sidewalk sales, the Camden Garden Club’s annual “Plants for Scholars” sale, children’s activities at the library, and a special evening at the Opera House to honor Camden’s new business owners and operators.

One of the businesses that has opened in Camden this past year is Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, expanding from their Thomaston facility to add the Wayfarer Marine property. The long-time marine heritage represented by the new “Lyman Morse at Wayfarer” is central to the town’s working waterfront heritage. Members of the Lyman family will be on hand to speak prior to the CIFF Selects screening. At a reception the same evening, the Camden Area Business Group will honor the Lymans and other new business owners for their contributions to Camden’s year-round economy.

“We are excited to bring VANISHING SAILS to Camden and celebrate Lyman’s great work in partnership with the Camden Area Business Group and Maine Boats Homes and Harbors” said CIFF’s Founder/Executive Director Ben Fowlie.

“I’m happy that this film and evening will include a focus on the special traditions and culture of wooden boat building; traditions that our Midcoast community embrace, use and teach – making us such a special place. Unfortunately, as the film details, this art becomes more unique worldwide with each passing year,” added Camden Opera House Manager Kerry Hadley.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House on this project,” says Community Development Director Karen Brace. “In conjunction with the Camden Area Business Group, the welcome event for our new businesses will be an evening to remember.”

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced in the coming months. The screenings are held on the third Thursday each month, except for July when the screening will take place on the third Wednesday of the month. Upcoming screening dates include June 16, July 20 and August 18. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office.

More information here: Camden Opera House

CIFF Selects: Josh Fox’s HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD on April 14 at the Camden Opera House!

Posted April 11, 2016

Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House bring HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE from Josh Fox (Oscar-nominated director of GASLAND) to the COH on Thursday, April 14 at 7 pm as the next installment of the popular series CIFF Selects.

HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE screens in honor of Earth Day and as part of Sustainable Maine series – CIFF’s program connecting Maine-based environmental leaders and allies with powerful documentary films that spark public dialogue and responsive, local actions to address the intersecting environmental challenges (and opportunities) related to climate change, ocean and land conservation, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.

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Josh Fox’s climate documentary (Sundance Film Festival 2016) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known.

Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? Fox is screening his documentary in only 100 towns and cities in the US, now adding Camden to this tour.

“We’re thrilled to bring Josh’s latest documentary to Camden for April’s CIFF Selects. His work, as always, should spark a great conversation around climate change” said CIFF’sFounder/Executive Director Ben Fowlie. “Michael Moore’s provocative WHERE TO INVADE NEXT brought a house of nearly 150 to the Camden Opera House and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than with HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD” added Kerry Hadley of the Camden Opera House.

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced in the coming months. The screenings are held on the third Thursday each month, except for April which will fall on the second Thursday of the month, and in July when the screening will take place on the third Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming screenings dates include April 14, May 19, June 16, July 20 and August 18. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office.

More information here: Camden Opera House Website

 

CIFF Selects returns to Camden Opera House March 17 with Michael Moore’s WHERE TO INVADE NEXT!

Posted March 1, 2016

Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House are bringing back the popular monthly series CIFF Selects to Camden one Thursday each month (except for one Wednesday in July) through August – March 17, April 14, May 19, June 16, Wednesday July 20 and August 18.

To kick off the series, which will launch Wednesday, March 17 at 7 PM, CIFF Selects brings Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore’s latest film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT to Camden. Just in time for election season, America’s favorite political provocateur is back with this provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.

Honored by festivals and critics alike, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the prolific director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.

“We’re thrilled to once again work with the Camden Opera House and the Town of Camden to bring great documentary films year-round to our local audience.. Last years CIFF Selects program was a great success, and we’re excited about sharing this brand new slate of films with our growing audiences. Community engagement is at the heart of our organization, and we couldn’t think of a more timely or exciting movie than Michael Moore’s WHERE TO INVADE NEXT to kick off this popular series,” said CIFF’s Founder/Executive Director Ben Fowlie. “We’re looking forward to stirring conversation following the screening.”

“The town of Camden and the Camden Opera House are so pleased that we could support and encourage the growth of the annual Film Festival, and now for the second year to partner with CIFF Selects, which expands the annual festival to offer cultural enrichment and stunning documentaries on virtually a year round basis,” added Kerry Hadley of the Camden Opera House.

Popular titles that garnered record-breaking attendance for the CIFF Selects series in 2015 included Oscar-nominated titles AMY and CARTEL LAND, CIFF 2014 Audience Winner Maine-made WILD HOME, a special screening of PLANETARY on Earth Day.

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced in the coming months. The screenings are held on the third Thursday each month, except for April which will fall on the second Thursday of the month, and in July when the screening will take place on the third Wednesday of the month. Upcoming screenings dates include  April 14, May 19, June 16, July 20 and August 18. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office.

More information here: http://www.camdenoperahouse.com/

CIFF and Points North Set 2016 Dates: September 15 to 18

Posted November 5, 2015

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The 12th Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum will be held in Camden, Rockport and Rockland from September 15 to 18, 2016.

This past September, CIFF and Points North hosted over 100 filmmakers, film industry representatives and journalists, with filmmakers in attendance at nearly every screening and more development opportunities for features and shorts through Points North — all making the 11th edition our most successful festival to date.

We will soon be announcing a year-round, statewide screening tour focusing on the theme of Sustainable Maine — the result of our annual Points North Engagement Summit. There will also be announcements about the monthly CIFF Selects film series, and about expanded opportunities in 2016 for filmmakers with works-in-progress.

Filmmakers may submit their completed documentaries (features and shorts) to CIFF or their works-in-progress to the Points North Fellowship starting in January 2016. Keep an eye on CIFF’s website and this newsletter for further information on upcoming programs and guidelines for submitting films in the coming months.

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CIFF and Points North 2015 Winners!

Posted September 22, 2015

The Festival closed Sunday evening with the U.S. premiere of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING straight from its world premiere at Toronto. Prior to the screening, CIFF hosted its annual Awards Ceremony, presenting four awards for documentary features and one for a documentary short, in addition to its Points North Pitch Award and three grants awarded through a partnership with the Conservation Media Group.

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CIFF partnered this year with the Conservation Media Group on the CMG Action Grant Pitch, open to projects from filmmakers and organizations alike that used video to create measurable action in ocean conservation or sustainable energy. With the strength of this inaugural class of applicants, CMG chose to award grants to not one but three projects.

  • SUNCATCHER, Shalina Kantayya (7th Empire Media) – $10,000
  • PICK IT UP!, Razan Ghalayini – $6,000
  • A TALE OF PLASTIC, Tierney Thys & Noe Sardet (Parafilms) – $10,000

 

 

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CIFF and long-time partner Documentary Educational Resources launched a new award at the 2015 festival: the John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media. The competition included eight contemporary titles screening in the main slate alongside historic ethnographic work in Being There, a sidebar supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The 2015 John Marshall Award went to Anna Roussillon’s I AM THE PEOPLE (JE SUIS LE PEUPLE).

 

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CIFF continued to champion short films in the 2015 edition. Each year it showcases the Cinema Eye Honors Shorts nominees which were announced last week from Camden. CIFF partnered with the Boston-based Non-Fiction Cartel to award the Camden Cartel Award for Best Short to Paulina Skibinska’s OBJECT, with Special Jury mention going to Eleanor Mortimer’s TERRITORY.

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Jurors Turner Ross (Co-Director, WESTERN), Eric Hynes (Film Comment) and Charlotte Selb (RIDM) awarded the 2015 Emerging Cinematic Vision Award to Anna Roussillon’s I AM THE PEOPLE (JE SUIS LE PEUPLE), with Special Jury Mention going to Morgan Knibbe’s THOSE WHO FEEL THE FIRE BURNING.

 

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This year’s jury of Janet Pierson (SXSW), Jason Osder (Director, LET THE FIRE BURN) and Charlie Phillips (The Guardian) awarded the 2015 Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature to Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli’s FRAME BY FRAME, with Special Jury Mention going to Alexandre Nanau’s TOTO AND HIS SISTERS.

 

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The 2015 Camden International Film Festival Audience Award sponsored by Ann and Dick Costello went to Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s BEST OF ENEMIES.

 

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On Saturday at the annual Dowling Walsh Gallery Reception, sponsored by CNN Films, CIFF announced the winner of the 2015 Points North Pitch Award and Modulus Finishing Fund, which went to GREYWATER, directed and produced by Jeff Unay. GREYWATER was also a participant in CIFF’s inaugural Camden/Tribeca Film Institute Retreat presented by CNN this past June. CIFF will continue to support all six selected Points North Fellowship projects at the Cinema Eye Honors in January 2016.

 

 

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