The 15th annual Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) will feature the most extensive array of Maine-made feature films in MIFF’s history. The opening night film, Vacationland, is a narrative feature about several members – and one would-be member – of a scattered family who journey to the mountains of western Maine for a reunion that no one seems to know about, and find beauty, truth and a buried treasure of no particular worth. According to Festival Programmer Ken Eisen, Vacationland is “a very funny, very honest, very observant human comedy” from Jamie Hook, director of the acclaimed Indie feature The Naked Proof. The Opening Night film will screen on Friday, July 13 at 6:30pm at the Waterville Opera House. Vacationland star Karen Black will be appearing as a special guest of the festival.
This year’s program includes the premiere of three other Maine-filmed narrative features. Like the Water follows Charlie, a young journalist, as she returns to her hometown of Camden, Maine to write and give the eulogy of her childhood friend's memorial. Nor’easter is the story of a young priest, Erik, who serves as the sole Catholic authority on a small island off the coast of Maine who becomes involved in the investigation of a missing child who mysteriously returns to his family after 5 years. And finally, Carl Hersch has a front row seat to the end of all things as he recalls the events that unfold in The Eighteenth Hour. Carl’s recollections follow Dominic through a harrowing ordeal where this enigmatic teen comes to realize that the harsh reality he’s sought to escape through his imagination is a reality doomed by malevolent forces bent on merging their world with ours.
The program also includes several Maine-made documentaries, including the world premieres of Hardwater, a film about ice-fishing, and Dreamcatcher, a decade-in-the making fusion of dance and film, as well as screenings of Girl Model and Flat Daddy. In addition to the feature length films, MIFF 2012 is offering a strong selection of Maine-made shorts, both live action and animated, including the premiere of the documentary, David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth by filmmaker Richard Kane.
About the Maine International Film Festival: The 15th annual Maine International Film Festival will take place in Waterville, Maine from July 13-22, at Railroad Square Cinema and the newly renovated Waterville Opera House. During the 10 days of the festival, MIFF will feature nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and International independent cinema and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers.
More than just watching movies, audiences also have opportunities to meet and talk with some of the people behind the movies including directors, producers, writers and actors. Every year MIFF honors members of the independent film industry whose contributions deserve recognition. Honored guests and visiting filmmakers host panel discussions and Q&A sessions, giving festival audiences an incredible chance to hear about the art of film from those on the front-lines.
The full MIFF schedule is now available on the festival’s website, www.miff.org, and tickets for each individual show are on sale now through noon on the day of the screening. Passes start at $85 and are now available for purchase through the website. in 1998, The Maine International Film Festival is a project of the Maine Film Center.