Being a bit of a film-family here at the DAC, we are excited to continue our tradition of showing Maine Made Films on Sundays, with special guests! Come join us as we celebrate the cinema of our fair state!
Join Director Ian Bannon and select students from Figures of Speech Theater’s education program for a rare screening of their ground-breaking, puppet-and-animation interpretation of Mary Shelley’s classic.
Sunday, July 13, 7:30pm, $5 Suggested
HOW TO MAKE MOVIES AT HOME
Join members of the “Band” behind this raucous, chaotic, Maine-loving ode to low-fi filmmaking, made entirely in the coastal town of Biddeford. Structured as a series of “how-to” lessons on the fine art of low-fi filmmaking, this film tells the story of what happens to a small town when a big, brash Hollywood production shows up to use it as a location.
Sunday, July 27, 7:30pm, $5 Suggested
The reluctant face of a global brand, Burt of Burt’s Bees is the subject of this piercing, charming documentary, picturing the life of one of Maine’s—and America’s—most celebrated curmudgeons. Filmed largely in and around the quiet Maine backwoods, where Burt Shavitz spent the bulk of his last 40 years living in a 400 square-foot converted turkey coop, without running water or electricity, the film reveals a man at times amused by, at times disdainful of, his status as a global brand icon. Affectionate, humbling, and Maine-Made to the core, Burt’s Buzz is a minor-key delight.
Sunday, August 10, 7:30pm, $5 Suggested
By turns suspenseful, surprising, and contemplative, Night Labor is a fascinating portrait of a night worker in a Maine fish-packing plant. With few words, as befits the film’s recalcitrant subject, Night Labor unfolds with the tension of a mystery–albeit a banal one—as we observe our subject at home and at work in profound detail. Visually stunning, the film privileges the act of watching a man work, and leaves the viewer surprisingly uplifted.
Sunday, August 24, 7:30pm, $5 Suggested
A beautifully shot film, created in Millinocket in the depths of winter, BlueBird is a haunting tale of the ties that bind in a small rural town. When a school bus driver discovers a small child asleep on the back of her bus, it precipitates a series of interpersonal trials among the interconnected citizens of a small, midwinter, Maine town. Keenly observed, and powerfully acted, BlueBird sings a song of Maine with convincing pitch. (Bonus: Starring John Slattery of Mad Men!)