Category Archives: Local Spotlight

Showcasing local talents in the film world.

Maine film ‘Hanover House’ gets what it wants (a world premiere) May 9-10

We’ve all heard the legend surrounding William Friedkin’s 1973 classic “The Exorcist,” where the production was surrounded by so many unusual deaths that many came to believe the film’s set was cursed. Same goes for “The Poltergeist” and “The Omen,” … Continue reading

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The Grand in Ellsworth to hold third annual LGBT Film Festival

This weekend, the LGBT Film Festival celebrates its third year at The Grand in Ellsworth with a new theme to inspire hope, building on the previous years when the festival highlighted the “It Gets Better” movement and “Sharing the Stories.” … Continue reading

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Q&A with ‘Roommate Wanted’ director Stephen Parkhurst

Full disclosure: I grew up with Stephen Parkhurst. I’ve known him since junior high school, where he and I, along with my brother Tony, bonded over our love of the cinema. When it came time for college, it was no … Continue reading

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River City Cinema to screen ‘Betting the Farm’

River City Cinema is hosting a screening of the Camden International Film Festival Audience Award-winning documentary “Betting the Farm,” at 7 tonight at the Performing Arts Center at the Brewer Community School. Since CIFF, and even before that, there has … Continue reading

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Maine LGBT Film Festival celebrates ‘Sharing the Stories’ this weekend

While the theme for the second annual Maine LGBT Film Festival is “Sharing the Stories,” last year’s theme also rings true for the quality and scope of this year’s festival: “It Gets Better.” While the inaugural LGBT film fest took … Continue reading

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KahBang Film Festival, Tuesday Aug. 9: ‘Dying to do Letterman’

Tuesday at the Bangor Opera House, the KahBang Film Festival is screening “Dying to do Letterman,” a documentary by Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina. The film chronicles comedian Steve Mazan, who after learning he has cancer, aggressively pursues his lifelong … Continue reading

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Maine International Film Festival roundup: ‘The Salesman,’ ‘Salvation Boulevard’

In “The Salesman,” Gilbert Sicotte gives a wonderful performance as Marcel Levesque, the No. 1 car salesman in Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec. Covered in a blanket of snow and reeling from the local mill’s closure, residents have more on their minds … Continue reading

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Maine International Film Festival roundup: ‘Heading South,’ ‘Protektor’

After having several opportunities to see “Heading South,” and missing it every single time, I finally attended a screening yesterday at MIFF. It’s an impressive film from Laurent Cantet that delves into a side of Haiti that has seldom been … Continue reading

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Maine International Film Festival roundup: July 16-17

I haven’t seen nearly as many films as I would like to have so far at this year’s Maine International Film Festival. But, here’s a quick rundown of those I did see this weekend. My first movie at this year’s … Continue reading

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