Down East Gallery to screen MOFF short films
The Down East Gallery is one of the locations showing this year’s Maine Outdoor Film Festival short film selections! The Thursday, Sept. 27 event begins at 7 p.m. with the first film screening at 7:30 p.m. Total running time is 71 minutes – not including a brief intermission, with free door prize raffle! You can view the films for free ... but the suggested donation of $3 to $5 goes directly to Teens to Trails.
AND as a prelude to the screenings: a plein air exhibition featuring paintings by region plein air (paintings created outdoors) artists. Also, Boothbay Craft Brewery & Watershed Tavern is donating some fine artisanal brews for the event!
And now, the 2018 film line up at Down East Gallery ...
“Bailey and the Alewives” – Bailey Bowden of Penobscot unexpectedly becomes a fisheries activist to save the dwindling alewife population of the Bagaduce River Watershed. Collaborating with various organizations such as the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Bowden spearheads the construction of natural fishways in place of dams on the rivers in his community. His award-winning volunteer conservation work with alewives, a key species in the food chain, is contributing to the preservation and revival of entire ecosystems. (Video produced for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2018) Run time: 5:19
“After the Man” – No synopsis was available through MOFF. Run time: 15:36
“One Week At A Time” – Over three decades, four good friends circumnavigated New England via sea kayak. We follow them on the last leg of their voyage down the Hudson to the foot of the Statue of Liberty. Run time: 11:17
“Playing On the Pinn” – Sometimes having to face something as challenging as grief can trigger healing. This film by Filmuphigh takes a personal journey to a dagger of rock on the Cuillin ridge on the Isle of Skye known as the Inaccessible Pinnacle. After the sudden loss of her mountaineering musician husband, Rachel Bolton decides not only to climb the Pinnacle but to play her fiddle to him on the top. A moving film with an original score and plenty of breathtaking and dizzying footage of Skye’s mountains. Run time: 10:50.
“This Place Called Nuka” – Jeff and Angela wanted to have a camping trip that never ended, and to see if they could live off the land. So they dropped out of college to attend the school of life. They hired a boat captain to ferry them (along with kayaks, snowboards and 30,000 pounds of building materials) to a patch of spectacular wilderness tucked between a glacier and the Gulf of Alaska, 70 miles from the nearest outpost. “This Place Called Nuka: Courting Adventure in Wild Alaska” brings their adventure to life. Run time: 22:20
“Fly Girls” – Transitioning from restaurants to freelance creating. Run time: 3:00
“Freediving the Deepest Blue Hole in the World” - At 663 feet deep, Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas is the deepest saltwater blue hole on the planet and this piece gives an inside look into the mind of the most extraordinary freedivers in the world. Hundreds of feet below the ocean surface with one breath, they risk their lives to redefine what is possible. Run time: 6:21
The Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF), “Celebrating the active outdoor community and inspiring expression,” is an outlet for independent filmmakers, many from Maine. Since 2013, MOFF has raised funds and awareness for Teens to Trails, which supports Maine high school outing clubs with cash grants, organizational support and programming. MOFF has raised over $3,500 for Teens For Trails.
For more information, visit http://maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com/about and check out Down East Gallery’s Facebook page. This is a bring your own chairs, blankets, or both, deal. Or just get comfy on the grass!
Better still, plan a visit to the Down East Gallery at 146 Boothbay Rd./Route 27, Edgecomb and experience the works of Brad Betts (gallery owner), André Benoit, Andreas von Huene, Cynthia Stroud, Dan Ucci, David Allen, Dick Alden, Gabriel Greenlaw, Jay Sawyer, Michael Lewis, Priscilla May Alden, Sam Betts, Stephen Porter and Susan Bennett. The current show is entitled “Cottages & the Maine Coast.”
And don’t forget to check out the gardens and find out how the vineyard is progressing!
Paintings, sculpture of wood, stone and metal, tapestries are all at the gallery. For a preview, visit https://downeastgallery.wordpress.com/portfolio/art-and-sculpture. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday and Monday by appointment only. It is closed Sept. 1 for a private event.