Wednesday May 23, 2012 | 10:20 PM

About 80 people gathered at USM's Abromson Community Education Center in Portland tonight for a reception and private screening of five short films. Called A Circle of Films, the event was hosted by Goodwill of Northern New England and featured the work of young filmmakers, who were tapped by the nonprofit to create the work.

Filmmakers Nick Brennan and John Logan Pierson were on the road touring with another film, but the other three filmmakers joined Goodwill's President & CEO Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (granddaughter of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt) on the stage after the screening for a Q&A. From left they are Logen Christopher who directed "Circles"), Stuart Townsend (who directed "New Wheels") and Jeff Griecci (who directed two shorts called "Coming Full Circle"). You can watch all the films on YouTube at

While taking a diverse approach to the subject, all the films explore the work Goodwill does - from recycling clothing to providing employment opportunities. The cycle of donated clothing creating jobs which in turn allow people to buy new shirts they will one day donate to Goodwill is what the nonprofit calls the virtuous circle.

You can read more about it in the May 27 Scene & Heard section of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have additional photos and details from the event. Don't forget to pick up a copy.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.


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