June 28, 2013

Maine film festival to run gamut from Hollywood to homegrown

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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What: Maine International Film Festival

Where: Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville Opera House

When: July 12-21

For information and tickets: www.miff.org; 207-861-8138

Maine-made films always are a focus of the festival; this year, two works in progress will be shown.
“The Hermit of North Pond,” about Christopher Knight’s 27 years in the Maine woods, is a documentary by Lena Friedrich. “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” is about Donn Fendler, who was lost on Mount Katahdin in 1939. The film is by Waterville native Ryan Cook and Derek Desmond of New Hampshire.

“They’ve (Cook and Desmond) shot 20 minutes of footage, which I’ve seen, and which is spectacular,” Eisen said. “It’s a Hollywood-looking movie. It’s very, very professional looking and attractive.”

Gavin Peretti’s film, “The Guide,” shot in the winter in Rangeley and Rumford, will have its world premiere at the festival, according to Eisen. “This is a really gripping, dramatic movie, which is a genuine homegrown article,” he said.

The festival has a new film shorts programmer, Eisen’s wife, Karen Young, an actress and frequent festival guest.

The star of films including “Heading South” and “Bonne Anee,” Young also played an FBI agent in the HBO series “The Sopranos.”

The retrospective portion of the festival will feature eight older films officials deem worthy of revisiting, including “Leave Her to Heaven,” a film noir set in Maine and shot partially in Maine, in Technicolor.

“This was very unusual in 1945 when Hollywood didn’t film much on location at all,” Eisen said. “It’s a really fascinating, interesting film and I’ve been wanting to show it for years. We’ve got a fantastic 35mm print.”

For the third year, the festival will honor a female editor. This year’s honoree is Pam Wise, whose work includes the films “Secretary” and “Transamerica.”

“She’s a really, highly regarded editor and she does make more edgy movies,” Eisen said.

The closing-night film, “Short Term 12,” is about kids in group homes – a serious topic examined with sensitivity. “It is an amazing, amazing film that is both really emotionally strong and yet, very, very, very funny,” Eisen said.

Morning Sentinel Staff Writer Amy Calder can be contacted at 861-9247 or at acalder@centralmaine.com

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