July 13, 2013

Crowds descend on Waterville for Maine International Film Festival

Director Jonathan Demme, of 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Rachel Getting Married' fame, is the guest of honor.

By AMY CALDER Morning Sentinel

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The Maine International Film Festival kicked off at the Waterville Opera House on Friday.

Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

They said people planning to attend concerts there this summer have been stopping in all week to get tickets.

When they learned there is a film festival in town, they were eager to get a film schedule as well, Allen said.

"We're doing some cross-marketing here," she said.

She noted that a mural found on the ceiling of the Opera House near the stage when it was renovated has been restored and now is on display over the mezzanine.

Patrons may view it from a 14-foot settee in the mezzanine, near the balcony stairs.

Opera House safety officer Fred Jobber said he was looking forward to the festival. Jobber, 72, has worked all 16 film festivals and is a familiar face, greeting patrons as they file in.

"I enjoy the people more than anything," he said. "Different types of people -- and the excitement of it."

The Opera House is on the top floor of City Hall.

Outside City Hall in Castonguay Square on Friday, volunteers were placing letters on the marquee announcing the film festival.

Dozens of little paper lanterns were strung between the trees in celebration of the event.

 

 

Amy Calder can be contacted at 861-9247 or at:

acalder@centralmaine.com

 

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