Technology has made it ridiculously easy to make a movie, but it’s still as difficult as ever to have it seen by a real audience (and no, YouTube, emphatically, does not count).

Sure, if you’re a would-be director with some friends and a digital video camera, you can create an affordable live-action film, but if you want anyone outside of that circle of pals and Mom to actually see the thing, you’re going to need some help.

Meet Eddy Bolz.

No, Bolz doesn’t own a movie studio. Or have, you know, any money. But what he does have is a passionate devotion to local film, a few connections in town and the will to finagle a way for local filmmakers to get their movies seen — by actual paying customers.

If you’ve been a devotee of indie films, you may know Bolz to talk to; he was a projectionist at the late, lamented Movies on Exchange Street until it transformed into the weekend-only Movies at the Museum at the Portland Museum of Art. Bolz went with it, and also started projecting movies at the Nickelodeon on Temple Street.

It was there last year, that, seeing the difficulty for Maine filmmakers to exhibit their films, he had the idea to approach Patriot Cinemas (which operates the Nick) with the idea of providing a screen for local moviemakers to show their stuff.

“I really want to see a local film scene here in Portland,” he said. “It should be more of a prominent staple of Portland, kind of like the local music scene. I know it’s a really lofty goal, but I’m trying one film at a time.”

So, to reiterate: Local working person, devoted to the Maine filmmaking scene, decides to take the time and effort to actually do something about it.

There should be a medal for things like that.

So far, Bolz’s as-yet-unnamed local film series (“Maybe if it gets bigger I’ll give it a cool name,” he said) has shown the films of Dave Camlin’s 48 Hour Film Festival, a test screening of Allen Baldwin’s “Up Up Down Down” and Jeff Greicci’s “The Transition of Minor Skies.” Coming up on Wednesday will be local director Torrey Alan Johnson’s indie comedy “Fumble” (at 7 and 9:30 p.m.). In addition to “Fumble,” Bolz promises two short films from Johnson, plus a teaser trailer of his (and Baldwin’s) upcoming local fall film project — which he is being pretty cagey about, but he said will be very exciting. Anyone interested in supporting the growth of the local film scene should come out.

Dennis Perkins is a freelance writer who lives in Portland.


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