BOWDOINHAM — Merrymeeting Arts Center will be screen three films by Carter Smith as the final event of the exhibit, “Three Town Artists: Carlo Pittore, Bryce Muir & Carter Smith.”

Smith’s two short films, “Bugcrush” and “Yearbook,” will be shown on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

The full-length film “The Ruins” will be shown Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., again followed by a discussion with Carter. The films will be shown in the large new space at the Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main St. The films are rated R.

According to a news release, “Bugcrush” won the top short filmmaking prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. It is about a “small-town loner’s fascination with the new kid in town which leads him into something much more sinister than he could ever have imagined.”

“Yearbook,” a short film also shown at the Sundance Film Festival, was filmed entirely in front of a high school senior portrait backdrop as students openly describe experiences at Rockdale High School.

“The Ruins” is Smith’s first full-length film and is described as, “A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.”

Smith grew up in Harpswell and Bowdoinham and attended Mt. Ararat High School. After graduation he headed for New York City where he attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and started his career as a fashion photographer. He has continued to do fashion photography as well as movie set shoots.

He is currently working on his second fulllength film.

Hundreds of Smith’s photographs literally “paper” the walls of a gallery at the Merrymeeting Arts Center until Sept. 29 as part of the “Three Town Artists: Carlo Pittore, Bryce Muir & Carter Smith” show. They will be signed and sold after Sept. 29.

Tickets for the films will be $7 at the door.

Merrymeeting Arts Center is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through September.

For more information, call 841-5914 or visit www.merrymeetingartscenter.org.



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