Arabel had it's premiere at the New Hampshire Film Fest in October! It was a great event (a favorite moment for me was Michelle MacLaren, director of my favorite Breaking Bad episodes, giving a behind-the-scenes panel). Check out some of the highlights!
Arabel was also one of four short films chosen to open the Cape Ann Film Fest in Gloucester, MA on October 30th! We're really honored to be a part of these great events and in the company of such amazing talent. Thanks to everyone involved!
The Maine Academy of Modern Music and Playing for Change Foundation chose my roommate and friend Dominic Lavoie's song "Be in Love" to represent Portland and to help raise money to purchase musical instruments for schoolkids. Local filmmakers, many of whom I work with (another that I live with!) made this video showcasing Portland's incredible music scene. What's funny is that pretty much half of them have lived with me or currently live with me, and the other half frequent our house--I am so grateful to be surrounded by musicians! And what a song--it's a classic--everyone knows all the words when Dominic and the Lucid play it live--even at Dominic and Kim's wedding in August! Check out the video--absolutely gorgeous.
Last night my short play "Desert Drinks" had it's debut at Lucid Stage for the Portfringe festival taking place all week. The process for the show was more experimental. I had Holly and Olivia, who starred in it, write letters to their older and younger versions of themselves and then took the letters and created a story from it with Las Vegas, the ultimate adult playground, as the backdrop for their encounter. I don't do much theater so the "fringe" aspect left me a lot of room to feel it out and really just work with character and story, as opposed to all the other things involved when making a film. Holly and Olivia were amazing and really funny.
Olivia Ruhlin, who's only 15, has been in many shows at Acorn Studios including the Young Actors Shakespeare Conservatory. Recently she was also in Seth Berner’s Bad Dog Barks.
Holly Nunan is a musician and writer in Portland who also writes a popular music blog at www.newzbythenunz.com
Starting this morning, she also does a segment on The Morning Report for Maine's Channel 6/NBC (click on photo)
Thank you to Holly and Olivia for making this so special! Thanks also to Kim Lyons for helping with the sign and taking photos and helping with all the other details, Deirdre Fulton and Michael Dix Thomas for helping create this festival with fellow Portland Theater Collaborative members and for making this a smooth ride, and Patrick Rioux and Joel Stetson for filming it! And thanks to everyone who came out to see the show!
Last Thursday I attended a screening of The Whole World Waiting at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME. According to Sonya Tomlinson, who came up with the initial idea and organized it (and then with filmmaker David Meiklejohn made it), it's "a video suite of fifteen personal mythologies from students of The Telling Room's Young Writer's and Leader's Program." All the students are immigrants who moved to Maine from various countries and backgrounds and they each got to tell their unique story through writing and a 3 minute short film. It was sold out and there were people standing at the entrance trying to watch and a line down the street to get in. At several breaks between the short films, the students got up and answered questions from the audience. It's clear the work they're doing at The Telling room is so meaningful--the stories these students wrote about their experiences coming to Maine for the first time were courageous and graceful--and so many with spunk and humor! Sonya and David have created a powerful series of films and I feel like the future of Portland is exciting and ever-expanding knowing these teenagers are the next leaders. Yes, we are waiting for you! Check out the trailer on vimeo:
THE WHOLE WORLD WAITING
(photo by Travis Penny)
People can't stop writing articles about how "cool" "eclectic" and "dreamy" Portland, Maine is--here's another recent one.
"Yet Portland is decidedly modern, packed with more rewards than you'd expect from a town of 66,000. It is eclectic, creative, edgy and alive.
The evidence is in the vibrant arts district of galleries, theaters and a sign promising "Ca$h for your Warhol." It's spread across Exchange Street, where you'll find gourmet ice cream (Mexican chocolate, sea-salt caramel), gourmet popcorn (Maine maple, dill pickle) and a "sexuality boutique" that is "women owned and operated since 2004."
About five miles outside of downtown, there's world-class beer from Allagash Brewing. Even the buskers impress; on an unseasonably warm Wednesday afternoon a classical violinist in a long skirt and sandals played a block up from a tattooed guy in a pork pie hat blowing some jazz saxophone.
Then there was the guy driving through downtown in a pickup truck, purple bandanna wrapped around his head, singing along to the Grateful Dead that spilled from his speakers."
Sounds like an average day. Check it out: San Francisco of the East--Chicago Tribune
This year's Damnationland films were frightening and most excellent! The screenings have expanded all over the state---apparently even outselling Paranormal Activity and The Rum Diary in some places. The Maine films made by Maine filmmakers show the unending and continual talent and quality of the Maine film community. I am impressed and inspired! And a little scared! Stephen King would be proud.
Damnationland trailer on vimeo
Portland has made another "top" list recently. In addition to being named Coolest Small City, 3rd Gayest City, Most Livable City (by Forbes Magazine, no less!), Best City for Bicyclists and Top Foodie Cities, it's just been named a Top 25 Cities for Designers and Artists! We've all been working hard up here and it's nice to see it recognized!
News from the Captain's Quarters.