The short film “Havana Revisited” by Cathryn Griffith and Jonathan Laurence will be screened Tuesday, July 27 at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., at 5 p.m. The screening will be followed by a book signing by Griffith.

The film examines how the most important city in Spanish colonial America developed and changed over several centuries and the extent to which it is being preserved and restored today. Guided by commentary from leading architects and residents of Havana, it also addresses the ongoing challenges posed by the deteriorating architecture in many areas of the city. The work captures the essence of a city where past and present co-mingle in mysterious ways, bridging the expanse of time.

The illustrated book “Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage” by Griffith was published by W. W. Norton earlier this year. In it, 11 renowned architects, historians, scholars, preservationists and urban planners in Cuba and the United States provide a rigorous examination of Havana old and new that provokes exploration of the ways we look at all cities.

Griffith studied at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and graduated from Wellesley College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She lives in Boston, where she develops and manages industrial real estate. Her work has been exhibited at the Havana Biennial 2009; Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Cambridge, Mass.; Cambridge Art Association; and in Boston at the CyberArts Festival, Museum of Fine Arts and the Photographic Resource Center. Griffith’s artwork is in collections at The Art Institute of Chicago; Boston Public Library; the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles; Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.; Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; and a number of colleges and universities.

Laurence is an internationally known photographer, multimedia artist/producer and consultant. His diverse client list includes Phase One, SEIU, PopTech, Timbuk2, and Ballantine Books. His enthusiasm for new media and technology keeps him actively aware of new trends, implementing them with his own unique artistic vision. Laurence teaches workshops and courses in multimedia production for the Maine Media Workshops, Toscana Photographic Workshops, Nordphotography Workshops and through private tutorials.

Admission will be $10, free for administration, faculty and current students at the Maine Media Workshops. A portion of the proceeds will benefit humanitarian projects in Havana. To learn more, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to