Georges River Land Trust will be debuting a 90-second film at the Camden International Film Festival Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 30 through Oct. 3. The film shows images that depict the mission of the land trust and includes interviews with landowners telling the story of why they conserved their woodlands and farms.

The short film was made possible through the generous energy and commitment of Timothy Rhys of Vagabond Pictures. Rhys volunteered to produce and direct the film and to enlist his colleagues in the film industry to help make this project happen on a nonprofit’s budget.

“My wife and I settled in Warren — the head of tide for the St. George River. When I noticed that large tracts of pristine land were increasingly being cut up, it piqued my journalist/filmmaker’s curiosity to find out more,” said Rhys.

“This little film is my first contribution toward the important work of the Georges River Land Trust. In short, they are helping to keep Maine feeling like Maine,” he said.

Additional support for the film came through a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. To see the short film online, visit For information on CIFF, visit

Georges River Land Trust works to conserve and steward the natural resources and traditional character of the Georges River watershed region, which extends from Montville in the north to Port Clyde and Cushing in the south. It includes streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands, farms, hills, mountains, blueberry barrens and forest, as well as a rich tidal estuary of salt marsh, clam flats and productive fishing grounds. For more information on the Georges River Land Trust and its programs, visit its Web site; call 594-5166; or send e-mail to

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