Filmmaker Michael Roemer will present two in his collection of films Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. at Maine Media Workshops’ Union Hall Theatre, 2 Union St.

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1928, Roemer has produced, directed and written dozens of films that have been shown and won prizes at the Venice, London, New York, Cannes, Toronto and Bergano film festivals. An Emmy Award nominee, he teaches at Yale University. This summer, on the occasion of the DVD release of seven of his films, he comes to Maine Media to screen two of them, shot 20 years apart and representing very different aspects of our lives.

Showing June 22, “Nothing But A Man,” released in 1964, follows the life of Duff Anderson. While working on an African-American section gang in a small Alabama town in the 1960s, Duff falls in love with Josie, the local preacher’s daughter. Racial, economic and psychological pressures come close to destroying their young marriage.

In “Vengeance is Mine,” released in 1984 and screened June 23, we meet Jo, a woman in her twenties who was adopted by a Catholic family and comes home to try, one last time, to heal the rift between her mother and herself. Happenstance enmeshes her in the troubled lives of a couple next door and their 10-year-old daughter — an involvement that is so unconscious on her part, she intervenes in their lives-with consequences that stop just short of tragedy.

A Q&A session with Roemer will follow each screening. The community is encouraged to attend both evenings as the discussion bridges both presentations. Admission is free.

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Maine Media Workshops + College is a nonprofit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers and media artists. Students attend courses at all levels, from absolute beginners, serious amateurs, high school and college students, to working professionals.

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