The Camden International Film Festival has announced its in augural Engagement Summit, a program developed in partnership with Working Films that will connect documentary filmmakers with Maine-based nonprofit leaders to develop community-based social action campaigns tied to documentary film screenings.

The inaugural Engagement Summit will focus on the theme of aging and tie to a one-year thematic program called Aging in Maine. The program will kick off with Golden Shorts, a free outdoor screening of documentary shorts in partnership with the Camden Public Library, Thursday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue.

Screened as Golden Shorts will be: “Kings Point (2012, USA), a 30-minute film by Sara Giliman that tells the stories of five senior citizens living in a typical American retirement resort; “Old People Driving” (2010, USA), a 25-minute film by Shaleece Haas in which two nonagenarians confront the end of their driving years; “Slomo” (2013, USA), a 16-minute film by Josh Izenberg, about Dr. John Kitchin trading his neurologist’s lab coat for a pair of inline skates; and “The Caretaker” (2013, USA), a seven-minute documentary by Katie McLean and Theo Rigby about an undocumented immigrant and an elderly woman in the last months of her life.

The Aging in Maine program will continue during the Camden International Film Festival (Sept. 26-29) with a curated series of documentary features and shorts that will help spark a public, inter-generational dialogue around the challenges and opportunities of Maine’s aging demographics. One highlighted film will be Banker White ‘s “The Genius of Maria,” which chronicles the filmmaker’s family’s response to his mother’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, during the festival, some 15 nonprofit leaders and healthcare professionals from across the state will converge in Camden for a daylong strategic summit meeting. The agenda will be designed and facilitated by Working Films, an organization that specializes in connecting storytelling with community engagement and action. Following the festival and summit meeting, CIFF and Working Films will collaborate to screen these films in 8 to 10 communities across the state. This screening tour is made possible by support from the Fledgling Fund and Camden National Bank.

The Aging in Maine program is being conducted in partnership with the University of Maine Center on Aging, the Portland Press Herald and The Conversation Project, with support from the Fledgling Fund, Camden National Bank, Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation and The Bingham Program.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or