The Points North Institute will present its inaugural Cabin Fever film festival Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1. Cabin Fever comprises a new film from legendary director Werner Herzog; award-winning films from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and this year's Slamdance Film Festival; and a special collection of CIFF’s Dirigo Docs shorts program.

In partnership with the Camden Opera House, Cabin Fever is an extension of the successful CIFF Selects monthly screening series and will bring a bit of the CIFF experience to Midcoast Maine six months before the Camden International Film Festival celebrates its 15th edition, Sept. 12-15.

Tickets to individual screenings are $10 and can be purchased in advance online at pointsnorthinstitute.org; or day-of-show at the Camden Opera House box office. Cabin Fever Passes are $30 and admit one to all screenings and special events. Films scheduled to screen are as follows.

Friday at 7 p.m. (preceded by 6 p.m. passholders-only party on third floor): “The Biggest Little Farm” (2018, USA). A testament to the immense complexity of nature, this film follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny L.A. apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. This film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek.

Saturday at 10 a.m.: “Dirigo Docs: A Collection of Short Films From Maine (2013-2018) offers 12 short films spanning the past six years of CIFF's acclaimed Dirigo Docs program, documenting the people and places that give Maine its distinct spirit. This collection of films take viewers all the way from The County to the Union Fair and include portraits of local lobsterman, guides and artists. These films are as independent as Mainers are, a beautiful and, at times, humorous testament to the state we all love.

Saturday at 1 p.m.: “Meeting Gorbachev” (2018, UK/USA/Germany), a new feature length documentary by legendary filmmaker Herzog and Emmy Award-winning director André Singer. Rising from a farm boy to become President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev brought about changes that helped end the Cold War, toppled the USSR, enabled the reunification of Germany and transformed the world forever.

Saturday at 4 p.m.: “The Raft” (2018, Sweden/Denmark/USA/Germany). In 1973, five men and six women go on a dramatic raft expedition across the Atlantic Ocean for 101 days to study human aggression and sexuality. This documentary reunites them 40 years later to reveal what actually happened during one of history’s strangest group experiments.

Saturday at 7 p.m.: “Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story” (2019, USA) weaves together never-before-seen archival footage and the last on-camera interview with Miller before his death to explore the personal and professional life and times of the legendary filmmaker, a driving force in the development and promotion of the ski industry in America and throughout the world. Followed by post-fest beer, bocce (free for passholders) and discussion at The Jack.

For more information on the films, tickets and the schedule, visit the website.

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