ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., hosts the premiere screening of “Rockland: A Maritime Heritage,” the new film from documentary filmmaker Dale Schierholt, Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The film was cowritten with local author John Bird based on his book “Rockland Maine: Rise and Renewal.” Joining Schierholt and Bird on the production is local video historian Wayne Gray. The film chronicles the history of the city of Rockland from its settlement as a part of Thomaston to the city it is today, by tracing the ebbs and flows of its evolution through its ties to the sea. “The film is a real community project,” said Schierholt. “We couldn’t have gotten it made without the talents and contributions of so many local individuals and organizations.”

Bringing their vocal talents to the project are Joseph Coté, who narrates the film, and Mary Alice Bird, who contributes readings of Rockland poets. The film was funded by local businesses Maritime Energy, The Free Press/Courier-Gazette, and Ada’s Kitchen/Main Street Markets, with the Sail Power and Steam Museum serving as fiscal sponsor.

The run time is 62 minutes. For more information, visit or call (207) 594-0070.