Midcoast Maine goes to MIFF

By Dagney C. Ernest | Jul 09, 2017
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest “Mop Cap” co-producers Ann Hedly Rousseau, left, and Nicolle Littrell goof around, with the latter’s hair, in May. The locally made documentary is an official selection of the Maine International Film Festival.

Waterville — Midcoast Maine is well represented in the 20th annual Maine International Film Festival, which will open Friday, July 14, with a 7 p.m. screening of “The Sounding” at the Waterville Opera House. Filmed in part on Monhegan Island, it tells the haunting story of a woman who chooses to speak only in her own way.

The evening will feature a post-screening Q&A with the director, co-writer and star of the film, Catherine Eaton. The Opening Night Party will follow in Castonguay Square featuring music by Muddy Ruckus, outdoor projections by LumenARRT! and food and libations from Silver Street Tavern.

Also in this year’s MIFF program is “Mop Cap: An Alopecia Story,” the recently completed documentary co-produced by Appleton’s Ann Hedly Rousseau and Belfast filmmaker Nicolle Littrell. “Mop Cap” will be screened Sunday, July 16, at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, July 22, at 12:15 p.m., both at Railroad Square Cinema (3 and 2). “Mop Cap” had a winter work-in-progress screening at the Colonial in Belfast; finishing funds were raised in part by an Indigogo campaign.

Vinalhaven makes a couple of appearances in the 2017 MIFF. “Bobby and Sonny” — as in nephew and uncle Bobby and Sonny Warren, lifetime lobstermen working on the island — is a Maine Shorts documentary that will screen Tuesday, July 18, at 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, at Railroad Square (1). And among the classic films being shown this year is “Deep Waters,” the Hollywood drama that was filmed on Vinalhaven in 1948.

Honorees this year include actress and supermodel Lauren Hutton, receiving the Mid-Life Achievement Award; and Roger A. Deakins, who will receive the inaugural Karl Struss Legacy Award for distinguished achievement in cinematography from the Maine Film Center and Rockport-based Maine Media Workshops + College.

The 10-day Maine International Film Festival will feature nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and international independent cinema; and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers. The full program is available online at miff.org. Festival passes and individual tickets are available for purchase online or via phone; call (866) 811-4111.

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