Lewiston Auburn Film Festival
Past Event ....... April 2nd, 2011 — 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come on downtown and join in the fun at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival! The Library’s Callahan Hall will be one of ten LA venues participating. LAFF passes are required for entrance to all film screenings. To purchase a pass or get more details, visit the LAFF website.
LAFF Screening Schedule for LPL’s Callahan Hall (see film synopses below):
10 a.m. The Rehearsal w. Q&A
11 a.m. Surfing 50 States w. Q&A
1 p.m. Canvasman w. Q&A
2:45 p.m. There is My Home: Somali Bantu Farmers w. Q&A
4:00 p.m. Playing for Pocket Change
The Rehearsal: OneWeek Before Inspired Voices 2010 –Documentaries
(Maine) Director – Craig Saddlemire. The Rehearsal documents the behind-the-scenes preparation of four performers, one week before their big show entitled “Inspired Voices.” Each of these performers has received mental health support in their lives.Through performance, each person is able to publicly share their story of recovery and demonstrate the power of art to connect, heal, and inspire. This film captures remarkable talent and courage. It also explores the concept of mental health and illness – not as two mutually exclusive “diagnoses,“ but as a state of health that we all must develop and protect. Craig Saddlemire will be participating in a Q&A session after the showing of this film.
Surfing 50 States – Documentaries
(Australia) Directors – Jonno Durrant & StefanHunt.
Jonno Durrant and Stefan Hunt are two Australian mateswho love surfing, but are not very good at it.They also love travelling, but they don’t have much money. They also loved filmmaking, but they had never made a film before. So they decided to film each other, travelling to ALL 50 states of theUSA and trying to surf in each and every one of them. Jonno Durrant will be participating in a Q&A session after the showing of this film.
Canvasman – Documentaries
Director – Gary Robinov. Most people know Rob Elowitch as a lifelong resident of Portland,Maine who runs one of the most respected art auction houses on the East Coast. Through his Barridoff Galleries, he sells great works by artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, to art collectors and museums all over the world. Elowitch is a familyman and recently became a grandfather. But Rob Elowitch has a secret life: He’s a professional wrestler. Even his wife has never seen him wrestle. Although he’s now 66 years old, Elowitch travels all over North America and Europe to wrestle under the “mat name” of Robbie Ellis. He takes on men in their twenties in dingy wrestling clubs in primarily working class neighborhoods and defies anyone who thinks age might make him a sucker. Age is incidental to Ellis, not a handicap. And it is in this second career that he finds his greatest lust for life and passion for the world. Gary Robinov and Rob Elowitch will be participating in a Q&A session after the showing of this film.
There is My Home: Somali Bantu Farmers of Lewiston, Maine – Documentaries (New York) Director, Amy Brown
Born and raised in the Jubba River valley of Somalia, both learned to farm at a young age from their parents. When civil war broke out in 1991, their villages were repeatedly raided for food. Thousands of friends, family and fellow villagers were brutally killed. Hawa and Batula fled and eventually reached safety in refugee camps in Kenya. In 2004, theywere resettled in Dallas and Baltimore respectively. But they struggled to adapt to city life. In 2004 they learned of a place called Lewiston, Maine—a small northern city close to farmland. That’s where this story begins. Amy Brown will be participating in a Q&A session with farmers from the movie after the showing of this film.
Playing for Pocket Change –Documentaries
Follows 10 musicians playing on the streets and in the subways of New York City. Often overlooked and ignored, we find out exactly who these people are and what makes them want to perform in what is arguably the world’s strangest venue.
Posted: Thursday, March 24th, 2011 in Film