WATERVILLE — Maine International Film Festival will spotlight Maine-based films and offer networking opportunities for Maine filmmakers as part of its annual Making It in Maine Day, set for Saturday. Events, films and activities include the following:

• Filmmakers’ networking brunch, 10 a.m.-noon at Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water St. Free admission for all Maine filmmakers and visiting MIFF filmmakers.

Filmmakers can showcase their latest (or next) project to other Maine filmmakers and MIFF’s filmmaker guests over brunch from 10-11 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to speak for 1-2 minutes in a round-table format about the project. Representatives from the event co-hosts, the Maine Film Center, the Maine Film & Video Association, the Maine Film Office, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and the Maine Arts Commission, will briefly describe their organizations and opportunities available to Maine filmmakers – from funding to fiscal sponsorship, marketing to programming.

• Audition/workshop with Ernest Thompson, for actors, writers, directors and the audience at 2:30 p.m. at the Opera House Studio Theater, 93 Main St., first floor. Admission is free.

See how Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ernest Thompson created Heavenly Angle, taking the best — and also the worst — of what hundreds of New England actors brought to Whitebridge Farm Productions auditions and turning their remarkable courage, spirit and talent — or discernible lack thereof — into his magical and compelling movie. Bring a song, bring a monologue, bring your imagination, and watch an Oscar winner weave gold. Whitebridge Farm Productions is already casting its next film. You could be part of it.

• Stories from the past, sounds from the future, live music by Jeff Beam with vintage Maine silent film is set for 7 p.m. at Waterville Opera House.

Past and future meet at MIFF this year for a night combining vintage-era films shot in Maine and elsewhere in New England in the early part of the last century with sensitive yet very up-to-the-minute music played live. Working closely with Northeast Historic Film Archives, musician Jeff Beam has selected a handful of silent film curiosities around which to build an eclectic musical soundtrack. From scenes of blueberry farming in Hiram to ice harvesting in Machias, these forgotten historical documents provide the perfect foils for Beam’s elegant, evocative scores and songs.

Saturday, July 12, 7:00 p.m., Waterville Opera House

Film Screenings

“A Chair Fit for an Angel,” 12:30 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema 1.

A genre-bending documentary looks at the cultural heritage of America’s most successful Utopian society: the Shakers. Striving for perfection in everyday life, the Shakers became innovators, creating minimalist furniture and architecture, beautiful hymns and ecstatic dances. Inspired by this music and dance, Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen created Borrowed Light, a dance piece that explores communal life and individual sacrifice. The film features breathtaking dance sequences, music by The Boston Camerata and footage from the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, the last active Shaker community in existence.

Maine Shorts Program

“Death, Taxes and Apple Juice,” 3:30 p.m., Waterville Opera House

Wondering if life has passed her by, 10-year-old Claire is comforted by a glass of Chardonnay as 7-year-old Hannah helps Claire file her taxes.

“Extending the Play,” 9:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema 2

Kasey and (Maine native) Bracey Ulin play professional basketball in Europe. They met in Germany during the prime of their careers, only to find themselves quickly out of basketball just a few months later due to one huge mistake. As they adjusted to living an average private life in rural America, they received a phone call from Luxembourg that changed everything. The film features footage of Bracey’s high school career at Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, her college tenure as a star Maine Black Bear, and interviews with her father, MDI coach Burt Barker.


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