Maureen Milliken’s July 16 column regarding the film “Tumbledown,” which opened this year’s Maine International Film Festival, alludes to the disparity between the film’s Maine setting and its primary shooting location, Massachusetts.

The column, however, failed to mention any reason that the filmmakers made that decision. Screenwriter Desi Van Til and director Sean Mewshaw, both Maine residents, fought for years to get “Tumbledown” shot in Maine, finally acceding to the Massachusetts locations for all but some exterior shots only when the film’s financiers insisted on taking advantage of Massachusetts’ much more lucrative tax incentives.

Ken Eisen

Director of programming

Maine International Film Festival


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