Organizers of the Camden International Film Festival have announced their Aging in Maine screening tour, a new statewide program that brings award-winning documentary films and discussions to several different Maine communities between March and July 2014. The tour is the second part of CIFF’s inaugural Engagement Summit: Aging in Maine, a unique program that connects Maine-based nonprofit leaders with the documentary films and filmmakers to develop community-based social action campaigns designed to engage audiences in thoughtful inter-generational dialogue around the issues of aging and dementia-related illness.
The inaugural Engagement Summit was developed in partnership with Working Films, a North Carolina-based organization that builds partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, educators and advocates to advance social justice and environmental sustainability and support community-based change and with the University of Maine’s Center on Aging. “We believe strongly that documentary film can have a tremendous effect on raising awareness, sparking conversation and engaging community in unique and meaningful ways” said Ben Fowlie, Founder and Executive Director of the Camden International Film Festival. “The Engagement Summit takes this belief and puts it into direct action, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to find new ways to participate in one of Maine’s most important and difficult conversations, aging.”
During the 2013 festival, fourteen organizations from across Maine convened in Camden to identify a wide range of needs facing aging communities and the organizations that support them, as well as workshops on how to utilize the power of nonfiction storytelling to advance their advocacy goals. Participating nonprofits included the Aging Consultation Services, Aroostook Agency on Aging, the Bingham Program, Dirigo-Maine Geriatrics Society, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Maine Gerontological Society, MaineHealth, Methodist Conference Home, Office of Aging and Disability Services, Pen Bay Healthcare, Seniors Plus, Spectrum Generations and the University of Maine Center on Aging. “The summit and screenings are proving to be a superb way in which to mobilize Maine’s aging services providers and help them share with the larger public poignant stories of both the joys and challenges associated with growing older,” said Len Kaye, Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging. “The beneficiaries will be Maine’s citizens who will leave the film screenings better informed of the issues, places to turn for help, and the emerging opportunities associated with Maine’s ranking as the oldest state in the nation.”
Beginning in March, CIFF will bring a number of documentary films to Maine cities and towns in an effort to use media to explore critical aging matters and to engage communities across the state in a thoughtful inter-generational dialog. “The state of Maine has the oldest population in the country and is a primary demographic that we serve through our banking franchise.” said Joanne Campbell, EVP, Risk Management, Camden National Bank. “Camden National was excited to assist CIFF in the inaugural Engagement Summit on Aging and pleased to be a part of the Aging in Maine screening tour so that we can help CIFF start the conversation around this important topic of Aging and bring it the much needed attention it deserves.”
Films screened as part of the Aging in Maine tour will include CIFF’s 2013 Harrell Award for Best Documentary, THE GENIUS OF MARIAN, a selection of short films called Golden Shorts and other aging related films including AGE OF CHAMPIONS and LAST DREAMS, which also received a Special Jury mention at last years festival.
Aging in Maine Screening Tour Schedule:
- Tue, March 18 at 7 pm – University of Maine at Orono, DP Corbett Room In partnership with the University of Maine Center on Aging
- Wed, March 19 at 7 pm – Strand Theatre, Rockland
- Sat, March 22 at 3:30 pm – Colonial Theatre, Belfast
- Sun, March 23 at 1 pm and 3 pm – Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta
- Wed, April 2 at 6 pm – Portland Museum of Art, Portland In partnership with the Portland Museum of Art, MaineHealth, Maine Medical Center’s Division of Geriatrics, Alzheimer’s Association – Maine Chapter, and Southern Maine Agency on Aging
- Sun, April 6 – Frontier Café, Brunswick
- Sun, April 27 at 2 pm – The Grand, Ellsworth
- Sat, May 10 at 1:30 pm – Spectrum Generations Muskie Community Center, Waterville In partnership with Spectrum Generations
- Tue, May 13 All Day – Cross Insurance Center, Bangor In partnership with Eastern Area Agency on Aging Senior Expo
- Thu, June 12 at 7 pm – Harborside Marina, Bar Habor In partnership with the 24th Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference
- Thu, July 10 at 8:30 pm – Camden Amphitheatre, Camden
The Aging in Maine screening tour is sponsored by Camden National Bank. Many screenings are free and open to the public, and additional screenings will be added throughout the spring. For more information on the Engagement Summit or the Aging in Maine screening tour, visit www.camdenfilmfest.org.
The Camden International Film Festival’s Engagement Summit: Aging in Maine is made possible by generous support from the Fledgling Fund, the Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, Camden National Bank and the Bingham Program.
Photo courtesy of Aging in Maine Film Tour