Film Festival.

Maine Masters Film Festival

Friday, August 23 at 7pm

Arturo O'Farrill

Talkback with Richard Kane

At the close of the WWII Stephen Pace found himself painting on the Seine River along with 50 other Parisians. Along came a woman who said she’d like him to meet a friend of hers. Turned out to be Pablo Picasso and the introducer Gertrude Stein. Post War, Pace spent 1946 on the GI Bill taking classes at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende. In San Miguel Pace met fellow student Leonard Brooks, a Canadian painter who recently died at the age of 100 in Mexico. San Miguel and Brooks are featured in the film. In San Miguel, Pace befriended the great American artist Milton Avery who became his mentor after moving to New York City in 1947. As an abstract expressionist, Pace fell into the swim of all the New York artists who frequented the famous Cedar Tavern along with his friends Franz Kline and Jackson Pollack. Pace first visited Stonington, Maine in 1953. The Missouri-born, New York City-based American artist fell in love with the setting, engaged by that “shoveful of islands” that John Marin once mused God must have spread on the water. Pace and his lifetime muse Palmina, returned to Stonington nearly every summer thereafter, eventually purchasing a turn of the century sea captain’s residence overlooking the Deer Isle Thoroughfare. In Stephen Pace: Maine Master we experience the Pace’s final summer season in Stonington. From his morning walk to the Lily Pond to the concerts at Kneisel Hall, they left behind a Maine Coast regimen that sustained them like air and water. They departed knowing that their house would continue to be the site of artistic activity, as a study center for students and faculty from the Maine College of Art. That’s the finest kind of legacy.

J. Fred Woell: An American Vision

Talkback with Pat Wheeler and Richard Kane

J. Fred Woell: An American Vision captures the essence of a man who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit. As an artist he was an innovator and a rule-breaker. As a teacher he encouraged his students to make their own discoveries. It’s appropriate to have American featured in the title of this film, for Fred’s vision was uniquely American: he had a deep belief in democratic ideals combined with common-sense ingenuity in making work or repairing the world around him. While he could see the inconsistencies and flaws of his own country, he could also evoke in us our potential to make a better world. For Fred, making that better world began with his hands in the studio. In this inspiring film we are fortunate to witness a part of that journey. — Stuart Kestenbaum, Former Chair American Craft Council and Haystack Mountain 

Saturday, August 24 at 7pm

Arturo O'Farrill playing piano

Talkback with Jill Hoy

Imber’s Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love transform the tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life. Imber’s switch to painting left-handed and the black humor with which he dances with his dying is a celebration of life and community.  “This beautiful film takes the wind out of you”, Boston Globe. “A masterpiece”, Maine Telegram.

Sunday, August 25 at 7pm

Arturo O'Farrill playing piano

Talkback with Rob Shetterly and Richard Kane

Truth Tellers is a documentary film chronicling the lives of courageous Americans fighting for racial equity, climate justice and indigenous rights through the eyes of Robert Shetterly, a long time activist and artist. The film explores the intersection of these issues stressing the urgency of coming together to confront them and galvanizing our resolve to uphold our country’s founding ideals.

Tickets and concessions are available for purchase in the theatre lobby one hour before each show.