Independent Films Come to Camden
There is no denying the bittersweet nature of this time of year - the heat of the sun at its peak, blueberries being raked off bushes and finding their way into pies, jams, and even salad dressings, local businesses bustling with customers local and from away. The days are long and the nights are full of mischief. But still, there is an unmistakable hint of what is to come: the lone falling oak leaf, autumn catalogues in the mailbox, the sudden arrival of another school year.
Fall is a magical time full of transition, hope and sadness all in one big soup of crisp air and glorious foliage adorning the coastline. This is a time to be celebrated, and it is into this environment that each year for the past five a program of the world's top non-fiction films are released as the core of the Camden International Film Festival, to be held this year October 1-4 in various venues from Camden to Rockland.
People often ask, Why Maine? Why documentary film? Why now? To which festival founder and friend Ben Fowlie and I can't help but smile and respond, why not? If there was a place better suited to the introspection experienced from a good non-fiction film than Maine in the fall we have not found it.
So it is in this way that the falling leaves, queen anne's lace and goldenrod have come to mean one thing — a film vacation right here in our home state. In the coming weeks we will be profiling the films, filmmakers and industry who bring this work to life, offering a glimpse inside a world perhaps more influential on the Maine cultural landscape than widely recognized. Can't wait to see you there.
— Leah Hurley, Camden International Film Festival