Outdoor Film Fest, on tour

Jan 22, 2013
"Hardwater,” which was screened at last year’s Camden International Film Festival and, more recently, on MPBN, will be part of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival encore at Unity College.

Unity — On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Maine Outdoor Film Festival will present an encore festival screening beginning 7 p.m. at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival, which launched its inaugural event on the banks of the Kennebec in West Forks last summer, features outdoor films and shorts, all with Maine roots. Films in the festival represent a diverse selection of outdoor disciplines, representative of the vast Maine outdoor experience.

“Being the first year of the festival, we knew this inaugural group of films would be a huge statement about the type of festival we would be moving forward,” said festival co-director Nick Callanan.

The films, most released in 2012, will include “Hardwater,” a feature documentary about Maine's ice fishing sub-culture by Ryan Brod and Dan Sites; “Turning Tail,” a short documentary about the plight of the Wild Atlantic Salmon by Carter Davidson/Grey Ghost Productions; “Mainely Boating,” which celebrates the daring and endearing adventures of Maine's whitewater kayaking enthusiasts, by Taylor Walker; “D-Rail,” an excerpt from the 2011 film “Don't Quit Your Day Job” that chronicles the comeback of injured snowmobile athlete Daryl Tait, by Chris Malenfant; “For Those Who Love Paddlers,” a short about kayakers' love for the West Branch Penobscot River, by Nick Bowie and Nick Callanan; “One Day at a Time,” a short about a day in the life of a sky-dive outfitter by Nate Lawson, Spencer Hodge and Tyler Dale; “Moments From Hogback,” a 2011 short which touches on the re-emergence of runner sledding in central Maine, by No Umbrella Media; “Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge,” a short that chronicles an annual mountain bike race in Carabassett Valley, by Andy Gillespie; and “Life is Good in AK,” a short film that follows Maine skiers and snowboarders to Tailgate Alaska, by Will Caswell and Ken Hess. Also being presented in this encore event is a short film directed by Unity College students Eli Walker and Alex Bach about Friends of Sears Island.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at uccpa.unity.edu or by calling 948-7469. The Maine Outdoor Film Festival is being presented at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the Unity College Center for Environmental Art and Humanities.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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