‘Ragged Isle,’ Dodds at Ghostport

Oct 09, 2012
Kathryn Coccyx, as Madam Clelia, has a close crustacean encounter in a “Ragged Isle” episode filmed, in part, at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland. Another Midcoast connection, aside from the show’s directors, is Matinicus actor Suzanne Rankin.

Bucksport — After receiving national acclaim for their web series, Belfast native filmmakers Barry and Karen Dodd will return to their home area to showcase their labor of love during Ghostport Saturday, Oct. 20.

When the husband-and-wife duo set out to create a web series they had no idea it would lead to a life calling. The Dodds are the producers and directors of “Ragged Isle,” Maine’s most well-known web series. Nearly three years ago, they began writing a story with friends. Today that story is a popular cinematic online show with more than 35,000 views on YouTube. “Ragged Isle” has received a great deal of national recognition.

Karen and Barry were high school sweethearts at Belfast Area High School who married in 2001. They currently reside in Gorham but on Oct. 20, they will head north to share their hard work with the community at Ghostport.

“It really means a lot for us to be able to bring ‘Ragged Isle’ up around our old stomping grounds. There’s something special about being able to share your work with the community who helped spark your excitement about storytelling as a kid,” said Barry.  “I’m so proud that Ghostport has invited us to showcase ‘Ragged Isle’ this year at the Alamo.”

The first season of “Ragged Isle” will be publicly screened beginning 3:30 p.m. at the Alamo Theater on Main Street. The Dodds also will be on hand for a question and answer session following the screening. For more information on Ghostport, visit ghostportme.com.

A heartfelt homage to the Pine Tree State, “Ragged Isle” draws inspiration from such cult classics as "The X-Files," "Twin Peaks" and the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows." With more than 40 talented actors and more than 30 picturesque Maine locations, “Ragged Isle” exclusively uses Maine talent from all over the state including writers, actors and musicians.

In February, “Ragged Isle” won five major international awards including Best Director (Barry Dodd), Best Cinematography and Best Drama Series at the Indie Soap awards in New York City; and Best Thriller and Best Supporting Actor (Rick Dalton) from the well- established online Indie Intertube awards. The series and its actors have been recognized by Maine television stations, newspapers and magazines; and WeLoveSoaps.com, Indieinterube.com and many other online industry sites.

Web series, a growing genre of entertainment, are designed to play like a mini television series, streamlined specifically for a web audience. The first two seasons of “Ragged Isle” can be watched at raggedisle.com; the third and final season will be released in spring 2013.

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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