CineMainiacs, a newly formed group of independent film fans collaborating with the downtown Colonial Theatre to bring independent, foreign and documentary films to Belfast, will premiere its first series with the beautiful documentary film “Sweetgrass.” An unsentimental elegy to the American West and the connection between man and beast, the film follows the last modern-day cowboys as they herd their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains on a federal grazing permit.

An Official Selection of the Berlin, New York, AFI and other film festivals, “Sweetgrass” will be shown as a Saturday late show April 17, a Sunday matinee April 18 and a Thursday evening early show April 22. For specific show times and links to the film’s trailer, visit

Upcoming films in the series, shown in the same timeframe, include “The Ghost Writer,” a political thriller directed by Roman Polanski and starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan April 24, 25 and 29; and “The Art Of The Steal: The Untold Story of The Barnes Collection,” a documentary about one of the art world’s most fascinating controversies May 1, 2 and 6.

To receive e-mail updates on these and other CineMainiac films, send contact information to with “CineMainiac contact info” in the subject line. CineMainiacs have as their mission to make Belfast a destination for alternative filmgoers and urges film fans to show up, bring their friends and spread the word, saying “if you come to see them, the Colonial will show them!”

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to