Wait Until Dark, a cool new program for warm summer nights in Belfast, will begin Friday, July 9 at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. Movies by Maine filmmakers will be projected onto a large screen made by Moss Inc. on an outside wall. The series of relaxed evening events are scheduled for July 9, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, beginning at dusk.

The Wait Until Dark series will give Maine filmmakers, videographers and photographers an opportunity to show their work to a wide audience. To kick off the series, work by Walter Ungerer of Camden and Abbott Meader from Oakland, two members of the New Media Artists Maine, will be featured. NMAM is an association of filmmakers who produce artwork created with new media technologies including digital art, computer graphics, animation and other computer, robotic and interactive technologies.

Members of NMAM represent a variety of exploratory disciplines in the creative realm of media art. The films they produce can challenge, provoke, confuse, outrage and entertain but may not always be easily understood. Just how the films affect viewers might not be immediately apparent as new media art, as all art, is mysterious. Ultimately, they can only be experienced and Waterfall Arts is proud to present these unique films.

Meader and Ungerer will be present at the screening and Shannon Brown, a film and sculpture student at Smith College and Waterfall Arts’ summer intern, will add her stop-motion original film to the mix. The filmmakers will talk briefly about their work during the program and participate in a salon-style chat at the end of the show.

The lawn outside the building will be open at 7:45 p.m. Admission to the screening is $5, and refreshments will be available for sale. Attendees should bring a blanket, lawn chair and jackets to enjoy an evening of creative media art on the wall. As Belfast’s Friday Night Art Walk winds down, there will only be a short “wait until dark” for the film to commence, creating an extended summer night art offering: opening remarks will begin around 8:20 p.m. and the films will begin to roll around 8:30 p.m.

The film series is funded in part by an Artists in Maine grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Waterfall Arts is celebrating its 10th year of classes, exhibitions, residencies and events at its Belfast and Montville locations. For more information on classes and the film series, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

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