BELFAST — The film “I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan” screens at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St., Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. hosted by Waterfall Arts and followed by a discussion with Waterfall Arts founder Alan Crichton and renowned art curator Suzette McAvoy.

Bryan, a celebrated artist and children’s book author, died in early February of this year at the age of 98. The movie was made when he was 92 years of age.

For the past 53 years, Bryan lived and created on Little Cranberry Island here in Maine after retiring from teaching at Dartmouth. He used art throughout his life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community.

Bryan was a poet, author/illustrator of more than 70 children’s books, and made magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. His life story and the art he made from his wellspring of life experiences are an inspiration to people of all ages.

The film is produced by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly of the Maine Masters series of films on exceptional Maine artists. It is the first of a series of Maine-made movies planned for screening at the Colonial Theatre for spring. Masking and proof of COVID vaccination are required to attend. For more information, visit or call 338-1930.