BELFAST — One of The Game Loft’s program goals is for its youth to expand their knowledge and appreciation of their state. One way to do that is through an immersive role play experience game the organizers designed called “Coming of Age in America.” It worked well for a small group over many months of play time. Their challenge was how to scale it — how to make this experience available for 60 students, not just six.

The result was making a film based on a moment in time, June 1852, with Game Loft kids as the cast, along with adult volunteers and staff. Scenes were shot on location at the Penobscot Historical Society.

“The More Things Change” (the more they stay the same) is a short feature film about how themes like bullying, school reform, and small town politics have changed little over time. The film premieres at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St., Monday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. Following the film there will be a brief discussion with the cast and crew about their experiences and reflections on 19th century life.

This is a special by-donation presentation of a short feature produced in collaboration between Belfast Community Media (BCTV) and The Game Loft’s I Know ME Program. The Loft’s IKME Program works with students to raise the aspirations of rural kids by allowing them to explore and learn more about the great State of Maine.

The run time is 1 hour. Watch the trailer at For more information, contact Ray Estabrook at or 207-322-3229.