Searching for cinema in Maine’s libraries

Feb 13, 2014
Paul Sheridan

Belfast — Paul Sheridan will discuss Cinema Gems in the Maine Library System Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. His program is free and open to all.

Sheridan’s presentations will appeal to those who are looking for more from a film than what Hollywood has to offer in first-run movie theaters — looking for movies that are not formulaic, but have deep, interesting adult stories. One does not need to live in a large cosmopolitan city with the hippest cinema houses to accomplish this end; one just needs access to a screen and a DVD player, a library card and a little patience.

There are thousands of little-known, independent, hard-to-find and foreign language films available through the Minerva and MaineCat catalogs of the Maine Library System, from both public and college collections. Sheridan will demonstrate how to find these cinema gems.

Sheridan has a BA in Art and an MFA in Photography, and in the many years he managed a large teaching photo lab for the City University of New York, he also found time to take in the film fare offered by various museums, film societies, foundations and movie houses. He has been making photographs for more than 40 years and has taught several well-received courses in photography, films and driver safety, at Senior College/Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

This evening’s program is a sample of a course that will start March 27 at the Hutchinson Center. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or

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