CIFF Selects: VANISHING SAIL on May 19 at the Camden Opera House!

The Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House will screen VANISHING SAIL, followed by a skype Q&A with the director on May 19 at 7 PM as the next title in the popular CIFF Selects monthly series. The film is presented by Maine Boats Homes and Harbors, and will be part of an evening celebrating Lyman Morse’s acquisition of the Wayfarer corporation. The event will kick off the 2016 Business is Blooming presented by the Camden Area Business Group.

Directed by Alexis Andrews, VANISHING SAIL follows Alwyn Enoe one of the last wooden boat builders in the village of Windward, Carriacou, where the traditions of boat building were once crucial to the survival of local communities skimming a living from the sea. Featuring striking cinematography, rare archival and exciting sailing footage, and interviews with Caribbean sea captains,VANISHING SAIL is sure to entertain and capture the attention of all who have an interest in boat building, sailing, sustainable community, and maritime history.

VANISHING SAIL is a special co-presentation between CIFF, the Camden Opera House and the Town of Camden. It screens as part of the 5th annual Business is Blooming, the downtown event where Camden celebrates its new businesses that have opened during the past year. The event will run May 19 to 22, 2016, and feature sidewalk sales, the Camden Garden Club’s annual “Plants for Scholars” sale, children’s activities at the library, and a special evening at the Opera House to honor Camden’s new business owners and operators.

One of the businesses that has opened in Camden this past year is Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, expanding from their Thomaston facility to add the Wayfarer Marine property. The long-time marine heritage represented by the new “Lyman Morse at Wayfarer” is central to the town’s working waterfront heritage. Members of the Lyman family will be on hand to speak prior to the CIFF Selects screening. At a reception the same evening, the Camden Area Business Group will honor the Lymans and other new business owners for their contributions to Camden’s year-round economy.

“We are excited to bring VANISHING SAILS to Camden and celebrate Lyman’s great work in partnership with the Camden Area Business Group and Maine Boats Homes and Harbors” said CIFF’s Founder/Executive Director Ben Fowlie.

“I’m happy that this film and evening will include a focus on the special traditions and culture of wooden boat building; traditions that our Midcoast community embrace, use and teach – making us such a special place. Unfortunately, as the film details, this art becomes more unique worldwide with each passing year,” added Camden Opera House Manager Kerry Hadley.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House on this project,” says Community Development Director Karen Brace. “In conjunction with the Camden Area Business Group, the welcome event for our new businesses will be an evening to remember.”

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced in the coming months. The screenings are held on the third Thursday each month, except for July when the screening will take place on the third Wednesday of the month. Upcoming screening dates include June 16, July 20 and August 18. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office.

More information here: Camden Opera House

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