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CIFF SELECTS

Experience CIFF outside of the festival weekend

CIFF Selects is monthly documentary screening series that brings the cutting-edge programming of the Camden International Film Festival to midcoast Maine year-round. These screenings include Maine premieres of some of the year’s best documentaries through a monthly series at the Camden Opera House and other special events in collaboration with some of our favorite cultural partners across the state.  This year we will be including our 2017 CIFF Audience Award winning documentary as our September CIFF Selects title.

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced in the coming months. The screenings are held on the third Wednesday each month, except for March when the screening will take place on the second Wednesday, March 8th. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings. 

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased day of show at the Camden Opera House Box Office.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

October 11, 7pm, Camden Opera House
Shorts Edition

CLOSE TIES

Barbara and Zdzislaw are soon to celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary. It would have been quite the occasion if not for the fact that Zdzisław spent eight of those years living with another woman. Now he’s back with his wife, although she claims that if it were not for her husband’s infirm legs, he would still be chasing skirts around Cracow. In spite of everyday bickering, somewhat inexplicably, their relationship perseveres.

EDITH+EDDIE

Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

FISH STORY

 A search for the truth behind a fishy tale.

THE LAST HONEY HUNTER

In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, you will find a wiry and unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the perilous rite of honey harvesting.

This screening is co-presented by the Camden Opera House.

PAST SCREENINGS

September 20, 7pm, Camden Opera House
QUEST 

Filmed with vérité intimacy for over a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a, aka “Ma Quest,” open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Over the years, the family evolves as everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil, QUEST is a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing and hope.

This screening is co-presented by the Camden Opera House.

August 16, 7pm, Camden Opera House
THE VIETNAM WAR 

THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

The evening will highlight several clips from the ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, which is slated to air on Maine Public Television on Sunday, September 17th.

Admission is free but reservations are required. To RSVP click here.

This screening is co-presented by the Camden Opera House and MPBN

July 19, 7pm, Camden Opera House
THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN’S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

In The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, Errol Morris explores the life of a gifted analog photographer facing a digital present. Dorfman, with whimsical charm and wit, gives her longtime friend a tour of her backyard garage-turned-archive.

Dorfman pulls out portraits one by one and holds them up for Morris—for the first time in recent years without his trademark Interrotron. The result is a surreal show-and-tell, as Dorfman shares the stories behind her photographs and her spontaneous musings on life. “I think one thing about having all the pictures,” she says, “is you sort of search for the narrative. But there probably is no narrative. It’s just what happened. It doesn’t go by a script.”

Tickets are $10 available at the door. Box Office opens at 6PM on the evening of the event. This screening is co-presented by the Camden Opera House and Maine Media Workshops + College.

June 21, 7pm, Camden Opera House
RISK

How much of your own life are you willing to risk?

Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of CITIZENFOUR, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, RISK is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and it’s controversial aftermath.

Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.

In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice. Executive Produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot.

Tickets are $10 available at the door. Box Office opens at 6PM on the evening of the event. This screening is co-presented by the Camden Opera House.

May 19, 7pm, Camden Opera House
UNDER THE SUN

After years of negotiation the Russian director Vitaly Mansky was invited by the North Korean government to make a film about one girl and her family in the year she prepares to join the Children’s Union, on the ‘Day of the Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday).

“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country…” says eight-year-old Zin-mi. And so it might seem as Mansky films her in joyous, patriotic school pageants and in dance class, or with her parents, eating delicious food in their picturesque apartment.

But the government handlers supervising the production did not realize that Mansky kept filming even after they had shouted “Cut.” UNDER THE SUN is the jaw-dropping result, a “surreal and sinister… real-life version of THE TRUMAN SHOW.” —The Hollywood Reporter

Tickets are $10 available at the door. Box Office opens at 6PM on the evening of the event.

This screening is co-presented by the World Affairs Council of Maine, the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations and Camden Opera House.

April 19, 7pm, Camden Opera House
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES

‘The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.

These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.

As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource.

Tickets are $10 available at the door. Box Office opens at 6PM on the evening of the event.

This screening is co-presented by Camden Opera House, Camden Conference and Camden Conservation Commission.

March 22, 7pm, Camden Opera House
SHERPA

“Powerfully polemic…jaw-gapingly spectacular” – Hollywood Reporter

A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas.

In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults – even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred?

Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever.

At 6.45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest.

The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. SHERPA, tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.

February 22, 7pm, Camden Opera House
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

NOMINATED FOR A 2017 ACADEMY AWARD!!

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

January 18, 7pm, Camden Opera House
FIRE AT SEA

NOMINATED FOR A 2017 ACADEMY AWARD!!

The first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and recently shortlisted for a 2017 Academy Award, FIRE AT SEA takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey­. Award-winning filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully places these realities side by side, and in so doing creates a remarkable third narrative that jolts us into a new understanding of what is really happening in the Mediterranean today.

January’s CIFF Selects Fire at Sea is presented in partnership with Camden Conference and the Camden Opera House.

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