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Midcoast film screening by. Joanna Spinks & Jo Silver


Statement :

“XXX� sets out to present a selection of 12 iconic works of cinema. The films included will be sweeping in both geography and period, covering early classics to the postmodern. The aim of sharing these films will be to analyze our existence as human beings from the social to the political to the personal. In addition to seeing one’s own story reflected on the screen, cinema shows us the reality of others, thereby offering an opportunity for empathy and learning. The 12 films are to be shown over a period of 6 months, with 2 being screened each month. Each film will be followed by a discussion of varying degrees of formality. On some occasions, conversations will be guided by guests, including filmmakers, critics, cinephiles, always with the intention of creating a welcoming environment open to a diversity of perspectives. We believe rural communities benefit from access to high quality arts programming, and we aim to advance cinema programming in the Midcoast area. Our events provide an opportunity for the community to celebrate and engage in dialogue around film and current issues.


Curator Bio Joanna Spinks came to the Midcoast from New York, where she worked as a curator, translator and director of contemporary French theater. She is the translator of cultural theorist Sylvère Lotringer’s book Mad Like Artaud. Joanna received a NEFA travel grant to repre sent the Camden Opera House at The Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference in NYC 2018.She is excited to work toward invigorating film and performing arts programming in the Midcoast. She is currently the Creative Director at Oyster River Wine growers in Warren, Maine.

Jo Silver was born on a tropical island in the carribean. She relocated to maine from barcelona where she gained her masters degree in film direction. as a multi media prpducer, photographer, and Educator, Jo’s work continues to be driven by the the same desire that initially led her to film, that is, to connect with the viewer in a way that opens us to ourselves as emotional beings. it is her expectation that “midcoast film screening” will promote human connection and a rigoroussharing of feelings and ideasin the midcoast.


Films The Watermelon Woman Dir. Cheryl Dunye 1996, 1hr 30min, USA An aspiring black lesbian filmmaker (Cheryl Dunye) researches an obscure 1940s black actress billed as the Watermelon Woman.

Where is the Friend’s Home? Dir. Abbas Kiarostami 1987, 1hr 23min, Iran An 8 year old boy must return his friend’s notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.


Bicycle thieves Dir. Vittorio de sica 1948, 1hr 29min, italy In post-war Italy, a working-class man’s bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Wild at Heart Dir. David Lynch 1990, 2hr 5min, USA Young Nicholas Cage, Laura Dern and Willem Defoe star is this thrilling love story. Palm D’or winner (Best Film) at Cannes in 1990.


Lovers on the Bridge Dir. Leos Carax 1991, 1hr 5min, France Les Amants du Pont Neuf with Juliette Binoche two homeless artists have romantic adventures all over Paris until she meets and marries a wealthy man. But the two meet again years later… Surreal classic French romance film of the 90’s.

Ali Fear Eats the Soul: Dir.Rainer werner fassbinder 1974, 1hr 34min, germany This 1974 West German film starring Brigitte Mira and El Hedi ben Salem revolves around the romance that develops between Emmi, an elderly German woman and Ali, a Moroccan migrant worker in post-World War II Germany.The film won the International Federation of Film Critics award for best in-competition movie and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival.It is considered to be one of Fassbinder’s most powerful works and is hailed by many as a masterpiece.


Girlfriends: Dir. Dir. Claudia Weill 1978, 1hr 28min, USA After she sells three of her pictures to a magazine Susan thinks she has left the world of portraits and wedding photography behind her, but her life begins to fall apart when Anne moves out and marries her boyfriend, Martin, and she can’t man age to sell any more photographs.

Oslo August 31 Dir. Joachim trier 2011, 1h 35min,norway Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On his first opportunity to take an overnight trip from the rehab centre he meets an old girlfriend and then attempts suicide by filling his pockets and walking into a river. Unable to go through with it he returns back to the rehab centre where he does not mention his suicide attempt in group therapy. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Best Film and Best Cinematography awards at the 2011 Stockholm International Film Festival, where jury president Whit Stillman called the film “a perfectly painted portrait of a generation�.


Paradise Love: Dir : Ulrich seidl 2012, 2hr, Austria

A 50-year-old white woman who travels to Kenya as a sex tourist.With the encouragement of other middle-aged women at the resort, she encounters younger men and has sex with them. At the same time,she worries whether they really find her attractive. The project is an Austrian production with co-producers in Germany and France. It is the first installment in Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, a project first conceived as one film with there parallel stories.

Welcome Mr. Marshall: Dir: Luis GarcĂ­a berlanga 1953, 1h 18min,Spain

Considered one of the masterpieces of Spanish cinema, the film highlights the stereotypes held by both the Spanish and the Americans regarding the culture of the other, as well as displays social criticism of 1950s Spain.


Jungle Fever Dir. Spike Lee 1991, 2hr5, USA

Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson give incredible performances in this film about a mixed race extra marital affair. Eye opening and wildly entertaining.

Political Animals

Dir. Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares 2016, Documentary, 1hr27, USA The first four openly gay California State legislators, all women, lay the groundwork for marriage equality.


These educational screenings are open to the public and entry is by donation only.

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