Award-winning, Maine-made film ‘40 WEST’ showing at Belfast theater

Posted Feb. 23, 2012, at 1:42 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The award-winning Maine-made independent film “40 West” will be shown Sunday and Tuesday at the Colonial Theater.

The film, starring Las Vegas headliner Wayne Newton and shot in 2010 at locations in Buxton and Hollis, was written and produced by Honey Tree Films, a production company founded in 1998 by Mainers Dana Packard and Jennifer Porter. Porter also composed and performed the film score and stars in the movie.

A reviewer for the Vegas Stars called the film “a thriller and a dark comedy that touches the soul.”

The film premiered in October 2011 at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival in New York City, followed by a showing at the Lucerne International Film Festival in Switzerland, where it was nominated for Best Feature Film. Since then, it has won or been nominated for 14 awards from various festivals and awards programs, including a Diamond Award from the California Film Awards, an Award of Merit from the Accolade Competition, an Honorable Mention from the Los Angeles Movie Awards, a Best Comedy win from the Mountain Film Awards, four Maverick Movie Award nominations and a Best Feature Film award at Vegas Indie Film Fest.

Several New England and Maine actors including Kathleen Kimball, C. James Roberts, Dylan Chestnutt, William McDonough III, Michael Kimball and Rob Cameron also are featured in the movie.

“40 West” will be shown at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Colonial Theater in Belfast.

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