PBS to air film made in Lewiston park

Posted Nov. 13, 2012, at 10:13 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 10:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Location: Public television, Statewide, Maine

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STATEWIDE, Maine — The film “Kids of the World” will have its television premiere at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Community Film Series. Despite a title that suggests a global setting, the movie was filmed entirely in Lewiston’s Kennedy Park.

“The kids chose the title,” said the movie’s director, Craig Saddlemire. “Even though they all share this communal place — the park — I think they wanted a title that reflected their global identities. And the stars of the movie really are from all over the world — Florida, Puerto Rico, East Africa. We put their ideas into a script and made a movie out of their experiences and ideas.”

The movie is a product of a two week summer camp that was hosted by the Downtown Education Collaborative on Lisbon Street.

“The purpose of the camp was for the youth to explore forms of creative expression through arts and crafts, storytelling, and performance,” said Sherry Russell, executive director of DEC. “We wanted to offer them different ways to explore their feelings and ideas, and have something to share with the wider community once the camp was over.” Summer camp staff were Karen Ogg, art teacher at Franklin Alternative School in Auburn; Tony Damiano, staff at the Downtown Education Collaborative; Sarah Vazquez, community organizer; and Craig Saddlemire, local videomaker.

This is my favorite way to make movies, through collaboration and self-representation” said Saddlemire, who has been making videos in Lewiston since 2005 with his production company, Round Point Movies. “Major Hollywood movies so often star the same people and are told from a very narrow perspective. This project was the opposite. We asked the youth to imagine themselves as the stars of the story. They told their stories through writing, drawing pictures and improvisation. I took all of their ideas and focused them into four separate stories that all take place in Kennedy Park and all interweave into one complete script. But all the major themes and ideas came from the group.”

The soundtrack to the movie features music by Portland hip hop artist Sonya Tomlinson — stage-name Sontiago — who also led two workshops for the camp on spoken word poetry.

“Kids of the World” also has been screened at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, Maine International Film Festival and the New England Online Film Festival.

To read an interview with director Craig Saddlemire about the making the film, visit