The film that kicks off this year’s Camden International Film Festival, set for Sept. 25-28 in locations in Camden, Rockland and Rockport, is called “The Way We Get By.” It profiles Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet, and Jerry Mundy, three senior citizens that wake up in the middle of the night, at a moment’s notice, to drive out to Bangor International Airport to greet troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Bangor’s troop greeters have been the subject of much media attention, but “The Way We Get By,” directed by Aron Gaudet, highlights the inspirational story of these three local elders in a raw and intimate way. The film is still a work in progress, but it will be the first documentary screened at the CIFF, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. There are 19 other films in the festival that will show throughout the weekend, including “We Are Wizards,” a look into the Harry Potter-themed subculture of “wizard rock,” “A Sense of Wonder,” a profile of environmental activist Rachel Carson, and “Carny,” a film about traveling carnival workers. For a full schedule of films and more information, visit www.camdenfilmfest.org.
Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House will premiere two new one-act plays by Maine writers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. The plays — “Regalia,” by Rick Doyle of Bucksport and “The Bridge” by University of Southern Maine professor Thomas A. Power — will be read on stage, part of OHA’s “Our Own” Community Playreading Series. Doyle’s play details a conflict between an elderly father and his son, as they have a confrontation before a meeting of a Masons-like fraternal order that both characters must attend. “Regalia” will feature the community actors Roger Greene (above left) and Bob Burke, last seen in the Opera House’s play-reading series in May in Tennessee Williams’ “27 Wagons Full of Cotton.” Power’s “The Bridge” is set in a restaurant at the end of a closed-for-repairs bridge that connects an island to the mainland. Sound like an island in Maine we might be familiar with? Both plays are directed by Jean Wilhelm, a veteran of Minneapolis’ renowned Guthrie Theater who now works with the Eastport Arts Center. For more, visit www.operahousearts.org.