Organizers of the Camden International Film Festival are bringing award-winning documentary films and discussions to more than 20 different Maine communities between April and July.

The tour marks an effort by CIFF to use film as a way to connect leaders and community members, and discuss the challenges and opportunities of Maine’s aging demographics.

Here are five trailers of films that will be shown on the screening tour; the full schedule is below.

The Genius of Marian, directed by Banker White and Anna Fitch
“The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with the changes Alzheimer’s disease brings. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early onset Alzheimer’s, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Pam’s husband grapples with his changing role from primary partner to primary caregiver. Her adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother.”

Last Dreams, directed by Estephan Wagner
“Last Dreams follows three women during their last month of life. Through them we get an intimate and honest picture of what it means to be close to death – stories of solitude, reconciliation and love during the process of saying goodbye. We follow their relationship with doctors, nurses, priests and family members. We are present when they discuss their most intimate subjects, when they express their love for their family members and as they go through a fundamental and final transformation.

First Cousin Once Removed, directed by Alan Berliner
“In First Cousin Once Removed, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner’s paints a deeply personal portrait of his ‘good friend, cousin and mentor’ as [Edwin] Honig journeys through the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. A stark reminder of the profound role memory plays in everyone’s life, this moving essay on the fragility of being human.”

Age of Champions, directed by Christopher Rufo
“Age of Champions is the award-winning PBS documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.”

Old People Driving, directed by Shaleece Haas

“Old People Driving chronicles the adventures of 96-year-old Milton and 99-year-old Herbert as they confront the end of their driving years. The film follows Herbert as he takes his last drive, hands over his keys and comes to terms with the reality of life without a car. Milton, meanwhile, continues to drive every day and vows to do so until he feels he’s no longer safe on the road. Through their stories, and a review of the latest traffic safety research, the film dispels some of the myths about elderly drivers without shying away from the fact that many will outlive their ability to drive safely.”

Old People Driving trailer (1:30) from Shaleece Haas on Vimeo.


Here’s the most current schedule for showings. Additional details are forthcoming, and more screenings may be added.

Age of Champions
1 p.m., Sunday, May 3 – Lincoln Theatre, Damariscotta

10 a.m., Saturday, May 16 – Chan Center at Cary Medical Center, Caribou

Thursday, May 21 – University of Maine, Orono. The Caretaker and A Marriage to Remember are also being screened.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 22 – Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, as part of the Senior Expo, an all-day program of features and short documentaries

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21 – Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport

Living with Alzheimer’s
1 p.m., Wednesday, May 13 – Witherle Memorial Library, Castine

Old People Driving
12:30 p.m., Friday, May 15 – Fort Fairfield Community Center, Fort Fairfield

You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t
Tuesday, May 19 – Northern Maine Community College Wellness Center, Presque Isle, as part of the Aging Well, Living Well Expo.

Alive Inside
12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 19  – Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport

Tuesday, May 19 – Gracie Theatre at Husson University

Saturday, May 30 – Strand Cinema, Skowhegan

The Caretaker
Saturday, June 20 – Augusta Colonial Theater, Augusta. Also being screened: De’mem’bunce (The Remembrance), in collaboration with an interactive short installation, A Home For Women

Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on issues of sexual...