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NEW MAINE FILMS IN SPECIAL DOUBLE SCREENING AT STONINGTON OPERA HOUSE

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STONINGTON – Two new Maine films, “Rock Solid” and “Protecting the Nature of Maine,” will screen in a double feature at the Stonington Opera House Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7 p.m. Both films focus, from different perspectives, on Maine’s unique ecology and environment. Filmmakers Richard Kane and Veronica Young will be on hand to discuss the films.

“This evening gives community members a chance to experience and discuss how we interact with our beautiful natural environment, on both creative and political levels,” said Judith Jerome, OHA’s Artistic Director. “At the same time, it is a way to support film made right here in Maine.”

“ROCK SOLID: The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium,” a new documentary by Sedgwick filmmaker Richard Kane with a score by Grammy Award-winning composer Paul Sullivan, portrays the vision of Steuben, Maine sculptor, Jesse Salisbury. Salisbury founded the Symposium, which resulted in seven world-renowned artists—from Sweden, Poland, Germany, Japan, and Maine–coming to the Schoodic Peninsula in 2007 to create monumental works of public art made from granite and basalt donated by local quarries. The seven works have been installed in seven communities in Downeast Maine, including one to be located in Deer Isle. The film follows the work of all seven artists from selecting the stone at a local quarry, splitting huge pieces of granite, witnessing a Sullivan town site selection, to the installation of several of these monumental works of art.  Particularly dramatic is the installation of the work of Round Pond, Maine sculptor Don Meserve drilling his sculpture titled Cleat into the ledge of the tidal zone in Winter Harbor as the tide moves in. 

“Protecting the Nature of Maine” is an inspiring new documentary which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, featuring some of Maine’s most important environmental victories and the people who helped to make them possible. Stunning footage – from Rockport’s Beech Hill to Mt. Katahdin to Acadia National Park and beyond – and dozens of interviews with citizens across the state bring local environmental threats and preservation accomplishments to life—and remind us what can be achieved when concerned people come together for a cause in which they believe. For a sneak preview, see the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9xW8J9q5FI

Tickets for the evening are $6 for adults, $5 for under 17 years of age, available at the door.

For more information, go to www.operahousearts.org, or call 367-2788.