Maine has had a connection with the movies since, well … since there have been movies. More than 80 motion pictures have been set in Maine since the first one all the way back in 1910.

The Maine Film Center and 19 other arts and education organizations and independent cinemas have joined together to present “Maine in the Movies” from March 5-15, a statewide, 17-city festival of 35 films set in Maine. The festival serves as part of the celebration of the state’s Bicentennial

“Maine is a state of mind and imagination whose enigma and beauty have, from the very beginning, inspired writers, visual artists, and their natural descendants, filmmakers,” said Mike Perreault, MFC executive director, in a press release.

“Maine in the Movies” will showcase screenings for all ages, some accompanied by discussions with knowledgeable guests.

Over the course of the festival, audiences will see an expansive, sometimes unfamiliar, often surprising vision of Maine: fanciful and funny in some cases; down to earth and culturally revealing in others.

Among the festival’s films are those from the earliest days – movies like “Jean the Match-Maker” (1910) and “Way Down East” (1920) – to the most recent – last year’s “The Lighthouse” and “Blow the Man Down.” And the films on the program really run the gamut: there will be classic dramas, family movies, thrillers, fantasies, musicals and comedies. “Peyton Place,” “Andre,” “Dolores Claiborne,” “Aquaman,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel,” “How to Marry a Millionaire” – the list goes on and on.

Many of the movies here are based on literary works by such famous Maine authors as Stephen King, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout and E. B. White.

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 07:39

No bicentennial birthday after all

Historians discover Brewer never separated from Orrington

EDITOR'S NOTE: (This story is from The Maine Edge's annual April Fools Day edition. As such, you can safely assume that most of it - if not all of it - is totally made-up.)

BREWER The bicentennial birthday celebration Brewer city officials have been touting for months appears to be for naught, as area historians announced a shocking discovery last week that essentially wipes the City of Brewer from the map.

Historians originally thought Brewer separated from the Town of Orrington in 1812. The city, also called New Worcester back then, was settled in 1777 as part of the Conduskeag Plantation, and became Orrington's largest village on the east side of the Penobscot River when that town incorporated in 1788.

However, what has long been considered fact now appears to have been incorrect when the alleged document that essentially separated Brewer from Orrington and was sent to Boston Maine was still a part of Massachusetts then was determined to have been a forgery. The document became suspect when another nearly-identical document bearing local signatures but was unsigned by any Massachusetts governor was found last month in the wall of a house on N. Main Street that has been undergoing restoration.

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