September 19, 2024

North Deering Park

Portland, Maine

Join the Maine Outdoor Film Festival for an evening of outdoor adventure and conservation films shown outdoors at the newest Portland city park: North Deering Park.    

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024
Timing: Doors: 6:30PM Films: 7PM
Suggested Donation $5 to$10 to benefit Portland Parks Conservancy
Location: North Deering Park, Ballpark Drive, Portland
Presented by: Portland Parks Conservancy. Read about the effort to bring North Deering Park online here.
Program Notes: The film program will last about two hours.

Scheduled Program:

*Film Program Subject To Change*

THE BEE – 6.93 minutes – by Kim Lowe – from Massachusetts – Short synopsis: Bill Perkins is a beekeeper in Boston who shares his knowledge and love of bees with his community, much like a bee spreading pollen.
109 BELOW – 13.82 minutes – by Nick Martini – from California – Short synopsis: 109 Below tells a tale of resilience and grit when rescue volunteers go to save the lives of strangers. An attempted rescue on Mount Washington in 1982 changed not only the course of two climbers’ lives, but the lives of the rescuers who attempted to save them — and the future of prosthetics, forever.
FROM THE HEARTLAND – 15.37 minutes – by Matt Coddaire – from Colorado – Short synopsis: From the Heartland is a candid depiction of American Agriculture and the rural towns that are reliant on its success. But when an industry’s ability to thrive is dependent on progress, how does the family farm discard the practices that have been passed down through generations to try something new in order to save the land?
UNDER THE WIRE – 27.67 minutes – by Mariah Lundgren – from Colorado – Short synopsis: This is a story about a community of people working together to improve fencelines, so pronghorn and other wildlife can move more freely. It also celebrates the wildlife that call the North Platte River Valley home and the folks living and working on this land to help keep these animals around for generations to come.
SOUNDSCAPE – 14.8 minutes – by Timmy ONeill – from Nevada – Short synopsis: Soundscape shares the sightless experience of climbing a mountain via echo location, touch and imagination. Soundscape features Erik Weihenmayer, a global adventure athlete and author who is fully blind, as he ascends a massive alpine rock face deep in the Sierra Nevada. Using expert camera work and emotive, novel animation to bring to life a concept by adaptive climbing pioneer Timmy ONeill, the film is a surprising and soulful adventure.
NATURE ALWAYS FINDS A WAY – 12 minutes – by Jordyn Romero – from United States – Short synopsis: The story of five women who boldly embark on a ten day trek with total strangers to conquer the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc. Their goal? To heal their past traumas, together. An uplifting tale of reliance, female friendship and the incredible power of using nature and community to heal and forge a brighter future.
23.4 DEGREES – 10 minutes – by Jeff Thomas – from British Columbia – Short synopsis: Journey with professional skier Anna Segal across the valleys, forests, boulder fields and mountain summits of British Columbia, as she explores her affinity with seasonal change, and the role it plays in connecting our modern lifestyle to the natural world.
ECHDOE – 4.68 minutes – by Gwen Kathryn Thomson – from United Kingdom – Short synopsis: Following a life-changing climbing fall, Cheryl is told she might never walk again, launching her on a journey to heal the trauma of that day and testing her inner-resilience to the limits. Echdoe follows her anxious return to the quarry years later, where this time, she intends to get to the top.