July 28, 2022

The Katahdin Program

at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Join The Maine Outdoor Film Festival, presented by Baxter Brewing, for a two hour program of outdoor adventure and conservation short films, shown outdoors, at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for night one of the first weekend of MOFF.


Date: Thursday, July 28, 2022 Monday, August 1, 2022
Location: Outdoors behind Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Doors: 7:00 pm – Show time: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15 adv / $18 day-of (included in the MOFF Gold Pass)

In case of Foul Weather:
-If a screening is postponed because of rain or inclement weather, it will take place the following Monday night at the same location of the originally scheduled screening.
If two screenings are postponed, the second screening will take place Tuesday, etc.
-We’ll attempt to make any postponement call by 4pm on the day of the screening, and will email all ticket purchasers. We’ll also post on our home page, social media and the event screening page.
-Tickets purchased for the original screening will be honored at the makeup screening.
-Ticket purchasers will also have the option of transferring their ticket to another screening or transferring to a virtual ticket.

Other info:
-Please bring your own camp chair/blanket.
-Beer and Wine available for purchase with ID
Lucky Lou’s food truck will be joining us for the evening.
-Outside water/snacks are allowed.
-No pets allowed, sorry.
-A pay-what-you-can STREAMING OPTION is available on the night of the in-person showing.

Film program:

Film program will last about two hours and is subject to change

BLESSING OF THE CREATURES 4.5 minutes – by Marty Pottenger, Vera Francis – from Maine – Short synopsis: We created this listening video – Blessing of the Creatures – as a call to action honoring all the creatures of the Earth, including us humans. The Passamaquoddy Drum Song was reunited with the Passamaquoddy people through recordings that were made in 1890 on wax cylinders. It is held in reverence as one of the most ancient songs and offered here as a blessing, prayer, song, and call to action sung in Passamaquoddy and English by Passamaquoddy Vera Francis.

THE PACE OF SNOW 13.1 minutes – by Natalie Simmons & Emily Mosites – from Tennessee – Short synopsis: The wilderness has long been a place people go to find themselves. After a traumatic loss, one woman travels to interior Alaska to bike on snow with friends. They return with new insights about life and how challenges shape us.

MARDI & THE WHITES 11.45 minutes – by Paula Champagne – from Massachusetts – Short synopsis: Mardi has a rich relationship with nature that has evolved and deepened throughout her life. In the last 20 years she’s dedicated much of her time to exploring the landscape in the White Mountains (unfortunately coined “The Whites” by New Englanders) on Abenaki land. In that time Mardi summited all forty-eight 4,000 footers multiple times, often as the only Black person on the mountain. She has experienced great joy from communing with this landscape, but the overwhelmingly white hiking community that is so seeped in white supremacy and colonialism complicates her experiences. Recently, she has focused on creating more opportunities for Black folks to join her in appreciating this magnificent wilderness. Enjoying this land with her community has been a liberating balm that has strengthened her sense of identity as an outdoorswoman.“Mardi & the whites” is a peek into Mardi’s relationship with the White Mountains, the great outdoors, and the community that surrounds them; Above all, it’s a celebration of Black liberation in the wild.

KEYSTONE: VOICES FOR THE LITTLE FISH 11.2 minutes – by Jerry Monkman – from New Hampshire – Short synopsis: The people of Gardiner, Maine work to provide fish passage around three historic dams on Cobbossee Stream for the first time in 270 years. The goal: restore an ecosystem that can support millions of river herring and other wildlife.


KEEP IT A SECRET 61.15 minutes – by Sean Duggan – from New York – Short synopsis: Keep It A Secret recounts the inspiring true story of the dawn of Irish surfing and how the sport’s brave pioneers found peace in the surf during the most violent years of The Troubles conflict. In 1972, every international sporting event in Ireland was cancelled, except for one. Teams from around the world were terrified to travel to Ireland amid the height of The Troubles, the conflict between Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland that had plunged the island into chaos and violence. The only group of athletes bold enough to risk traveling in Ireland at this turbulent time were surfers.

Watch Trailer:

Films From This Program: