July 29, 2021

The Kennebec Program

on the Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine

Join MOFF and presenting sponsor L.L. Bean for a two hour program of outdoor adventure and conservation short films under the stars on the Eastern Promenade.

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 Postponed until August 9 because of weather.
Watch Virtual: Click Here For Virtual Viewing Link. (or consider the virtual pass)
Doors: 6:30 pm
Show Time: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15 adv / $18 day-of (included in the MOFF Gold Pass)

Location: Outdoors on the Eastern Promenade, on the grass near the tennis courts at the end of Montreal St.
Program Notes: The film program will last about two hours, including a 10-minute intermission. Please bring your own camp chair, blanket and refreshments. There is plenty of free parking on the street. The Eastern Promenade is a popular spot for Food Trucks. Film program is subject to change. This event will adhere to any prevailing state guidelines for public safety in light of COVID-19.
Rain Date: Monday, August 9
Unable to make it in person?: This program is also available on MOFF’s Virtual Platform.


Scheduled Program:
BLIND FAITH – 25.66 minutes – by Graeme Meiklejohn – from BC  – Mac Marcoux is one of Canada’s most decorated para-athletes. Now, after a year sidelined by injury and skiing with a new, unproven guide, he will attempt to redefine himself as a skier by taking his racing pedigree into Whistler Blackcomb’s extreme alpine terrain. His goal is to do more than just ski lines that are impressive for a blind person, Mac wants to change the way people see adaptive athletes.

THE LIGHT OF LUBEC – 3.2 minutes – by Roger McCord – from Maine – A pictorial essay on a landmark known as “America’s first light” – the West Quoddy Head lighthouse in Lubec, Maine.

24 LEECHES – 10 minutes – by Aaron Peterson – from MI – Though filmmaker Aaron Peterson’s 10-year-old son died in 2019, the boy lived an adventure-filled and wise life. In 24 LEECHES, that same boy narrates a family canoe adventure to the Slate Islands of Ontario, Canada while making reflections on the world around them. This film serves tribute to Aaron’s best friend and adventure partner.

RUNNING THROUGH BARRIERS – 6 minutes – by Julia Ngeow – from Maine – A documentary short that features the Vermont-based ultra-runner, author, and social-justice advocate, Mirna Valerio, which explores the interrelation between environmentalism and racial justice.

THE GILDED TRAP – 17.1 minutes – by Ashley Siana – from Maine – THE GILDED TRAP profiles Jamien Hallowell, a young Maine lobster fisherman, and Dr. Richard Wahle, a marine biologist studying the changing lobster population within the Gulf of Maine. The film depicts the shallow and sheltered Gulf of Maine as a microcosm of climate change as it is experiencing an array of ecological changes.


DISTANT DHARMA – 16 minutes – by Annemarie Hennes – from United States – In March of 2020, world-class endurance athlete Rebecca Rush set out to ride a fat bike 350 miles across the frozen Alaskan wilderness. The Iditarod Trail Invitational promised the challenge of a lifetime but after an early mistake, Rebecca’s race takes on new meaning as she emerges from the trail into a global pandemic.

THE LONG GAME – 5.33 minutes – by Herman Mantis, Inc.  – from PORTLAND – Resiliency takes many forms in this story of overcoming obstacles, finding hope in devastation and transforming adversity into positive action. Nature is powerful, healing, humbling and a vital human right. Follow Ryan Dunfee on his journey to recovery through the power of the Maine wilderness and the lessons learned along the way.

JEFF LABREE | MAINE GUIDE – 1.5 minutes – by Lone Spruce Creative – from Maine – Short synopsis: What it means to be a registered guide in the North Maine Woods

THE FUNNY RUNNER – 20 minutes – by Rob Steger – from CO – After quitting her job to pursue her dream of running professionally, Brittany Charboneau quickly found herself not having any fun with the sport she loved. Was there really only one path to success in becoming a professional runner or could Brittany throw away everything and do things her own way?

Learn more about the films:

2021 Award Winners, 7/29 Eastern Promenade, Friends and Family Program