Bailey and the Alewives

2018 MOFF Selection

About This Project


Molly Haley & David Meiklejohn

Total Running Time:





Bailey Bowden of Penobscot, Maine unexpectedly becomes a fisheries activist to save the dwindling alewife population of the Bagaduce River Watershed. Collaborating with various organizations such as the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Bowden spearheads the construction of natural fishways in place of dams on the rivers in his community. His award winning (volunteer) conservation work with alewives, a key species in the food chain, is contributing to the preservation & revival of entire ecosystems. (Video produced for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2018)

This film to be screened at:

9/08/18 – Waterfall Arts – Belfast, ME  (FB Event)
9/27/18 – Down East Gallery – Edgecomb, ME  (FB Event)
10/2/18 – WCCC – Calais, ME  (FB Event)

Filmmaker Bios:

Molly Haley (Director, Producer) is a freelance photojournalist based in Portland, Maine, specializing in portraiture and documentary photography. A graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Haley worked for many years as the Director of Multimedia at The Telling Room, where she taught immigrant and refugee students tools to share their life stories with community through writing, radio, and photography. Her work as an educator has informed and inspired her practice as an artist and documentarian. Haley’s work has been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, Poets & Writers, People Magazine, Down East Magazine, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Maine Women Magazine, Maine Farms Annual Journal, Portland Press Herald, and New Mexico Magazine among others.

David Meiklejohn (Cinematography, Editing) is a writer, filmmaker, and installation artist who lives and works in Maine and Los Angeles. Meiklejohn made his feature-length directorial debut in 2011 with My Heart is an Idiot—a comedic documentary about love—and wrote and directed a short film about a vengeful spy for the annual Maine-based scary film anthology Damnationland. His music videos have premiered online with IFC, Vice, and SPIN, and have won awards at film festivals across the country.

10/2 Calais, 9/27 Edgecomb, 9/8 Belfast, 9/9 Stonington