The Light of Lubec

2021 MOFF Official Selection

About This Project


Roger McCord

Total Running Time:


Filming Location:

United States

Filmmaker Origin:

Cumberland, Maine


A pictorial essay on a landmark known as “America’s first light”: the West Quoddy Head lighthouse in Lubec, Maine.

This film to be screened:

7/29/21 – The Kennebec Program

Filmmaker Bio:

I have lived in Cumberland, Maine, for 24 years – officially retired from my journalism career, but now working freelance as the producer of “Chasing Maine” mini-documentaries for the news website. My episode on northern Maine’s potato harvest was nominated for a New England Emmy award this year.

Three thoughts from the filmmaker:

“Light of Lubec” involved drone and ground-level time-lapse videography, undertaken during a frigid, blustery 36-hour period in March. Note: Wind and cold are not at all friendly to drone operation, or time-lapse setups. Nonetheless, the weather challenges produced a remarkable variety of sun, clouds and snow – a variety not possible in more temperate conditions.

7/29 Eastern Promenade, Darkness and Light Program