Emerge Opening Reception and Self-Guided Shorts Tour

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Kick off the 2017 Emerge Film Festival with friends and filmmakers from around the world! Our Opening Night Reception takes place in downtown Lewiston in the newly renovated offices of Rinck Advertising. Delectable dishes from DaVinci’s will delight and Stella Artois will keep the beverages flowing. Don’t miss it!
Sponsored by Rinck Advertising.
Tickets: $10 at the door

Friday Special Feature — Screening and After Party

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Property of the State Screening
The international film, Property of the State, is a powerful drama based on the true story that gripped Ireland in the 90’s. Seen through the eyes of a caring sister who asks, “Can you still love someone who has done a terrible thing?” Domestic and institutional abuse play a role in making a young victim the aggressor who would later be described as the most evil man in Ireland. Q&A with filmmakers to follow.
Nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, & Best in Festival
Friday After Party
Join us in the Franco Center Heritage Hall following the North American premiere of Property of the State. Come meet the filmmakers and stars of this year’s festival!
Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available.
Tickets: $20 online/at the door

Emerge Kids Event

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am

Detect Earth: When Life Gets Stinky
Kids of all ages will love this mixed animation/live action detective story that uses clues to find out why the garbage stinks. It’s fun, it’s clever, and the questioning sleuth is a ferret named Clover who digs for the truth with her trusted sidekick, Walter the Great Dane. Q&A with filmmaker Rob Little who just happens to be an Auburn, Maine native.
Nominated for Best Maine Film
Ashley Bryan Book Reading
Partnering with L/A Arts’ Ashley Bryan Days, we begin with Ashley reading his Newberry Honor award-winning book, Freedom Over Me, the stories of eleven slaves whose lives and dreams are brought to life by the author and artist. This will be followed by the Ashley Bryan reception and panel discussion on the Maine arts scene.
Tickets: $10 at the door
Free for children or with ALL ACCESS OR THEATER PASSES.

Women in Horror Film Screening and Panel discussion

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am

As part of the festival this year, we will have a Women in Horror Film panel moderated by Kate Kaminski of the Bluestocking Film Series. This panel will begin immediately after the Women’s shorts block of Fractal, Peppercorn Heart, Poppies, and Thwack! and will include the directors of these shorts, plus the producer from Island Zero. Join us in this general discussion of women in film and discuss specifically the misconception of women in the horror genre. Plus hear directly from these amazing women filmmakers regarding their own experiences making their films.
Tickets: $10 at the door

Ashley Bryan Reception and Panel Discussion on The Maine Arts Scene

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 12:15pm

Moderated by L/A Arts Consulting Director, Louise Rosen
Maine has a deep history in the arts, from world famous painters like Lewiston’s own Marsden Hartley, to authors whose books have become major motion pictures, like Stephen King. We’ve given the world our Blackies, and Wyeths, our LaMontanges, and Dempseys. But what is the Maine art scene today? Who is creating it and who is looking at it, listening to it, and being inspired by it? Come hear Maine insiders give their take on the Maine art scene.
Light hors d’oeuvres served free of charge thanks to our sponsor.
Sponsored by The Maine Film Office.
Offered free to the public

Special Presentation — I know a Man: Ashley Bryan

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 3:30pm

Part of the Ashley Bryan Days celebration at Emerge will be the film about the magical storyteller, and creative wonder himself. Recounting Bryan’s 93 young years, filmmaker Richard Kane captures this vibrant soul as he shares his joyful life through art. Bryan admonishes us with the Marian Anderson quote, “To keep another down, you have to hold them down, and therefore cannot… soar to the potential within you.” Q&A with filmmaker to follow.
Nominated for Best Maine Film
Tickets: $10 at the door

Saturday Special Feature — Screening and EFFy Awards Show

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

Peace, Love, & Zoo
Maine filmmaker Reginald Groff follows the life of artist Zoo Cain as he explores the addictions of his past, his colorful present, and the uncertainty of his future. Even while facing the dark journey into cancer, Zoo is committed to friends struggling with recovery. It’s all about peace, love, and Zoo Cain.
Nominated for Best Documentary, Best Maine Film, Best in Festival
EFFy Awards Show
Don’t miss the crowning of the best of the best of Emerge 2017! The 4th Annual EFFy Awards will be presented in the categories of: Best Emerging Filmmaker, Best Maine Film, Best Director, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Feature, and Best in Festival. Come celebrate with our nominees and award winners, then dance the night away with special guests, The Substitutes.
Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available.
Tickets: $25 online/at the door