CIFF ’15: “Machine Gun,” “Olmo” make Camden line-up

Travis Wilkerson's Machine Gun or Typewriter and Petra Costa and Lea Glob's hybrid film Olmo and the Seagull (pictured) are among the docs headed to the Camden International Film Festival next month.
August 26, 2015

Travis Wilkerson’s Machine Gun or Typewriter and Petra Costa and Lea Glob’s hybrid film Olmo and the Seagull (pictured) are among the docs headed to the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) next month.

The 11th annual edition of the festival will take place from September 17 to 20 in the cities of Camden, Rockport and Rockland in Maine, U.S.

Among the 60 features and short films included in the program are Wilkerson’s Machine Gun or Typewriter, about a desperate man’s search for a lost love through an illegal pirate radio broadcast; as well as Christopher Pryor’s The Ground We Won, that focuses on a team of rugby-playing farmers in New Zealand.

Also screening is Locarno International Film Festival’s Junior Jury Award winner, Olmo and the Seagull, which delves into the mind of an actress during her pregnancy; and TIFF selection and climate change doc, This Changes Everything, from Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein.

Other festival hits screening at Camden include Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden’s Almost There; Morgan Neville’s Best of Enemies, Camila Nielsson’s Democrats, Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World and Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker.

In addition to the 60 titles, CIFF this year is featuring a sidebar program of historic ethnographic films with support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; a program honoring the home movie archives of Charles Norman Shay – a tribal elder in the Penobscot Indian Nation and Second World War veteran – in collaboration with Northeast Historic Film; and the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking Shorts List, which will be announced during the festival.

Meanwhile, CIFF’s Points North Documentary Forum will again feature workshops, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring, pitch sessions and master classes. The event’s line-up of films, speakers and panels is to be unveiled tomorrow (August 27).

For a complete list of the festival’s feature-length and short selections, please click here. Stay tuned for realscreen coverage from CIFF next month.

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