“Rats,” “Life, Animated” set for Camden Int’l Film Fest

Roger Ross Williams' Life, Animated (pictured), Alex Gibney's Zero Days and Morgan Spurlock's study of New York City rodents are among the 70+ films headed to the Camden International Film Festival.
August 23, 2016

Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated (pictured), Alex Gibney‘s Zero Days and Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson are among the more than 70 films that will be screened at the 12th annual Camden International Film Festival (CIFF).

Scheduled to run September 15 to 18 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine, CIFF is also home to the Points North Documentary Forum, which hosts a lineup of master classes, roundtables, and panels, and will announce its fellows on Thursday (August 25).

Morgan Spurlock‘s Rats will open the 12th annual festival, shortly after enjoying its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which will broadcast on Discovery in October, explores the lives of New York City-dwelling rodents and is based on Robert Sullivan’s critically acclaimed book Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the Cities Most Unwanted Inhabitants. Spurlock and producer Jeremy Chilnick will be in attendance.

Domestic documentaries set to be featured during the festival include Turner and Bill RossContemporary Color, showcasing color guard teams – synchronized dancers who perform with flags, rifles and sabers – as they set their routines to live music; Robert Greene‘s Kate Plays Christine, which looks at the life and death of a Florida news reporter who committed suicide on live television in 1974; Sonia Kennebeck‘s National Bird, which breaks the silence on the U.S. military’s use of drones; and Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca‘s The Pearl, following four middle-aged transgender women as they struggle to find acceptance.

Foreign titles appearing at CIFF, meanwhile, include Aslaug Holm‘s Hot Docs-winning Brothers (Norway), Michal Marczak’s All These Sleepless Nights (Poland), Mauro Herce’s Dead Slow Ahead (Spain), Mike Day’s The Island and the Whales (UK, Scotland), Aaron Schock’s La Laguna (Mexico), Laura Viezzoli’s La Natura Delle Cose (Italy), Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened (Belgium) and Estephan Wagner’s Les Sauters (Denmark).

CIFF will also screen more than 35 short films shortlisted for 2017 as part of the Cinema Eye Honors, with titles to be announced September 15.

In February, CIFF was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Documentary Short Subject Award.

For the full list of feature-length films playing at this year’s festival, click here.

“This year’s slate is an incredibly engaging collection of films that calls attention to the power of documentary form both as art, and as a way to experience the world around us,” said Ben Fowlie, executive director of the Points North Institute and founder of CIFF, in a statement. “We’re honored to provide a platform to highlight the inspiring vision and creative voices of this incredible group of emerging and established storytellers living and working in all corners of the globe.”

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