Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jablonski‘s Young Men and Fire (pictured), Jane Gillooly’s Where the Pavement Ends and Lana Wilson’s series The Cure for Fear are among the titles set to enjoy their world premieres at the 14th Camden International Film Festival (CIFF).
The full festival program, presented by non-fiction creative hub the Points North Institute, includes 37 feature-length films, 43 shorts, 20 VR and immersive experiences, and one episodic series. For the full list of feature-length films playing at this year’s festival, click here.
CIFF opens on Sept. 13 with Morgan Neville‘s They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, which will screen at the festival after its Venice debut. The 98-minute film is an archival take on Orson Welles’ final, unfinished film. Closing the festival will be Alex Holmes’ sailing epic Maiden (U.S. premiere), which makes its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival the week prior.
Anchoring the world premieres at the Maine-based festival are Hudson and Jablonski’s Young Men And Fire, which provides insight into the interior lives of a wildland firefighting crew as they struggle through fear, dreams and demons, while Gillooly’s 85 minute film, Where the Pavement Ends, depicts a micro-history of race relations in America. Wilson’s 4 x 12-minute docuseries The Cure for Fear, meanwhile, explores the ramifications of a scientist’s findings in the cure for fear.
Other North American and U.S. premieres include the TIFF selections Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes from filmmaker Alexis Bloom, Maiden from Alex Holmes, What Is Democracy from Astra Taylor, and The Truth About Killer Robots from Maxim Pozdorovkin; Andrea Bussmann’s Locarno winner Fausto; and Karlovy Vary winners Walden from director Daniel Zimmermann and Putin’s Witnesses from Vitaly Mansky. In addition, Putin’s Witnesses director Vitaly Mansky will be in attendance for a curated retrospective of his work.
The festival will also feature projects by filmmakers who have participated in the institute’s artist programs. These include Assia Boundaoui‘s The Feeling of Being Watched, Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll’s América, and Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip’s Dawnland, as well as the short Baby Brother.
Incoming filmmakers selected to take part in this year’s artist programs will be announced in the coming week.
In addition, half or more of the films in this year’s program are directed or co-directed by women.
“Programming at parity celebrates the contributions of the many formidable women in the field, while also emphasizing the fact that, in a century of documentary filmmaking, we’ve largely known one dominant perspective,” said senior programmer Samara Chadwick in a press release. “At CIFF we’re drawn to directorial approaches from outside the canon, and we value all the creative voices and cinematic languages that have been otherwise underrepresented.”
And half of the films presented are made by first- or second-time filmmakers, in keeping with CIFF’s mission to discover and foster new talent.
Now in its 3rd edition, the Storyforms program will present immersive artworks featuring emerging technologies. Storyforms standouts include Asad Malik’s augmented reality documentary Terminal 3 and a “Beta Test” work-in-progress titled Fireflies: A Brownsville Story, a virtual reality documentary co-created by youth at the Brownsville Community Justice Center.
CIFF takes place from Sept. 13 to 16 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine.