4th annual International Maritime Film Festival Schedule


4th annual IMFF schedule

Subject to slight changes


Friday, Sep. 27

5:30pm opening reception

6pm We Were An Island, USA watch trailer

Inspired by the book "We Were An Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam," the film imagines the Kellams' life on Placentia, an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine beginning with their arrival in 1949. Whether in response to the horrors they witnessed in international news during World War II or from a desire to take on a life project that was utterly unique, the couple built their own home and lived in near isolation for the ensuing four decades.

6:30pm Q&A with filmmaker Peter Logue

7pm Manry At Sea, USA (Runner Up, feature length films) watch trailer

In 1965, newspaper editor Robert Manry was a happily married family man in Cleveland, Ohio. His colleagues at the Plain Dealer were shocked to learn he had set sail on a solo voyage across the Atlantic in his 13½-foot sloop, Tinkerbelle. By the time his 78-day odyssey ended, Manry had become the target of a wild cat and mouse news media chase, was welcomed by a cheering throng of 50,000 Britons and had become a hero to his countrymen ~ and to dreamers everywhere...

8:30 projection event at town dock

Saturday, Sep. 28

9am coffee and refreshments

9:30am Outrigged, USA

In the 1960s and 70s, a dispersed band of earthlings hammered together a thousand escape vehicles in their backyards. Like the ancient Polynesians before them, the beatnik-boatbuilders of the late 1950s and ’60s sought escape from impending doom.

This alternative history of the modern yacht has been left in the hands of one man. Jim Brown is blind, bug-eyed and bad-assed. He is Tidewater, Virginia’s Henry Ford, Herman Melville, and Jack Kerouac all rolled into one.

Jim tells the story of the “lunatic fringe,” the daredevils and flameouts who made the modern sailboat fly and still haunt its ghostly shadows.

10am Q&A with filmmaker Daniel Mydlack

10:15am Mary Celeste, Canada (Festival Honorable Mention)

The brigantine Mary Celeste's abandonment by its captain and crew in the North Atlantic in 1872 has never been explained. Through interviews, historic photos, and other visuals, this film examines why the crew's disappearance remains one of the most enduring mysteries of the sea, and explores the vessel's Nova Scotia origins.

10:45am The Boy Who Crossed the Atlantic, Finland

The film explores the life of Uno Ekblom, an eccentric innovator from Aland Islands in Finland who embarked on a great and hazardous adventure over the Atlantic in 1939. In a small motorboat Uno sailed from Aland to New York. While the adventure made the group holders of a world record - as the boat was the smallest motorboat ever to cross the Atlantic - the trip was anything but easy. Uno and his crew members had little in common and their relationship on the boat quickly turned sour.The film asks why he left and never return and what drove him to leave his family behind? It depicts a man with big dreams and strong ambitions while putting light on the people he met along the way.

12pm Q&A with filmmaker Per-Ove Högnäs

12:15pm lunch

1:30pm The Ocean Rider, Switzerland watch trailer

French-Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon - a pillar of the offshore race and winner of the Jacques Vabre transatlantic race - is making a mad bet: to complete the first round-the-world tour, alone, on a catamaran without cockpit, a boat the size of a beach sailboat. 220 days and 55'000km at sea, without being able to shelter from the elements. A tightrope walker, alone with his camera, he confronts a shipwreck, storms, pirates, the cold, the heat, but also enjoys innumerable moments of happiness and success. An adventure that also highlights the worrying issue of pollution and the preservation of the oceans, a cause for which Yvan Bourgnon is now actively involved, with his project The Sea Cleaners.

2:45pm Where It All Starts, USA

A brief documentary about the cultural and economic significance of working waterfronts in coastal Maine, USA. Giulia Cardoso is a graduate student at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, and a sternman on the F/V Julie B. She works closely with local lobstermen and supports them in sustaining their sustainable, community-driven and centuries-long livelihood.

3pm Q&A with filmmaker Giulia Cardoso

3:15pm break 

3:30pm Starbound (1:29) watch trailer

The Starbound’s keel was originally laid in 1989 by The Swasand Family and Aleutian Spray Fisheries. She first took to the sea as a 240-foot Catcher Processor, harvesting the rich pollock resource of Alaska’s Bering Sea. But after nearly three decades, her factory is outdated and the boat is losing money. The obvious option for her owners was to dock the boat and receive a commission for their share of the Pollock quota. But 110 workers and their families relied on The Starbound for year round employment. Mothballing is not an option for The Starbound’s owners. Partnering with the original naval architect and shipyard, the owners roll the dice on a $40 million gamble. They draw up plans to lengthen The Starbound’s hull and upgrade all her hardware. And they double-down on their bet by committing to finish the work in time for the next fishing season. Maritime experts estimate the retrofit to be a two-year project but the team only has 9 months to complete the work. If they can pull it off, the boat will be 60 feet longer, powered by the most environmentally safe main engines currently available. The factory will be the most advanced in the industry, repurposing 100% of the Pollock resource that The Starbound catches.

5:15pm 14+2 Days (00:19) watch trailer

A worker on the Gulf gas platforms plans to hold his wedding ceremony in the next two weeks. But the difficult conditions on the gas platform and the unbalanced conditions of the sea climate challenge his wedding.

5:45pm (People) of Water (00:22, runner up short films) watch trailer 

For thousands of years, outrigger canoes have connected diverse cultures and people around the world. People of water follows the story of Rob Prechtl, a member of the US Men’s Raft team, as they embark on a journey to learn the craft of outrigger paddling.

6:15pm: The Pains of the Sea (00:8, grand prize short films)

Syrian and Iraqi immigrants are trying to cross the sea to reach Turkey. A mother must choose between the life of her child and her own life in the sea ... 

6:30pm: Break

8pm: Ghost Fleet (1:30, grand prize features) watch trailer

Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world.

Sunday, Sep. 29

9am: coffee and refreshments

9:30am: The Wreck Man, Australia 

If Indiana Jones, Jacques Cousteau and Albert Einstein had a baby, it would be Dr. Ian Macleod - one of the world's foremost experts on underwater shipwrecks. The Wreck Man tells his story, through the stories of the wrecks he has explored. History lessons, detective stories, ghost stories, war stories and the fight against a coming environmental disaster are all told in Dr. Macleod's inimitable and passionate way.

10am: Polarquest, France watch trailer

An international group of young researchers and science journalists embarked on the Polarquest2018 expedition to circumnavigated the Svalbard archipelago on the 90th anniversary of Umberto Nobile’s transpolar flight and carry out science imn the Arctic ocean. Polarquest2018’s sailboat Nanuq successfully completed the expedition on August 22 2018, logging 3500 miles and reaching the boundary of the ice shelf at 82°07’ N in conditions favoured by the exceptionally hot summer and the total absence of ice in the Arctic ocean North of Svalbard. 

11am: break

11:15am: The Way Life Should Be, USA 

11:30am: Letting the Rivers Flow, USA

When the pilgrims first landed here they called it “the paradise of all these parts” because of the abundance of wildlife and productive fisheries. Today river herring are on the verge of being listed as an endangered species. With over 400 years of industrial development involving the construction of mills and dams along the rivers and streams of Massachusetts, it is no wonder that the state has more clogged waterways than most other states in the nation. Conservation efforts are being made to remove blockages and open up systems, connecting miles of rivers to the ocean once again. By telling the story of one small brook, we communicate the larger story of habitat restoration for sea-run species throughout the Commonwealth.

11:45am: Sea Change, USA

In a historic self-shot adventure, eight GoPro cameras capture the harrowing 6,689 mile journey of Afrikaners, Vasti Geldenhuys and Riaan Manser as they attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to New York in a rowboat. Over 133 days at sea, they battle the elements and each other on an epic adventure of survival, self-discovery and transformation while risking everything from their relationship to their lives.

1pm: Festival Wrap Up

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