Maine films to be prominently featured at Emerge Film Festival

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Ever since its founding in 2014, the Emerge Film Festival has shined a light on Maine-made films.

Last year was the highly anticipated documentary on the Lewiston High School boys’ soccer team and its march to the state championship with a roster filled by students from several different countries. A few years ago, it was Mike Miclon’s comedy, “Richard^3,” a spoof on a Shakespeare play.

That commitment continues this year as Maine films hold a prominent spot in the festival’s lineup.

One of the three feature films being shown was shot in Maine with a Maine writer, director and producer. “Island Zero” will be shown Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre in Auburn.

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Five of the seven documentaries also have a Maine connection. The film in the featured slot Saturday night before the festival’s awards ceremony is “Peace, Love & Zoo.” The documentary tells the story of Portland artist Zoo Cain.

Other Maine-based films include:

• “The Town That Moved a Mountain”

• “I Know a Man: Ashley Brown”

•  “The Hungry Years”

A late addition to the lineup is “The Last Stop,” a documentary by Todd Nilssen that exposes the dark secrets behind the controversial Elan School that operated in Poland between 1970 to 2011.

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