Maine man’s award-winning film will premiere in Portland


PORTLAND – The world theatrical premiere of an award-winning film written and directed by a Maine filmmaker will take place April 23 to 25 at the Movies on Exchange Street. The film, “Sundowning,” written and directed by Jim Cole, has won the jury prize of the 2005 Independent Film Festival in Boston, the New Visions/Emerging Mavericks Director’s Award at the Cinequest Film Festival, and the 2004 Maine Screenplay Award.

The opening show at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 23, is a benefit for the Maine Alzheimer’s Association. The film revolves around a Maine lobsterman who suffers from the disease. Tickets for the benefit premiere are $40. The film will also be shown at 5:30 Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 772-0115.

“This is a beautiful, tremendously sad film about the sacrifices one makes for family,” said Ealasaid Haas in The Milpitas Post. Ty Burr of The Boston Globe called the film “An intimate epic .. relentless and insightful.”

“Sundowning,” stars Minor Rootes, Steve Jones, Aaron Duffey and Emmanuelle Chaulet. It was produced by Gum Spirits Productions, a Maine-based film producer led by Jim Cole, Eileen Dillon-Oberholtzer, Aaron Duffey, and Jay Towle. For more information about “Sundowning,” visit