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The University of Maine at Augusta in partnership with Northeast Historic Film will hold a screening of films at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport. This event is part of the Maine’s Mid-Century Moment Series and is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited. The event will feature a curated program of Maine mid-century films, amateur and professionally shot, on various subjects including the logging industry, suburban Maine life, and Maine agriculture.

How different was Maine a few generations ago? What were the hot button issues on people’s minds? Maine during the mid-century was changing. Looking back, we can see examples of the old ways hanging on and new developments gaining traction. This program features a number of short films made in Maine between 1940 and 1960. They include home movies, state-made films, corporate films and documentaries for national broadcast. Traditional types of work will be exhibited in the films ranging from harvesting ice to harvesting sea moss. Farming as a way of life and as a nice hobby for factory workers. Everyday life in small towns and the rise of big city problems.

Each film will be introduced by Northeast Historic Film’s executive director and co-founder David Weiss.

This event is part of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Maine’s Mid-Century Moment, a series of humanities discussions at multiple locations around the state

Northeast Historic Film has become one of the premier moving image archives in North America. NHF’s collections contain 10 million feet of film and more than 10,000 hours of video, a unique and irreplaceable record. Generations have been influenced by the compelling record of life in New England forests, farms, and towns in archival works such as “From Stump To Ship: A 1930 Logging Film,” named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress. NHF operates the Alamo Theatre year-round providing a Main Street gathering place for cultural, educational and entertainment events. Before every entertainment film, an Archival Moment from the NHF collection is shown. Northeast Historic Films received The Silver Light Award, the highest honor of the international Association of Moving Image Archivists, in 2013.

The Alamo Theater is located at 85 Main St., Bucksport. For more information, visit oldfilm.org or call (207) 469-6910.


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