Monthly Archives: October 2010

Damnationland: The Way Life Should Bleed

By Eddy Bolz
Co-Producer of Damnationland and Projectionist for Movies at the Museum

On Halloween weekend, a series of “Made in Maine” short horror films will be shown at local movie theaters around the state. One of which screening will be at the Movies at the Museum on Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

The series, Damnationland: The Way Life Should Bleed, features local filmmakers, writers, actors, and music. The series of seven shorts have been produced exclusively for this event, and all of these films will be making their world premiere on Halloween weekend.

The main purpose for this event is to showcase as much Maine talent in a short and entertaining way and also to hopefully scare the crap out of people. The one thing that I think is unique and special about Damnationland is that the majority of the filmmakers are not well versed in the horror genre. We asked filmmakers from all backgrounds to take part by creating a 10 minute horror film. It’s a cool challenge and a real testament to one’s ability, and these guys and gals not only show how talented they are but set an example for Maine filmmaking. Given the bare bones budget for the films, I think Damnationland is a triumph of true independent moviemaking. And it’s all done by Mainers!

Tickets for Damnationland are $7 and will be sold at the admissions desk on the day of the showing. Join us after the films for a Q & A with filmmakers. Click here for more information.

Islands to Oil Spills

By Joe Payne
Casco Baykeeper

My first trip on Casco Bay was in utero on my grandfather’s fishing boat—I don’t remember it.

All of us have special islands, overlooks, or anchorages in Casco Bay that evoke strong emotions and fond memories. Today, as Casco Baykeeper, I have a responsibility to work to improve and protect all aspects of Casco Bay, from Cape Elizabeth to Phippsburg. But like everyone else, I have places on the Bay that hold special meaning for me. I can trace my affinity for the Bay back to my childhood summers on Peaks Island. Swimming at Centennial Beach, exploring World War II fortifications, picking blueberries, and fishing for cunner off the back shore were youthful adventures that helped to shape my passion for the Bay and the islands.

My favorite spot on the whole Bay is a tiny and intriguing island called Pumpkin Nob, 350 feet off the northern tip of Peaks Island. As a child, I think it appealed to me because of its size. I felt that if you lived on Pumpkin Nob you could be the king of all you surveyed. It was a place where it seemed you could learn the names of all the plants and animals and intimately know what each season would bring.

Had the U.S. Government had its way, the island might have disappeared before I was ever born. During WWII, hundreds of Navy ships passed through Hussey Sound. Their entry into Portland Harbor was hindered by Pumpkin Nob (also called Punkin Island), so the authorities allegedly recommended blowing up the rocky outcrop to open up the passage. The idea, perhaps never a serious proposal, was eventually abandoned, and Pumpkin Nob remains a lovely landmark in Casco Bay.

Hussey Sound is a deep but narrow channel between Peaks and Long Island. On one side of the channel is a granite outcrop called Soldier Ledge. A Navy ship hit the ledge during World War II and spilled about 50,000 gallons of oil. As a result the top ten feet was dynamited off. No one reported the spill at the time because the location of our battleships was classified information. In 1972, the Norwegian tanker Tamano struck a buoy and went aground on the same ledge, spilling 100,000 gallons of heavy petroleum.

Almost a quarter century later, Friends of Casco Bay helped in the recovery of 78% of the 179,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled by the Julie N tanker when it struck the Casco Bay Bridge. This past summer, because of that experience and others, I was able to offer help to my Waterkeeper colleagues in the Gulf of Mexico in dealing with the disaster of the Deepwater Horizon. Although it’s hard to know the impact of this unprecedented oil spill, I believe that its effect on the ocean food web will continue to become apparent as time goes on.

Joe Payne will speak at the Portland Museum of Art on Saturday, October 16 at 11 a.m. The lecture is free with Museum admission. Learn more here.

Artists Chosen for the 2011 PMA Biennial

After receiving more than 900 entries for the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial exhibition, the Portland Museum of Art is pleased to announce that 66 works by 47 artists have been selected for the show. This past summer, artists submitted more than 3,600 works of art to be considered by a panel of three jurors: Jim Kempner, Owner and Director, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York; David Row, a painter based in New York and Maine; and Joanna Marsh, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. The jurors spent a weekend in September viewing images and selecting the work for the upcoming Biennial. The 2011 Biennial will be on view from April 7 through June 5, 2011.

The 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is made possible by the William E. and Helen E. Thon Endowment Fund.

2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial List

902 applicants
47 artists selected
66 works
9 artists have exhibited in previous Biennials
*denotes participation in previous Biennials

*Mary Aro (Sargentville, ME and Grosse Pointe Park, MI) (2009, 2007, 2001, 1998)
Carol Aronson-Shore (Portsmouth, NH)
Jeremy Barnard (Friendship, ME and Georgetown, MA)
Kim Bernard (North Berwick, ME)
Natasha Bowdoin (Lyman, ME and Houston, TX)
Philip Brou (South Portland, ME)
David Caras (Portland, ME)
Avy Claire (Blue Hill, ME)
Thomas Connolly (Portland, ME)
William Cox (Auburn, ME)
Jon Edwards (South Freeport, ME)
Alicia Eggert (Portland, ME)
Sarah Faragher (Stockton Springs, ME)
Clint Fulkerson (Portland, ME)
*Kathleen Galligan (Bristol, ME) (2001)
Marissa Girard (York, ME and Goffstown, NH)
Carly Glovinski (Berwick, ME)
*Alisha Gould (Kennebunk, ME) (2005)
James Groleau (Sorrento, ME and Oakland, CA)
Tyson Jacques (Providence, RI)
Michael Kahn (Coatesville, PA)
Rachel Katz (Portland, ME)
Siri Kaur (Los Angeles, CA)
John Kelley (Cumberland Center, ME)
Mark Ketzler (Kennebunk, ME and Scarsdale, NY)
Selena Kimball (Brooksville, ME and Brooklyn, NY)
*Colleen Kinsella (South Portland, ME) (2005)
*Sarah Knock (Freeport, ME)
Lesley MacVane (Portland, ME)
Robert Monroe (Portland, ME)
Lauren O’Neal (Vinalhaven, ME and Cambridge, MA)
Heath Paley (Arundel, ME)
Michael Penney (Durham, NH)
Beverly Rippel (South Easton, MA)
Rebecca Rivers (Searsport, ME)
*Liv Kristin Robinson (Belfast, ME) (1998)
Gavin Rouille (Portland, ME)
*Michael Shaughnessy (Windham, ME) (1998)
Andrew Thompson (Farmington, ME)
*Robert Shillady (Brooklin, ME) (2007, 2005)
Suzannah Sinclair (Greenville, ME and Brooklyn, NY)
Richard Veit (South Portland, ME)
August Ventimiglia (Gorham, ME and Wellesley, MA)
Don Voisine (Brooklyn, NY)
*Mark Wethli (Brunswick, ME) (2003)
Ellen Wieske (Deer Isle, ME)
Deborah Wing-Sproul (Cape Elizabeth, ME)