Camden 2012 Overview

The eighth edition of the Camden International Film Festival takes place this Thursday through Sunday, offering up more than thirty documentaries. With the slogan “small towns, big films,” the doc fest signals its intimate appeal – while I’ve yet to make it out, I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews from past filmmaker and industry attendees, who enjoy a getaway from city living to catch up on some of the year’s most notable recent docs and to participate in the Points North Documentary Forum that takes place alongside the festival.

The fest opens with Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann’s BETTING THE FARM (pictured), which I wrote about out of Silverdocs this Summer. Among the highlights that made their debuts at other fests are CHASING ICE and THE IMPOSTER (Sundance), CODE OF THE WEST (SXSW), THE REVISIONARIES (Tribeca), ONLY THE YOUNG (True/False), CALL ME KUCHU and COLOMBIANOS and MEANWHILE IN MAMELODI (Hot Docs), and PLIMPTON! (Silverdocs), to name just a few.

Making its world premiere is the beautifully lensed SURVIVAL PRAYER, by director Benjamin Greené, which addresses issues of environmental stewardship and sustainability while spotlighting the Native American culture of the Pacific Northwest.

I’m looking forward to eventually seeing David Redmon’s latest project, NIGHT LABOR, about a clamdigger who works the nightshift in a factory. The film screens as a work-in-progress here, just as the filmmaker’s last film, DOWNEAST, did last year.

Antoine Bourges’ mid-length EAST HASTINGS PHARMACY, focusing on the interactions between a pharmacist and patients receiving their daily dose of methadone, sounds like an intriguing minimalist study.

Finally, I’m also curious about one of the films in Camden’s local filmmaker section, Made in Maine: Ryan Brod and Daniel Sites’ portrait of an ice fisherman, HARDWATER.

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