Camden 2019: Documentary Overview

The 15th Camden International Film Festival

September 12-15

This well-liked Maine nonfiction event presents more than 30 features, in addition to shorts, new media, and the Points North Forum, which features panels, workshops, masterclasses, industry meetings, and pitch sessions.


While the bulk of the feature lineup consists of a well-curated selection of standout titles that have debuted elsewhere on the circuit over the past year, this year’s edition also presents several world premieres. Among these are: Martha Shane’s NARROWSBURG, an entertaining but cautionary tale about a late 1990s attempt to turn a small upstate New York town into the “Sundance of the East;” Ian Cheney’s THIRTEEN WAYS, which explores the different ways a range of individuals respond to the same patch of land; Michel Negroponte’s MY AUTONOMOUS NEIGHBOR, a collage-like portrait of an eccentric artist and philosopher; Vytautas Puidokas’ EL PADRE MÉDICO, a dark tale of a Lithuanian priest turned Amazon miracle worker; Daniel Vernon’s THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE, which explores what happened to a California prisoner who recorded an influential music album in 1974; and Andrea Kalin’s SCATTERING CJ, detailing how a mother’s attempts to deal with the suicide of her son became a viral phenomenon.

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